- Ian Bryant
- A packed house at Four Day Ray Brewing
The FDR acronym establishes the globally-inspired gastropub’s civic-related business model. Co-owner Brian Graham made this point during NUVO’s initial visit on Sept. 7 when the buildout was in process and we sampled four brews in process.
Now on their way to filling 24 taps with brewmaster Mitch Ackerman’s roster of beers— paired with, and included in, the recipes by executive chef Andrew Miller’s menu —Four Day Ray is adding services and events incrementally over the following weeks.
- Jennifer Driscoll
- Four Day Ray's first taps
Ackerman’s preference toward malt as the star of a beer is finding a balance with Miller’s tilt towards hops that you’ll find in the West Coast Track Jumper IPA imparting “big citrus and pine, with a Smarties candy tartness in the finish.”
Moving up the ladder are: Laplander Blonde, “dryer than most Blondes with a crisp finish;” Coffee Blonde with “big coffee aroma [pairing] with the citrus of the hops;” Inauguration Day Stout has a “toasty forward character with hints of chocolate and coffee with a dry and refreshing finish;” Brick Arch Porter is “velvety smooth with chocolate, toffee, caramel and slight roast with a kiss of smoke in the finish.”
Identity Crisis introduces a track between a brown ale and a dark mild that starts with “a complex malt forward profile [layering] caramel, nutty and fruitiness toward a dry finish.”
- Brian Graham, Mitch Ackerman, Matt Troyer and Chris Welsh of Four Day Ray
“The next big event is the patio opening,” said Killey. “It’s a huge space with a retractable awning, grand heated table, a fire burning fire pit with lounge chairs. It’s probably one of the best patios I have seen in Indiana. The patio is currently under construction but should be opening in two to four weeks. It seats around 80 people or 100 standing.”
A soaring openness is the general feel of the two-story brick building at the corner of Lantern Road and North Street. Nickel Plate Development, LLC principals, Chris Welsh and Matt Troyer, partnered with Brian Graham and Mitch Ackerman to gain the City of Fishers’ approval in 2015 for a mixed-use footprint that adds rental space for three other companies. StediServe, a craft beer service company, is already headquartered on the second floor.
- Jennifer Driscoll
- Four Day Ray is Fishers' newest brewery
FDR’s 15 barrel brewing system, complete with DME equipment, was built out by Ackerman, who began professional brewing at Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, Ohio prior to moving to Lake Havasu City in Arizona as brewmaster of Mudshark Brewery. The restaurant side buildout has been guided by Miller, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and Ball State University with degrees in Culinary Arts, Biology/Bio Chemistry and Nutrition. “A recipient of ten gold, silver and bronze medals from his participation in American Culinary Federation competitions, Andrew brings his vast knowledge of nutrition and extreme passion for food to Four Day Ray Brewing,” said Killey. Miller’s 20-year culinary career includes stints at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis and Makers Mark Steakhouse at Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville.
Killey added, “Our menu will use locally sourced ingredients using local producers. There has been a discussion of having a roof top garden that Andrew will use to grow ingredients for our dishes. In addition to craft beer and global cuisine we will also offer a creative cocktail menu and carefully selected wines that will pair with our food.”
- Ian Bryant
Four Day Ray at 11671 Lantern Road joins four already established craft beer sites in Fishers: The RAM, Sun King Brewing Tap Room and Small Batch Brewing, Heady Hollow and Sahm’s 116 Restaurant/Pub.
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