The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Microbreweries
Indiana

 

 

 

 

Round Town Brewery
950 S White River Pkwy W Dr Indianapolis, IN 46221
(317) 493-1375

Voted Beer Advocate Class of 2016 Best New Brewery for Indiana, Round Town Brewery is located less than a mile from Lucas Oil Stadium in an industrial park near the river.
Round Town's mission statement tells us: (We are) here to serve Indianapolis and the surrounding area with a selection of quality consistent beers. We strive to meet Indianapolis' needs when it comes to finding the right beer for each individual palette.
I had the 3-beer sampler.
The Irish Coffee Ale was a little thin but made up for it with a very nice malt and slight coffee flavor.
The Blue Dog English Porter was a traditional English-style (very earthy, which is not my favorite taste) and slightly thin.
The KISS IPA, a West-Coast style at 7.2% ABV and 80 IBUs was well crafted with a good malt backbone. I did taste their Happy Face Pale Ale too, but was not too impressed.
Their brewer tells us,
"My aim is to perfect the classic styles that we already love.
I would be happy and proud for Indy beer drinkers to consider Round Town as their ‘home town' beer. "
Questors visiting Indianapolis would be well served to visit Round Town Brewery and try these beers for themselves.

 

 

 

 

Scarlet Lane Brewing Company
7724 Depot St
McCordsville, IN 46055
(317) 336-1590

Scarlet Lane opened in 2014, bringing to fruition a plan to " start a Northwest inspired brewery in the heart of the Midwest. "
Scarlet Lane's motto is "Beer Cultivates Wisdom and Friendships."


The building was a farm/train depot with tanks in an old warehouse.
Scarlet Lane's beers, served in their tap room, were all organic, with more flavor than expected from a young brewery.
Night's Watch was a nice black IPA.
Dorian was a smooth milk stout that was better on nitro.
The Vivian Red IPA had a nice hoppy edge.
The best beer I consumed during my visit was a bourbon barrel aged Dorian that was very flavorful (reminded me of a smoother DuClaw Retribution).

 

 

 

 

 

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