The Central Indiana Beer Index 

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If you don’t find your favorite brewer and/or brewery on the big ol’ chart in the middle of this year's Beer Issue of NUVO, check below. With a BIG assist from Rita Kohn, we’ve done our best to aggregate the info on everyone who’s mixed water, malt, grain and yeast since the Hills launched BRBP in 1990. We’ve included founding dates and the info we had on brewers past and present — even noting, in some cases, who’s Head Brewer and who’s second banana. We’ve also done our level best to figure out, wherever possible, the time frame of a brewer’s tenure at a particular set of tanks.

We’ve ordered the breweries and the brewers’ start-times chronologically by year. If multiple origin stories begin in the same year, we revert to alphabetical ordering (this also applies if info on dates was not available when we went to press).

You’ll note a few breweries we chose to list aren’t planted in the middle part of the state per se — we dropped in Three Floyds and New Albanian since their reach has been felt in a very powerful manner here in the Capital region. Lafayette, B-town, Brown Count, Columbus, Valpo and Fort Wayne get some love here, too. (Two breweries of note we mention are, alas, no more — but their legacies lives on.)


Now comes the part where we cover our asses: we’ll bet donuts to dollars that there’s an error or an oversight in this thing despite our best efforts. Luckily, you can bug us at editors@nuvo.net and hip us to what we missed. And we’re certain the list will expand as our tastes evolve.

Cheers! Prost! Salud! L’chaim! Na zdrowie!

— Ed Wenck

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Broad Ripple Brewpub
840 E 65th St.

1990

FOUNDERS: 

John and Nancy Hill

CURRENT BREWER:

Jonathan Mullins 2015

PAST BREWERS:

Gill Alberding 1990-91
Greg Emig 1991-93
Ted Miller 1993-94
Kevin Matalucci 1994-2013
John Treeter 2013-15

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Lafayette Brewing Company
622 Main St. (Lafayette)
765-742-2591

1993

FOUNDER:

Greg Emig

CURRENT BREWER:

Alex Pease
Greg Emig 1993

PAST BREWERS:

Doug Ellenberger 1996-98
DJ McCallister 2000-2010
Chris Johnson 2000-2009
Matt Williams 2010-2015
Jeff Groves

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Bloomington Brewing Company
1795 E. 10th St. (Bloomington)
812-323-2112

1994

FOUNDER: 
Jeff Mease

CURRENT BREWER:

Nick Banks (HB)

PAST BREWERS:

Rusell Levitt
Chuck Porter
Joe Jose
Floyd Rosenbaum
Dustin Brown
Nick Banks

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Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
50 N. Airport Parkway, Suite L (Greenwood)
887-2287

1994

FOUNDERS: 

Kwang Casey 
Bill Fulton

CURRENT BREWERS:

John Treeter 2013/2015 (HB)
Alejandra Cuenca (AB)
Ryan Meyers (Cellerman)
Sara Turner (LB)

PAST BREWERS:

Brook Belli 1994-2004
Tonya Cornett 2004-06
Ken Price 2004-06
Jerry Sutherlin 2004-06
Darren Connor 2009-10
Mark Havens 2009-2013
Aaron Koerner 2009-2015
Andrew Castner THROUGH 2010
Alan Simon 2013-14
Scott Ellis

Alcatraz Brewing Co.
CLOSED

1995 - 2011

FOUNDER:

(CHAIN from Orange, CA)

BREWERS:

Omar Castrellon 1995-2009
Adrian Ball
Belinda Short
Keely Tomlinson
Skip Duvall

Circle V
CLOSED

1996-2001

FOUNDER: 

Mark Vojnovich

BREWER:

Dave Colt 1996-2001

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Rock Bottom Downtown
10 W. Washington St.
681-8180

1996

FOUNDER: 

(CHAIN from Denver, CO)

CURRENT BREWERS:

Jerry Sutherlin 2005
Rob Hooten 2013

PAST BREWERS:

Bill Smith
Will Gafney
Dave Chichura
Clayton Robinson
Tim Marshall
Dustin Boyer
John Simmons
Adrian Ball

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Three Floyds
9750 Indiana Parkway (Munster)
219-922-4425

1996

FOUNDERS: Dr. Michael Floyd, Nick Floyd, Simon Floyd

CURRENT BREWERS:

Nick Floyd 1996
Adam Conway
Travis Fasano
Andrew Mason

PAST BREWERS:

Chris Boggess 
Barnaby Struve 

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Mad Anthony Brewing Company
2002 Broadway (Fort Wayne)
260-426-ALES

1998

FOUNDERS: 

Todd Grantham
Jeff Neels
Blaine Stuckey

BREWER:

Todd Grantham

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Upland Brewing Co.
350 W. 11th St. (Bloomington)
812-336-BEER

Upland Westside Beer Bar
4060 Profile Parkway (Bloomington)
812-336-2337

Upland Carmel Tap House
820 E. 116th St.
564-3400 (Carmel)

Upland Broad Ripple Tasting Room
4842 North College Ave.
602-3931


1998

FOUNDER: 

Marc Sattinger
Purchased by Doug Dayhoff, 2006

CURRENT BREWER:

Pete Batule (HB) 2012 –
Caleb Staton (HB) 2005-2011, now heads Sours program

PAST BREWERS:

Ed Hermann (HB) 1998-2004
Matt Hill
Mike Lahti
Caleb Staton
Eileen Martin
Ken Price
Andrew St. Lawrence

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Barley Island Brewing Company
639 Conner St. (Noblesville)
770-5280

1999

FOUNDER: 

Jeff Eaton

CURRENT BREWER:

Jeff Eaton

PAST BREWERS:

Vlad Ponomerov 1999-200
DJ McCallister 1999-2001
Jon Lang 2000-2010
Mike Hess THROUGH 2011

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The Ram
140 S. Illinois St.
955-9900

2000

FOUNDER: 

(CHAIN from Lakewood, WA)

CURRENT BREWERS:

Shawn Byrnes (HB) 2014 -
Andrew Coy (AB)

BREWERS:

John Hanley 2000-02
Clayton Robinson THROUGH 2007
Dave Colt 2002-08
John Simmons 2008-10
Andrew Castner 2010-13
Chris Knott 2013-14
Scott Ellis 2014-15
Mike Freeman 2014
Nathan Scruggs 2014

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Brugge Brasserie (also spawned Outliers Brewing, 2013)

Brugge Brasserie
1011 E. Westfield Blvd.
255-0978

2005

FOUNDERS: 

Ted and Shannon Miller

CURRENT BREWER:

Ted Miller (HB) 2005 - 

PAST BREWER:

Micah Weichert 2007-09

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Rock Bottom College Park
2801 Lake Circle Park
471-8840

2005

FOUNDER: 

(CHAIN from Denver, CO)

CURRENT BREWER:

Nathan Scruggs 2014

BREWERS:

Brian Boyer 2005
Ian Wilson 2005-06
Liz Laughlin 2006-14

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Powerhouse Brewing Co. (at the Columbus Bar)
322 4th St. (Columbus)
812-375-8800

2006

FOUNDERS: 

Doug Memering 
John Myers

CURRENT BREWERS:

John Myers
Ritch Mettert (HB)

PAST BREWER:

David Baugher (AB)

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Big Woods Brewing Company (spawned Quaff ON!, 2013)
60 Molly Lane (Nashville)
812-988-6000

(Group also includes Big Woods Pizza and Big Busted Bar; second Big Woods Pizza also under construction in Speedway, IN)

2009

FOUNDERS: 
Jeff McCabe 
Tim O’Bryan 
Ed Ryan 

CURRENT BREWERS:

Tim O’Bryan
Mark Havens 2013

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Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery
4051 S. LaFountain (Kokomo)
765-455-2739

2009

FOUNDER: 
Chris Roegner

CURRENT BREWER: 

John Templett

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New Albanian Bank Street Brewhouse
415 Bank St. (New Albany)
812-725-9585

New Albanian Brewing Public House
3312 Plaza Drive (New Albany)
812-949-2804


2009

FOUNDERS: 

Amy Baylor
Roger Baylor (who divested in 2015 to run for Mayor)
Kate Lewison

CURRENT BREWER:

David Pierce

PAST BREWER:

Jesse Williams

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People’s Brewing Co.
2009 N. 9th St. (Lafayette)
765-714-2777

2009

FOUNDER: Brett VanderPlaets, Chris Johnson, Jessica Johnson

CURRENT BREWERS:

Mike Booth
Phil Green
Chris Johnson (HB)
Roger Miley (AB)
Steph Silva (AB)

PAST BREWER:

Sean Manahan THROUGH 2014

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Sun King Brewing Co.
135 N College Ave.
602-3702

Sun King Tap Room and Small Batch Brewery
7848 E. 96th St (Fishers)
436-1926


2009

FOUNDERS: 

Dave Colt
Andy Fagg,
Steve Koers
Clayton Robinson
Omar Robinson

CURRENT BREWERS:

Dave Colt
Adrian Ball
Jon Clampitt (Jon will soon be heading the Sun King Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery)
Andrew Hood

(Dustin Broyer is Production Manager)

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Thr3e Wise Men Brewery
1021 Broad Ripple Ave.
255-5151

2009

FOUNDER: Scott Wise

CURRENT BREWERS:

Keely Tomlinson 2014 -
Ian Galloway

PAST BREWERS:

Omar Castrellon 2009-14
Nick Wente 2012-2014
Alan Simons THROUGH 2013
Scott Ellis THROUGH 2014
Alex Peterson THROUGH 2014

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Bier Brewery
5133 E 65th St.
253-2437

2010

FOUNDER: 

Darren Connor

CURRENT BREWER:

Darren Connor 2010 -

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Black Swan Brewpub
2067 E. Hadley Road (Plainfield)
838-7444

2010

FOUNDER: 

DJ McCallister

CURRENT BREWER: 

DJ McCallister 2010 -

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Figure 8 Brewing
150 Washington St. (Valparaiso)
219-477-2000

2010

FOUNDERS:

Tim and Lynne Uban

CURRENT BREWER: 

Tim Uban (HB) 2010 –

PAST BREWER:

Mike Lahti 2010 - 2015

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Flat 12 Bierwerks
414 N. Dorman St
635-2337

2010

FOUNDERS: 

Rob Caputo
Steve Hershberger 
Sean O’Connor

CURRENT BREWERS:

Eric Fox
Sean Lewis
Sean Manahan

PAST BREWER:

Rob Caputo 2010-15

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Daredevil Brewing Co.
1151 Main St. (Speedway)

2011/MOVED TO Speedway 2015

FOUNDERS: 

Bill Ballinger
Michael Pearson
Shane Pearson

CURRENT BREWERS:

Bill Ballinger
Michael Pearson

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Fountain Square Brewing
1301 Barth Avenue
493-1410

2011

FOUNDERS: 

Justin Brown
Jeff Gibson
Bill Webster

CURRENT BREWERS:

Eileen Martin (HB) 2014 -
Bill Webster 2011 -

PAST BREWERS:

Skip Duvall 2011-14
Dan Krzywicki 2011-14

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Three Pints Brewing Co.
610 W. Mitchell Ave. (Martinsville)
(Soon opening in Downtown Indy)
765-349-9888

2011

FOUNDER: 

Tom Hynes

CURRENT BREWER:

Tom Hynes 2011 -

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Triton Brewing

Triton Tap Room
5764 Wheeler Road 
735-2706

Triton Tap Broad Ripple
915 Broad Ripple Ave
500-5074


2011

FOUNDER: 

David Waldman

CURRENT BREWERS:

Jon Lang 2011 -
Mike Hess 2012 –

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Black Acre Brewing and Taproom
5632 E. Washington St. (Irvington)
207-6266

2012

FOUNDERS:

Justin Miller
Holly Miller
Jordan Gleason
Matt Johnson
Steve Ruby

PAST BREWERS:

Holly Miller
Jordan Gleason
Matt Johnson

CURRENT BREWERS:

Justin Miller
Steve Ruby

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Union Brewing
622 S. Range Line Road, Suite Q (Carmel)
657-7338

2012

FOUNDERS: 

Nathan Doyle
Cameron Fila
Jay Snider

CURRENT BREWER:

Matt Pennington

PAST BREWERS:

Jonathon Mullins 2012-13
Cameron Fila 2012-13

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Zwanzigz Pizza & Brewing
1038 Lafayette Ave. (Columbus)
812-376-0200

2012 (that’s when the in-house brewery was added to the pizza shop)

FOUNDERS: 

Kurt and Lisa Zwanzig

CURRENT BREWER:

Mike Rybinski

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Danny Boy Beer Works
2702 Meeting House Road (Carmel)
564-0622

2013

FOUNDERS:

Kevin and Lainie Paul
Prescott and Sarah Sanders

CURRENT BREWERS:

Dustin Brown (HB)
Derrek Herring (AB)
Prescott Sanders (Original brewmaster)

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Function Brewing Company
108 E. 6th St. (Bloomington)
812-676-1000

2013

FOUNDERS: 

Steve and Arlyn Llewellyn

CURRENT BREWER:

Steve Llewellyn 2013 –

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Indiana City Brewing Co.
24 Shelby St.
643-1103

2013

FOUNDER:

Ray Kamstra

CURRENT BREWERS:

Beppe Cuello 2013 -
Ray Kamstra 2013 -
Nick Schadle 2013 –

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Outliers Brewing (spawned from Brugge)
534 E North St.

2013

FOUNDERS: 

Ted and Shannon Miller

CURRENT BREWERS:

Ted Miller 2005

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Planetary Brewing Company
500 Polk St., Suite 22 (Greenwood)
215-4941

2013

FOUNDERS: 

Doug Goins
Andrew Groves

CURRENT BREWER:

Andrew Groves 2013 –

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Quaff ON! (spawned from Big Woods)
116 N. Grant St. (Bloomington)

(Group also includes Big Woods Pizza and Big Busted Bar; second Big Woods Pizza also under construction in Speedway, IN)

2013

FOUNDERS: 
Jeff McCabe 
Tim O’Bryan 
Ed Ryan 

CURRENT BREWERS:

Tim O’Bryan
Mark Havens 2013

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Tow Yard Brewing Company
501 E. Madison Ave.
638-9273

2013

FOUNDER: 

Shawn Cannon

BREWERS:

Tony Fleming (HB) 2014 -
Will Moorman 2014 -

PAST BREWER:

Bradley Zimmerman 2013-15

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Twenty Tap/Twenty Below
5408 N. College Ave.
602-8840

2013

FOUNDER: 

Kevin Matalucci

CURRENT BREWER: 

Kevin Matalucci 2013 –

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Books & Brews
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400
288-5136

2014

FOUNDER:

Jason Wuerfel

CURRENT BREWER:

Jason Wuerfel 2014 –

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Chilly Water Brewing Company
719 Virginia Ave., Suite 105
603-4779

2014

FOUNDER: 

Skip Duvall

CURRENT BREWER:

Dan Krzywicki 2014 –

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Grand Junction Brewing Co.
10 S. Union St. (Westfield)
804-5168

2014

FOUNDER:

John P. Knight

BREWERS:

Shawn Kessel 2014 - 

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MashCraft Brewing
1140 Indiana 135 (Greenwood)
215-4578

2014

FOUNDERS: 

Andrew and Brittany Castner
John and Mary Lee

CURRENT BREWER:

Andrew Castner 2014 –


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Scarlet Lane Brewing Comapny
7724 Depot St. (McCordsville)
336-1590

2014

FOUNDERS: 

Eilise Lane
Doug Sheets
Nick Servies

CURRENT BREWERS:

Eilise Lane 2014 -
Simon Sothras (HB) 2014 -

PAST BREWER:

Christopher Knott

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Taxman Brewing Co.
13 S. Balwin St. (Bargersville)

2014

FOUNDERS: 

Nathan and Leah Hyelsebusch

CURRENT BREWERS: 

Colin McLoy (HB)
Mitchell Roejecke (AB)

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TwoDEEP Brewing Co.
714 N. Capitol Ave.
653-1884

2014

FOUNDER: 

Andy Meyer (with Chris Hoyt)

CURRENT BREWERS:

Andy Meyer (HB)
Austin Elsbury


Bent Rail
5301 Winthrop Ave.
737-2698

2015 (brewing SOON)

FOUNDERS: 

Craig Baker
Derek Means

BREWERS:

Bradley Zimmerman

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Big Lug Canteen
1435 E. 86th St
555-0580

2015 (opening SOON)

FOUNDERS: 

Scott Ellis
Eddie Sahm

CURRENT BREWER:

Scott Ellis 2015 –

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Blind Owl Brewery
5020 E. 62nd St.
924-1000

2015

FOUNDER: 

The LUX Company

CURRENT BREWER:

Alexander Petersen 2015 –

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Central State Brewing
(Beers available at Black Acre and other regional locations)

2015

FOUNDERS:
Chris Bly
Josh Hambright
Jake Koeneman

CURRENT BREWERS:

Chris Bly
Josh Hambright (HB)

Danny Boy
12702 Meeting House Road (Carmel)
564-0622
dannyboybeerworks.com

FOUNDERS:

Kevin “KP” Paul
Prescott Sanders

BREWER:

Prescott Sanders

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Deviate Brewing 
4004 W. 96th St.
374-8249

2015

FOUNDERS:

Mike Orkey
Greg Ortwein

BREWERS:

Mike Orkey 2015 -
Greg Ortwein 2015 -

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FLIX Brewhouse
2206 E. 116th St. (Carmel)
824-9111

2015

FOUNDER:

Alan Regan

CURRENT BREWERS:

Chris Knott (HB) 2015 -
Spencer Mason (AB) 2015 -

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Heady Hollow Brewing Company
11069 Allisonville Road (Fishers)
863-5165

2015

FOUNDERS:

George Garrison
Keefe and Lauralee Pietri

CURRENT BREWERS:

George Garrison 2015 -
Keefe Pietri 2015 -

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Redemption Alewerks
7035 E 96th St., Suite K
348-3330

2015

FOUNDER: 

Cameron Fila
Brandon Smith

CURRENT BREWER:

Cameron Fila 2015 –
Brandon Smith 2015 -

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St. Joseph Brewery
540 N. College Ave.
602-7005

2015

FOUNDERS: 

Jim Alles
Daniel Jones
David Pentzien
Head Brewer Partner Alan Simons
Executive Chef Partner Scott Reiffenberger
Managing Partner Karl S. Mann

CURRENT BREWER:

Alan Simons 2015 –

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Wabash Brewing
5328 W. 79th St.

2015

FOUNDERS:

Damon Carl
Matt Kriech, 
Nic Stauch

BREWERS:

Damon Carl 2015 -
Matt Kriech 2015 -




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Rita Kohn

Rita Kohn

Bio:
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.
Ed Wenck

Ed Wenck

Bio:
Ed Wenck has been writing for NUVO (as well as several other Indiana publications) for nearly 20 years while moonlighting as a radio host. He became Managing Editor of NUVO in 2013. He's authored four books and also reports for WISH-TV's Boomer TV program.

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