Brew Link brewpub set to open in downtown Indianapolis

Locally owned Brew Link is opening a downtown Indianapolis brewpub in the former TwoDeep Brewing location at 714 N. Capitol Ave.

Plainfield-based Brew Link Brewing is expanding to downtown Indianapolis, with a new brewpub set to open this month in the former TwoDeep Brewing spot at 714 N. Capitol Ave.

Brew Link is targeting a March 15 opening—just in time to capitalize on the NCAA basketball tournament. Because of the pandemic, most of the tournament’s 67 games are taking place in Indianapolis this year. Games begin March 18.

“We definitely wanted to get in on the fun of all of that,” said Brew Link co-owner Jessica Crabbe.

Crabbe and her husband, Ruari, own Brew Link along with two other Hendricks County couples: Brad and Kirsten Hoke and Brett and Alayne Crandall.

The 7,000-square-foot downtown site will feature an on-site brewery, an outdoor patio and a full restaurant menu. Menu items include burgers, smoked meats, wraps, macaroni and cheese, salads and a weekend brunch.

The Crabbes got involved in the beer industry about a decade ago, when Ruari Crabbe started brewing beer at home. As his hobby evolved, the couple decided to open Brew Link. Their first location, a taproom, opened in 2016 in downtown Plainfield.

In 2019, they relocated to an 8,000-square-foot spot at 4710 E. U.S. 40, adjacent to Oak Tree Golf Course, brought in the Hokes and Crandalls as partners, and added a full restaurant to the operation.

The six partners also own Nigh Brewing Co. in Plainfield, which opened last year at 2067 E. Hadley Road. Nigh took over the spot from Black Swan Brewpub after Black Swan’s closure.

When a similar opportunity presented itself in downtown Indianapolis, Brew Link decided to jump on it, Jessica Crabbe said.

The partners were wary of opening another location during a pandemic, she said, but once they toured the former TwoDeep spot, they couldn’t pass up the chance to lease the site. “It was just the perfect location. When we walked in, we said ‘Oh crap—this is it,’” she said.

Brew Link has enjoyed strong support from its Plainfield customers throughout the pandemic, Jessica Crabbe said, which gives her confidence that the Indianapolis location will also do well. She’s also optimistic that the downtown site’s large outdoor patio, and its proximity to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, will help attract customers.

Brew Link sells most of its beer on site, but the beer is also sold at liquor stores around Indiana through Columbus-based distributor Bartholomew County Beverage.

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16 thoughts on “Brew Link brewpub set to open in downtown Indianapolis

  1. Good luck. Hope that BLM and ANTIFA leave you alone. Suggest you get some strong business interruption insurance because you can’t count on the city to provide any protection.

    1. They obviously aren’t worried John. Sorry that you’re so scared of riots that occurred all the way back in June. Are you also scared to go to DC because Trump supporting Proud Boys could start an insurrection and murder police officers at any moment? I’m not intimidated by ANTIFA or Proud Boys because I don’t sit in my house getting scared by Fox News or MSNBC all day long.

    2. The sky s falling and pure Qanon nonsense. Assuming the worse must be exhausting.

    3. Tom W. it’s not about assuming the worst, we’ve saw an example of that less than a year ago. It’s about holding public officials accountable.

    1. I’ll complain all I want about the worthless political hacks running the city and allowing a full-blown riot and looting to occur last May, that they are now blaming on IMPD! And, I’m not afraid of anything, including delusional leftist like you. Would love to have an invite to Mar-a-Lago too!

    1. Sadly, not anymore. One side or the other always wants to take a jab. It’s ridiculous.

    2. Since when is holding political leaders accountable a jab? Our downtown looks like a war zone, and we have every right to be upset.

  2. I’m sure we can all agree that John M. just needs to stay holed up in whatever suburb or small town he lives. Those of us that live and work downtown will enjoy it just fine without ya buddy. I was smack dab in the middle of this “war zone” yesterday having a beer on a patio while scores of people were jogging or walking their dogs around me. Absolutely terrifying.

    1. Amen, Chirs B. Those to denigrate downtown are typically suburban dwellers. We downtown dwellers are doing just fine, and downtown remains awesome.

  3. The beauty of entrepreneurs is they stay focused on the passion and less on the detractors. Congratulations on the new venture, I will be sure to stop by and support the cause.

  4. Amen, Chirs B. Those to denigrate downtown are typically suburban dwellers. We downtown dwellers are doing just fine, and downtown remains awesome.