History promises to be alive at the 21st Annual Indiana Microbrewers’ Festival
, July 30
at Military Park
in downtown Indianapolis. You’ll feel the footprints of The 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment which was raised 155 years ago on July 29, 1861. Renowned for their service in the Iron Brigade throughout the Civil War, Indiana’s 19th continues to inspire active participation in promoting all things Hoosier.
Anyone not living under a rock knows Indiana’s 19th is the inspiration for the Indy Eleven Soccer grassroots organization, The Brickyard Battalion
. In turn, the Battalion is credited with inspiring the IN Beer Brigade sanctioned by the Brewers of Indiana Guild. With visual echoes, the promotional shields side-by-side conjure up allegiance to a cause greater than a game or a brew.
The Brickyard Battalion’s mission is “to create an inspiring fan environment and a groundswell of support for Indy Eleven Soccer,” joining the IN Beer Brigade helps grow Indiana’s modern craft beer industry, with personal perks.
“Attendees who join the IN Beer Brigade at the festival will take home exclusive tee-shirts, a free die-cast bottle opener featuring the Brewers of Indiana Guild "Drink Indiana Beer: Great Beer, Made Here" iconography, and more. Brigadiers will also be able to opt-in to a premium level of membership in which they'll receive two 22 oz. bottles of limited edition beer at the regional events this fall,” according to a news release.
“Multi-year memberships will be available. Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis will host Central Indiana breweries for the brewing of a to-be-determined beer in 2017, and Bloomington-based Upland Brewing Company will brew a sour beer in collaboration with South Central Indiana brewers in 2018.”
Rob Caputo, Executive Director of the Brewers of Indiana Guild, in announcing the new initiative said, “Enthusiasts who enlist in the IN Beer Brigade are joining the only program of its kind in the nation … As with our business affiliate members (like bottling companies and ingredients providers), membership directly supports Indiana's fast-growing brewing industry and the mission of the Guild, which is tasked with defending and assisting the 125+ breweries across the state."
Those who cannot attend Indiana Microbrewers Festival will be able to join the program for a limited time online at www.drinkIN.beer
beginning August 1.
Indiana Microbrewers' Festival
The festival on July 30 at Military Park will feature 85 Hoosier breweries
and 16 guest breweries offering mead, wine, craft cider and craft beer.
The event starts at 2 p.m. for Early Birds
($60) or 3 p.m. for General Admission
($40) and runs until 7 p.m.
Designated Drivers ($10) includes complimentary sodas, coffee and water, and can enter with the rest of their party at either the Early Bird or GA time.
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Indiana chapter of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Iris Dillon, Brewers of Indiana Guild events coordinator advises, “For a full list of breweries, answers to frequently asked questions, the map, and much more, visit indianabeerfest.com
or tap #INBeerFest in the Drink Indiana Beer app
. And be sure to use #INBeerFest on social media to share your attendance.”
The Brewers of Indiana Guild was organized in 2000 to provide a unifying voice for the craft breweries and brewpubs of Indiana. The non-profit promotes public awareness and appreciation for the award-winning quality and variety of beer produced in Indiana, advocates for favorable regulatory treatment from state and federal agencies, provides support to 125+ breweries throughout the state, and, along with the City of Indianapolis, co-owns Tomlinson Tap Room, where you’ll find only Indiana beers all the time. Indiana’s brewing industry had an economic impact of more than $1 billion in 2014 and employed nearly 8,000 people full-time, according to the national Brewers Association. For more information and to download the official Drink Indiana Beer app, visit drinkIN.beer.