Indiana craft beer expansions: Indiana City, Taxman, and Chilly Water 

Indiana City Brewing Co.
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  • Indiana City's bar
Indiana City announced their first brewery operations expansion from a 3.5 barrel nano-brewing system to a 10 barrel system.

click to enlarge The original Indiana City Brewing operation
  • The original Indiana City Brewing operation
“Since we began canning our core beers in October 2015, local demand for our beer has skyrocketed,” reported Ray Kamstra, founder/brewer. “Brewing [small batches] at capacity on our current equipment was just not enough. We've held onto our philosophy of creating high-quality beer and growing organically, allowing demand to drive growth. Upgrading to double our production in 2016 has been a strategic move surrounded by serendipity. It was welcome news when our friends at Pipeworks Brewing Co. in Chicago thought of us when it came time to sell their brewhouse after their recent expansion. The timing was perfect.”

Highly successful Kickstarter campaigns are the link between Indiana City Brewery and Chicago-based Pipeworks, which opened in 2012 as a niche-market nano-brewery creating a series of ‘one-off’ beers that grew them into cult status. Pipework’s founders/brewers Beejay Oslon and Gerrit Lewis, like Indiana City founder Ray Kamstra, started as homebrewers.

Buildout of Indiana City’s new brewing space adjacent to the taproom began May 3. Progress is expected to be substantial by May 28 when Indiana City celebrates their third anniversary in the historic Home Brewing Company bottling building. Watch for updates on the festivities.

Taxman Brewing Co.
Taxman Brewing in Bargersville just completed their renovation. Co-owner Leah Huelsebusch reports, “We expanded the footprint of our kitchen and moved our draft lines to a new cooler. As you've probably witnessed firsthand, our kitchen isn't large enough to handle the volume of business we see on a weekly basis."

“The kitchen renovation added 50% more hood space, which allowed us to double the amount of oven space and the number of burners on the cooking line. The expansion also allows us to have an expanded prep area and more space to stage plates for larger parties. This change will allow us to focus even more on food quality and on the seasonality of our menu offerings. We re-opened with a more expansive dining menu and guests should now see faster arrival of their plates.”

Taxman also installed two new nitro draft lines, which will rotate through some of their house beers, including regulars Deduction and Qualified, and seasonal favorites like Tie-Out, Bean Counter and Frozen Assets.

Be aware of new hours of operation, particularly NO kitchen service on Monday, NO lunch Tuesday through Thursday.

Sunday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m .(Brunch ends at 3 p.m., dinner starts at 4 p.m .)

Monday: 4-8 p.m. (growler fills & pint sales only – no kitchen service)

Tuesday – Thursday: 4 - 10 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Chilly Water Brewing Co. 
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Chilly Water's founder Skip DuVall told us, “To keep up with the demand for our beer (thanks to all of you) we are bringing in two new 15bbl tanks this month that will allow us to nearly double production. The One Hop Wonder IPA is a huge hit and the extra tanks will allow us to keep up with the high demand.

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Rita Kohn

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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