With the revival of craft brewing in the 1990s, Indiana has grown to house more than five dozen breweries. Top breweries such as 3 Floyds and Sun King Brewing have gained national followings, but a wide variety of nanobreweries and brewpubs throughout the state also offer unique experimental brews, traditional European styles, and award-winning classic ales.
1.Barley Island Brewing Company
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Barley Island Brewing Company is a Noblesville craft brewery and restaurant that was opened in 1999 by homebrewers Jeff and Linda Eaton. The brewery prides itself on its independent ownership and operation, which allows it to offer personalized service and integrate itself as an active member of its local community. Barley Island offers a wide and frequently changing range of beer styles on tap daily, including its flagship Barfly IPA, Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout, Dirty Helen Brown Ale, and Sheet Metal Blonde Witbier. Its full-service restaurant offers salads, sandwiches, appetizers and pasta dishes. Live local music is featured in the restaurant periodically, and the dining room is available to be rented for private parties and events.
639 E Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060, Phone: 317-770-5280
2.Bier Brewery & Tap Room
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Bier Brewery & Tap Room is a state, national, and international award-winning brewery and tap room in downtown Indianapolis. Since 2010, the popular local spot has been hand-crafting their beer in small batches and has produced more than 130 different varieties, with draft availability changing weekly. Nine beers are available on tap, with all customers encouraged to try complimentary samples of each beer. Pints and growler fills are offered for purchase, along with to-go can sales, which have been available since 2015. The dog-friendly brewery hosts game nights and live music at its tap room on a weekly basis. In the fall of 2018, Bier Brewery opened a second public location in nearby Carmel.
5133 E 65th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-253-2437
3.Black Acre Brewing Co.
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Black Acre Brewing Co. is a small batch craft brewery opened in 2012 by a group of five homebrewers and former law students. In 2015, the company opened a second production facility, allowing them to distribute their unique brews throughout the state of Indiana. Its public facility is located in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis and is committed to serving as a meeting and community space for local residents. A small three-barrel electric brewing system is utilized by the brewery, with brewing is focused on seasonal and speciality ales. Its taproom features a variety of its rotating brews on tap, with growler fills and to-go sales available. A light menu of sandwiches and snacks is also served at the tap room. Next read: Best Day Trips in Indiana
5632 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219, Phone: 317-207-6266
4.Broad Ripple Brewpub
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Broad Ripple Brewpub is an English-style pub and brewery established by husband and wife team John and Nancy Hill. At its 1990 opening, Broad Ripple was the first brewpub in Indiana and is currently the oldest continuously-operating brewery in the state. The brewery focuses on rye ales and award-winning cask styles, including The Hills Have Ryes, made in collaboration with Upland Brewing, and High and Rye, a traditional German-style rye. A large menu of classic bar and comfort food is served at its family-friendly and dog-friendly tap room, including many vegetarian, vegan, and health-conscious options. Outside, a large patio accommodates outdoor games in season. Next read: Romantic Weekend Getaways in Indiana
842 E 65th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-253-2739
5.Chapman's Brewing Company
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Chapman's Brewing Company was originally opened in 2012 by a group of Steuben County homebrewers and offers five tap room facilities today throughout Indiana, including a downtown Fort Wayne location that has partnered with local coffee makers Fortezza Coffee, serving craft coffee in the mornings and drafts throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Other locations include a Columbia City location housed within the city’s historic Central Building, a Wabash tap room within an 1837 livery stable, and a southwest Fort Wayne location serving a full menu of pub fare. All locations offer drafts, growler fills, and to-go sales of the brewery’s flagship beers, including its Englishman Southern Brown Ale, Valiant American Stout, Enlighten Kolsch, and Undaunted Single Hop IPA.
300 Industrial Dr, Angola, IN 46703, Phone: 260-319-5495
6.Chilly Water Brewing Company
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Chilly Water Brewing Company is an Indianapolis brewery that was opened in 2014 that serves as a popular after-work hangout. The brewery’s modern industrial-chic tap room serves a wide variety of light American fare, including paninis, burgers, and wrap sandwiches. Beers served on draft include the brewery’s Built to Last Pilsner, One Hop Wonder IPA, 5-String ESB, Ziggy Stardust Saison, and Blazin’ Fiddles Scottish Ale, which won the Best in Show award at the 2015 Indiana Brewers Cup. Live music performances are hosted at the brewery periodically, with rental space available for private parties and events hosting up to 40 people.
719 Virginia Ave #105, Indianapolis, IN 46203, Phone: 317-964-0518
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Crown Brewing is a Crown Point craft microbrewery that was founded in 2008 by local residents Dave Bryan and Tim Walsh. It bears the name of the city’s former turn-of-the-century brewery, which closed its doors in 1916. Today, the brewery offers a variety of year-round ales, including its Mayzie Cream Ale, Beauregard Blueberry Ale, Industrial Porter, and Special Forces IPA, all available at its public tap room facility. It hosts a variety of public special events throughout the year, including an annual Oktoberfest celebration held in conjunction with the city. Next door, Carriage Court Pizza serves dine-in and takeout pizzas, which may be brought into the brewery’s tap room.
211 S East St, Crown Point, IN 46307, Phone: 219-663-4545
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Deviate Brewing operates under a philosophy of striving to deviate from the norm of craft brewing, applying a wide variety of unique brewing approaches and techniques to the creation of its brews. Many of its beers are designed around flavor profiles of classic food pairings, such as its Blueberry Tarragon Ale or its Watermelon Mint Ale. Others try for experimental takes on common beer styles, such as its Hawaiian Imperial Stout or Peanut Butter IPA. Though the brewery’s Indianapolis tap room does not serve its own food, rotating food truck pop-ups are hosted on site periodically, and delivery is available from a number of nearby restaurants.
4004 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-374-8249
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Flat12 Bierwerks offers a downtown Indianapolis tap room that is connected to Hoagies and Hops restaurant, a sandwich shop operated by Kristina Mazza that serves unique twists on classic Philadelphia-style hoagies and Pennsylvania Dutch specialties. The brewery utilizes a 20-barrel brewing system to produce a variety of classic styles and creative brews, including its flagship Pogue’s Run Porter, Ministry of Rye, Half Cycle IPA, and Upside Down Blonde and fruit-forward one-offs within its Holy Kolsch series. Pints, growler fills, and to-go sales are offered at its tap room, which also serves flights for guests to try a variety of brews. A seasonal outdoor biergarten offers a fire pit and patio, and a variety of special events bring in the Indianapolis community, including live music performances, brewery tour days, and comedy events.
414 Dorman St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-426-5851
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10.Fountain Square Brewery
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Fountain Square Brewery opened a public tap room and brewery facility in the summer of 2010, striving to become a local hangout for the downtown Indianapolis area. The brewery’s owners have backgrounds in chemistry and microbiology and strive to craft unique high-quality beers with long-lasting shelf stability and a high level of flavor consistency. Brews offered at its tap room include the brewery’s flagship Workingman’s Pilsner, Preacher’s Daughter Amber Ale, Hop for Teacher Pale Ale, Soul Ride IPA, and Backyard Porter. Pints and pitchers are available for purchase, along with growler fills and to-go sales of the brewery’s ales.
1301 Barth Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, Phone: 317-493-1410
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Function Brewing has produced more than 200 unique brews at its Bloomington brewery and tap room since its 2014 public opening. The brewery’s name refers to the mathematical process that allows one to arrive at new outcomes after the introduction of variables, which is a reference to the brewery’s philosophy of continual experimentation in its offerings. Up to a dozen brews are served at any given time at its tap room, produced in a wide variety of classic and modern styles. Small bites and hot and cold sandwiches are served from its kitchen, including menu options with vegetarian and vegan substitutions available.
108 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47408, Phone: 812-676-1000
12.Iechyd Da Brewing Company
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Iechyd Da Brewing Company is an Elkhart brewpub that crafts its own brews and American pub fare, including unique pizzas and shareable appetizers. The brewery and restaurant was opened in 2011 by homebrewers Summer and Chip Lewis and is named after the traditional Welsh toast which translates to “good health.” Standard brews offered at the restaurant include its Boxcar Brown and American Black Ale, along with a variety of ales named for local landmarks and references related to the couple’s Welsh heritage. Often, the brewery serves common styles and standard brews side by side with similar styles for direct comparison.
317 N Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516, Phone: 574-293-0506
13.Indiana City Brewing Co.
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Indiana City Brewing Co. is located on the site of a former Indianapolis pre-Prohibition bottling house within the city’s east side. It has been serving high-quality ales out of its garage-style tap room since the summer of 2013 and has crafted more than 30 small-batch brews, including a number of award-winning styles. Year-round offerings include its Tribute American Pale Ale, Dock Seven IPA, Shadow Boxer Oatmeal Stout, and Yacht Rock Belgian Wheat Ale, while limited releases include a bourbon barrel-aged series. Pints and growlers are served at the brewery’s tap room, and cans are available at a number of locations throughout the Indianapolis region.
24 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-643-1103
14.MashCraft Brewing Company
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MashCraft Brewing Company opened its first Greenwood brewpub in 2014, operated by owner and master brewer Andrew Castner. Today, the brewery showcases three public locations throughout the Indianapolis region, including a Delaware restaurant and family-friendly tap room in Fishers. A wide variety of brews are offered on a rotating seasonal schedule, including the brewery’s Skid Row Joe American Porter, Easy Shuffle Hefeweizen, City Limits Kolsch, Maverick IPA, and Shiftwork Pilsner. Holiday brews include its Elvira Pumpkin Ale, Gingersnap Spiced Ale, and Linus and Lucy Imperial Belgian Brown Ale. Classic pub fare and shareable plates are served at the brewery’s Delaware and Fishers locations, with bar snacks available at the original Greenwood location. Live music and trivia nights are offered periodically at all three locations.
1140 IN-135, Greenwood, IN 46142, Phone: 317-215-4578
15.Metazoa Brewing Company
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Metazoa Brewing Company is an Indianapolis brewery that opened its downtown tap room in 2016. It is committed to helping animal and wildlife organizations, with five percent of all its proceeds donated to local animal-focused organizations. Its pet-friendly tap room is open seven days a week and offers drafts and tastings of the brewery’s unique flavor-forward ales, including its Moose Grapefruit IPA, Don’t Be Tarty Blackberry Kolsch, Game of Bones Biere de Garde, and Buzz Like Bees Coffee Porter. Rotating food truck pop-ups are showcased on site periodically, and guests are welcome to order delivery from a variety of nearby restaurants through the ClusterTruck delivery service.
140 S. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-522-0251
16.New Oberpfalz Brewing
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New Oberpfalz Brewing is named for Bavaria’s Oberpfalz brewing region and brewed its first batch of beer in December of 2014. The brewery’s Griffith tap room and restaurant opened to the public in early 2015 and serves a rotating selection of the brewery’s German-style ales and lagers, including its flagship traditional Helles Lager, which received a gold medal at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Seasonal brews include its Hopwagon American IPA, Elucidator Dopplebock, Nebra Disk Dry-Hopped IPA, and Our Lady Maibock. Its tap room menu utilizes locally-sourced ingredients and features grass-fed burgers, shareable plates, and vegetarian options, along with a full children’s menu. Guest drafts from other local breweries are also tapped, along with wine and hard cider options.
121 E Main St, Griffith, IN 46319, Phone: 219-513-9341
17.Planetary Brewing Company Tap Room
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Planetary Brewing Company Tap Room was started as a homebrewing operating and has grown into a full-fledged microbrewery, opening the doors of its tap room and brewery in Old Town Greenwood in March of 2013. The tap room is located within a renovated century-old building and offers seating for up to 70 patrons, including an upper-level loft overlooking the main bar. Eight rotating taps of the brewery’s beers are showcased at any given time, including a rotating nitro option. The brewery produces more than 50 beers in total, including its Parallax Vanilla Porter, Spacewalk Pale Ale, Heliotropic Amber Ale, and Bosstin Hill IPA.
188 S Madison Ave, Greenwood, IN 46142, Phone: 317-215-4941
18.Pokro Brewing Company, Inc.
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Pokro Brewing Company, Inc. is a family-owned microbrewery and brewpub that opened to the public in 2015, specializing in classic European-style brews crafted by brewmaster Joe Pokropinski. In 2016, the brewery’s Angus British Strong Ale received the gold medal at the Bicentenni-Ale Beer Competition at the Indiana State Fair. Other beer offerings highlight classic Belgian, Polish, and English styles. A full kitchen menu is served at the brewery’s 21-and-up tap room, including an extensive selection of Polish food, along with sandwiches, tacos, and bar appetizers. Regular public special events are held at the tap room, including paint nights, live music and open mic performances, and Faith Brewing events.
311 N Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319, Phone: 219-924-7950
19.Powerhouse Brewing Co.
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Powerhouse Brewing Co. is a Columbus, Indiana craft brewery and pub that opened to the public in 2006 and now distributes its craft beers statewide, including its year-round flagship Ceraline Cream Ale, Diesel Oil Stout, Two Daves IPA, and Jack the Bum Ale. Seasonal beers such as the brewery’s DILLIGAF Rye Ale and Mom’s New Boyfriend Imperial Black IPA are tapped at the brewery’s restaurant, along with exclusive one-offs and small-batch brews. Its family-friendly full-service brewpub showcases a wide variety of pub grub, including shareable appetizers, specialty sandwiches and wraps, and classic diner entrees such as fish and chips and beer-infused macaroni and cheese.
2735 IN-9, Columbus, IN 47203, Phone: 812-603-6055
20.Salt Creek Brewery, Inc.
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Salt Creek Brewery, Inc. has been singled out as the state’s most unique craft brewery, housed within a restored service garage in Bedford. The brewery was opened in 2012 as Lawrence County’s first and only craft microbrewery, showcasing award-winning beers such as its Carmel Wheat, Black Creek IPA, Switchback Sally Double IPA, and Damn Blonde. Its beer bait and tackle-themed tap room is open Thursdays through Sundays and offers full kitchen service from its W/O A Paddle Cafe and sales of its Salt Creek Cigars. Vintage beer memorabilia abounds throughout the facility, including bottles and kegs dating back to the 19th century.
466 Old State Rd 37 N, Bedford, IN 47421, Phone: 812-277-8277
21.Sun King Brewing
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Sun King Brewing is Indianapolis’ largest brewery and the second-largest throughout the state after Hammond’s 3 Floyds Brewing Company. The brewery is located within the city’s Cole-Noble District in a three-building campus that offers food, beer, and live performances and events. Core brews include the brewery’s year-round Wee Mac Scottish Ale, Osiris Pale Ale, and Sunlight Cream Ale, while seasonal and limited release beers include its award-winning Java Mac Scottish Ale, Velvet Fog Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and barrel-aged Pappy van Muckle. The brewery also operates two other locations throughout the state, including an all-ages tap room and small-batch brewery in Fishers and the Sun King Spirits distillery in Carmel, which serves food from the brewery’s partner restaurants La Margarita, Oca, and Pi.
135 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-602-3702
22.Triton Brewing Company and Bistro
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Triton Brewing Company and Bistro opened its new Fort Benjamin Harrison brewery bistro in 2018, which serves small plates, sandwiches, and New American entrees to pair with its exceptional craft brews. Its extensive beer list showcases creatively-named favorites such as Kilt Bill Scottish Ale, Ale Pacino Moccacino, and The Hempire Strikes Back Hemp IPA, along with a wide variety of experimentally-flavored sour beers, barrel-aged stouts, and seasonal brews. Tours of the brewery’s 10,000-square-foot facility are offered twice weekly, and a laid-back tap room facility offers a year-round beer garden and outdoor patio. Carryout sales are also offered, including four-pack cans and growler fills.
5764 Wheeler Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216, Phone: 317-735-2706
23.TwoDEEP Brewing Co.
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TwoDEEP Brewing Co. was founded in 2010 by Indianapolis homebrewers and opened its public tap room along the city’s Capitol Avenue in 2014, located just north of the city’s Cultural Trail. Since then, the brewery has served a wide variety of malt-forward ales, including its year-round Knightstick Cream Ale, Red Sunday Irish Red Ale, Lake IPA, and Brickhouse Roasted Amber Ale. Its casual tap room facility aims to be a laid-back community gathering space, offering comfortable leather couches and an inviting fireplace. Private special event rental space is offered for corporate and cultural events, with catering available.
714 N Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-653-1884
24.Wabash Brewing Taproom and Brewery
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Wabash Brewing Taproom and Brewery is northwest Indianapolis’ favorite neighborhood nanobrewery, located within the Park 100 area. The brewery was opened in 2015 by friends Nic Stauch, Matt and Dave Kriech, and Damon Carl and offers a recently expanded tap room that is partnered with Liberation Roasting to serve coffee during the morning hours and beer in the afternoons and evenings. Light fare is served at lunch and dinner by Between Brews, and an under-21 area of the tap room is offered for younger visitors. A wide variety of unique brews are offered, including the brewery’s standard Waapaahsiiki Blonde, 503 Amber, Cannonball Pale Ale, Baconface Brown Ale, and Not Our Porter.
5328 W 79th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-938-4458
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Windmill Brewing was opened by Justin Verburg and Scott Vander Griend in 2015 and strives to break the mold from craft beer’s current IPA craze, offering a variety of experimental sour ales, barrel-aged barleywines, and classic European lighter styles. The brewery’s Dyer tap room serves pints and fills growlers of its flagship and seasonal brews, including its Pale Dutch Boy American Pale Ale, orange juice-infused Memosea IPA, cinnamon and maple syrup-flavored Hey Mikey Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and SproosJoos Farmhouse Ale, a collaboration with local Burn ‘Em Brewing. Its tap room enforces a three-beer limit to ensure it remains a laid-back, craft-focused beer tasting experience rather than a rowdy sports bar environment.
2121 Gettler St, Dyer, IN 46311, Phone: 219-440-2189
25 Best Indiana Breweries
- Barley Island Brewing Company, Photo: Barley Island Brewing Company
- Bier Brewery & Tap Room, Photo: Bier Brewery & Tap Room
- Black Acre Brewing Co., Photo: Black Acre Brewing Co.
- Broad Ripple Brewpub, Photo: Broad Ripple Brewpub
- Chapman's Brewing Company, Photo: Chapman's Brewing Company
- Chilly Water Brewing Company, Photo: Chilly Water Brewing Company
- Crown Brewing, Photo: Crown Brewing
- Deviate Brewing, Photo: Deviate Brewing
- Flat12 Bierwerks, Photo: Flat12 Bierwerks
- Fountain Square Brewery, Photo: Fountain Square Brewery
- Function Brewing, Photo: Function Brewing
- Iechyd Da Brewing Company, Photo: Iechyd Da Brewing Company
- Indiana City Brewing Co., Photo: Indiana City Brewing Co.
- MashCraft Brewing Company, Photo: MashCraft Brewing Company
- Metazoa Brewing Company, Photo: Metazoa Brewing Company
- New Oberpfalz Brewing, Photo: New Oberpfalz Brewing
- Planetary Brewing Company Tap Room, Photo: Planetary Brewing Company Tap Room
- Pokro Brewing Company, Inc., Photo: Pokro Brewing Company, Inc.
- Powerhouse Brewing Co., Photo: Powerhouse Brewing Co.
- Salt Creek Brewery, Inc., Photo: Salt Creek Brewery, Inc.
- Sun King Brewing, Photo: Sun King Brewing
- Triton Brewing Company and Bistro, Photo: Courtesy of EddieHernandez - Fotolia.com
- TwoDEEP Brewing Co., Photo: TwoDEEP Brewing Co.
- Wabash Brewing Taproom and Brewery, Photo: Wabash Brewing Taproom and Brewery
- Windmill Brewing, Photo: Windmill Brewing
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