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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.”

Products from 8th Day Distillery
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8th Day Distillery

“A lot of people haven’t been over to the near-east side lately. It’s fun to show them how much it’s changed and what’s going on.”

The barrel room of Hotel Tango.
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Hotel Tango

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

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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Happy Hour: Thunderbird, Bluebeard, And More

As the temperatures dip, warm up with these great drinks.

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Recipe: Lindy Brown’s Icelandic Maid

Light, refreshing, and well-balanced. Skál!

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Happy Hour: Big Woods Speedway, Harry & Izzy's, And More

The vegan (that’s right, vegan) Bloody Mary featuring New Amsterdam vodka and Wilks & Wilson bloody mix from The Garden Table (342 Mass Ave., 317-638-0321).   The Mule at Big Woods Speedway (1002 Main St., Speedway, 317-757-3250), a nice kick of locally distilled Hard Truth vodka, ginger beer, and a lime squeeze. The dangerously candy-like […]

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Oktoberfest On Tap

Oktoberfest, the annual German celebration of beer and merriment held from late September through the first week of October, is upon us. If you’re looking to celebrate without leaving the Circle City, here’s our roundup of local breweries who have brewed up Bavarian beer. Prost!Saint Joseph Brewery: The Saint Joeberfest at Saint Joseph Brewery is […]

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Best New Breweries

Since we last raised a glass to Central Indiana’s best beer in 2014, dozens of taprooms have opened here. In service to you, thirsty reader, we drank at all of them. What follows is a sampler of the area’s most sippable new suds. Who’s ready for the next round?

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Best New Breweries: Metazoa

This spring, the taproom hired John J. Hall, former head brewer of the enormous Chicago brewery Goose Island. The place now seems destined for another evolutionary leap.

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Best New Breweries: Blind Owl

Situated in a forgettable strip mall along hectic Binford Boulevard, Blind Owl makes that weakness a strength by capitalizing on the boundless cheap space it provides.

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Best New Breweries: Deviate

Consider the Liquid Thai’d, a brown ale that achieves the impossible feat of incorporating the peanut, pepper, lime leaf, and coconut flavors of a Thai dinner in a light, tasty beverage.

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Best New Breweries: Centerpoint

Now that Centerpoint has begun canning a few varieties, expect the name to be on everyone’s lips.