Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Indiana craft brewing by the numbers.

I'm in Indianapolis today to protest the Hoosier GOP one-party state. Nah, not really. I'm attending a Brewers of Indiana Guild quarterly meeting. Here's a snapshot of NABC's brethren, as of mid-October, courtesy of the Guild. If we can maintain growth like this, perhaps Indiana can be a monolithic one-beer party state.

There are 53 breweries properly permitted, actively brewing and open for business.

There are 18 breweries on the way (that we know of). All have applied for permits and some have been granted but for a variety of reasons these breweries are not yet open.

Two breweries have active permits (not placed in escrow) but have ceased operations.

One permit is active but does not appear to be actively brewing beer (Chateau de Pique in Seymour, an active winery)

Of the 53 active/open breweries:

33 are pubs

15 are production breweries with on-site tasting rooms

5 are production-only breweries (whether or not they have other locations, e.g., Upland, BBC and Power House)


12 breweries are located in Indianapolis

4 are located in Bloomington; and 4 in Columbus (total: 8)

2 are located in each: Lafayette, Nashville, New Albany, Plainfield and Richmond (total: 10)

The following cities have one brewery: Aurora, Avon, Batesville, Bedford, Carmel, Crown Point, Culver, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Granger, Greenwood, Jasper,Kokomo, LaPorte, Madison, Michigan City, Munster, Noblesville, Seymour, South Bend, Valparaiso and Whiting (total: 23)

Of the 18 “breweries in planning”:

4 plan to be in Indianapolis; 2 in Evansville, and 1 each for Bloomington, Carmel, Chesterton, Columbus, Goshen, Greenwood, Hope, Merrillville, Muncie, Rochester, Shelbyville and Tell City.

If all these breweries open, that would be 71 Indiana craft breweries in 39 cities.

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