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What's on Tap: Indy's Best Breweries

Indy’s award-winning craft beer scene is thriving and growing by the minute. Ranging from small taprooms to large warehouses, each brewery is very different, offering a pint for every palate.

 

You’ll never walk into this northeast Indy brewery and see the same menu twice. Bier Brewery, a father-son affair, serves up over 100 different brews annually while keeping the regulars satisfied with their ever-present Obi-Wan Kenobi décor.


Nestled in the historic neighborhood of Irvington, Black Acre is a small batch, artisan brewery that prides itself on brewing some of the best seasonal and specialty ales around. This ultra-sleek, upscale brewery is the perfect watering hole for an intimate date or evening out with friends.


With a slogan like "16 taps and no crap," you know you're getting a great craft beer. On Indy's southwest side, Black Swan's menu of comfort food with a twist pairs perfectly with a bold pint. The five-barrel brewhouse turns out porters to pale ales and everything in between.


When you want to read, drink, and converse, join the crowd at this unique half bookstore/half brewpub. Reading material is priced low, beers have literary tie-ins like A Clockwork Orange Wheat and A Man For All Saisons, and food is fresh and locally sourced.


The brewery that started it all. When you step into the Broad Ripple Brew Pub (Indy’s first, we might add), the décor, complete with dark wood paneling and one of the coziest fire pits in the Village, will transport you to a neighborhood English pub. Do yourself a favor and order the beer cheese crock, the pub’s specialty!


At the forefront of the microbrew scene here in Indy Brugge has been serving four house beers since 2005. Beware of the Tripel de Ripple, a blonde Belgian-style brew with a ten percent alcohol content (limit of two per customer). This French brasserie has a full menu of delectable eats. Make sure to try local favorites like pomme frites and mussel selections.


Fletcher Place, just south of downtown, is home to this urban brewpub featuring great food – try Skip’s Balls, you won’t be disappointed – and excellent brews created at the experienced hands of the owner and head brewer. Live music is also a focus.


Cutters is a production brewery dedicated to bringing hard working beer to the masses.


This independent craft brewery brings eclectic, flavorful beers. The aggressively fun results are not for the timid!


Hands down home to one of the best back patios in the city, FLAT12 is a product of time-tested home brewing. Stop by for a delicious lineup of house beers, frequent visits from food trucks, and entertainment. Their beers can also be found in restaurants, breweries, and stores around the city.


It all started when a couple of chemists put their heads (and passion!) together to do one thing: craft great beer. Located in the hip, funky Fountain Square Cultural District, the owners converted an old warehouse into a most dazzling soda pop fountain-esque brewery.


Indiana City enjoys creating innovative brews based on traditional styles using their small-batch, hand-crafted approach. The brewery is located in the historic ‘Bottling House’ of the Home Brewing Company on the east side of downtown.


A high-quality variety of hand-crafted beers is brewed and served in the Greenwood tap room. Whether you want big hops, maltiness, or something crisp and clean, you’ll find a brew with a balance of the finest ingredients. Regulars include gold, red, and IPA.


Award-winning food and beer make this Greenwood (south of Indy) spot a must-visit brewpub. Producing fresh ales on-site in small batches since 1999, Oaken Barrel has a cozy family dining area, a bar area hopping with sports of all types on the TVs, six standard house ales and a steady stream of specialty beers which keep customers lined up for new releases.


Located in the historic Chatham Arch neighborhood downtown, Outliers is an independent, artisanal craft brewery offering four year-round beers: Buffalo Jacket IPA, County Brown, Whitcomb Rye, and Blau Machen Pilsner. Traditional brewing techniques combine with an enthusiasm for new combinations to produce unique flavors.


This two-barrel nanobrewery in Greenwood provides “an otherworldly experience" for tap room visitors with an ever-changing lineup of supremely crafted ales. Armed with a library of recipes, they offer 3-4 brews each week. A tasting room is coming soon, but for now you can enjoy samples and carry out fills.


An independent, family-owned and operated restaurant business since 1971, The Ram now houses the Big Horn Brewing Company. Hand-crafted beers are available in growlers, sixth barrels, pony kegs, and kegs. Some of the fun names include Total Disorder Porter, Buttface Amber Ale and sure sellers are Big Horn Hefeweizen, Big Red IPA, and the Blonde.


While Rock Bottom may be a chain restaurant, the brews are independently created at each location. With a philosophy that beer should be clean, simple, and fresh, it's no surprise that these have won a few awards through the years including the recent World Beer Cup gold award for the College Park site's Naked Oat Stout!


At only five years old, Sun King is Indy’s largest craft microbrewery, producing nearly 25,000 barrels a year. Exclusively distributed in the Hoosier State, Indiana is only place to taste this Great American Beer Festival gold medalist brewery. Drop in on a Friday for a packed house, $5 growler fills, and free tastings.


If you have ever visited Scotty's Brewhouse in Indy, you already know that owner Scott Wise loves his beer. With the help of local brewer Omar Castrellon, Wise took this love even further and created Thr3e Wise Men Brewery in Broad Ripple. Grab a growler, a pint, or specialty pizza while people-watching in the Village.


Located just blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, Tow Yard serves Northwest-style craft beer as well as an impressive line-up of deli sandwiches from The Larder made from locally-sourced ingredients.


With a spacious tasting room and a glorious outdoor patio, Triton is one heck of place to bring a group. This Fort Benjamin Harrison favorite serves more than a dozen house brews and some of the best homemade root beer in the city. Triton's special reverse osmosis filtration system ensures better water, hence better beer.


Union serves real ales hand crafted two barrels at a time using time-honored traditions and natural ingredients. We really like beer and we love cask-conditioned real ales. We think you will, too!