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Friday Drankin’: Exploring Indiana Brewing with Tax Man Brewing

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Most people do not know where Bargersville is, but they make good beer there.

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As the saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. The good thing is that when you combine them you get some pretty good beer. That’s why we’re looking a little south today to Bargersville in Johnson County south of Indianapolis for our featured brewery: Tax Man Brewing Company.

Tax Man Brewing Company

13 S Baldwin St

Bargersville, IN 46106

Tax Man Brewing has a good deal with local Target stores, as their products are often displayed on endcaps and even near the entrance at least in Indianapolis. They have a pair of taprooms in Bargersville and Fortville, which is to the northeast of Indianapolis. Their beers also play on the tax theme with each name usually being related to a tax term. They offer some bottled beers, usually as part of their barrel-aged series, but most of their products in store are found in four-pack cans. It is pretty good too.

Defall’t – This is their current seasonal beer and it is styled as a “Biere de garde”, designed to be brewed in the spring and drank in the fall. It is a smooth but strong beer at 22 IBUs and a 7% ABV. It’s smoothness comes from Indiana wildflower honey and it is an excellent fall beer.

Gold Standard – Like many other Tax Man beers, this has a Belgian style base that allows it to be strong, but smooth. Gold Standard is an abbey blonde that checks in at 6.2% ABV and 20 IBUs. It is not going to be overpowering, either.

Exemption – This is a Belgian tripel that packs quite a punch at 8.5% ABV, but with only 30 IBUs the hops are not overpowering. It is brewed with lemon, orange peel, and coriander for a nice mix of flavor without being too boozy.

Tax Holiday – Yeah, you’ll need a holiday after this one. This seasonal Christmas ale is a Belgian dark strong that comes in at a whopping 10% ABV and 32 IBUs. It is made with buckwheat honey and molasses but also has a chocolate rye backing.

As I mentioned above, most Tax Man products can be found all over Indiana, and target has them at a fairly reasonable price.