Friday Drankin’ is back to ease you into the weekend. This week we’re going to go really small, but just because it is a smaller brewery doesn’t mean it isn’t good. In fact, when it comes to taste and variety, it might be the best in Indianapolis.
5632 E. Washington St.
Nestled on the east side of Indianapolis right in the middle of the revitalized Irvington district is Black Acre Brewing. It is a small place. Originally just a tap room, they are beginning to can some of their more regular beers and they can be found in some of the better liquor stores around Indianapolis. Black Acre is always good for a growler though, as they have over 20 taps with different house brews as well as guest brews and collaborations.
It is also a good idea to check online before you go, as the tap list can change daily. Some of their regulars like Street Lamp Blonde and Saucy Intruder Rye IPA are almost always there, but they have something for everyone. Their board is broken up into Light, Malt, Dark, Hops, wild Card, and Guest for what is currently on tap. The tap room itself is a great atmosphere too with Jockamo’s Pizza just next door.
Here are some of my favorites from Black Acre:
Pumpkin Thief – This is typically one of their fall seasonals, but it is a very smooth and mild pumpkin beer weighing in at 7% ABV and 21 IBUs. Each 3 barrel batch is brewed with 60 pounds of pumpkin and it is also canned in the fall. If you love pumpkin beers (and I do) this is a must have in the fall. It is probably the best pumpkin beer made in Indianapolis.
Street Lamp Blonde – This is one of their regular beers and it is a good one at that. It is a lighter blonde ale brewed with lemon peel, which adds to the flavor. It comes in at 5% ABV and a tasty 21 IBUs. This is a good sipping beer on a warm summer day.
Carver’s Army – Peanut butter and beer DO go together! At least once a year black acre comes out with their Carver’s Army, which is a peanut butter porter that is on par with, if not better than, DuClaw’s Sweet baby Jesus or Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss. It is a solid 7% ABV and a smooth 25 IBUs. Liquid Bliss is one of my top 10 favorite beers and a must buy whenever I can find it. Carver’s Army might be better.
Tears of Ra – My opinion on IPAs are changing, and Tears of Ra is a reason why. This is a milder IPA brewed with honey and the sweetness really comes through. It is a 6.5% ABV and 46 IBUs, so it is not too hoppy. It has just enough hops to really kick up the flavor though.
Of course, these are just a few of their selections. On their Untappd page they have over 300 varieties of beer they have made over the years. You can always check to see what they have on the board before you go by visiting their website linked above.