16th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival: Toast and Taste in 2011

The Brewers Guild of Indiana throws a festival each year to help raise funds for Indianapolis not for profits and charities. In past years, the group has donated more than $200,000 to the Indianapolis community. While this is all well and good, the real reason we all attend their Indianapolis festival is to try the tastiest new brews on the market. The 16th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival takes over Opti Park in Broad Ripple Village Saturday, July 16; while there Indianapolis people can sample delicious brews. General admission to this twenty-one and over event is $40.00 per person. VIP admission is $55.00 and means no waiting in lines and early tasting privileges. Designated drivers will be admitted for $10. Don’t miss this delicious and refreshing Indianapolis festival.

In addition to a host of breweries on hand to wet your whistle, the Indiana Microbrewers Festival always does a little something different. Each year all participating brewers are asked to create a “ReplicAle.” Organizers of the microbrew festival select a common recipe and ask each brewer to try their hand at creating the recipe with a twist.
This year’s recipe comes from Liz Laughlin at Rock Bottom College Park, who won the 2010 Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup Best of Show for her Simcoe India Pale Ale. Her recipe for the ReplicAle is a Single Hop Pale Ale. Each brewer follows the same recipe, but selects their own single unique hop to add. No two brewers are allowed to add the same hop. All the ReplicAles will be located under one tent and released on a rolling tap schedule. At 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm groups of ReplicAles will be available for tasting. When the kegs run out, the ale is gone.

The ReplicAle isn’t the only special treat at this Indianapolis festival. Some Microbrewers are bringing a limited supply of their best craft beers. These will also be available on a rolling tap schedule. See the complete schedule below:

2:00 pm

Upland: Lambics VIP Tasting

3:00 pm

Sun King: Abbey Normal

4:00 pm

The Ram: Anaheim IPA
Sun King: Java Mac
Thr3e Wise Men: Duke of Hazzard RyePa
Upland: Lambics
Upland: Dantalion

4:30 pm

Sun King: Cuvee de Sun King

5:00 pm

Boulevard: Tank 7
Boulevard: Collaboration 2
Sun King Batch 333: The Velvet Fog
Thr3e Wise Men: Falconer’s Flight Black IPA
Upland: Mother’s Milk Stout

5:30 pm

The Ram: Porky’s Revenge
Sun King: A Few Hops More

6:00 pm

Sun King: Timmie Van Winkle

6:30 pm

Sun King: Walking on the Sun
If that isn’t enough to satisfy your craving for ales, visit the Cask Tent. This special tent is dedicated to casks, firkins and pins. These cask-conditioned or “real” ales get their name because they are carbonated with living yeast rather than CO2. This style of beer is common in England and produces a more subtle carbonation level. Or check out the Hopapalooza truck. This World Class Beverage’s specialty truck pours hoppy beers for thirsty patrons. You’ll find craft brews from Indiana breweries and brewers from across the United States.

And chow down on food and snacks and listen to music as you take breaks between tents. Food vendors on hand include Dick’s Bodacious Barbecue, Hot Box Pizza, King David Dogs, Fat Dan’s, Yats, West Coast Tacos, Taste of Philly and Just Pop In. Now for the moment you have been waiting for–a list of the brewers on hand.

Participating Breweries

  • Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company
  • Atwater Block Brewery
  • Back Road Brewery
  • Barley Island Brewing Company
  • Bee Creek, Bell’s Brewery
  • Bier Brewery
  • Big Woods Brewing Company
  • Black Swan Brewing Company
  • Bloomington Brewing Company
  • Bluegrass Brewing Company
  • Boulder Beer Company
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Broad Ripple Brew Pub
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Brugge Brasserie
  • Crown Brewing
  • Cutters Brewing Company
  • Figure Eight Brewing
  • Finch’s Beer Company
  • Flat 12
  • Founders Brewing Company
  • Gale’s Hard Cider
  • Granite City
  • Great Crescent Brewery
  • Great Divide
  • New Albanian Brewing Company
  • People’s Brewing Company
  • Sun King Brewing
  • Upland Brewing Company
  • Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery
  • Lafayette Brewing Company
  • Mad Anthony Brewing Company
  • Mendocino Brewing Company
  • Napa Smith Brewery
  • New Belgium Brewery
  • New Boswell Brewing Company
  • North Coast Brewing Company
  • Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
  • Power House Brewing Company
  • The Ram Restaurant and Brewery
  • Rivertown Brewing Company
  • Rock Bottom College Park and Downtown
  • Samuel Adams
  • Schlafly
  • Shoreline Brewery
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  • Three Floyds Brewing Company
  • Three Pints Brewpub
  • Three Wise Men
  • Turoni’s Main Street Brewery
  • Twisted Crew Brewing Company
  • Two Brothers Brewing Company
  • Tyranena Brewing Company
  • Victory Brewing Company

Please remember to drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive. Taxicabs will be on hand to get you where you need to go. Or take a load off after the festival in the Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. Sober up with a meal at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Or keep the fun flowing with drinks from any of these Indianapolis bars.

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16th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival
Saturday, July 16
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Opti Park
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN