Beer by the Numbers: A Guide to the Best Indianapolis BreweriesBy Leila Violette
Indy has some pretty strong craft brew bragging rights. Would it surprise you to learn that there are 12 top-notch breweries in Indianapolis? All but one can be found inside the I-465 loop, making it easy to access some suds, from wherever you are in the city. So, get your hops on and test your taste buds with these unique Indianapolis brewery tours:
Take a tour of this Indy original when you’re lucky enough to be in town for the weekend. Tours are offered at the Indianapolis location, and this is a must-go tour. You’ll get a chance to meet the brewers and ask questions about how their favorite (and maybe your favorite) beers are made. And who doesn’t love a souvenir — especially one filled with beer! You’ll get a complimentary souvenir pint glass and one free fill-up in the taproom. Cheers to Flat12.
Fountain Square Brewing Company
Want to tour a brewery but worried you don’t have enough time? Fountain Square, founded in 2010, has got you covered with their virtual brewery tour. Simply hop online for a virtual tour of their digs and decide if you want to visit in person if you can. And trust us, you will, because you don’t want to miss their famous Workingman’s Pilsner or the Backyard Porter, brewed in a traditional English style.
Triton Brewing Company
Looking for a laid-back experience targeted at all beer lovers? Then Triton is the place for you. This 10,000-square-foot brewery offers tours twice a week that give you a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process and how Triton specifically approaches brewing beer, which starts with good water — water that Triton perfects through a reverse osmosis filtration system. Their obsession is your joy: With more than 20 beers on tap and some guest beers, too, you’re sure to find something to make your taste buds sing.
Map Your Brew Route
Check out this Indy beer guide with popular beers numbered and mapped by brewery location in town. The beers are shown with their IBU (International Bitterness Units) rating (watch that bitter beer face) and ABV (alcohol by volume) percentage. Featured brews range from a blonde Belgian-style tripel,Tripel de Ripple, at Brugge Brasserie to a smooth, chocolate flavored porter, Pogue’s Run Porter, at Flat12 Bierwerks. Get ready for some deliciousness.