4 Best Breweries To Visit in Indianapolis
Craft beer has become incredibly popular over the last decade, with independent breweries springing up across the country. Indianapolis boasts some of the best independent breweries around, with a huge range of options from tiny breweries to large taprooms. Here are the best breweries to visit in Indianapolis.
- Books & Brews
Books & Brews combines their love of books and beer into one business model. The front of the business acts as a used bookstore, with reasonably gently used books available for sale with part of the proceeds going to IndyReads, a literacy nonprofit for adults and children. The back is a brewpub, serving up housemade beers with literature-themed names. Enjoy an afternoon with friends savoring delicious craft beer and playing one of the many board games available, or relax with a new book to read.
Books & Brews also offers a Mug Club discount. For a one-time fee, frequent guests can get a variety of perks from reduced pricing to access to their lending library. Books & Brews has nine locations spread across Indianapolis.
- Oaken Barrel Brewing Co.
Located in Greenwood, Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. offers guests award-winning food and craft beer. It’s excellent beer selection and delicious menu has won it a loyal following of regulars, while it’s rotating tap of specialty beers from other breweries keeps things interesting. It offers multiple TVs for guests who want to watch the latest sports game live with their friends and a comfortable family dining area. Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. is located at 50 N. Airport Parkway.
- Black Acre Brewing Co.
Black Acre Brewing Co. is a hip, polished brewery perfect for date nights or intimate gatherings with friends. Thoroughly modern, the Black Acre Brewing Co. is housed in a gorgeous space that’s only matched by their phenomenal handcrafted brews. They offer artisan seasonal and specialty ales and have a regularly changing tap menu to keep guests coming back for more. They also regularly host events and live music.
Besides beer, Black Acre Brewing Co. offers a full menu of food, from bite-sized appetizers to full entrees. The taproom is located at 5632 E Washington Street.
- Broad Ripple Brewpub
Broad Ripple Brewpub is the original Indianapolis brewery. Opened in 1990, this pub is cozy and intimate, with dark paneled walls, tin ceiling, and a firepit for when the temperatures turn chilly. Their outdoor patio is one of the largest in the area and is able to seat up to 70 guests. They offer both their own microbrewery beers as well as rotating taps from both local and national breweries.
Besides beer, Broad Ripple Brewpub has a delicious English-inspired menu. It features favorite dishes like scotch eggs and shepherd’s pie. They also serve wings and the pub’s specialty: a crock of beer cheese. There are regular food and drink specials plus live entertainment. The pub is located at 840 E. 65th Street.
These are just a few of the many breweries Indianapolis has to offer. Whether you’re a fan of dark or light beers, there’s something for everyone!
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