It’s been four years since Rick Burkhardt set out to create an event here in Indianapolis that would link craft breweries, local arts and philanthropy. The resulting Indy Beer Week is in the midst of a fourth year and continuing to go strong.
“Grand Junction, Scarlet Lane, Redemption Alewerks, Metazoa, Fountain Square, and others are participating,” says Burkhardt about this year’s event.
“Certainly, beer is the headliner, but it’s only the draw. The actual stars are all of us. There is good beer everywhere but there is only one “here” and that is the essence of Indy Beer Week,” emphasized Burkhart. “It provides an opportunity to celebrate all that is good in Indianapolis: community, charity, togetherness.”
Find more info about the week here and check below for a few of the highlighted specials at participating craft breweries between now and Oct. 6..
Broad Ripple Brewpub is donating $1 from one selected beer every day of Indy Beer Week to Legacy House, which provides counseling and support to victims of trauma, particularly sexual and domestic abuse. It's the official charity of the week. They’ll have a series of special, small batch tappings:
Daredevil Brewing is offering Indy Beer Week logo glassware for purchase throughout the week, with proceeds going to Legacy House.
Four Day Ray will feature an ice cream sandwich and beer pairing flight night on Oct. 3. FDR also will donate a portion of proceeds of their Tuesday beer sales throughout October to Legacy House.
MashCraft has a roster of daily events through Oct. 6 at their Greenwood, Downtown Indy and Fishers locations. Find them here.
In other beer news this week, Bier Brewery announces the launch of "Small-Town Hero” on Oct. 4, from 5-9 p.m. in honor of Noblesville West Middle School teacher Jason Seaman.
“It's an American IPA brewed in collaboration between JT Walker's Brewery in Mahomet, Illinois (Jason Seaman's hometown) and us,” says Jerry Connor, Bier co-owner, “and will be available in kegs as well as cans. All proceeds from the beer sales will go towards Jason Seaman's foundation as a way to pass it forward to other small town heroes.”
Following the release party, "Small-Town Hero" will be available at some of your favorite Noblesville watering holes and package stores. Plans for expanding "Small-Town Hero" beyond the Noblesville footprint are already in the works. Jason Seaman, the family of Noblesville West student Ella Whistler and Justin Walker, owner of JT Walker's Brewery are planning to be at our release party.
Field Brewing, at 303 E. Main Street in Westfield, announced their Grand Opening for Oct. 1. Hours now are 4-9 p.m. Monday Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Watch for expanded hours soon.
Head Brewer Rian Umbach shared Field Brewing’s initial house beers: a multi-layered, rich ESB suitably named “Lollygagger” for its invitation to sip luxuriously, and “Second Wind Kolsch,” crisp, straw-yellow unfiltered brew with a fruity nose translating to whips of lemongrass. Coming up are a Pilsner, named “Our Lightest Beer,” a riff on patrons asking, ‘what’s your lightest beer?’ and “Centerfield APA” along with “Shiftchange IPA” and “Nitro Coffee.” Look for a full story coming up.