Cold Case: Brown County’s Ice Cream

The scoop on Nashville’s refreshed ice cream scene.

This article is part of the Rediscover Brown County package in the October 2016 Indianapolis Monthly issue. For more on our favorite fall destination, click here.

The Chocolate Moose

Bloomington’s throwback ice cream stand opened a satellite location in Nashville this year, dishing out the same treats—silky soft-serve and housemade hand-scooped, loaded splits and parfaits, vegan options. The Nashville annex also offers locally roasted Brown County Coffee. 270 S. Van Buren St., 812-200-3101,

Fearrin’s Ice Cream & Yogurt

Owner Don Fearrin has created the recipes from scratch behind this little counter since 1990. He introduces novel flavors every year—try the pineapple-coconut-mint this fall. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding the place: Just look for the line stretching out the door. 95 S. Van Buren St., 812-988-7677


Doing it the same way for nearly 40 years, how ice cream was made from the beginning: fresh cream from a local dairy, churned by paddles in a wooden tub of ice and salt. Old-fashioned flavors range from black walnut to apple butter to peppermint candy. Order a dollop on a piece of the parlor’s homemade cobbler or persimmon pudding. 61 W. Main St., 812-988-0815,