Coffee, Beer & Donuts The Perfect Way To Start Your Day

Coffee, Beer & Donuts The Perfect Way To Start Your Day


By Writing & Reporting Community Member Kristina Traxler

People always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Imagine if you got to start your day with over a dozen different donut varieties prepared by some of the best Indianapolis bakeries, paired with a delicious craft beer. To top it off, breakfast wouldn’t be complete without a nice cup of joe roasted by quality local coffee vendors. I was lucky enough to be able to start my Saturday with the Coffee, Beer and Donuts event hosted by Girls Pint Out and IndyFringe.

For those who live under a rock, Girls Pint Out is a non-profit organization geared toward building a craft beer community for women. They currently have chapters on every coast, including 4 in Indiana. The Indianapolis chapter in particular has had dozens of events ranging from beer education (like the Deviate Brewing’s Magic of Sours event coming up on October 21st) to Beer & Boutique shopping. There’s truly something for everyone.

I walked into Coffee, Beer and Donuts which took place at the Indy Fringe Basile Theatre having zero idea of what to expect. GPO did a phenomenal job of building the anticipation throughout the week by posting some of the various pairings on social media, but those were the only clues I had. The event took place both outside and inside, which would’ve been perfect if Mother Nature actually cooperated. Upon entering we got a our fun-size coffee mug tasting glass and free reign of all the vendors. As soon as I saw the sheer amounts of booths I need to hit, I was happy I decided to skip breakfast that morning.

I’m a big malt lover so this event was right up my alley.  Here are some of my highlights that truly feed my soul on that dewy Saturday morning:

  • Titus Donuts – This local Lebanon bakery (that’s held it’s ground for over 30 years)  had a traditional donut coated in a light powder sugar film with a simple, yet perfectly executed buttercream frosting. They deserve the reputation they have as of one of the best bakeries in the Indy suburbs.
  • Three Wise Men Hubbard & Cravens Porter – I might be bias due to the excess of time I spend in Broad Ripple, but these two business never disappoint. The porter I tasted had a smooth, subtle coffee flavor thanks to the Hubbard and Cravens contribution. The porter paired nicely with the Taylor’s Bakery Mini Boston Cremes served alongside. This is a beer that you COULD drink at 7AM right when you wake up, it was THAT smooth.
  • Quaff On!’s Common Necessity – This coffee stout with a bold hazelnut flavor complimented their own homemade maple cinnamon donut holes. This roasted nutty goodness was rich enough to work hand in hand with the classic donut hole.
  • Mashcraft Brew’s Sumatra Blend – This bold Sumatra would satisfy any coffee snob’s addiction. This bold, strong flavor was sure fire way to wake you up. It wouldn’t surprise me if there was a healthy portion of caffeine left in the brew.
  • Scarlet Lane’s Vivan Red IPA – This was the curveball of the day, one of the only IPA’s there and the first time I acknowledged hops. After drinking tons of porters and stouts this was an excellent palate cleanser. The crisp bitter finish paired nicely with Sunrise Bakery’s Sweet & Spicy Donut chips. Bold move with the IPA, and it paid off nicely to set themselves apart.
  • Circle City Sweets – Something you just can’t go wrong with: a traditional, well made donut. They were even making the donuts there on site. I was fortunate enough to have one of the fluffy magic rings before they ran out. Once people found out how good they were, the table was cleared in minutes.

It’s always a blessing to have so many exceptional local businesses within arms reach. It was a great afternoon filled with so many many porters, stouts, coffees, pastries, and friends. GPO and IndyFringe set the bar high for future events.  Ladies I recommend keeping tabs on everything GPO has to offer, you won’t regret it. Boys, you better keep your fingers crossed for another co-ed event.



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