There’s nothing quite like sitting with good friends over a beer, or making new ones with a beer in your hand! That’s a purpose of the Irvington BrewFest on Sept. 28. This festival held at Our Lady of Lourdes church (5333 E Washington St. Indianapolis) is a gathering spot for friends new and old. Irvington is not only a historical part of Indianapolis and a neighborhood with rich culture, but an area that never lost its charm and is rising again as one of “the” places in Indy! Amy Petrone understood that when she put together the first event back in 2012. She certainly wanted Black Acre, as the Irvington Brewery, to anchor the event. They still do! This year there are six breweries, all from the East side, plus Ash and Elm Cider. Cara Swinefurth is the one reaching out this year and this fest always feels local and neighborly.
If you’ve been to the Saint Patrick’s Day celebration at the Golden Ace bar (the oldest continual St. Pat’s celebration in Indianapolis) you’ll know the vibe! If you’ve not been there, get over to this Irvington Brew Fest, and then put the Golden Ace on your calendar for March! I’ve sat with a priest, sipped beer chatting with nuns, gotten to know good east side people, and had a great time! The objective is relaxation, charm, and a true festival, not just standing in line for beer! This festival provides a big tent (rain or shine) with tables and chairs as a way to connect with others, enjoy the beers, and perhaps chat about what you like. Food will be available from 2 local food trucks: Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort and Poccadio Morrocan grill. Music will be by Audio Diner!
Amy told us in the past that some of the same members who attend the Golden Ace bar St. Patrick’s Day celebration attend the Irvington Brew Fest. We felt that when we stopped by before. Petrone has said that the brewers have encouraged her! Brewers love the chance to tell their story. They love chatting with people about their beer; they can explain what they had in mind when they developed a recipe or they can just talk about their sense of community.
Sun King is a very community oriented brewery and they have joined this fest this year to both contribute to the community, to connect with the neighborhood and to contribute to the church school. The proceeds after expenses go to fund the school, and the church the supports the school. The Our Lady of Lourdes school was founded in 1911, and is grounded in the community!
Here is list of breweries this year (subject to change by brewers):
Sun King – we’d hope for the Oktoberfest yet Wee Mac or SKB IPA would be fine
Saint Joseph, maybe the Domine Dunkel and Cornerstone Kolsch — both fitting for fest at a church!
Flat 12 Bierwerks – we were recently loving the Pogue’s Run porter again
books&brews – partners with Flat 12, always delicious
Centerpoint Brewing – will we get marshmallows with the Centerpoint black?
Black Acre, hope for the Oktoberfest which is delicious
Bier Brewery maybe the Pumpkin Ale? and flagship Weizengoot (hefeweizen).
Plenty of fall ales with a lot of variety thrown in.
Ash & Elm Local Cider from just down Washington Street joins the fest
8th Day Distillery will be there and we hope for their house rum
FREE STUFF: Everyone gets some stuff — including a pint glass, so after you’ve sampled you can buy a pint for $5 and help the school and church more, along with some brewery items like stickers and more!
Music by Audio Diner
Food available from Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort & Poccadio healthy options Moroccan grill + salads
WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 7:00 PM Click HERE For full information!
WHERE: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 5333 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN, with parking South on Downey Av, or across the street at the local funeral home (OLL Parking signs) or in the neighborhood.
TICKETS are $30 at the Door! Or click HERE for TIX info and details