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Drinks

Mai Tai
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Recipe: Mai Tai

This formula for a classic Mai Tai is based on the version perfected by restaurateur Victor J. Berjeron, better known as Trader Vic.

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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.

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Best New Breweries: Four Day Ray

With soaring ceilings, inlaid wood trim, and industrial garage-door windows, the FDR taproom is one of the most beautiful in Central Indiana.

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Best New Breweries: St. Joseph

Given its unique taproom, incredible location, and solid beers, though, this place needs very little help from the man upstairs.

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Best New Breweries: Central State

People tend to leave Central State’s tiny taproom, The Koelschip, with a sour taste in their mouths—and that’s a good thing.

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Best New Breweries: Round Town

When one of the city’s most respected brewers opens his own place, beer aficionados will find it—even in a hard-to-access area like the southwest side of downtown.

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Best New Breweries: Cannon Ball

The tiny taproom along the Monon Trail brings bikes to a screeching halt for its small-batch ales and unmatched fine-dining menu.

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Best New Breweries: Chilly Water

Chilly Water enjoys a spot in one of the city’s coolest restaurant districts. Let’s face it: You’re probably heading this direction anyway.

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Great Nights Out: Dive Bars

Here lies the deepest jukebox in the city.

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Spoke & Steele's Smoky Cocktail

The liquor retains the essence of woodsmoke. But, says beverage director Tyler Burns, “The show of creating the drink is half the reason people order it.”

Hotel Tango Whiskey at the distillery.
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25 Days of Holiday Gifts: Hotel Tango Whiskey

Visit the Cultural Trail for your local Bourbon Trail fix.

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