September is a PRIME month for IND Beer Fests!!– Big Columbus! or Festiv_Ale for CF!

There are some great beer fests in September.


SEP 30; Columbus Craft Beer Fest, 3-6 General ($35) , 2-3 VIP ($50);  Millrace Park, 50 Carl Miske Dr., Columbus;   THIS is a big one.  55 breweries, huge park venue around the pond, food, entertainment, the most port-a-potties we’ve ever seen at a fest!  Check out our article from 2016 here. Less than 3 miles off I-65 at Columbus, IN, this festival has been very well run, with each brewery required to bring quantities of beer. Brewers are even incentivised to bring exclusive beer.   The park setting makes it easy to visit each brewery in a long row curved around the pond.  Tix and Info HERE

SEP 30; Black Acre Barrels on Bonna, HERE for TIX, 1-5pm, Black Acre Production Facility, 5529 Bonna Ave, Indianapolis; barrel aged beer fest!  Each Barrels on Bonna ticket includes a bottle of Beard Tax Russian imperial stout and a  branded glass  to take home. There will be Beard Tax, Barrel Aged Beard Tax, and Beard Tax specialty infused varieties.   Fest also includes over 15 Indiana breweries plus out-of-state offerings and many  beers at the festival will never be found in stores Profits go to The Pourhouse charity for homeless rehabilitation. Food will be available. Click and info

SEP 30:  Herron-Morton Park Oktoberfest; ($10) 3-9pm; local neighborhood fest promoting the neighborhood.  Sun King, Mashcraft, Cannonball, and Central State will be there as the local beers with a couple of food options. INFO Here

SEP 30; Festiv-Ale for Cystic Fibrosis; 4-8 pm; ($55 or $75)  Pan-Am Plaza, downtown Indianapolis;   Read the story behind Stephanie, the Chair who suffers from this horrible disease — from our interview last year Click here to read.   This is a solid way to support others and enjoy beer! Tickets or donations here.

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What you missed:  some of which we will be writing a recap of:

SEP 9; 2-6 pm, Fort Wayne Brewed IN the Fort actually goes WAY beyond Ft. Wayne, This fest features over 50 breweries or cider or mead makers from Central Indiana to the far north! Have you tried beer from Hop River, Trubble, 10-56, Gnometown, Laotto, Man Cave, or maybe from Summit City?   There is a looong list of breweries that many have not yet sampled.  Pace yourself!   Here is a list of those involved: 10-56, 18th Street, Bare Hands, Bier Brewery, Birdboy, Black Acre, Broad Ripple Brewpub, Burn Em, Byway Brewing, Centerpoint, Chapmanʼs, Crown Brewing, Danny Boy Beer Works, Deer Creek, Devilʼs Trumpet, Elm Street, Evil Czech,Flat 12, Function, G&G, Gnometown, Goshen, Grand Junction, Half Moon, Hotel Tango Distillery, Hop River, Hunterʼs, Indiana City, Ironwood, Junk Ditch, Kekionga Cidery, Kopacetic, Lafayette Brewing, Laotto, Mad Anthony, Man Cave, McClures Cider, Misbeehavin Meads, Peopleʼs, Round Town, Shoreline, Summit City Brewerks, Taxman, The Guardian, Three Floyds, Tin Man, Tow Yard, Triton, Trubble, Union Brewing Co, Upland.   I’ll bet you can find some on that list (including a distillery and some mead and cider firms) that you have not experienced yet.

SEP 9;  1-5, CANvitational.  Pan Am Plaza, Indy; We’ve written about this largest canned beer fest in the midwest, we’ve given away a set of tickets, and as of 9/6 you could still use the discount code to save $10 each CANSRULE17.  Read our story behind the beers HERE 

SEP 15-16; GnawBrew 2017; Friday night is VIP ($100), Saturday is General ($50);   Rural Brown County at the Valley Branch Retreat; This is one of the most unusual beer fests we’ve attended. There is camping, there is great beer, it is quaint and quiet and you can meet brewers and reps in a relaxed setting. There is a beautiful creek running through the property!  Get TIX HERE

SEPT 16:  Monastery Beer Fest, Ferdinand, 12-4,  With Dinner on Friday, Sept. 15 including local beer pairing. The Fest will feature some Belgian beer, some local beer, and the beer from St Benedict’s Brew Works!   Grounds tours are available.   For tickets order online through itickets here or you’ll find tickets at the gate!

SEP 16:  South Bend Potawatomi Zoo Brew; 6-9 pm;  $45 General (VIP must phone for details).  Local craft breweries, 4 oz ‘glass,’ food trucks, live music.  INFO HERE 

SEP 16; Whitestown Brew Fest; 12-4:30 pm; 1-4 General ($35), VIP starts noon ($55), Want to try beer from new Traders Beer Company of Indy (86th and Zionsville Rd)  or Moontown  of Whitestown (both coming soon, but sampling now) and about 15 to 25  breweries + ciders and even kombucha (look it up – grin). This affordable small town fest is 20 miles NW of Indy!  DD’s free!   Food trucks and music including Duke Tumatoe!   Details and TIX HERE. 

SEP 23;  Irvington BrewFest, 7pm – ?, 30 S Downey Ave, Indianapolis, at Our Lady of Lourdes church.  $20. This is a more intimate fest but no longer part of the church fall festival (which happens the following weekend). Breweries include Sun King, Bier Brewery, Black Acre, Fountain Square, St Joseph, and Metazoa along with Ash and Elm cider.    La Mexi-Gringa and NY Slice will serving food! Each ticket holder gets a swag bag with brewery magnets or stickers plus  a new 2017 pint glass and the passport to all the beers.  Beyond samples fest goers can fill their pint for $5.  Read our FULL STORY HERE

Sept. 23, Corn Maze Beer Fest, N of Columbus, IN: 1:30-5.   More than 40 craft breweries INSIDE  a 5 acre custom designed corn maze. Go through the maze to find the beer!. Local food trucks, Live music and  special releases by 450 North Brewery for Corn Maze Beer Fest 2017!  Each ticket will also come with a specialty limited 450 North beer in a CROWLER(32oz can).  Click here for TIX and information

SEP 22-23:  Fishers Oktoberfest;  Fishers, IN, (Fri 5:30 – 10:30, Sat Noon – 10:30) Sun King, Warsteiner, and domestic drafts.  Info HERE

SEP 23; Noblesville, IN, Brew (& Wine) fest; 3-7 pm, Forrest Park,  $50 at the gate; $43 advance Click here    about 20 local craft breweries + plenty of bottled beer from distributors!