Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Indiana City Brewing Company

Samples poured for us at the Tomlinson Tap room. (Indiana City Beer, courtesy photo)

On our fist evening in Indianapolis, the beer bloggers went to the Tomlinson Tap Room (on the second floor of a really cool open marketplace) and were provided with beer samples and food. While we ate and chatted amongst ourselves, we also got to meet some interesting locals to talk about beer. One of the people I met was Ray Kamstra, who was holding a tray of samples, and walking around talking about a “soon to be born” brewery called Indiana City Beer Company.

Currently working to get funded on Kickstarter, this group is focusing on the local beer scene. I got to try two of their brews, and both were very solid. The oatmeal stout was nice and roasty, and the pale ale was a high-quality brew, and both were above 7% ABV, which I found unusual and interesting. I really hope that these guys do well in this exploding beer market, and I think they can, especially with their local roots. In a very savvy move, the brewer was passing out information not only about the beers, but about the Kickstarter efforts.

Shadow Boxer oatmeal stout [ 7.0% ABV | 44 IBU | 55 SRM ]
This is a black, full-bodied ale with mild roasted grain aroma, coffee flavor and moderate spicy hop bitterness. A diverse combination of flavors all below a creamy brown head.

Beyond the Pale pale ale [ 7.2% ABV | 59 IBU | 5.4 SRM ]
A twist on the Belgian style, this beer has higher than traditional hop flavor and aroma and alcohol content. Specialty spices add natural citrusy-pine flavor and aroma to this well-balanced ale.

I love seeing people pursue their dreams, so I hope that you’ll check these guys out soon. Good luck Indiana City, we’re rooting for you!



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  1. I really enjoyed getting to sample their beers there. I particularly enjoyed their oatmeal stout – even on a hot day. It does take a lot of word of mouth to help make a Kickstarter campaign work out. I really hope they make their goal.

    Would love to see more prospective breweries like Indiana City offer up beers at upcoming Beer Blogger Conferences. It’s a great way to help get the word out.

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