27 January 2010

Where to Drink - Great Beer, Bars, and Brewpubs in Indianapolis (Broad Ripple)

In Part 2 of our series, "Where to Drink - Great Beer, Bars, and Brewpubs in Indianapolis" (Part 1 here), we take a look at Broad Ripple Village. In 1990, it was in this Indianapolis neighborhood that John Hill started the Indiana craft beer revolution when he opened the Broad Ripple Brewpub. Twenty years later, Broad Ripple has become one of Indiana's best craft beer destinations.

Here's where you might want to visit should you find yourself in the Village in search of a proper pint and/or growler--

Barley Island Restaurant & Brewhouse
701 Broad Ripple Ave.
(317) 257-5600

HBG Visits:
Scenes from a Tapping: New Albanian Hoptimus at Barley Island Broad Ripple
Scenes from a Tapping: Barley Island Grand Opening and 10th Anniversary Celebrations
KOTBR #90: Medal Winners
Good Times at Barley Island Broad Ripple

Broad Ripple Brewpub
842 E. 65th St.
(317) ALE-BREW (253-2739)

HBG Visits:
KOTBR #94 | 2001: A Stout Odyssey
The 2009 Knights of the Beer Roundtable Beer of the Year - Broad Ripple Brewpub's Monon Porter
KOTBR #64 - Forgotten Landmarks
Indiana Beer Week Bar Hop - Day One - Operation Chaos
KOTBR #11 - Broad Ripple Brewpub's Wee Alec Heavy

Brugge Brasserie
1011 E. Westfield Blvd.
(317) 255-0978

HBG Visits:
KOTBR #104: Brugge Spider
Beer Diary #18 - Lose Ends Edition
KOTBR #90: Medal Winners
Beer Diary #15 - Mike - Vacations
The First Annual Hoosier Beer Geek Craft Beer Breakfast
Beer Diary #10 - Mike
KOTBR #51: The Hoosier Beer Geek Second Anniversary Party
Indiana Beer Week Bar Hop - Day One - Operation Chaos
KOTBR #48 - Dude, Where's Chris's Car?
Six Pack Interview with Brugge's Charlie Midgley
The Complete Works (so far) of Ted Miller (abridged)
Sint Sylvester Vooranvond - An HBG Commemorative Ale - The Day After
KOTBR #34 - Two at Brugge Brasserie - Thunder Monkey and Impérial
Beer Diary - Mike
The Hoosier Beer Geek 6 Pack - Ted Miller, Brewer/Owner of Brugge Brasserie and Brugge Beer
Beer Diary - Jim | South Florida Edition
KOTBR #14 - Brugge Quadripple
KOTBR #5 - Brugge's The Black

Chumley's Beer House
838 Broad Ripple Ave.
(317) 466-1555

HBG Visits:
KOTBR #55 - Beer and Progress with the Urbanophile

Corner Wine Bar
6331 Guilford Ave.
(317) 255-5159

HBG Visits:
Beer Diary #8 - Jim | Then and Now

Locals Only Art & Music Pub
2449 E. 56th St.
(317) 255-4013

HBG Visits:
KOTBR #38 - I Love Scotch. Scotchy Scotch Scotch. Here It Goes Down, Down Into My Belly...
KOTBR #12 - Locals Only...With a Special Guest Star

Northside Social
6525 N. College Ave.
(317) 253-0111

HBG Visits:
KOTBR #112 - Flashback at the Northside Social 

Upland Tasting Room
4842 N. College Ave.
(317) 602-3931

HBG Visits:
Upland Tasting Room Now Open!
Upland Coming Soon to Indianapolis


  1. Your inclusion of Locals Only prompts me to write in The Mousetrap, which is practically next door, on the corner of 56th and Keystone. I was just there last Saturday and pleasantly surprised to find a they had Upland Komodo Dragon and Bell's Christmas Ale among the handful of draft beers.

  2. Three cheers for Broad Ripple Brewpub. Our favorite Brewery.
    They have the best ales that I have had since I visited England in May. Actually some are much better than the English Ales.
    My Favorite is "Limping Mallard" and their ESB is always a good second choice! Great service, Great Ales, and much like an English in the "Snug"!