When I first tried to find Centerpoint Brewing back in summer of 2016 I frankly did not get it. I drove the wrong way, could find nothing to signify where it would really be, and gave up. It happens I was at the wrong part of the industrial building known as the Circle City Industrial Complex and, of course, they were not open. I tend to hold off writing about places until they are open and I can visit. This time I was 2 minutes off Mass Ave near BlackMarket restaurant; I drove up to an inviting brick building with ample parking, well lit, and a beautiful space. The beer was equally enjoyable.
The three house beers are Gold, Red, Black and White. Okay, simple enough. The gold would be a good gateway beer for those new to craft and uses pilsner malt. The black is a smooth, flavorful porter. They like to serve it with a marshmallow which I passed on to savor a bit of roast and comes in at 6%. The Red was slightly golden rusty they call an IPA (with 57ibu for those counting) and certainly delivers hop flavor. The White IPA has simcoe and amarillo hops (at only 49ibu for those playing the numbers game) and really delivers those hop flavors. Next trip I would have the black or white but at this writing their Christmas wit was still available with orange peel, colander and cardamom (ginger-like). Their beers are staring to go on tap around town at places like Hops and Fire and Rooster’s Kitchen.
I could write about the background of guys from Rose-Hulman who settled on the south side. I could connect the logo and name to engineering backgrounds. But those are not reasons to visit a brewery. I found someone else.
Amanda Wallace is the perky and friendly Tap Room Manager. She is knowledgeable and very willing to go ask brewers questions about yeast of what people like most. Amanda comes across as one of those people you’ve known for awhile and enjoy being around. Amanda is cool; the space is cool; and did I mention they have beer? This is one of those breweries that will be fun to follow and see how they do. They’ve already bought ‘finishing’ capacity with a fermenter formerly at Sun King.
Stop by, say hi to Amanda, and try some beer!
Centerpoint is currently open Wednesday & Thursday 4-8 pm; Friday Noon-8 pm, Saturday 11-8 pm, Sunday Noon -8 pm ($2 off growler fills Sunday). You can find them at 1125 E. Brookside Avenue. Indy.