Looking to grab a pint of delicious, local beer in downtown Indy? Check out a local's guide to the best breweries in Indianapolis, compiled after much diligent study and in-person research by your esteemed, beer-loving author.
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Looking for the best, local breweries in downtown Indianapolis?
With our German roots, Indianapolis certainly has more than its fair share of delicious breweries. And having lived in Indianapolis since 2014, and in the heart of downtown for most of that time, the husband and I have admittedly spent more than our fair share of time sampling all that Indy's breweries have to offer. Is there a better way to spend a lazy Sunday than having a few beers at the source? I think not.
Indiana craft breweries have been steadily growing as a formidable Midwestern base for about 20 years, with Upland in Bloomington and Sun King here in Indy largely leading the charge. I originally wrote this post back in 2019, and sadly a few of my favorite spots have closed their doors since then (RIP Flat 12, Black Acre, and Two Deep). But, by-and-large, Indy's brewing scene continues growing
From multi-destination brands to tasting rooms and spots where you can smell the fresh hops, I've rounded up my favorite Indianapolis breweries you can visit during your time in the Circle City!
7+ Unique, Local Breweries in Downtown Indianapolis
Alright, it's time to dig into our list! I've rounded up my favorite unique, local breweries in downtown Indy. If you're going to be hitting several spots, consider renting a Pacer bike and exploring via the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
Please drink responsibly and don't forget to bring your ID (even I still get carded a lot).
Sun Light Cream Ale
St Joseph's Brewery & Public House
German Heritage at The Rathskeller
The Rathskeller, Indianapolis's authentic German heritage destination, is also home to its stunning beer garden, overlooking the city and one of the most popular live music venues in the city.
They offer approachable beers of German extraction, seasonal offerings, and authentic German fare.
Alas, they don't brew their own beers, so it can only be extra credit on a brewery list, but I just feel like it deserves an honorable mention.
Brew Link Brewpub (Central Canal)
For more on exploring the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, check out the full post!
Broad Ripple Brew Pub
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And while you're here, I hope you'll take some time to check out all of the Indianapolis resources I've created on the blog. I love nothing more than bragging about the Circle City. xx
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