Who’s on board for a brew tour?! Raise your hand and raise your glass then, as the 2016 Bicentennial Brew Tours kick off every Sunday, beginning Jan. 10 and running through the end of May! The tours will take people to visit five breweries in Hamilton County (Deer Creek Brewery, Deviate Brewing, Sun King Fishers Tap Room, Heady Hollow Brewing Company and Grand Junction Brewing Company) where they will sample beers with names or back stories that pertain to Indiana history.
You can ride The BrewsLine to celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday with a tour designed to celebrate the Indiana stories you won’t find in a history book. Sip special craft brews while learning to the spooky legend of Heady Hollow, why squirrels are a weird part of Hamilton County history and more. Take a listen, as Jeff Eatonk, owner of Barley Island and Deer Creek Brewery, tells us more!
Here is even more information:
Bicentennial Brew Tours
Dates: Sundays; Jan. 10 through May 22
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person
Pickup locations: Brockway Pub – 12525 Old Meridian St., Carmel
Scotty’s Brewhouse – 14741 Hazel Dell Crossing, Noblesville
Alleys Ale House – 13825 Britton Park Rd., Fishers
*Parties of 12 may request custom pickup location
Participating Breweries and Beers
1. Deer Creek Brewery, Noblesville
Deer Creek Brewery is the Hamilton County’s newest brewery and sister brewery of Barley Island Brewery, Hamilton County’s oldest brewery. The brewery is named for Deer Creek Music Center (now known as Klipsch Music Center), an outdoor amphitheater drawing music’s biggest names.
• Cork County Red Cream Ale – A light cream ale, 5.0 percent ABV and 18 IBU’s, with a red hue due to CaraRed and crystal malts. Easy drinking cream ale considered an American version of the Irish red cream ales. Named after the largest county in Ireland
• DeerFly IPA – An American India pale ale with a big hop presence, consisting of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavor. Dry-hopped for extra aroma, complex malt backbone. 6.8 percent ABV, 70 IBU’s
• RyeFly – A unique twist for an IPA, spicy presence of malted rye blends naturally with the hop flavors. Focus is on Citra hops with their tropical fruit flavor profile. 6.1 percent ABV, 70 IBU’s
• Shady Amarillo Pils – A light, crisp German-style Pilsner beer. This lager is aged cold so the malt presence develops and the citrus-like hop flavor benefits from a distinct orange bouquet. 5.6 percent ABV, 45 IBU’s
2. Deviate Brewing, Carmel
Deviate Brewing is the first brewery in Hamilton County that is dedicated to deviating from standard beer styles and dispensing techniques. All brews are designed to deviate from the norm and to stretch and excite the beer connoisseur’s palate.
• Bicentennial Beer Hop Supremacy – India pale ale made with Indiana grown hops
• Assorted seasonal beers
3. Grand Junction Brewing Company, Westfield
Built in the 1860s, Grand Junction’s building was used primarily as a blacksmith shop that handled wagon repairs, shoeing of horses, etc.
• Squirrel Stampede English Nut Brown Ale – Hamilton County was overrun with migratory squirrels that destroyed cornfields as they trekked across Indiana in 1822 and 1845
4. Heady Hollow Brewing Company, Fishers
Fishers settlers knew heady Hollow, the area where 126th Street and Allisonville Road meet, in the 1850s as “Devil’s Land.” Many travelers reported being accosted by ghostly apparitions and hearing moans and screams as they traversed the steep hill that led to the shaded narrow hollow.
• 60 Horses Scotch Ale – named after the settlement package of William Conner’s first wife – she left with their 6 children and 60 horses
5. Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Small Batch Brewery, Fishers
Sun King Brewery is the second largest Indiana craft brewery and their product sold only in Indiana. Sun King was the first full-scale production brewery to open its doors in 2006 since Indianapolis Brewing Company closed in 1948. Sun King hosts the CANvitational, the largest canned craft beer festival in the Midwest. In recent years, Sun King was one of the first breweries in Indiana to can beer.
• Sunlight Cream Ale – Originally brewed as Sun King Brewery’s first summer seasonal brew. It was so popular with patrons that it is now produced year-round. Most recently, Sunlight Cream Ale won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival 2015 in the Golden or Blonde Ale category
• Wee Mac Scottish Ale – A house beer that continues to medal year after year in the Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup
• Specialty/Seasonal Brew
To learn more, visit www.visithamiltoncounty.com/2016/ or follow them on social media, using #HCbrews16.