03 Feb Four Day Ray Brewing breaking ground in Fishers
Since 2012, 12 craft breweries have opened throughout Hamilton County: six in Carmel, three in Fishers, two in Noblesville, and one in Westfield. As construction begins, Four Day Ray Brewing remains on schedule to become number 13 this summer.
After two years of planning, Four Day Ray founders Brian Graham, Chris Welsch, Matt Troyer, and Mitch Ackerman are mere months away from seeing their dream become a reality. Construction on the nearly 20,000 square-foot building in Fishers that will house the brewery recently started, as mentioned in an article on Inside Indiana Business.
“The culmination of our efforts and the opening of the brewery are just a few short months away,” Graham told Inside Indiana Business. “Everything has come together better than we ever imagined and we are very excited to be a part of the Fishers community. The City of Fishers is doing great things to make this an exceptional place to live, work and play.”
It’s no surprise to see Hamilton County become a hotspot for craft beer in Indiana. The United State Census Bureau estimated the county’s population at more than 300,000 in 2014, meaning there are plenty of thirsty craft beer lovers to keep the doors open. Add on top of the population all of the outside populace whom flock to Hamilton County for jobs and it becomes hard to blame any brewer for setting their roots down in the county.
“Small breweries will keep opening because suburban residents want convenience instead of traveling to downtown Indianapolis to fill a growler,” Indiana On Tap’s managing editor Adam Schick told the Indiana Business Journal last year.
The Brewers Association noted 80 breweries in Indiana by the end of 2014. Stats for 2015 are not out yet, but having a more than a tenth of the state’s breweries in Hamilton County is pretty impressive. And as long as the demand in the county remains, it’s safe to assume brewers will continue to open their doors there.