In the past year, Indianapolis has hosted many large sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament and many more. The visitors raved about our hospitality and our local breweries. Following is information on the best local breweries in Indianapolis and what makes them so good.
The Broad Ripple neighborhood, about six miles north of downtown, is the heart of the nightlife in Indy and you can’t start a list of top local breweries without including the Broad Ripple Brew Pub (840 E. 65th St.), the granddaddy of Indy breweries. It earns is place on the list not because of it’s age, but because it is good enough to continue packing in the crowds. Located in a large house with quaint creaky wood floors, this hot spot always makes you feel like you are hanging out at a friend’s house…if your friend happened to have ginormous stainless steel vats of beer in his living room. The ambience is accompanied by two other key elements…great beer and delicious food. They currently have nine varieties of beer available ranging from IPA to nut brown to doppelbock to porter. They even serve English cask ale. It goes great with their British fish & chips, bangers & mash, or Scotch Eggs.
From the oldest to the newest in Broad Ripple, try the Thr3e Wise Men Brewery (1021 Broad Ripple Ave.). It is a short three block walk from the Brew Pub (although you will pass a dozen other bars and taverns on the way). This newcomer has made a quick impact. They provide good quality beers ranging from traditional brews like Irish Stout to more creative drinks like the Blackberry Wheat. However, I believe the biggest reason for their popularity is the incredible food. This is not a watering hole that can throw stuff in a fryer. This is a quality microbrewery with an emphasis on flavorful dishes.
If you are downtown and cannot make it to Broad Ripple, then you need to walk, crawl, or stumble over to Sun King Brewery (135 N. College Ave.). Although it has only been around a couple years, it has already earned numerous awards and has grown by leaps and bounds. Keep in mind that this is a brewery that distributes to many locations around the Midwest. It has retail hours and tasting hours, but it closes at 7pm most nights. Since it offers retail, you can purchase beer to take with you. Ale is the core of their business. They offer pale ale, cream ale, Scottish ale, and others.
Those are three of the best local breweries in Indy. Sample them all, enjoy yourself, and be safe.