08 Jan Two New Indianapolis Craft Beer Locations Set to Open On January 13th
Two of the most successful craft brewing groups in Indiana will be vying for patrons on Saturday, January 13th. At 11:00 am, both MashCraft-Fishers and Books and Brews – Broad Ripple will open their doors for the first time. But don’t worry, the grand opening parties will last well into the night and are separated by only eleven miles with several potential craft beer side trips – so just make a grand pub crawl of the day if you have the time.
MashCraft Fishers is located at 11069 Allisonville Road, in the same space that Heady Hollow Brewing previously occupied. The interior has been redesigned and the kitchen expanded, but a new menu and increased seating are just two of the changes patrons will see. As a tribute to the previous tenant, MashCraft will tap a Heady Hollow beer along with their Mashcraft offerings on opening day. Special tappings of rarer MashCraft beers will also be included, so trying out the food may be a very good idea.
The menu for Fishers is an expanded version of the menu from MashCraft on Delaware, so now I will have to divide my time between the PB&J panini and some of the new items. Even more exasperating, the vibe at MashCraft on Delaware is such that I don’t really want to abandon them, even if Fishers is closer to home. But I’m sure MashCraft Fishers will also have a good feel, and it’s close to the mothership of Books and Brews and Redemption Alewerks.
At the same time, Books and Brews will be having their own party in Broad Ripple. The former Monon Food Co. at 64th and Carrollton Ave. marks the fifth location for Books and Brews (mothership, Brownsburg, Muncie, Zionsville), not counting the franchise locations in Carmel and soon to be in Wheat Ridge, CO, and the coming locations at U. Indy and Speedway. The Broad Ripple location, as with the other Books and Brews, will have a family friendly section, a full menu, and games galore. Saturday nights will feature live music at Books and Brews, and the opening night will be no different. Local musician David Garza will be on hand from 8-10 pm, with last call not coming until nearly 2 am.
Located between the two new tap rooms opening Saturday is at least a week’s worth of good craft beer. Near the new Books and Brews is Brugge Brasserie, Three Wise Men, Broad Ripple Brew Pub, and Hopcat. Just to the south are Black Circle and Twenty Tap; not bad reasons to go a couple of miles out of your way. As you move north from Broad Ripple or south from Fishers, you will pass close to Big Lug Canteen and just east of the Upland Tap House in Carmel. All in all, a heck of an opportunity to support local craft beer.