15 Apr Scotty’s Brewhouse opens in Brownsburg
Hendricks County food and craft beer lovers have a new destination, with Scotty’s Brewhouse opening in Brownsburg on Monday.
The establishment, at the former location of Hurricane Grill & Wings at 251 West Northfield Drive, is the sixth opened statewide by Scotty’s President and CEO Scott Wise.
“I thought it was perfect with its proximity to the interstate, the patio, a great strip center and general growth of the Westside,” said Wise, who opened his first Scotty’s in 1996 at 22 years old. “The demographics also play well into who we are, being very family-friendly.”
While Scotty’s expansion has been spread out since ’96, improving economic conditions have spawned busy times for the company. Another location will open in Carmel next week, and two more will be added in the coming months in Bloomington and Fort Wayne.
In Brownsburg, Scotty’s is starting out with close to 100 employees, a number that Wise expects to settle in at around 80. A by-invitation soft opening over the weekend gave the staff an opportunity to polish its service prior to Monday’s full-scale debut.
“It’s a chance to give your team one last chance to practice before you open to the public,” Wise said. “We had a huge crowd, and everything went real well.”
Craft beer has seen a dramatic increase in market share the last few years, but Wise was a pioneer nearly two decades ago when he put 30 on tap, something almost no one was doing at the time. In 2011, he started his own brewing operation — Thr3e Wise Men — at a former grocery in Broad Ripple. It sells its wide array of brews at that location and at Scotty’s across the state.
“It was always a goal to brew my own beer. That’s what I thought I was getting in business to do,” Wise said. “That location in Broad Ripple became available, and it was just perfect. I have a great brewer, and we have a lot of fun with it.”
Wise and crew celebrated last week, as Thr3e Wise Men’s Hot for Teacher Ms. Doppelbock won a silver medal at the prestigious World Beer Cup in Denver. The brewery’s extensive line will headline the Brownsburg tap list, with six standard styles and rotating monthly seasonals. Per state law, growlers will be filled every day but Sunday.
Wise takes equal pride in his culinary menu. Over 80 percent of the extensive selection is created in-house, using locally-sourced product as much as possible.
Wise’s menu was originally crafted with personal needs in mind.
“I built it knowing I’d be at work all day and that I’d get tired of eating burgers all the time,” Wise said. “I wanted a little bit of everything, but not spreading too thin. We use local meat, and I think burgers are the heartbeat of the menu. I call it upscale comfort food, and you’re never going to leave hungry.”
Scotty’s all-ages Brownsburg location opens at 11 a.m., seven days a week.
To learn more about Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. check out their Indiana On Tap brewery page.