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The Brewers Guild of Indiana will be holding the annual Winterfest on Jan. 26, from 4-7 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Sixty Indiana breweries will be featured at the event along with 20 out-of-state breweries. In addition, the event will host home brewers and a keg tapping tent. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $55 for VIP.

450 North Brewing Co.
8111 E. 450 N
Columbus, IN 47203
Opened Sept. 2012

A 10-barrel system that's a brewpub with a full service restaurant. Owners David and Brenda Simmons say they had a plan to expand their winery business with a restaurant. Since several of the wine customers are also beer drinkers they asked, "What better way to satisfy all customers than to offer fresh locally produced beer?" Their six beers, including a Summer Wheat, American Pale Ale, American IPA, Belgian Amber Ale and English Brown Ale, have been on tap at Tomlinson's and are at The Flying Shrimp Gastropub in Fishers and for carryout in growlers at the Brewpub.

Back Alley Brewing Co.
211 S. Main St.
Goshen, IN 46526
Opening Feb. 2013

Larry Libey is the vintner at Gateway Cellar Winery and also a brewer. The wine shop has been operating for some time; the brewery is a new addition. Back Alley is a limited menu brewpub/sports bar with six brews on tap that Libey is making in half-barrel batches (about 5.5 gallons). One tap will be dedicated to a non-alcoholic beverage, and another will dispense a domestic product. Growlers will be filled for take out.

Bare Hands Brewery
12804 Sandy Ct.
Granger, IN 46530
Opened Dec. 22, 2011

Bare Hands is a small batch brewery specializing in hand crafted ales by South Bend natives Chris and Kim Gerard who say, "Bare Hands beers have developed a cult following among local beer geeks. Chris' preference for clean, well-balanced and often potent ales shows in his wide range of ever-changing styles." Their beer currently is available on eight rotating taps in the brewpub, though distribution is planned in the near future.

Basket Case Brewing Co. at Mill House
1340 Mill St.
Jasper, IN 47547
Serving at The Mill House

The website reads, "Basket Case Brewing Company is a nano-brewery brewing and serving beer 1.5 barrels at a time within The Mill House Restaurant in Jasper, IN. We at Basket Case strive to blend our love of beer and music to create rockin' craft beers for the people of Southern Indiana. You will find musical references within everything we do. We have integrated
music into our beer names, their descriptions and our equipment."

Black Acre Brewing and Taproom
5632 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Opened Feb. 2012

Black Acre 's origin is one for the books - the law books. It began in a law school class in 2008 with a confession of a homebrewer, matched by a second 'fess, and a third matchup that proliferated into five who soon began to homebrew together and grew hops. A few years and very full refrigerators later the collective hobby turned serious. They plead their case as wanting "to join in the incredible craft beer revolution in Indianapolis with a focus of returning to the idea of a pre-Prohibition style neighborhood brewery. Luckily we found a wonderful partner in Irvington, which we fell in love with immediately and opened our doors Feb. 22, 2012 as a small 3-barrel (93 gallon) electric brewing system. Our focus is on brewing specialty and seasonal ales with a few stickin' around on the regular line up." The made to order food menu from locally sourced ingredients and features small plates - fries, salads, sandwiches, cheeses. The multiple partners all brew and do whatever else it takes to run a friendly neighborhood brewpub.

Carson's Brewery
2406 Lynch Rd
Evansville, IN 47711
(812) 305-1436
Opening spring 2013

According to owner Jason Carson: "We will begin production as a nano brewery making 2 barrel batches, distributing in kegs to a few restaurants and in bottles to package stores in Evansville until our new building with its 20 barrel brewhouse and tasting room are completed. We'll then distribute statewide and fill growlers in the tasting room. John Mills, with over 15 years homebrewing experience, is head brewer. He has been making award-winning beer and was the Ohio Valley Homebrewers Association president in 2012. Nathaniel Cruse, an award-winning brewer with over 15 years of commercial brewing experience, is the brewery supervisor." Carson's has a lineup of six core beers.

Chateau de Pique Pardieck Winery
6361 N. County Rd 760 E
Seymour, IN 47274

Brewer and winemaker John McMahan tells us, "We should have some of our beer on tap in early February. We will only keg our beer to start with and sell pints and refillable growlers in our tasting room here at the winery in Seymour. We have a retail store in Indy and one in Clarksville and we will be working on licensing to have our beer in those stores as soon as possible. Once we get going, we should have a full range of beers. I would like to see us do a lot of fermenting and aging in oak barrels as well as brewing quite a few fruit beers. Our brewery is starting out small, but I believe that this will allow us to concentrate on quality and produce some unique beers."

Daredevil Brewing Co.
725 E. Short Blue Rd.
Shelbyville, IN 46176
Opened January 2013

According to co-founder Shane Pearson: "Daredevil Brewing Co. is an independent, central Indiana based craft brewery founded by two award winning craft brewers, Bill Ballinger and Michael Pearson, and a talented craft beer enthusiast, Shane Pearson, to bring their eclectic and flavorful interpretations of craft beer to market. We know from experience that brewing eclectic, aggressively fun beers is not for the timid. Fortunately, the only thing we like better than a challenge is drinking the end result." Expect to find Daredevil brews on tap at twenty bars, taverns and restaurants.

FARMbrew Columbus
4501 S. Lindsey Street
Columbus, IN 47201
In process

The website reads: "At FARMbrew we'll bring you flavors from around the world. Our English style ales will feature the same hops and barley as used in the UK. Our lager and kolsch will use German malts and our spiced and herbal flavored beers will be infused with tasty ingredients from Belgium to Brazil. Award-winning local brewmaster Jon Fischer uses time-honored methods to create fine craft beers from fresh local grains and hops. Meet Chef Orr and the rest of the team that worked together to bring FARMbrew Columbus to life."

Function Brewing Co.
108 E. Sixth St.
Bloomington, IN 47408
(812) 555-5555
Opening May 2013

Co-owner/brewer Steve Llewellyn describes Function as a 3-barrel nano-brewery with a small seating area and a bar with eight taps where he will "switch beers up," four taps with regulars and four that will "rotate out so I can brew what I want to be sharing at that particular time." Co-owner/chef Arlyn Llewellyn will source local ingredients for homemade appetizers, sandwiches and soups served with pints of husband Steve's brews. Nothing will be hurried in a relaxing atmosphere. Growlers will be available for take out.

Hawcreek Brewing Co.
11440 North State Road 9
Hope, IN 47246
812-374-2998 or 812-350-2972

Jacquie Carman informs, "We received our brewer's permit in late September of 2012 and have been selling since then. Hawcreek Brewing Co. is a microbrewery in Bartholomew County. We brew on a 1 BBL system and have four flagships on tap including: Four Founders Wheat, Doghouse Pale Ale, Chaos IPA and Little Town Brown Ale. We self distribute to the Cork Liquors in Columbus and plan on being in local restaurants soon. You can come visit us at the brewery for growler fill-ups or bombers. I am one of the four partners. Nicole Bontrager is in charge of accounting, my role is primarily PR/Marketing, Josh Bontrager and Abram Carman are our brewers though we all contribute to the recipe/brewing process."

Hunters Brewing Co.
1535 S. Calumet St.
Chesterton, IN 46304
Opening January 2013

Co-owner/brewer Amy Gentry and co-owner Justin Reisetter are opening a nano-brewery to make 31-gallon 1-barrel batches of artisan crafted ales using locally sourced and seasonal products. The brewery is described as featuring a comfortable, smoke-free tasting room for adults 21 and older, a small sales area and a very limited menu.

Indiana City Brewing Co.
24 Shelby St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Owner/brewer Ray Kamstra reports, "This spring, Indiana City will begin brewing innovative beers for the craft beer lovers of Indy. Our Wheat Ale, Oatmeal Stout, and Pale Ale will be brewed year-round, and we'll release small-batch seasonal brews all the time. Housed in a pre-Prohibition-era brewery building on Indy's near east side, our taproom will be a neighborhood place with historic charm where beer lovers can fill their growlers, grab a pint, try local food trucks and enjoy local art and music. Our beer will also be on tap at select craft beer bars in and around the downtown area." This building was the Bottling House for The Home Brewing Company, a pre-Prohibition brewery that operated 1880 - 1920.

Planetary Brewing Co.
500 S. Polk St. Suite 22
Greenwood, IN 46143
Founded Jan. 20, 2012

Owner/Brewer Andrew Groves says, "Planetary Brewing Co. is a 2-barrel nano-brewery set to open in the very near future when the final inspections are complete (which should happen in the next week). At full capacity, I will have 6 taps of ale in a variety of styles. The brewery is very small and does not accommodate seating or food service. At first the tap room will be open Fridays and Saturdays for sampling and growler sales. All transactions will be in-house in the beginning, until the next phase of operation, which will be kegging and distributing to bars/restaurants."

South Bend Brew Werks
In the former State Theater
216 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN
(574) 239-5654 or (574) 214-7272
Opened Nov. 2, 2012

Brewers Andrew Elegante and Richard Hall are working with State Theater project manager Alec Sanderson to reclaim the State Theater with small shops. SBBW's description on facebook reads: "South Bend Brew Werks is your place to go for your home brewing needs. We have wine equipment and ingredient kits, beer equipment and ingredient kits, a multitude of grains, yeast, and hops, and other ingredients and equipment you'd need. Our knowledgeable staff can guide you through this remarkably easy process." Plans include operating a craft brewery on site along with supplying and instructing homebrewers.

Tin Man Brewing Co.
1430 W. Franklin St.
Evansville, IN 47710
Opened Nov. 23, 2012

Owner/brewer Nick Davidson says, "As a locally owned and operated brewery, we want to be responsible partners and creative innovators in the Tri-State area, leading the city and the state into a greater, greener future. The High Efficiency Brewing System (alias HEBS) conserves water and energy, performing the same output as other traditional methods with 40% less water and 15-20% less grain through an innovative use of the mash filter. Tin Man cans it beers because an aluminum can weighs less than one-tenth of a glass bottle, cutting down on shipping costs and because aluminum cans protect beer best during shipping and storage and cans are more readily recycled than are bottles." Tin Man offers five locally produced brews including their Circuit Bohemian Pilsner, Rivet Irish Red Ale, Alloy American IPA and 3 Gear Robust Porter.

Union Brewing
622 S. Rangeline Rd., Suite Q
Carmel, IN 46032
Opened Dec. 22, 2012 with guest beers on tap.

Head brewer Cameron Fila, assistant brewer Nathan Doyle and CFO Jay Snider say, "At Union Brewing Company, our artisan ales are hand crafted two barrels at a time using time honored traditions, natural ingredients and traditional methods. Our beers are never filtered or force carbonated. They condition and carbonate naturally in casks and are hand drawn by authentic beer engines at the perfect drinking temperature to maximize all the flavors." Their "niche" is brewing cask conditioned real ales.

Wolves Head Brewing
219 S. Walnut St.
Muncie, IN 47305

Wolves' Head Brewery is located on the top floor of the Heorot Pub, voted as one of the top 100 beer bars in the U.S. by Draft Magazine. Owners Stan and Jeanette Stephens report, "At this time the brewery's production is limited to release at the Heorot only. Because we are brewing in small quantities we will produce a large variety of beers. We purchase as much of our hops and honey locally as possible. Beginning next year we will have our own hop vines and bee hives." Following the February 9 release of brewer Bob Cox's Imperial Russian, Wolves' Head will release a beer each Sunday.


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