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My guide to the beer of Indianapolis

Fountain Square Brewing Co
Posted Monday, July 2nd, 2012 by howardf

I stopped by here after Black Acre on a Saturday afternoon outing.  I had a hard time finding the place, but I think it's just because I'm stupid.  I was looking on the wrong side of the street, so I missed the enormous sign.

This location is an old car repair shop, and it's got a very cool and relaxed vibe inside.

I took a seat at the bar and ordered their flight, which was six samples for $5.  Just enough samples to try all of the four house beers and two seasonals that they had available.

I started with the Workingman's Pilsner, which was light, crisp, and very refreshing.  I got a bullet of that to go, and promptly drained it that evening.  Next up was the Amber, which was decent for an Amber, but that's another style that doesn't do much for me.  Up next was the Porter.  I was riding high from Black Acre's Porter, and was looking forward to their take, but I was pretty underwhelmed at first.  It was much thinner in body and color, but still tasty.  As I kept sipping my sample, I didn't want it to end, so whatever was disappointing me at first was long gone by the end of the glass.  I ended up ordering a bullet of it to go, also.

I went for the Black Lager next, and it didn't taste like anything.  I don't know if the beer was that mild, or getting bullied around by the Porter, but either way it's not something I'd try again.  I had the Pale Ale after that, and it was a good hoppy Pale, but we have a bunch of hoppy Pales available around town now, and this wasn't remarkable.  Last was the IPA, which was a solid take on the ubiquitous style.

In talking to the bartender, they said they had two tanks that had just been delivered to help boost capacity, so they're flourishing as a company.  They also have another new brewery opening a couple of blocks south of their location, so there will be more draw to the area shortly.

Good beer and a cozy facility, in a trendy area that's close to my office, makes this a guaranteed addition to my rotation, and their low keg prices ($45 to $70 per sixtel, depeding on style, at time of writing) will get them some time on the kegerator at home.