Art, History and Craft Beer!

Art, History and Craft Beer!

By: Jill Mendoza IDO Incorporated is proud to introduce you to, Indiana City Brewing Company, a new microbrewery coming to Indianapolis and promising to bring Art, History and Craft Beer back to one of the last of the city’s historic brewing buildings. Today, the Indiana City Brewing Co. is raising funds from investors to make specialty beers in the former Home Brewing bottling house. The Art comes from the important role of visual arts in the craft beer experience.  When you smell and taste a beer you are experiencing the artistry of the brewer who made it.  The brewer and founder of Indiana City Brewing Co. is Ray Kamstra.  Ray began as a homebrewer while working in graphic design and eventually quit his day to pursue his passion for beer full time. The History of the former Home Brewing bottling house, a two-story brick building on 24 Shelby Street near East Washington Street, can best be understood in a recent Indy Star Article written by James Glass the director of the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural ResourcesA stone tablet near the building’s roof with the words “Bottling House” opens the doors to a great historical story and a passionate entrepreneur wishing to make high-quality big ales founded on traditional styles. The Beer  Ray plans to offer wheat ale, oatmeal stout and seasonal beers for the craft beer market.  Along with their year round beers Yacht Rock, Shadow boxer, and Beyond the Pale, they will also be releasing limited seasonal brews. Then by late spring  they will be filling growlers at their taproom near downtown, and they’ll be on tap at select bars and restaurants across Indianapolis. YEAR ROUND BEERS Yacht Rock wheat ale 6.0% ABV | 19 IBU | 4.3 SRM This Belgian style wheat ale is a light-bodied, crisp, slightly tart and lightly hopped golden beer with a fine-bubbled bright white head. This beer won blue-ribbon in national homebrewing competition. Shadow Boxer oatmeal stout 7.0% ABV | 44 IBU | 55 SRM This is a black, full-bodied ale with mild roasted grain aroma, coffee flavor and moderate spicy hop bitterness. A diverse combination of flavors all below a creamy brown head. Beyond the Pale pale ale 7.2% ABV | 59 IBU | 5.4 SRM A twist on the Belgian style, this beer has higher than traditional hop flavor and aroma and alcohol content. Specialty spices add natural citrusy-pine flavor and aroma to this well-balanced ale. We cannot wait for the brewery to open!  Until then, Indiana City Brewing Co. has featured it’s beers at several locations around town, including Red Lion Grog House and Tomlinson Tap Room. Who knows? Maybe the brew will be featured at our upcoming IDO Holiday Celebration? Slurp Slurp!!

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