There is a new player in the Indianapolis craft brewing scene. Chilly Water Brewing Company recently opened in the Hinge Building in Fountain Square, 719 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis.
Owned by Skip Duvall, former head brewer at the Fountain Square Brewery, Chilly Water brews its fare on-site. The start-up’s current selection includes 5-String E.S.B (Extra Special Bitter), Space Circus IPA, Sweet Revenge Pale Ale, Harmonika Hefeweizen, and Built to Last Pilsner. Because I visited during a work-day lunch, I didn’t order any of the beer, but I did take a sip of my lunch companions’ beverages and found the Sweet Revenge Pale Ale to be my favorite. I couldn’t get past the as-it-should-be cloudy look of the Hefeweizen. For patrons interested in trying several of Chilly Water’s offerings without going overboard, there is the 4-sample Flight for $7. Pints of each beer are sold for $5.25. Designated drivers or others opting for non-alcoholic drinks can enjoy Coke products.
Because Chilly Water is a brewery it has a limited menu, but don’t mistake limited for disappointing. Choose from one of six panini sandwiches, each served with your choice of kettle chips, pretzel crisps or creamy coleslaw for $9. I opted for the Cuban Slide, which came with roast pork, tasso ham, Swiss cheese, pickle slices and yellow mustard. It was delicious. The cheese was perfectly melted and crispy on the edges, which sealed up the panini so the sandwich was not messy to eat. The coleslaw was tasty, but would have been better with a little more dressing on it. All together the meal was filling and quite satisfying. There was not one person in my party who required a to-go box. If empty plates is evidence, the Ain’t Life Grand Cheese Steak and the Tangled Up in Cheese paninis are winners. One person who ordered the Toni Basil pesto and garlic hummus with pita bread ($5) was quite satisfied with her choice as well.
The interior of Chilly Water is small and friendly, although I found the photos of Johnny Cash and Madonna flipping the bird on the bathroom doors to be in poor taste. I suppose the fact that Chilly Water is a 21-and-over establishment makes the photos a little less offensive. What I really enjoyed about the space is Chilly Water’s outdoor patio. Open on only one side and covered by a high roof, the patio seems like a perfect refuge from hot sun or gentle rains.
I will definitely be back to Chilly Water Brewing Company for a workday lunch, but I also plan to return for an evening or weekend visit when I’m free to enjoy the house-brewed selections.
Chilly Water is open Tuesdays – Thursdays from 11:00am-10:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am to midnight, and Sundays from noon to 6:00pm.