What's on Tap: Indy's Best Breweries
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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.

Bent Rail Brewery

Bent Rail Brewery

This brewery was started by a group of restaurateurs, so you know the food is impeccable, in addition to offering a great beer selection. The large space offers plenty of room for anyone in the Broad Ripple area to stop by, and there are a variety of local beers on tap. The Bent Rail will be serving brews that blend together seasonal and modern tastes to create great specialty flavors.

Bier Brewery and Taproom

Bier Brewery

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.

Big Lug Canteen

Big Lug Canteen

Big Lug was inspired by the foods, beers, and spirits that two self-identifying "big lugs" like to eat and drink. Located just off the Monon Trail in Nora, the relaxed vibe makes this a great place to enjoy the solid grub menu and no-nonsense brews. Enjoy the patio and outdoor bar when the weather allows.

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.

Blind Owl Brewery 

Blind Owl Brewery

A family friendly gastropub just east of Broad Ripple, Blind Owl has 26 taps (six are for their own) and a variety of comfort food using items from the next door garden. On-site beehives produce the honey flavoring the browns. Enjoy a pint on the outdoor patio while playing bocce ball and corn hole or warm up next to the cozy fire pits.

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.

Brew Link Brewing Company

After years of successfully helping others find the path to home brewing through their supply shop, Brew Link is now also a fully operational brewery offering community-inspired and community-driven craft beers. This small brewery with big ideas believes everything in and around the beer is as important as the final product.

Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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.

Located just five blocks from the speedway, this brewery features fun and eclectic beers with an atmosphere to match. Here you can visit the taproom to try a wide array of craft beers, or you can step outside onto the 8,000 sq. ft. patio and enjoy some sunshine and live music. Feel free to bring in any food to enjoy while you sip, but please, leave the drinks to the Daredevils.

Deviate Brewing

Deviate Brewing

This northwest side brewery has a mantra which gives it its name: deviate from the norm. The owners believe craft beer should be fun, not be confined by traditions, and always push the envelope. The awards they won as home brewers are proof that mantra works.

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.

Flix Brewhouse is a movie theatre with a full-scale menu and beer brewed in-house. You can sit back and enjoy a movie while waiters bring you beer and snacks at the push of a button. Flix serves a variety of local beers as well as 6 of their own options. Not in the mood for a movie? There is pub-style seating in the front of the brewhouse, so you can stop in for just a quick drink and a bite to eat, and it is well worth it.

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.

With a convenient location in the heart of downtown, Granite City is ideal for visitors looking for a brewery in walking distance. Granite City serves signature beers including The Duke (Pale Ale) and The Bennie (Bock). The handcrafted beers offer unique styles and flavors not typically produced by major breweries.

This microbrewery is the first to call northeast suburb Fishers home. Founded by home brewers dedicated to serving quality craft beers alongside locally=sourced menu items, Heady Hollow has strong connections to the history and legends of their city.

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!

Redemption Brewery


Beer? Wine? Mead? Craft cocktails? They’re all here in Fishers along with a full menu of food offerings. Flat-screen TVs, sofas, and board games invite you to make yourself at home while quenching your thirst with five taps of Redemption’s house brews and a variety of other Indiana beverages.

Scarlet Lane Brewing Company

Scarlet Lane Brewing Company

CEO and brewer Elise Lane brings girl-power to the Indy brewing scene at this McCordsville-based brewery just east of Indianapolis. With beers inspired from spending years in the Northwest, Scarlet Lane prides itself on having experts available to not only serve an incredible selection of brews, but to share beer knowledge.

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, nothing can beat sipping on a brew in what was once a catholic church. The large and beautiful space of St. Joseph’s church has been turned into a brewery and restaurant for diners and beer connoisseurs alike. Floor-to-ceiling windows give you a little something extra to look at while you try some cleverly-named brews, like the slightly-spiced Sanctuary Saison and the Confessional IPA.

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.

A passion for brewing and a desire to share it with everyone are the driving forces behind TwoDEEP. The taproom offers plenty of room to relax and enjoy the year-round offerings and seasonal specialties.

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!

The relaxed and artsy feel of this SoBro tasting room will make you feel like you are in a cozy coffee shop, except with beer and board games at your fingertips. Lounging areas and small tables provide more intimate seating options so you can sit back and take in all the flavor of the delicious brews. While based out of and brewed in Bloomington, Upland was a pioneer in Indiana's craft beer scene and has alway been an Indy favorite. No food is served, but food trucks are often parked right outside for your convenience when you feel the need to grab a bite.

Wabash Brewing


Indy's northwest neighborhood nanobrewery marries science and craft brewing to create great beer in honor of the state’s largest river, the mighty Wabash. Come to the taproom for a pint in a relaxed atmosphere. Speaking of marriage (and other big events), give them a couple of months and they will create a custom beer just for you.!


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