INDIANA

The 19th state.
Capital: Indianapolis
Motto: Crossroads of America
Flower: Peony
Bird: Cardinal

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

 

Indianapolis

Bier Brewery and Taproom has been family-owned and operated since 2010. Darren Connor (son) had the passion for brewing and Jerry Connor (dad) believed in him.  The Connor's started with a 55-gallon brewing set up. This "little more than a glorified homebrew system" quickly changed to an 80 gallon and 8 barrel system.  Bier quickly received a reputation for having high quality and consistent biers around town. Therefore, after five years of knocking out over 100 different styles and 1,602 batches on their 8 barrel system, demand told them it was time to expand. In 2015, Bier Brewery expanded to a 20 barrel system. Promptly after expanding, Bier Brewery started using local mobile canners to can their biers. Mobile canning allows smaller breweries to can their beers without having to buy, maintain and store a canning or bottling system at their facility. The first bier canned was Weizengoot, a German Hefeweizen, followed by PDG, an American Pale Ale and then Special Kolsch, a German Kolsch. These three core biers are supported by rotating IPAs and seasonal styles throughout the year.  

Fast forward to 2018 and almost 100 awards later, Bier Brewery expanded again, adding another taproom in Carmel, Indiana.  They've partnered (or adopted, as Jerry likes to say) with Chip and Pam Edgington for Bier Brewery North.

Granger

Bare Hands Brewery opened in December, 2011 with one simple mission: Handcrafting small batches of incredible beer with the highest quality ingredients. Owned and operated by South Bend native Chris Gerard, all brewing at Bare Hands is done on site in the Granger (South Bend suburb) brewery. Beer is available on 10 rotating taps in the brewpub and limited distribution in Indiana. Bare Hands beers have quickly developed a cult following among local beer geeks; Chris’s preference for clean, well balanced (and often potent) ales show in his wide range of ever-changing styles.
Cheers!

Valparaiso

The name Four Fathers was born from our love of our great country and in tribute to the four main ingredients in beer: water, hops, yeast, and malt. Jason began homebrewing in 2009 and after years of successful small batch recipes he and Beth dreamed of throwing their hats into the craft beer industry ring.
In early 2012 we became an LLC and started carefully planning and budgeting for our business. In April 2014 we were finally able to open our doors to the public and share our craft beer passion with everyone.
We pride ourselves on creating a constantly revolving list of unique beers to serve while supporting and honoring those who serve and allow us to live our dream. We thank everyone for their support and look forward to meeting new craft beer lovers who will become part of the Four Fathers journey. Cheers!

Merrillville

At The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co., we take pride in brewing quality hand crafted beers. The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co.’s mission is to produce aromatic, clean and full flavor craft beer. Brewed with old world tradition and new world imagination, we craft our ales to meet our high standards.
With our destination brewery and taproom, The Devil’s Trumpet welcomes the craft beer lover. Our brewery opened in 2014, but our brewers have been perfecting their recipes for over ten years. Visit our taproom for a few pints and take some home! Cheers!

Bargersville

Taxman Brewing Company is the culmination of a passion for beer, food, travel and friendship, alongside a desire to be actively involved in our local community.
Our story begins in Belgium, a country the size of New Jersey that boasts several thousand different beers and hundreds of community-based breweries. It was in Belgium that three of our founders met and began extensively “researching” the wide variety of local beer options. In Belgium, we fell in love with the depth of flavor imparted by the unique strains of yeast used to ferment the beer.
We named the brewery Taxman because tax consulting work took us to Belgium and three of Taxman’s founders are in fact tax professionals. Our skull and bow tie logo is inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “…in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except Death and Taxes.” We selected the Town of Bargersville for the home of our brewery because it reminded us of the small brewery towns we visited in Europe.
Taxman brews a wide range of Belgian inspired ales, American farmhouse ales, Midwest saisons and has an extensive cellar program producing wine and spirit aged beers as well as sour, wild and funky ales.

Bloomington, Carmel, and Columbus

Here at Upland, our brewers are always experimenting, putting their own spin on traditional brewing recipes with unique local ingredients. Our beers—from wood-aged sour ales to traditional ales and lagers—are as complex, interesting and approachable as the people who make and enjoy them.
Each taproom is unique, infused with the characteristics of the area and the lovable quirkiness of Bloomington. No matter which brewpub or taproom you visit, you’ll find good beer and good people.

Hammond

18th Street Brewery was founded as a home brewery by Drew Fox in 2010. After years of hands-on learning and exploration, 18th Street Brewery became official with the release of SINISTER DIPA in 2013. Shortly after the SINISTER release, we opened a 3,200 square foot brewpub in an old dry cleaner’s building in Gary, IN. Quickly outgrowing that space, we purchased a 32,000 square foot warehouse in Hammond, IN. Our Hammond location now houses our production, packaging, barrel program, a taproom and a full service kitchen. Our original Gary, IN now houses a small 10-barrel open fermentation system, as well as a taproom, craft cocktail bar and kitchen. 
We are currently the second largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Our beers range from saisons to double India Pale Ales to double milk stouts to pilsners and lagers. 18th Street is comprised of hard working, motivated individuals who strive to be the best. We love our jobs. We love our beer. We live and love what we do.

Munster

From our humble beginnings in 1996—armed with only a few hundred dollars, a five-barrel Frankenstein wok-burner-fired brew kettle, repurposed open Swiss cheese fermenters (Hammond Squares) and an old Canfield’s Cola tank—”It’s Not Normal” ales and lagers were born.
There’s a great number of craft breweries worldwide and thankfully more opening almost daily. Even while utilizing only the four main ingredients, these breweries make an astonishingly wide variety of ales and lagers, all with a unique house flavor.
Three Floyds is no different. Even with the wide variety of styles we brew, our ales and lagers will always taste like Three Floyds. Using sound techniques, the finest ingredients and innovation, we strive to make the best and most memorable beers—always setting themselves apart.

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Indianapolis, Fishers, and Carmel

These last ten years have gone by in a flash, although sometimes it feels like a lifetime. From our original brewery/tap room in downtown Indy featuring a small walk-in cooler that had eight taps and three folding picnic tables for guests to enjoy samples of beer - If you didn’t see it then, you wouldn’t believe it from visiting today – to three location that include a Small Batch Brewery in Fishers that allows us to create new beers, and a Distillery/Tap Room/Food Hall in Midtown Carmel, with a Tap Room at Indianapolis International Airport on the way.

The same genuine love, determination, hard work, and care that went into creating our company continues every day and we hope to be fortunate enough to be doing what we love in another ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years and beyond. In order to help us achieve that goal, please ask for Sun King wherever you go. And we’ll continue to work hard to make great beer, spirits, and more.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Chesterton

Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.
Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.

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Marengo

On September 6, 1883, Blanche and Orris quickly hiked up the hill past the cemetery by the church. They found the sinkhole, surrounded by a grove of trees, and Blanche climbed to the bottom.
Cool air steamed out of the small opening. Lighting their candles, the pair peered inside. Ignoring the darkness and the mud, Blanche squeezed into the hole. Soon she called up to Orris, “Come on in!” Once Blanche and Orris had crawled down the steep, slippery slope, they found themselves in a large chamber that appeared to continue in several directions. They heard water falling and saw formations in the distance.
Though awed by the beauty of their discovery, their flickering candles caused their courage to ebb. The pair decided to turn back. The slimy, cold mud made climbing out much harder.

Nashville

Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. Glaciers from the most recent ice ages stopped short of the “hills o’ Brown,” but their meltwaters helped create the narrow ridges, steep slopes and deep gullies of Brown County State Park. Indiana’s largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot, with nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland.
The park’s rustic Abe Martin Lodge offers accommodations that include motel rooms, cabins, dining and conference facilities and an indoor water park. Large campgrounds, hiking and mountain biking trails, interpretive services, a saddle barn for guided horse rides and a separate horseman campground with 70 miles of horse trails are some of the things that make Brown County State Park popular year-round.

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Shoals

Jug Rock is a table rock formation oddly set in the gentle woodlands of south central Indiana, so named because it looks like a jug, and geologically classified (some would say more appropriately) as a “table rock” formation because it looks (some would say more accurately) like a table.
The formation is believed to be the largest freestanding table rock east of the Mississippi River, in large part because rock formations like this just don’t occur in the eastern United States. The natural forces of erosion - rushing rivers, windy plains, a lack of plants - that create such spectacular scenery in the western states typically don’t have much impact on the dense woodlands and rolling hills common in the east.

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Corydon

On Saturday, February 11th, 2012, a connection between Blowing Hole and Binkley Caves was discovered. The Binkley Cave System became the 11th longest in the nation and the longest in Indiana. Their combined length totaled 35.89 miles with more passageways awaiting discovery. The impact of this discovery was huge. A public entrance to Binkley Cave could now be created to allow visitors into the cave system. Previously all entrances were located on private property with restricted access. As of October 2016 the cave is over 43.9 miles long.

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Madison

Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. In a few moments this slab of rock and ice slammed into Spirit Lake, crossed a ridge 1,300 feet high, and roared 14 miles down the Toutle River.
The avalanche rapidly released pressurized gases within the volcano. A tremendous lateral explosion ripped through the avalanche and developed into a turbulent, stone-filled wind that swept over ridges and toppled trees. Nearly 150 square miles of forest was blown over or left dead and standing.
At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. Wet, cement-like slurries of rock and mud scoured all sides of the volcano. Searing flows of pumice poured from the crater. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.

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Coulee City

Turkey Run State Park has what you've been needing. Explore it and see how Indiana was shaped by ancient forces.

You'll discover ancient Indiana's remains. Many old growth trees exist in the park.

A walk into one of the ravines takes you on a trip through time, for the sandstone gorges represent 600 to 300 million years of nature's handiwork.

Deep canyons nestled in the shadows of sandstone cliffs and peaceful hemlock groves are some of the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state, as well as miles of bridle trails. You'll enjoy exploring the area on foot or by horseback riding.

Sugar Creek flowing under the Suspension Bridge at Turkey Run State Park

hiker resting where a Turkey Run State Park trail meets Sugar CreekFlowing through the heart of the park, scenic Sugar Creek is a wonderful resource for canoeing and fishing. The river itself stands as a remnant of the forces that shaped the area.

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Mitchell

Spring Mill State Park offers a powerful illustration of the link between the natural and cultural worlds. The water flowing from several cave springs led to the founding of an industrial village in the early 1800s. Pioneer entrepreneurs took advantage of a constant water source that never froze, using it to power several gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill, and a distillery. In turn, pioneer settlers shaped the landscape around the village, clearing land for agriculture and timber.
The park today continues to illustrate how nature shapes us and how we shape our environment. A parcel of virgin timber sits in contrast to regenerated forest, a man-made lake struggles to survive against the in-flow of silt from cave-fed systems, and the native flora and fauna face challenges from man’s introduction of new species.

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Indianapolis

White River State Park boasts world-class attractions and destinations that offer distinctive experiences for every visitor. Greenspaces, trails, trees, and waterways co-mingle alongside cultural, educational, and recreational attractions across 250 beautiful acres in downtown Indianapolis.
White River State Park is a great place to hold events, too!  The greenspaces, hardscapes, and facility rentals are perfect locations for weddings, parties, charity events, corporate get-togethers and more

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Tell City

Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful his 203,000 acre Forest a local treasure. Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of stewardship focuesed on restoring, maintaining, and interpreting the cultural and natural resources of our public lands.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Bargersville

Mallow Run is the product of years of hard work by John Richardson and his son, Bill, and Bill’s wife, Laura. John grew up on the farm, moved away to teach school for 35 years, and then retired back on the farm with the intent of growing grapes to supply other Indiana wineries. Bill, who grew up dreaming of living on the farm, settled into the original Mallow/Richardson home after graduating from Purdue with a degree in Agriculture. Bill met Laura (Emerson) while playing in the Carmel Symphony and with a shared love for music, wine, and the farm, they married in 2005.
The first grapes were planted in 2000, with more to follow in subsequent years. The vineyards now cover 12 acres of the family’s 600-acre farm. On the remainder, more than 50,000 bushels of corn and soybeans are still raised each year. With expanding vineyards taking root, an aging barn with great potential, and the desire to share our love of fine wines, the decision was quickly made to open our own winery right here on the farm.
On September 3rd, 2005, the dream was realized and the tasting room opened to the public.

Bloomington

At Oliver, we think differently.
We're not afraid to have our heads in the clouds. You could even say dreaming big is what Oliver Winery does best. What started as a hobby back in the 1960s, has grown Oliver Winery into an employee-owned company and one of the largest wineries in the U.S.

Oliver is a world-class destination, ranked among Travel + Leisure's top 25 wineries to visit in the U.S. in 2017. In 2018, Wine Business Monthly named Oliver one of the 50 largest U.S. wine operations.

As we grow, our philosophy remains the same. We believe that all styles of wine deserve the highest craft and respect. We make our top-rated wines in the gentlest way possible, and each one of them share one common characteristic: fruit-forward taste.

Indianapolis

From 1991 until 2006, our Owner and Vintner Jeff Durm grew grapes, sold grapes, and made wine in his basement.  In April of 2006 we opened our doors to the public and began to share his efforts with the world.  We've won 148 Medals at the Indy International Wine Competition along with numerous other awards. 

We have been growing grapes in Marion County for over 25 years.  With almost 3,000 grapevines on 4 1/2 acres of land, we have the only commercial vineyard in Indianapolis.  Most of the vines are from the original planting in 1991 and serve as the backbone of our award-winning production.

Quincy

In August 2012, one vintner’s dreams became reality when Pepper’s Ridge Winery opened its doors.   When owner, Kevin DeWeese, decided to turn his hobby into a business he decided to make it a family business by honoring his father and grandfather whom were both nicknamed “Pepper.”  Pepper’s Ridge specializes in fruit wines; including flavors like Bird Dog Blues, a berry blend and Knob Hill Quencher, another blend of grapes and berries.  Pepper’s Ridge takes pride in supporting other local businesses and purchases most fruit locally; for instance, all the peaches for the Lakeview Peach come from Lakeview Orchard which it is named after.
Decorated with old-fashioned hand tools, antique pitchers and jugs against a bare-wood interior provide the winery with a charming, rustic atmosphere.  Wednesday through Sunday, visit Pepper’s Ridge Winery with a picnic basket and enjoy a bottle of wine while you enjoy the nice country view.  On Saturdays you can enjoy live music with your wine!  So kick back and cowboy up (Cowboy Up  Red (catawba) or Cowboy Up White (pineapple)) in the woods with Pepper’s Ridge winery!

Noblesville

So France can do their thing and California too. Even Southern Indiana has hills and water features that allow them to come closer to the international wine model. We wish them all the best. But here in Central Indiana we’re focusing on what was created for this area and exploring the unique opportunities we have here. We believe there are many fun and exciting results awaiting our harvests of grapes and local fruits. When you visit Country Moon Winery we hope you are reminded of the unpretentious but precious wine made by early American settlers for their own enjoyment. Come help us celebrate the abundance!

Batesville

Located in the fertile soil of the Indiana rolling hills, Ertel Cellars Winery has maintained it's own vineyard since 1999. After several years of selling the grapes to local wineries the Ertel family decided to open their own state of the art winery & restaurant in 2006. Nestled in the lush Indiana countryside Ertel Cellars Winery folds local charm into a world class, state of the art wine-making operation.

Coupled with the experienced hand of Winemaker Brian Ahaus, Ertel Cellar wines are superb award-winning varietals that complement good food, conversation and friends. Offerings include a tasting bar, lounge, restaurant and wine market, set amidst Chateau-styled architecture, sprawling vineyards and breathtaking views. The vineyards produces 7 varieties of grapes --- Marechal Foch, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, Traminette, Steuben, Catawba & Chambourcin.

French Lick

French Lick Winery opened for business in 1995 in the Beechwood Mansion in French Lick, just down the road from its current location. As the winery grew and began to produce more varieties, it became evident that we needed more room. In 2004 we began renovations on a spacious section of the Kimball Piano factory and in 2005 we opened French Lick Winery along with the Vintage Café, and large gift shop. Large glass windows line one wall and allow for comfortable viewing of our production area.
The tasting bar is a prominent feature in the building. Trained wine servers lead our guests through the expansive list of over 30 different wines, ranging from dry to sweet, fortified and sparkling.

Millersburg

Stoney Creek Winery is a family owned and operated winery. Our family has been making wine for at least 4 generations. We have a strong Mennonite heritage so getting information on who, in our family had made wine in the past is not always easy, but we are finding that wine making was more commonly practiced than talked about. My wife Jan and I have two sons who have enjoyed making wine for us for many years, and we have enjoyed drinking it. Recently I have joined them in the joys and chalenges of wine making and along with help from the staff at Purdue University our dream of starting our own winery became a reality this year on May 22nd. We had planned to open the winery in the Spring of 2009 but on March 12th we lost our home to a house fire. This of course set our lives on hold for about a year. We have now moved into our new home and two weeks later we opened the winery. We are curently making wine from juice and local fruit.  We hope that you will enjoy our wines as much as our friends and family have in the past.
Cheers!

Freetown

Located in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana and bordering Hoosier National Forest, Salt Creek Winery was established in 2010 by Adrian and Nichole Lee.  Starting as a hobby, winemaking became a passion for us.  Using the finest ingredients, we strive to produce quality wines that are minimally processed.  We believe that mechanical filtering and chemical fining takes a certain quality out of the wine.  Therefore, we only filter and fine our wines when absolutely necessary for shelf life.
We are proud to say that every bottle of Salt Creek wine has been produced, cellared and bottled by us. Many wineries these days are merely bottling bulk wines that were produced elsewhere.  Make sure your favorite wine states "produced by" on the label!
Although some of the finest wines in the world are produced from grapes, there are other fruits that also produce  truly delicious and  unique wines.  "Country" Wine is a favorite of Hoosiers.  Along with grape wines, we produce wines from fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, cherries, plums, raspberries, blackberries and blackcurrants.

Madison

At Lanthier Winery we are more than just wine; we  believe in creating happiness, fostering new friendships, supporting our community and  making our corner of the world more beautiful. We are the winery with a laughter filled tasting room where  lasting memories are built year after year.  We are home to joy filled  girl getaways, anniversary celebrations, the family's traditional holiday destination  and a quick unexpected stop to meander our fragrant garden surrounding the old brick "house of ill repute" and fort that is home to Madison Indiana's oldest winery. Experience the feeling of stepping into something wonderfully unexpected.  You'll  feel as if you are wandering a far away place, but yet know you are so close to home.  We strive to create a moment that will immerse you in unexpected pleasure and fun filled moments.  Don't worry if you don't know much about wine or even what kind of wine you like. Lanthier Winery has a strict no wine snobs allowed  policy as the winery family embraces 'the best wine, is the wine you like best' mantra to the fullest. Step up the the tasting counter and enjoy FREE samples of our award winning, handcrafted wines; we are here to create an adventure you can taste and an experience you celebrate. Let us help you make a moment. Stop by and see us today.

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