Take solid beer from an experienced brewer, add a huge location that finally gets a concept and a space makeover, take good restaurant experience, and you are likely to get an exciting new location with new local beers and fun venue. The Liter House is part of the Eddie Sahm kingdom – you know, Sahms family, restaurants all over Indy. There was Big Lug, and who would have thought such a name could include good beer, a great location in Nora on the Monon Trail, and fun food. Then there was Sahm’s Ale House next door, a gutsy move to put two locale’s side-by-side and both with craft beer yet another hit. Now, four-point-seven miles south on the Monon us the Liter Haus, a German inspired modern ‘bier hall’ with new and also known local beer, that is the new home of the Big Lug/Liter Haus Brewery attached.
I’ve been waiting for this since Head Brewer Scott Ellis and I sat at another location drinking beer and he revealed the plans months ago. Scott told me to imagine a modern German beer hall but Indy style. Eventually it is a place I may want to go for Oktoberfest, he teases, and it is on the Monon.
Open the second week of July (check Facebook for hours) Liter House has some interesting takes on German inspired food and German inspired beer. On a recent visit, brewer Scott shared they would have a German Pilsner named Johan and a German themed IPA (an admittedly made-up style but think German beer with hop gusto) called Alpenhorn. In addition, they will serve at least three Big Lug beers. The space even in construction looked amazing and there is an event space to please many. By late summer or early September the outdoor bier garden will open on the Monon for great walk to or bike to space.
The address is 5301 Winthrop Ave, Indy, in the space formerly occupied by Bent Rail. That was formerly a confusing open space that I’m unsure even the owners knew what to do with. Brewing equipment had been delivered and never used with only guest beers on tap until an effort to make it work as a true brewery.
Liter House has a solid concept, solid beer experience, solid people in the kitchen and I know several in the industry who quit their job to join the Liter House staff, meaning restaurant experience at a new venture.
We wish Eddie, Scott, Chef John, Manager Lindsay and all others much success! Prost!