September and October usually mean we hear a lot of “pumpkin this” and “pumpkin that,” from coffee drinks to recipe treats and, of course, beer. Indianapolis breweries are busy tapping their Oktoberfests, pumpkin ales, and bourbon barrel varieties so they can be distributed to the many fall festivals that are happening all across the city.
Snag a seat in the Sun King Biergarten at the 4th Annual GermanFest and you’ll be sure to find their Oktoberfest ready and waiting to be filled into your Bier stein. I’m a bit biased towards Oktoberfests in general – German was my foreign language of choice in high school and I loved the language and culture so much that I continued to study it in college. Of course, it was only in college that I understood that my true love of Germany was really in their beer.
I was first introduced to Fountain Square Brewery at Oranje Art and Music Festival last year, as was everyone else – it was literally the first big event they brought beer to. Catch their tapping of Hop Your Face, an imperial IPA, this Saturday, October 6.
Indiana City Brewing got off the ground when they completed a Kickstarter campaign, successfully raising well over their goal of $34,000. The new brewery will reside at 24 Shelby Street on Indy’s near east side in an old, pre-prohibition bottling house. While they’re still working on licensing and creating tasty brews, put this one on your radar. Some lucky Kickstarter donors get to create and name their own Indiana City beer!
Flat12 Bierwerks announced via Facebook that their Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale will be released at various Indianapolis markets starting the week of October 1. Flat Jack has the flavor of pumpkin without overdoing it or leaving you with a saturated palate. I look forward to grabbing a pint at their brewery.
If you frequent Mass Ave, you may have stumbled upon Ralston’s Drafthouse, a new spot with 24 taps of local and internationally recognized brews. I haven’t made it down there yet, but expect a full review soon!
Now that there’s such a great representation of breweries in Indianapolis, it’s hard to give credit and list everyone and their fall brews. For more info on beer happenings throughout our city and state, check out Hoosier Beer Geek, Indiana Beer and Girls’ Pint Out.