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Friday Drankin’: Exploring Indiana Brewing with Indiana City Brewing

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Let’s explore another brewery on the east side of downtown Indy.

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I was at the Garth Brooks show last night, so naturally, I was thinking beer. Unfortunately, all that was really on tap in most of the Fieldhouse was the cheap swill of Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light. Thankfully there were a few Sun King stands and a specialty craft stand there to save the day. It made me wish I had today’s featured brewery.

Indiana City Brewing

24 Shelby Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Indiana City started operations in the summer of 2013 just off of Washington street east of the 65/70 merger. They are in a location within easy walking distance of Fountain Square, Flat 12, and even Sun King Brewing. In fact, the four breweries have combined to host a 5K between the four of them before. Their taproom is a cozy place with local food trucks always stopping by. They took over the Home brewing Company bottling house that had been vacant for six years before they moved in. It’s a beautiful old school building that is nearing 100 years of age and they have lovingly restored it.

The beer is pretty good too. They have a core lineup of three beers and several seasonals, barrel-aged, and limited editions. The three core beers are canned and can be found all over Indianapolis. I believe that Sundays are their growler fill special days at half price.

Here are some of their best:

Death by Pumpkin – This is their seasonal on tap right now and the impetus behind writing this post. It is honestly one of the best pumpkin beers I have had. It comes in at a 6.66% ABV and is sold via bombers in early October direct from the taproom. It can be a little hard to get, but if you can, get it. They have even had a variant called Murder by Pumpkin that was barrel-aged in bourbon barrels. It comes out in November.

Yacht Rock – Want a smooth wheat ale? Yacht Rock is for you. At 6% ABV and 19 IBU this is a smooth drinking beer with a hint of orange from being brewed with orange peels. It is one of their three core beers and can be found in cans at most Indy liquor stores.

Tribute Pale Ale – For a pale this isn’t bad. It is an American Pale Ale that comes in at 5.7% ABV and 57 IBUs. It is also one of their core beers that is always on tap and available in most Indy area stores.

Son of War Blonde – This is a nice golden ale with a citrus taste. It is not too strong at 4.5% ABV, but is a smooth 12 IBUs. It is a nice summer beer that they also can, so you might still be able to find some in stores.