Eight breweries of Indiana, seven of them from central Indiana, are bringing a home a total of 10 medals from the Great American Beer Festival!
ZwanzigZ of Columbus, IN, last year’s GABF Small Brewpub of the year, took gold for the Ghost Pepper Stout chili beer. Several of our ib.com writers have been raving about this beer since we first wrote about them in 2013. When I first met brewer Mike Rybinski shortly after they had opened he brought us into the back of the brewery and gave us samples of beers not then on tap and the Ghost Pepper Stout was one of them! The GPS lays the flavor and a little burn from ghost chili peppers on top of a phenomenal big flavorful dark stout. Last year, in addition to the big award, they won 2 medals for their chocolate beer and for a German style eisbock. Read the story from 2016 here. Find them at 1038 Lafayette Ave, Columbus, IN.
Mad Anthony Brewing Company of Fort Wayne, IN, won gold for the second time for Auburn Lager, a smooth American Amber that is malty and rich. Mad Anthony won GABF gold for this in 2015 as well as an Indiana Brewers Cup award for this the same year! Hoosiers should be proud that this Indiana namesake, both for the town and for the former automobile, continues to make a place in history! Mad Anthony is one of Indiana’s older breweries starting back in 1999 and now has four restaurant locations in 4 places: Ft. Wayne, Auburn, Angola, and Warsaw. Check their website here.
Chilly Water Brewing of Indianapolis, IN, garnered silver for Smoke on the Lager Smoked beer which our Leesaloo wrote about as sampling on a Date Night in this article. Chilly water is the brainchild of longtime brewer Skip DuVall while the head brewer is veteran Dan Krzywicki who’s been getting great lagers right at CW for quite awhile. I stopped there in the spring and found Smoke on the Lager on tap to really savor just the right level of smoked malt. Chilly Water is at 719 Virginia Ave in the Fletcher Place & Holy Rosary neighborhood near Fountain Square. Open lunch – dinner Tue-Sun.
Metazoa Brewing of Indianapolis won silver for Klipspringer, a Belgian style saison using wheat as well as pilsner malt making this a drinkable big beer! They ALSO won silver for Breton Blonde a true floral Belgian-style blonde beer. Metazoa has only been open about 18 months. Early in 2017 they attracted Brewmaster John Hall who started at Goose Island in Chicago and became brewmaster at 5 Rabbit, Chicago. John teams with Metazoa veteran and head brewer Zach Holzknecht who has been there from the start and was part of my first interview a short time after their opening. Metazoa is one of two Indiana breweries to win 2 medals this year and can be found at 140 S College, Indianapolis.
Sun King Brewery of Indianapolis, took a Silver for Magpie Muckle, their former GABF gold medal (2011) winning wee heavy scotch ale aged in New Day Meadery Magpie barrels. Sun King, of course, has been Indianapolis’ largest production brewery since opening in 2009 and has won a host of medals. This year they took two at GABF (see below). Read about the 8 years and anniversary celebration in our story HERE.
Taxman Brewery of Bargersville, IN, won Silver for Deduction, a Belgian Abby Style dubbel that is very malty but dry with dark fruit notes at 8% alcohol. Taxman has been around since 2014 and are so established it seems like many more years. Taxman continues to grow not only in brewery capacity but also by opening a new restaurant and tap room in Fortville, IN. Taxman is located at 13 S. Baldwin Street in Bargersville, IN, with the new tap room at 29 S. Main Street, Fortville, IN.
Four Day Ray Brewing of Fishers, IN, took Bronze for a specialty beer called Hot Pink. Hot Pink is a strawberry, rhubarb, jalapeno blond ale that delivers a balance of sweet and tart with a slight burn. Four Day Ray has only been open one year since October 2016 but has veteran brewer Mitch Ackerman who started at Thirsty Dog in Ohio, did a stint in Arizona, and moved back to the Midwest to take over brewing at FDR. The brewery restaurant is in the heart of Fishers at 11671 Lantern Road.
Sun King of Indianapolis also won a Bronze for Cherry Busey Belgian Style oud bruin, for the second time, having previously garnered this medal in 2015. Cherry Busey is one of the King’s Reserve series from Sun King and is barrel aged.
Triton Brewing of Lawrence/Indianapolis took a Bronze for Fieldhouse Wheat, one of their flagship beers! Veteran brewer Jon Lang had Fieldhouse in a line up before opening Triton! Triton is one of Indianapolis’ larger breweries opening in 2011. Fieldhouse Wheat is an American wheat using Falconer’s flight hops for a gentle hop bite at the finish. Triton is located in the Benjamin Harrison complex on the Indianapolis northeast side at 5764 Wheeler Road. Their tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday.