Nothing has gone as planned for TwoDEEP, and in a good way! I caught up with Andy Meyer, founder of TwoDEEP Brewing of 714 N Capital Avenue, Indianapolis, exactly on their two year anniversary, August 2. After discovering craft or flavorful beer Andy conceived the concept of a production brewery in downtown Indianapolis with a tasting room for sampling. His difference from some other breweries would be that he loved malty or “malt-forward” beers and would use a lot of malt for full bodied, rich beers. Andy expected this brewery to be small enough that he could brew, handle distribution, and manage the business. The tap room was to be a place where someone might wander in and have a sample, and grab a pint. That wasn’t the way it worked out. On the first day the tap room was slammed — people everywhere. Meyer realized he needed to brew for the tap room. Hold the canning, wait on distribution, get beer to those who will make the trip for it! So it has been. Growth is steady and organic. Cans have happened; distribution in select locations is going. TwoDEEP has a lot to celebrate.
Celebrating their two years on Saturday, August 6, TwoDEEP will have a big party (yes, GenCon is also happening so beer is sold with tickets but that leads to a deal). A glass of beer on August 6 is 1, $5, ticket. But you can buy 5 tickets for $20 for the deal. There will be special beers on Saturday: a barrel aged Scotch ale, an Irish Extra Stout, and…. The Love Machine. Don’t blame Andy for that name, the staff came up with it! TwoDEEP’s Love Machine is their Knight Stick Creme Ale aged in a bourbon barrel with a little farmhouse flavor and Brett added for a hint of tartness. For cask beer lovers, all 4 of the regular beers will be served from cask: KnightStick, Red Sunday Irish Red ale, Brickhouse roasted amber, and Lake IPA. For people like me who love malt and bourbon, Dead Rabbits Irish Extra Stout is barrel aged on tap. Plus 2016 bourbon barrel aged Brickhouse will be both on tap and also sold in 4-packs of 16-oz. cans at the tap room. Of course there will be food trucks, music, and outdoor games. Asked about Saturday, Meyer says he is simply looking forward to celebrating!
Over the two years TwoDEEP has introduced about 30 different beers. Most are traditional – a wit, maibock, hefeweizen, dunkel, milk stout, English brown, Oktoberfest, Czech pils, and a series of IPAs and APAs for more hops. They recently collaborated on an unusual ‘black gose’ (go-zuh) with Scarlet Lane Brewing of McCordsville (Indy suburb).
The TwoDEEP tap room is open Tuesday through Friday 3-10 pm, Saturday noon – 11 pm, and Sunday noon – 6 pm. Their tap room is two long blocks west of the Indianapolis public library, two long blocks east of the canal and the USS Indianapolis memorial, and is one-half bock from the Indianapolis Cultural Trail that is becoming a bike lovers dream. Bikes are welcome at TwoDEEP, kids and pets are not allowed, but there is parking in their own lot. Meyer tells us the weekday T – F crowd is often local with somewhat younger people who live along the canal or near downtown. The weekend draws those locals plus people who’ve tried the beer and come to get a broader variety. With ample comfortable space and a fireplace inside for cooler weather it’s no wonder Indy folks found this space to be an ideal gathering spot. In fact, the venue became popular for wedding parties, business team building, trade meetings and other special requests very early. Call Lizzie, at 317-653-1884 if interested. Oh, yes, Lizzie! Lizzie is a true gem of TwoDeep. Not only does Andy attribute part of the success to Lizzie but we’ve found Lizzie to be a beer cheerleader, a beer ambassador, always welcoming and always excited about the beer and the growth. And since Lizzie handles outreach and more, the entire tap room staff has always been friendly, helpful and ready to help me find the right beer(s) for that day! In fact, Brewer Austin Elsbury started as beertender in the tap room, moved to help Andy in the back, and is now influencing recipes and making the beer.
Coming up in the near future, spaced out over August will be a smoked porter, a Tiramisu Stout and a Honey Oat Pale. Andy shares they’ve been keeping their pilot brewing system, which is actually there original system, busy with special recipes to try for the future! He loves what he calls, “fun beers.” Besides at the TwoDEEP tap room the beer can be found rotating on draft at craft beer bars such as HopCat and the Pint Room and at restaurants such as Bazbeaux, The Stacked Pickle, Chatham Tap, and others that love craft beer. In addition, the year-round brews are available in cans at most Crown or Payless outlets.
We wish TwoDEEP much success in the coming years — and CHEERS to TWO YEARS! — GregKitz