In the last few years, Indianapolis has become synonymous with micro-brewing. Seriously! Right now the city brags an impressive 10 breweries and brewpubs within its city limits and a fun-filled Microbrewers Festival every July, a benefit event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For $40, visitors can taste a huge variety of beers from across Indiana and the mid-west. Some of Indianapolis’ favorite brewers share the spotlight with some more up-and-coming mini-breweries from across the state. But if you happen to be in the city on one of the 51 weekends a year without this mother load of all beer festivals, a visit to the breweries themselves is the next best thing! A great way to inform yourself before visiting these alcoholic watering holes is to visit the Brewers of Indiana Guild’s website and create and customize your very own brewery tour, depending on where you’ll be in the city or the state.
One of the most beloved breweries in the Circle City is Sun King Brewery located in a downtown Indianapolis warehouse and open to the public each and every Thursday (from 4-7pm), Friday (from 1-7pm), and Saturday (from 1-4pm) for free beer-tasting. Sun King can only be found in Indiana at one of 150 bars, restaurants and liquor stores, but if you’re not entirely sure where to go, check out their store locator I-phone app!
Another city favorite is The Upland Brewing Company located just south of the trendy area known as Broad Ripple. Originally from Bloomington, IN, the Indianapolis location is a funky, eclectic tasting room where you can order a 4-oz. sample and then take a growler or keg of your favorite beer home with you! They’re Maibock beer is absolutely delicious, but don’t take my word for it!
If you’re not the beer-drinking type, or prefer a good glass of wine instead, Indianapolis also has its fair share of wineries. The Indianapolis Wine Trail connects 6 different wineries in the area, ranging from urban locations to vineyards bordering the city. You can pick up a “Trail Passport” at any of the 6 locations. The Indy Wine Trail also sponsors a wide variety of events all year round including the Indianapolis Big Tent Wine Event on September 22nd, which benefits The St. Vincent Foundation and features “hundreds of wines from five continents.” If you’re in town the weekend of October 15th and 16th, you might want to check out the Indy Wine Trail’s Chili Cookoff.