Indiana Craft Beer Growing with new breweries and community events


Daredevil Brewing Company's  Aug. 22, 10 a.m. ground breaking at 1151 Main St. in Speedway marks the first modern-era craft brewery “from the ground up building” in greater Indianapolis. Daredevil spokesperson Shane Pearson reports, “On a 2-acre site along Speedway’s revitalized Main St., phase one plans include a 10,000 square foot production brewery with about 1,600 feet for the tap room and about 2,000 feet of outside seating on the patio. We expect to be fully operational in Spring 2015.” 

Until then Daredevil brewer/owners Michael Pearson and Bill Ballinger will continue brewing at their Shelbyville site.

The public groundbreaking precedes the First Annual Hops & Flip Flops Craft Beer Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the 1200 block of Main St. in Speedway. Benefits the Speedway Lions Club. Get tickets HERE.

The inaugural Craft Brew Night presented by Kroger at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Aug. 23 features 17 Hoosier State Beers, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the stadium’s East Lawn, leading to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff between Indy Eleven Professional Soccer vs. Ottawa Fury FC. Breweries from across Indiana include: Barley Island (Noblesville), Carson's (Evansville), Chapmans (Angola), Cutters (Avon), Daredevil (Shelbyville), Oaken Barrel (Greenwood), People’s (Lafayette), Quaff On! (Nashville), Scarlet Lane (McCordsville), Taxman (Bargersville), Tin Man (Evansville) and Upland (Bloomington). Indianapolis breweries include: Fountain Square, Sun King, Tow Yard and Triton.

Indy Eleven spokesperson John Koluder reports, “A highlight of the festivities will include Flat 12 Bierwerks’ unveiling of the name and logo for their new English Pale Ale created in honor of Indy Eleven and the team’s independent supporters group, the Brickyard Battalion. Contest offerings surrounding Craft Brew Night are on Indy Eleven’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels and the r/IndyEleven subreddit at”

A $25 ticket package for the evening includes one ticket to the Indy Eleven match and one entry to the Craft Brew Night festivities. Fans that already have seats secured for the game can buy an $11 entry to the tasting event.

More events

Aug. 21

McKenzie River at Allisonville and 86th St. hosts Scarlet Lane Brewery Tap Takeover starting at 6 p.m.

Bier brews are featured with Illinois Street Food Emporium’s regular menu starting at 6 p.m.; and at Sahms Place starting at 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 22

Beer and Bluegrass Festival in Franklin, 6-10 p.m. Information and tickets here.

Aug. 23

3rd Annual Beers Across the Wabash at the Reihle Plaza (N. 2nd Street) in downtown Lafayette, 2-6 p.m. Tickets at

Festiv-Ale at Victory Field, 4-8 p.m. benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Featured are 100 wines + 100 craft beers to sample with delicious food from a variety of restaurants from around town. More here. 

Followed by Eiteljorg Museum’s Young Professionals Jorgstock 2014 event as the official Festiv-ALE after party. Indiana craft brewers are pouring. More here. 

Aug. 26

Rockstone Pizza Pub celebrates their first anniversary with a Bier brews tap takeover.

New Brews

Flat 12 is pouring Fringe Saison Ale at the beer tent at the historic fire station at 748 Mass Ave. through Aug. 24. This slightly fruity French-style farmhouse ale is dry and refreshing and finishes with a slight note of hop spice. Easy to enjoy at 5% ABV

Upland’s latest Side Trail Series beer Good Miss Mosaic, an American Wheat created by 2014 winner of the UpCup Homebrew Competition Michael Calvin of Columbus, goes on tap at all Upland retail locations on Aug. 22. recently featured Upland Coast Buster Imperial IPA as one of the top new beer releases. Upland is adding Coast Buster to their year round lineup. Upland’s Hill Walker Saison was named one of the 10 Stellar Beers Unique to the Midwest.

Daydream Hefeweizen joins Indiana City’s lineup and Yacht Rock is back on tap.

Half Moon in Kokomo has a black beer similar to a Porter but with the hops level of an IPA brewed to pair with a Cajun Seafood Po Boy special.

Chilly Water newly tapped their Speedway IPA.


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