Hoosier Brewing just opened their tap room in Franklin! ZwanzigZ Columbus wins at the Great American Beer Festival! With the introduction of the Upland Pump House restaurant in Columbus, IN, back in July and, the first brewery in Franklin, IN, since February 2016 ,plus one year of the first craft beer bar in Franklin in September, The Tapp Room and Greek’s Pizzeria, this corridor is ‘hoppin’ with craft beer!
Hoosier Brewing, formerly of Fairland, Indiana, has opened their tap room in Franklin just off I-65! They are just West of the interstate on the South Side of the street at 155 Holiday Place, Franklin IN 46126. Hoosier has a unique story by incorporating as many local ingredients as possible. I find their Red Flyer Irish Ale widely distributed in cans. The Hoosier Brewing Tap Room is open 11-9 daily, and 11-11 weekends. Check their facebook page to stay up to date!
The Franklin craft beer scene started in 2015 (Sept. 5) when The Tapp Room and Greek’s Pizzeria opened with 30 craft beer taps. Jason Tapp, owner, knew craft beer would succeed in Franklin along with the quality pizza he planned to offer. Opening Greek’s Pizzeria & The Tapp Room in September 2015 he found guests love the selection. Our recent visit in contrast to the soft opening months ago showed the only thing that has changed is the rotating taps. Jason tell us the Franklin consumers have really taken to craft beer and many have identified their favorite style. We had the pizza which made a great lunch and had this year’s King Rudi from Oaken Barrel in Greenwood. The Tapp Room carries a good selection of Indiana beer as well as other craft taps. The Tapp room can be found at 18 E Jefferson St. in Franklin, opens Tuesday – Thursday at 11, closes most days at 10pm, Friday and Saturday at midnight, and is open for dinner only 4:30-10pm on Mondays.
Shale Creek Brewing is Franklin’s first brewery, opening in February 2016 at 178 W. Jefferson Street just blocks from The Tapp Room. Shale Creek has 16 taps usually offering six of their own beers and the rest as guest taps. Mike Baker, owner/brewer, started home brewing in 1999. After sixteen years of brewing experience he wanted finally was able to see a dream come true of opening his own place. To get to this point, Mike ended up working with his brother-in-law, a former mayor of Franklin, who was renovating a building where Mike could have the front portion for a tap room. Bartender Angie met Mike and his wife, Jenni, when she served them at a local chain restaurant. Angie knew she wanted in on this venture. Angie told me the Shale Creek Cream Ale is the top local seller but each beer has fans. The Shale Pale was my pick. There was a Cocoa Brown and a Don’t Rye Amber on tap the day I was there. The tap room is open Tue-Thu: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Fri: 3:00 pm – 12:00 am; Sat: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am; Sun: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hoosier Brewing, currently of Fairland, Indiana, is busy readying a building near I-69 at the Franklin exit so Franklin will have at least two breweries. (If you had heard about a proposed Old Post brewpub, that project was discontinued.)
In Columbus, Upland opened the Columbus Pump House Brew Pub and Restaurant at 148 Lindsey Street overlooking the river. The Pump House is a restoration of an historic building that now sits in great glory and beauty and, based on our sampling, has great food and a full variety of Upland beer! “Downtown Columbus is a vibrant regional hub of south-central Indiana with strong downtown restaurants and merchants,” says Upland Brewing Co. President Doug Dayhoff. “We’re honored to join this community.” I found the small stone-fired pizza delicious while my spouse loved the modern style chicken fried steak delicious with a touch of the right spice but not the heavy breading of others. We delighted that for the opening several Upland sour beers were available, the regular line-up, plus a seasonal! Hours are 11A – 12A Monday through Thursday,11A -1A Friday and Saturday, 11A- 12A Sunday.
Columbus, Indiana’s first brewery, PowerHouse Brewing (served in their Columbus Bar) which released their first beer in 2007. Although the first beer from PowerHouse was a White River Brown (is that a comment on White River?) they are likely best known for Jack the Bum as their take on an Alt beer, or Diesel Oil Stout, a rich dark stout. The historic Columbus Bar, owned by Powerhouse, is open Monday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-1am, Sunday 4pm-11pm at 322 4th St. in Columbus.
Indianabeer.com has often commented on ZwanzigZ‘s Ghost Pepper Stout as an excellent example of a stout in all richness but the wonderful flavor and slight burn of one of the hottest peppers on earth. ZwanzigZ came away from the Great American Beer Fest with two awards plus a big one! Read our story HERE click here!
Recently we ventured to Columbus to not only sample the Ghost Pepper Stout but to have the delicious Rauch or smoked beer that brewer Mike Rybinski has. I love the level of smoke of this beer. I know this style is not for everyone but I love it. One benefit of Zwanzigz is in addition to the beer, there are 4 soft drinks Mike makes. I love the root beer. Yet, the two kids with us chose the blue raspberry! They also had orange and black cherry sodas. Back to beer I’ve also loved the Scotch ale at 9%. Interestingly a chocolate beer and a blueberry beer are big sellers. Recently Zwanzigz had 14 on the beer board plus a few high alcohol beers so plenty of choices for all! Zwanzigz is open Sunday – Tuesday: 11am – 9pm, and Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm on 11th Avenue at Lafayette Ave in Columbus.
Craft Beer can also be found at Scotty’s Brew Club, an open-to-the-public restaurant at the Hillview Country Club. This is just minutes from I-65 and features Thr3e Wisemen beer as well as a host of taps of craft beer.
If we really wanted to expand this story we’d go on to Seymour, Indiana for tiny Twisted Crew Brewery or Chateau de Pique, another winery with a nice brewery. But that seems like a future story!