There’s always something new to see at the Indiana State Fair, and adults age 21 and over have a new exhibition this year just for them. The Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition is being held for the first time this year, inside Grand Hall. Monday afternoon I went to go check it out, and before I left, I knew I’d be back with friends before the Indiana State Fair closes on August 17, 2014.
The Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition features, as you may have guessed, Indiana Beer and Wine. Patrons are required to show ID to enter, and everyone is given a bracelet. Patrons are able to make 3 $5 purchases per visit to the exhibition. $5 buys you either four sample-sized tastings, or one glass of your preferred beverage. I opted for the four tasting tokens, and enjoyed chatting with the vendors who were there that afternoon.
The Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition is a great oasis in the middle of the fun that is the fair. It’s quieter, less crowded, and cooler than the other exhibit halls. There’s plenty of seating, and a chance to take a break from the all of the action happening outside. There are tidbits of trivia everywhere you look, from floor (like the Did You Know on the left) to the ceiling. White lights, banners and other decorative touches make the room feel more like a plaza than an exhibition hall.
The line up of who’s servng changes daily. Check the fair website for a complete schedule of particpating brands. I enjoyed my four samples- two beers and two wines, from the following:450 North Brewing (Columbus), Tin Man Brewing (Evansville), Simmons Winery (Columbus) and Mallow Run Winery (Bargersville).
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the exhibition, and I hope that this event becomes an annual tradition at the Indiana State Fair.
- The Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition is open daily from 1pm- 9pm. Last call is at 8pm.
- No one under the age of 21 can be admitted.
- Patrons are limited to 3 servings per day (a glass of wine or beer, or a set of 4 samples equals one serving)
- No outside beverages allowed
- Purchases inside the exhibit cannot be taken outside of the exhibit