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The Super Bowl and Craft Beer: An Unofficial Guide for Football Fans Going to Indianapolis

Submitted by on January 25, 2012 – 4:10 pm4 Comments

Image courtesy of Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host CommitteeSuper Bowl means tailgating and, at least here at Road Trips for Beer, tailgating means some tasty local brews in the cooler. However, because Indianapolis hosts Super Bowl XLVI this year, fans partying pre-game outside Lucas Oil Stadium, in hotel rooms or in local homes on February 5 should be aware of something important.

You cannot buy beer to go on Sundays in Indiana – with one exception.

Under state law, grocery stores, liquor stores and the like have to put the chains on the beer coolers every Sunday. Restaurants and such are allowed to sell beer and liquor for on-premise consumption.  There are currently bills in the state Legislature to change this, but without going into great detail, it is unlikely to happen before 2013.

However, anyone seeking to stock up – or restock – brews to watch the New England Patriots battle the New York Giants has another option on game day.

Indiana production breweries are allowed to sell bottles and growlers of beer to go on Sundays – and there are plenty to choose from within a short distance of Lucas Oil Stadium. Reportedly they are stocking up for an expected boost in business.

Here’s a list of the craft breweries in town and beyond where you can buy beer to go on Super Bowl Sunday (click on the brewery name to visit its website):

DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS

These are the local breweries closest to the Super Bowl site.

Flat 12 Bierworks

414 N Dorman St.

(317) 635-2337

Opened extended hours for Super Bowl Week.  Open noon to 4 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Sun King Brewing Co.

135 N. College Ave.

(317) 602-3702

info@sunkingbrewing.com

Sun King normally closes on Sundays, but it will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

10 W. Washington St.

(317) 381-8180

Sunday hours noon to midnight.

 

Ram Restaurant & Brewery

140 S. Illinois St.

(317) 955-9900

Sunday hours, 11 a.m. to close.

 

Fountain Square Brewing Co.

1301 Barth Ave.

(317) 4931410

contact@fsqbrew.com

Extended hours during Super Bowl Week. Open noon to 11 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.

Note: The above venues will be easily accessible via a fleet of five free shuttle buses being sponsored by Monarch Beverage and World Class Beer in Indiana, part of a campaign that includes social media to promote Indiana craft beer. You can read more about it here.

Look for this banner on the side of the shuttle buses.

STILL PRETTY CLOSE

Broad Ripple Brew Pub

842 E. 65th St.

(317) 253-2739

bpub@indy.rr.com

Sunday hours noon to 10 p.m.

 

 

Thr3e Wise Men 

1021 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis.

(317) 255-5151

swise@scottysbrewhouse.com

Sunday hours 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

A LITTLE FARTHER

Barley Island Brewing Co.

639 Conner St., Noblesville

(317) 770-5280

Sunday hours noon to midnight

 

Oaken Barrel Brewing Co.

50 N. Airport Parkway, Suite L, Greenwood

(317) 887-2287

oakenbarrel@comcast.net

Sunday hours 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Triton Brewing Co.

5764 Wheeler Road, Indianapolis

(317) 735-2706

info@tritonbrewing.com

Sunday hours 1 to 9 p.m.

 

Bier Brewery

5133 East 65th Street, Indianapolis

317-253-2437

darren@bierbrewery.com

Sunday hours noon to 4 p.m.

 

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (College Park)

2801 Lake Circle Drive, Indianapolis

(317) 471-8840

Sunday hours: 11:30 a.m. to closing.

 

WITHIN AN HOUR’S DRIVE OR SO

Power House Brewing Co.

322 Fourth St., Columbus

(812) 375-8800

Sunday hours 4 to 11 p.m.

 

Bloomington Brewing Co.

1795 E 10th St, Bloomington.

(812) 323-2112

Sunday hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Big Woods Brewing Co.

60 Molly Lane, Nashville, Indiana.

(812) 988-6000

Sunday hours 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Lafayette Brewing Co.

622 Main St., Lafayette.

(765) 742-2591

mail@lafayettebrewingco.com

Sunday hours noon to 8 p.m.

 

Peoples Brewing

2006 N. Ninth St. Road, Lafayette

(765) 714-2777

Sunday hours noon to 5 p.m.


Half Moon Restaurant & Brewing

4051 S. Lafountain St., Kokomo

(765) 455-2739

Sunday hours 11 a.m. to closing.

 

MAKE IT A ROAD TRIP

You may want to plan your pre- or post-Game Day itinerary to make the rounds of these other fine Indiana craft breweries and brewpubs that are a few hours’ drive from Indy.

New Albanian Brewing Co.

(Two locations in New Albany)

415 Bank St.

(812) 725-9585

3312 Plaza Drive

(812) 944-2577

 

Mad Anthony Brewing Co.

2002 Broadway, Fort Wayne

(260) 426-2537

madbrew@msn.com

 

Three Floyds

9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster

(219) 922-4425

brewpub@3floyds.com

 

Figure Eight Brewing

155 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

(219) 477-2000

info@FigureEightBrewing.com

 

Back Road Brewing

308 Perry St., LaPorte

(219) 362-7623

Chuckk@csinet.net

 

ShoreLine Brewery & Restaurant

208 Wabash St., Michigan City

(219) 879-4677

gm@shorelinebrewery.com

 

Four Horsemen Brewing Co.

710 Fellows St., South Bend

(574) 387-5772

 

Turoni’s Main Street Pizzery and Brewery

408 N. Main St., Evansville

(812) 424-9871

All of the information above is as accurate as posted on the brewery websites at the time of this writing.

This listing is not inclusive, but we tried to list the craft breweries that are both open to the public and that sell beer to go on Sunday.  If you’re looking for a more exhaustive list, we recommend that you purchase a copy of “Indiana Breweries” by John Holl and Nate Schweber. (Read our review of the book here)  .

Also of note

Courtesy of visitindy.com

Lucas Oil Stadium

Beer from Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington is ordinarily available on tap during games inside Lucas Oil Stadium, but it’s reportedly been pulled out for the Super Bowl (Hint: Clydesdales and sponsorship). I exchanged a few tweets with Upland, and they are working on having some of their bottles available inside the stadium. Their success remains uncertain as of this writing. Upland does have a tasting room in Indy  at 4842 N. College Ave.; however, because the beer isn’t brewed there, carry-out on Sunday is not available.

Here are links to some other stories and resources for your Super Bowl 46 craft beer experience in Indianapolis:

Acknowledgements

This article would not have been possible without the help of Tamre Mullins, writer for Girls’ Pint Out, and Bob Mack , web and social media developer for World Class Beer in Indiana. Both are Indy residents with extensive knowledge of the state’s craft beer scene. Big props for their help.

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