Brewpub named best in America coming to Indianapolis

Hammond-based 18th Street Brewery—which was voted the best brewpub in America this year by readers of USA Today—has officially announced plans to open an Indianapolis location at 2829 E. 10th Street.

The location is just east of Rural Street on the city’s east side, in a space that formerly housed Love Handle, which moved to 877 Massachusetts Ave. about two years ago.

18th Street Brewery announced the news on its Facebook page Monday in posts that said, “We’re thrilled to announce a new location coming to Indy!” and “Coming soon to 10th & Rural.” The posts included a photo of a document that says, “A new tenant buildout for 18th Street Brewery.” The brewery also opened a separate Facebook page, 18thstreetindy, dedicated to the new spot.

Monday’s Facebook announcements confirmed various reports from online craft brew publications that emerged earlier this year.

The brewery did not say whether the location would be simply a taproom or whether beer would be brewed on the premises.

IBJ left a message for 18th Street Brewery founder Drew Fox Tuesday morning, but the call was not immediately returned.

The building will be shared with Gomez BBQ, which got its start in the City Market in 2017 and is planning to open a second location at 2827 E. 10th St.

According to 18th Street Brewery’s website, Fox started the company as a home brewery in 2010. He opened a 3,200-square-foot brewpub in Gary in 2013 in a former dry cleaning business. His Hammond facility, located in a 32,000-square-foot warehouse, opened in early 2016.

The Hammond location, which serves as 18th Street’s main facility, includes a production, packaging and barrel facility, a taproom and a full-service kitchen. The Gary location includes a 10-barrel open fermentation system, a taproom, a craft cocktail bar and a kitchen.

The brewery’s beers include Fox and the Hunted, Here Comes the Reaper, Disciple’s Revenge, Candi Crushable and Rise of the Angels. Its Hunter Vanilla Double Milk Stout was named one of the 50 best beers in America by Men’s Journal.

A panel of beer experts selected 18th Street as one of the top 20 brewpubs in the country. From that top 20, USA Today readers selected it No. 1 in an online vote.

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3 thoughts on “Brewpub named best in America coming to Indianapolis

  1. Best brewpub for 30+ selections, including 3-4 of its own, on continually rotating taps, about half of which are Hoosier brewed, variety including meads, and knowledgeable servers is TWENTY TAP at 54th & College.

    If 18th Street even comes close on the selections, rotating, variety, split between Indiana and national, including its own, and knowledgeable servers, it will have a winner.

    I propose a brew train between the two to have a drink off.

    Any other brew pubs which meet the above criteria which should be included?


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