It seems fall has been a great time for brewery opening, whether caused by the backlog by the TTB (Federal Alcohol, Tax, and Tobacco Bureau) or just inertia. Between mid-October and early November Round Town Brewery opened in Indianapolis, Four Day Ray opened in Fishers, Hoosier Brewing opened in Franklin, and finally Cannonball Brewing will open on the near-northside of Indianapolis.
These are four very different brewing operations as well as four different brewery concepts.
Round Town is a production brewery, with a tap room. Located just off I-70 and five minutes from downtown Indianapolis Round Town takes the brewing expertise of veteran brewery Jerry Sutherlin with his most recent 10-years at Rock Bottom downtown, combined with the distribution expertise of Eric Fear, and the server/operations knowledge of Max Schenk. Round Town beers are already popping up on tap throughout central Indiana.
Being a short walk to the home of the Colt’s at Lucas Oil Stadium, Round Town has already become a mecca for craft beer fans and friends of Jerry who start a tailgate at the tap room and then walk to the game. Expect Jerry to cycle through a host of solid beers rotating through different styles while determine what is most pleasing locally. 950 S White River Pkwy W Dr, Indianapolis, IN
Four Day Ray is what we could call a major new restaurant and brewpub for Fishers, IN. A two-level complex with 2 bars, a tap room, and full-scale brewery it attracted Mitch Ackerman as head brewer back to Indianapolis from Arizona after he had made his mark initially at Thirsty Dog. The minute you approach this place you can tell they spared no expense, with a full crew from four owners, to a Sales Director, Marketing Director and major staff who have been very busy since their soft opening in October and full scale since November 1. Look for the FD logo. Four Day Ray, an old railroad term, was slammed busy from the first days they opened their doors and offers a large list of local beer as well as guest taps. at 11671 Lantern Rd. Fishers, IN
Hoosier Brewhouse is the extension of Hoosier Brewing which has been operating out of a remote location not far from Shelbyville and is establishing their new home and eventual brewery just off of I-65 in Franklin. Hoosier is on the other scale from giant FDR, since Hoosier is almost a small-scale one-man operation and vision of Brian Nentrup who has forged major distribution for cans of his Red Flyer and now opened this quality tasting room and eatery. The official ribbon cutting is 4pm on November 10! Find the Hoosier Brewhouse at 155 Holiday Place, Franklin, IN
Cannonball Brewing is the newest nano-brewery and gastro pub serving the Herron Morton and near-Northside neighborhoods just off the Monon Trail. Mark is going from home brewing to full time brewer planning a neighborhood gathering place with good beer, carefully crafted small plates food and a garage door window allowing fresh air and an invitation to locals.
Cannonball plans to open Nov. 12, at 6pm and has been working hard to have beer and a full menu available. Cannonball is at 1702 Bellefontaine St, Indianapolis