In the midst of St. Patrick’s Day fever, Moontown Brewing of Whitestown, IN, has a grand opening March 15-18. I spoke with Cody Peczkowski, Head Brewer, about his experience, his desires, and plans. Moontown is the brain child of Cody and the Mattingly family including Bobby Mattingly, General Manager. The Mattlinglys have been in the construction business in Indianapolis for quite some time which certainly helps when you want to take a dilapidated old high school with good ‘bones’ and turn it into a brewery! That is exactly what they did! They chose Whitestown, IN, and specifically the old Whitestown H.S. that closed in 1963, to rehab into a large brewery, brewpub, event space and more. These guys don’t kid around as they installed a 15 bbl brew system and a high-end Klipsch sound system. According to Klipsch this required Klipsch controlled directivity, acoustic paneling on the ceiling, and sound damping the walls to isolate sound in specific areas in this unique space made up of stainless steel tanks, brick walls, steel beams, thick windows and lots of reclaimed wood. There are four different zones of audio using two sources!
Peczkowski had gone from home brewing to Gordon Biersch in Glendale, AZ, where he was assistant brewer. That took him to Kansas City, MO’s Gordon Biersch as Head Brewer in May of 2016. Cody told me that though a 15-BBL system is large for many breweries just starting out this is half the size of the system at GB. Cody’s desire is to gage consumption in the brew pub and with growler fills to determine what locals want and, thus, what to keep brewing. Even with a bigger system, Cody still says they still want to ‘start small’ and determine what works then expand.
Beer: To start off with a stout for the weekend, there is a coffee stout called Brite Side of the Moon with local Tinker Street Coffee, cocoa nibs, and Indiana maple syrup as well as oatmeal. Why not an Irish stout or red? Cody says his experience taught that many people love a coffee stout so it can last through the spring and he wanted to showcase those flavors and the local connection. They also have Into the Void porter a medium body, chocolate concoction which has some roots from GB. Looking for hops? Moontown has Cecil, a New England style hazy IPA with fruity profile, and Bam Bam, a hoppy wheat. On the malt side there is Hefe Czkowski German style wheat, King of Troy German lager, 40th Parallel Pils German style keller bier, plus there is La Lune a ”grisette’ or Belgian style ‘miners beer’ to be refreshing and light as a sister to a saison.
Cody told us there may be some small distribution in the near future with a few key accounts, yet the goal is to find what works.
And MUSIC: Friday, March 16: The Jon Strahl Duo1pm – 4pm, and a ticketed evening show with Miles Over Mountains 8pm – 11pm, ($10) in the 1915 Room, yet the brewpub will serve beer with no cover til 9pm. Blue Grass by Miles Over Mountains FRIDAY HERE
On Saturday, March 17: J. Scott & Associates music 1-4 pm, then evening show in the 1915 Room, After Funk 8pm – 11pm After Funk Tix HERE
Moontown is located 25-30 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, at the ‘back door’ of an Amazon distribution center just off I-65 north, in one of the fastest growing residential communities just north of Zionsville. At 345 S Bowers St, Whitestown, IN, that may sound complicated but is less than 4 miles north of Exit 130 heading N out of Indianapolis, just 6-8 minutes from the interstate.
Hours are T-TH 11am-9pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm, Su 1-9 pm.
Also in the NW Indy area, Traders Brewing Company has a grade opening March 17, at 7587 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis. I could not catch up with them but look forward to soon! They added new hours: Th 5-9 pm, F 5-10 pm, Sa 1-10 pm, Sun 12-8 pm. (317) 280-7505