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Photos from the 7th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival in 2017.

The Brewers of Indiana Guild‘s spring beer fest fundraiser, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, returns to Historic Woolery Mill on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Get your tickets before they’re gone to enjoy local beer, mead, and cider from dozens of local breweries and guests.

Non-DD ticket holders will get taster glasses good for 3 oz. pours of hundreds of beers from 3 – 6 p.m., and Early Bird ticket holders will enjoy an extra hour of sampling beginning at 2 p.m. Learn more and see the brewery list here.

Tickets are also going fast for the return of Columbus Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Get your tickets now: $3 from every ticket will be donated to the Guild to support our mission.

And mark your calendar for the 24th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival on July 27, 2019 and the 3rd Annual Broad Ripple Beer Fest on October 12, 2019.

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Cheers to our partners, volunteers, participating breweries, and the more than 5,000 local beer lovers who sampled hundreds of brews from 100+ local breweries and guests over the first two-day Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest on Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2, 2019 in the West Pavilion, the largest venue of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The first-ever Friday night Exclusive Specialties Session featured 60+ breweries and guests, each pouring two exclusive beverages unavailable during the general admission Saturday session. HopCat and Tomlinson Tap Room once again hosted pre-banding events, allowing participants to get into the fest more quickly by not having to show their ID upon entry through the Pre-Banded gates.

$3 from every ticket sold plus donations from the two coat checks raised funds for our charity partner, Joy’s House. Stay tuned to @drinkindiana on social media for the total.

Ticket purchases also directly support our mission to promote, educate, and legislate on behalf of Indiana’s breweries. What does this mean for you? More local choices of better beer at more places, along with some of the state’s best beer fests!

Get your tickets now for Columbus Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, May 18 at Mill Race Park in Columbus; the 24th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival on Saturday, July 27 at Military Park in Indianapolis; and the 3rd Annual Broad Ripple Beer Fest on Saturday, October 12 at Opti-Park in Indianapolis.

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Winterfest 2019 poster with breweries-HopCat

Winter’s best beer fest is this Friday and Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.

Going to Winterfest? You already know that you should eat a big meal beforehand and snack whenever you can at the event, play some games or do some shopping at the local vendor booths in between sipping suds from the dozens and dozens of local breweries pouring unlimited 3 oz. samples, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

But here are some things you may have missed:

  1. Head to HopCat or Tomlinson Tap Room with your printed ticket to get your wristband before Winterfest so you can breeze on in to the event through the Pre-Banded Only entry lanes at any of the three entrances.
  2. A dwindling number of tickets are available online. They’re $10 cheaper before the fest, so if you don’t have yours, get them now. Got ’em? Tell your friends or family so they don’t miss out. If the event doesn’t sell out as it has in years past, tickets will be available at the south west gate.
  3. We’ve added a third entrance to make entry even easier for everyone. The north, south west, and south entrances are marked with stars on the fest map. And don’t be hesitant about wearing your jacket: Our charity partner, Joy’s House, will have volunteers running TWO coat checks this year in exchange for smiles, donations, or both.
  4. We can’t emphasize this enough: Check the FAQ for answers to pretty much everything we’ve been asked about the event, ESPECIALLY info on DD drop-off and parking. (You are getting a ride home from someone sober, right???) Your ride can drive right into the Fairgrounds and drop you off or pick you up right next to the event.
  5. Support your local breweries even further: Swing by the Drink Indiana Beer booth for great beer gear to keep you warm through cold fronts.

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Cheers, and thank you for your support of Indiana’s local breweries and their brewers’ guild! Have fun and be safe this weekend.

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3 reasons why you can’t miss Winterfest

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The 11th Annual Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest is almost here, and as a lover of craft beer, you can’t miss the year’s biggest and best beer fest yet. Get your tickets before they’re gone.

Here are just a few reasons why you can’t miss next week’s event on Friday, February 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 2 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.



1. The beer.

Winterfest is one of the only beer festivals in Indiana that features only locally brewed beer from breweries across Indiana, as well as Hoosier meads and ciders.

If you consider yourself a beer geek, you’ll want to be a part of the first-ever Friday night Exclusive Specialties Session

60+ breweries and guests will each pour two beers, meads, or ciders that you can’t get on Saturday. 

Check out the lineup for the astounding array, including 3 Floyds’ much sought after Pear Bear, a delicious double-dry-hopped IPA from Deviate, and an array of Imperial StoutsIPAsSours, and Barley Wines.

Going to the Saturday session? There will be hundreds of beers to choose from, brewed by 100+ Indiana breweries

And be sure to stop by the HopCat booth and the Cask Ales area for brews that you won’t find being poured elsewhere at the fest.

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2. It’ll make you feel good.

Yes, the beer will make you feel good (well, up to a certain point–don’t forget to drink plenty of water!)

But how about the fact that Winterfest directly supports local nonprofits

It’s a crucial fundraiser for the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the nearly 20 year old organization that made Sunday growler fills possible, created Tomlinson Tap Room (featuring all Indiana draughts, all the time), and continues to promote, educate, and legislate on behalf of the state’s breweries. Without successful fundraisers like Winterfest, the Guild wouldn’t exist.

Even better, charities will benefit, too. The local nonprofit adult day center, Joy’s House, is the charity partner again this year, receiving $3 from every ticket sold, plus donations from their coat check services. 

Raise the Bar IndianaOptimist Club of North Side Indianapolis, and Habitat for Humanity’s “The House that Beer Built” will all have booths with games and interactive components that both support their missions and will give you some fun things to do between sipping on suds.

Enjoy shopping? There will be a bunch of beer-related goodies to buy, including limited edition Winterfest and Drink Indiana Beer merch at the Guild’s booth near the north entrance of the building.

And if you come to the Friday Exclusive Specialties session, you’ll have the chance to talk to the brewers about their creations.

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3. It’s easy to grab a beer and have fun.

Get into the fest quickly by getting your wristband ahead of time at one of several pre-banding events at HopCat and Tomlinson Tap Room

Just show up, flash your ID and ticket to get your wristband, then go into the fest using the Pre-Banded lanes. You might know that Winterfest had long lines to get in a few years ago, but we’ve revamped the entry process at all of our festivals to make it easier for everyone. Getting in was a breeze last year–just ask a friend who went.

Getting your beer is simple, too. Ticket prices start at only $40 and include a commemorative taster glass and as many 3 oz. sample pours as you can responsibly drink, so you don’t need to worry about buying beers.

If you like getting your beer quickly or if you came to the Early Bird hour in years past, come to the Friday Exclusive Specialties session for a smaller crowd, short lines, and specialty beers. The new Friday session is basically the same as the old Early Bird, but with an extra two hours and unique beers that you can’t get on Saturday! 

Bring your jacket if it’s coldJoy’s House will run not one, but two coat checks this year. It’s free to stash your stuff with them, and donations to support their mission are welcomed.

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Need more reasons to come to Indy’s best winter beer fest? Check out the photo gallery above, then get your tickets before prices increase and tickets sell out.

Tickets are available while they last online and at the IN Beer Brigade bottle releases (fee free!) next week.

Follow #IndyWinterfest for more on Instagram and Twitter, and RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Cheers to our partners!

HopCat logoStop by the HopCat booth for a variety of amazing specialty beers, and don’t miss your opportunity to get your wristband before the event.


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Charity Partner:

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Joy’s House will again be providing coat check services, this time at TWO locations near the fest entrances. Donations toward their mission will be appreciated.

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Upland Iris at Winterfest 2018

Get great deals on Brewers of Indiana Guild beer fest tickets while supporting local breweries at Winterfest (pictured above), Columbus Craft Beer FestIndiana Microbrewers Festival, and Broad Ripple Beer Fest starting on Black Friday.


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Available from 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Black Friday, November 23, until midnight on Cyber Monday, November 26:

  • $20 off 4-packs of Winterfest Exclusive Specialties Session tickets (Friday, February 1, 6 – 9 p.m.) or Winterfest GA tickets (Saturday, February 2, 2 – 6 p.m.), no code necessary
  • $5 off IN Beer Brigade membership packages, which include a 1-year IN Beer Brigade membership (a $75 value) plus a Winterfest GA ticket (a $40 value) for $105 (a $10 savings), no code necessary
  • Current IN Beer Brigade members have been emailed random codes good for at least $5 off up to two GA tickets, with discounts for some lucky members up to 100% off (yes, that’s free!). If you were an IN Beer Brigade member before Wednesday, November 21 and don’t believe you received your code, please check your spam folder and contact us for your code if you don’t see the emails. 


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Available from 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Black Friday, November 23, until sold out:


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Cheers to everyone who joined us for the Brewers of Indiana Guild‘s fall fundraiser, Broad Ripple Beer Fest, on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Optimist Park on Indy’s north side.

Ticket proceeds support the Guild’s mission to educate, promote, and legislate on behalf of Indiana’s breweries, and $3 from each ticket sold benefit our charity partner, Asante Children’s Theatre of Indianapolis.

Thank you to our sponsors HopCat, Aqua Systems, Craftroads Beverage, Indiana City Brewing Company, IUPUI Essentials of Brewery Operations, Renewal By Andersen Of Indiana, and The Tap – BTown.

Mark your calendar for the 11th Annual Winterfest on Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 2019. Subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

Thank you to our partners:


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Participating Breweries and Guests (see the beverage menu below):

18th Street Brewery Hammond
450 North Brewing Columbus
Ash and Elm Cider Company Indianapolis
Bier Brewery Indianapolis
Big Lug Brewing Indianapolis
Black Swan Brewpub Plainfield
Broad Ripple Brewpub Indianapolis
Burn ‘Em Brewing Michigan City
Byway Brewing Hammond
Cannon Ball Brewing Company Indianapolis
Centerpoint Brewing Company Indianapolis
Central State Brewing Indianapolis
Craftroads Beverage Indianapolis
Daredevil Brewing Co Indianapolis
Deer Creek Brewery Noblesville
Fountain Square Brewery Indianapolis
Four Day Ray Brewing Fishers
Function Brewing Bloomington
Grand Junction Brewing Company Westfield
Great Fermentations Indianapolis
Guardian Brewing Company, The Muncie
Hoosier Brewing Co Fairland
Indiana City Indianapolis
Mad Anthony Brewing Fort Wayne
MashCraft Brewing Indianapolis
Metazoa Brewing Co Indianapolis
Misbeehavin’ Meads Valparaiso
New Day Craft Indianapolis
Off Square Brewing Crown Point
Planetary Brewing Co. Greenwood
RAM Indianapolis
Rock Bottom Indianapolis
Scarlet Lane Brewing Company McCordsville
Sour Note Brewing, The Hammond
Sun King Brewing Company, LLC Indianapolis
Switchyard Brewing Company Bloomington
Tap Brewery, The Bloomington
Taxman Brewing Co. Bargersville
Teays River Brewing Lafayette
Thr3e Wise Men Indianapolis
Tin Man Brewing Kokomo Kokomo
Triton Brewing Company Indianapolis
TwoDEEP Brewing Co Indianapolis
Upland Brewing Company Bloomington
Wooden Bear Brewing Greenfield
ZwanzigZ Brewing Columbus

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Drink Indiana Beer

Four Indiana breweries brought home five medals at one of the most prestigious beer events in the world.

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Drink Indiana Beer

For the fifth year in a row, Brewers of Indiana Guild is proud to represent the state's breweries at one of the biggest beer events in the world.

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Drink Indiana Beer

For the fifth year in a row, Brewers of Indiana Guild is proud to represent the state's breweries at one of the biggest beer events in the world.

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Drink Indiana Beer

In order to best serve our membership and supporters, the staff of the Brewers of Indiana Guild has chosen to place the Inaugural South Shore Beer Fest on hiatus until 2019.

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