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Jeff Vrabel

A burst of flames onstage at a concert
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Metallica Rocks Indy

Metallica covering Mellencamp is not a thing I thought I’d be writing in 2019.

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The Mascot Hall Of Fame Opens

“This is why it’s going to work,” says the Hall’s founder. “Whiting has shown how they can get people there. They embrace this silliness.”

Victor Oladipo dribbling a basketball
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Victor Oladipo’s Drive

“If y’all don’t respect the Indiana Pacers now, I have no respect for you.”

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Quick Q&A With Andrew Bird

“We’re using the orchestra as the band. I think of it like, Imagine Joshua Bell sings his own songs.

Taking a sample at Bear Wallow Distillery.
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Bear Wallow Distillery

“We call ourselves the first legal still in Brown County.”

The production line at Cardinal Spirits.
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Cardinal Spirits

I’m pleased to see the diversity we get. Young people are discovering spirits, and the older generation is rediscovering well-made and executed cocktails.”

The bar inside West Fork Whiskey.
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West Fork Whiskey Co.

“Well, they get most of their grain from Indiana. And we’re on the same aquifer. So we’re like, ‘Well, what about us?’ Our mission statement is to be the first international whiskey distiller from Indiana.”

Exterior of Sun King Spirits
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Sun King Spirits

“I went to Moonshine University in Louisville.”

The barrel room of Hotel Tango.
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Hotel Tango

“We love Indianapolis. We’re not going anywhere.”

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The 10 Greatest Things I Saw At My First Gen Con

“It’s like learning what ice cream sundaes are, and then being told to go make yourself one using three million toppings.”

An employee tastes a sample in 1205
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1205 Distillery

“It felt like going into business with my younger brother.”

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Foo Fighters Are The Best (Dad) Rock Band On Earth

“If anyone in 2018 comes up with a more satisfying encore than ‘Times Like These,’ ‘This is a Call,’ and ‘Everlong,’ I’ll paint happy faces on my Odyssey.”

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Speed Read: Monumental Yoga

Not a stretch: This is a massive class.

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Josef Newgarden’s Celebrity Ping-Pong Challenge

“One does not wait to face Helio in competition. One simply enters a location where Helio is already competing.”

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How To: Eat Your Way Around IMS

Of the food options at IMS, one vendor stated, “People get them for their dogs.”

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