- Broad Ripple Brewpub
- The Broad Ripple Brewpub turn 26
BRBP premiered a newly installed big screen TV that lured football fans. This opened the bar TV for Indy Eleven fans to slug out the two overtimes and deciding shootout placing Cosmos again at the top of the NASL — one point above the Boys in Blue playing their hearts out in their second ascending season.
The concluding toast to John Hill was equally a shoutout for the best parts of community-building. Lifting a pint were long-time patrons, including fellow brewers.
“BRBP never really swung too far with the pendulum of IPAs and the hop heads that followed. I think we led the way in sticking to our guns and brewing to the style first and having fun with it second,” is Mullens’ tribute to John Hill’s understanding of knowing who you are in the industry as a whole.
Mullens points to BRBP having from the start a following for drinkable beers to be enjoyed as part of a handcrafted meal — now referred to as a 'scratch kitchen' by newer entities — and simply as a beverage enjoyed in the company of friends.
“Without community there is no beer and without beer there is no community,” cites Mullens. “Leisurely brewed” as a motto spills over to how Hill envisions what the BRBP patron should experience. Kick back and enjoy.
Leading into the 25th anniversary and throughout BRBP’s 26th year of operation, Mullens has widened the historical vista of brewing with the introduction of a few unfamiliar tastes using different sets of ingredients, including juniper twigs instead of hops and different brewing methods.
“Are we late to the punch on this, or right on the cusp of it all,” muses Mullens.
“We are working on new angles each and every day. I love being part of the history that is the Brewpub and would not have it any other way. I am doing everything in my power to improve not only the beer but the community around the brewpub by trying to enhance the beer culture.
“As time goes on, I will brew more and more experimental brews alongside of brewing styles not really heard of [in Indianapolis]. Now, a Roggenbier is on our menu and we’ll have another harvest ale (Bennett's Pale) up again.”
Starting their 27th year, BRBP’s biggest news is Alec Hill’s [BRBP's owner's son] return to Indianapolis from a culinary and brewing career elsewhere to open a Taproom and nano brewery in a historic building on East 10th Street. We’ll keep you posted on the second generation of Hill family craft beer leadership.
Here’s a list of BRBBP-brewed and guest beers that were flowing Nov. 13. Stop in for what’s still on tap.
- Broad Ripple Brewpub
- So much on tap at BRBP right now
Pumpkin Ale, Ministry of Rye (Flat12 Collaboration), Last Day of Camp (25 grains for 25 years made last year and aged for a year. Last keg here until it's out), Ron Swanson's Last Day of Camp (Aged in a bourbon Barrel we will tap a keg until we turn 30), Silent Lucidity (Bohemian Pilsner), UB40 (Farm House Ale aged in a red wine barrel), Arrival of the Angel (English Barley Wine aged in Angel's Envy Barrel), Barrel-Aged Red Bird (our award-winning Mild aged in a bourbon barrel)