Is it a brewpub, is it a movie theater, is it a cool venue where you could watch a movie while servers bring you food and beverages? Yes, yes, and yes! While Flix Brewhouse is celebrating their one year anniversary, some people may not realize that you can stop at the brewpub have a beer, add food if you want, and never step into the theater! The modern and comfortable brewpub, is indeed a brewpub! And the beer seems awesome.
Lead Brewer Chris Knott was part of an award-winning brewing team at The Ram, Indianapolis, before making a couple of moves landing Chris at Flix. Right out of the gate at Flix Chris started pulling down awards: 2015 Indiana Brewers’ Cup (after only 10 weeks into production): Gold for Generation Alt (German Altbier), Bronze for Blood Orange Mario Gose ( German Gose ), Bronze for Round Rocker Lager (Dortmunder Export). Then 2015 Great American Beer Festival: Silver medal for Generation Alt plus 2015 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers: Bronze medal for Bourbon Barrel Aged Chillaxed Mild (English Mild aged in bourbon barrels). Wow, that tells you the beer is recognized but stop by and try these beers.
At any moment you will likely find about a dozen in-hours Flix beers on tap along with a host of ‘guest’ beers. Go straight for the Flix beer! There are six standard as in “always on tap” beers from a deliciously malty Ten Day Scottish out of which I get a nice nut-like flavor (no worries, no reals nuts for those allergic) to a refreshing Luna Rosa Wit that has coriander and blood orange puree for a lightly fruity drink, to Flix Golden Ale that should surprise with great crisp flavor but still light enough for those not into heavier beers.
Yet my attention turned to the specialty beers with the award-winning Mario Gose at the top! A nicely tart and ever so slightly salty cooling, relaxing sipper that you could drink a pint of and not feel too much at under 5% alcohol. Gose, pronounced ‘goes-uh’ is a very old German style that has made a big comeback recently in the U.S. brewed with both wheat and barley using lightly salted water. This is a great introduction to craft beer for some. For the release of the movie Jaws at Flix, Chris and assistant brewer Josh Miller served up six varieties of the Mario gose and they were all delicious so it was very difficult to find a favorite. In fact, as we asked around the bar it was clear different patrons loved different versions! The blood orange really pleased me with that citrus plus almost raspberry-like flavor of blood orange puree on top of the tartness of the beer making a complex yet still lighter enjoyable ale! The Mario is light yellow and translucent and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Others were just as excited about the strawberry or the key lime pie (wow), or the black current, and since I don’t know what prickly pear is supposed to taste like that one threw me off a bit but kiwi and watermelon were closely associated flavors.
In addition to all of the German gose style beer varieties, Flix also served up three barrel aged beers. I particularly enjoyed the Kill Shot, the Scottish ale that had been aged for 6 months in a Barton brand bourbon barrel. The caramel, vanilla, and slight toasted coconut came on top of the solidly malty scotch ale. There was also a barrel aged Belgian Quad called Druish Princess that we found very nice but perhaps beware, it is 9% alcohol, and a Bovine Buzz coffee stout with vanilla beans and, obviously coffee, that was nicely spicy.
The point is not that you will find all of these anniversary beers on the day you go, the point is that Chris and Josh are cranking out a variety of great beers that please beer judges and patrons. So with a dozen or more Flix beers on tap, and given we found a very knowledgeable bar staff, you have a great chance of finding beer you will enjoy.
For those with technical curiosity the Flix system is a 7 barrel system with many, fermentation tanks to allow so many varieties of beer. Main point, there is a lot of beer and a great variety! ($2 off Indiana Beers on Mondays)
Flix serves up a very nice pizza along with burgers, sammies, wraps, and entrees. Oh, and yes, there are movies. And yes you can drink beer while watching a movie – maybe I will actually see a movie there sometime!
Flix address is 2206 E. 116th Street, Carmel, IN, but actually is north of the Marsh supermarket at AAA Way and Station Drive near World Market! Because their open times depend on the movies, most days you could stop for food & beer 11 AM to at least 9 PM but check their showtimes online or call.