First brewery on my whirlwind tour through Indy. Hit 3 brewery/brewpubs. Great place to start. Samples were no charge and the staff was friendly as can be. They helped me with directions and had great suggestions on other places to hit on my trip. Beers are very up to date in style. They certainly like their hops. The amber, pale, and IPA are at 42.7, 43.2, and 104.1 IUBs respectively. That amber was hoppy and the best one Iíve had in a looong while. All eight beers rated above 3. I really really enjoyed 6 of the 8. The tasting room is a very accommodating in size. Good crowd but not crowded. Really fun. Wish I could have stayed longer but duty calls.
A brewery just outside downtown Indy. As you enter there is an area for growler fills and pints (poured in plastic cups). There is a separate area on the right for samples (free, 4 oz.). This area also contains some wired metal (outdoor-esqe) tables. Oh, and shopping carts that have been converted into chairs. There is music playing. No TVs of course. There is an outdoor patio area. They have pizzas available which are made in a trailer outside (I think - I didnít get one, but they sure smelled good!). They have 4 regular taps and a couple of seasonals/one-offs, all great stuff. I was very impressed with the quality of their beers. This is probably one of the better (or best) new breweries in Indy. A great place (certainly unique) to hang out and enjoy some great beer.
JoePeesie (68) Long Lake, Illinois | March 23, 2012| Updated March 24, 2012
Iíve been follow 12 on Facebook for about a year now and finally made it into town again to give the a shot. Tried 3 regular offerings and 2 special offerings. All 3 beers were enjoyable and I dug the establishment. I think these guys are worth keeping an eye on, I suspect we are going to see some great stuff from them in the future.
I went there for the first time today after having some of their beers around town. The facade and main entranceway sets you up to be disappointed, but once you get inside the seating area, itís very open and inviting. Wood beams and brick walls give this place a very rustic feel.
Both servers I spoke with (I believe one was the head-brewer) were both friendly and knowledgable and were happy to dispense free samples for as long as I wanted. I was told me they would fill up unmarked growlers, too (score). They had many beers on tap; including many idiosyncratic beers I know I would have no chance getting elsewhere. I settled on the Rye Stout (you can see my review for that elsewhere). My only gripe is that $6 for a pint is pretty high. I know that they give out a lot of samples and that their profit margins still arenít incredibly high, but that still seems like a lot. But disagreeing over paying an extra dollar or so is not a big deal whatsoever. On the bias, I was very happy with my experience here and would come back again.
Visited on a Sunday and was impressed with the service and selection. These folks love their beer and love sharing it even more! They are proud and that shows through in the service and the beer. As I reclined in my wire-shopping cart that was turned into a recliner, I commenced a session-grande and enjoyed myself as much as humanly possible.
Easily the best brewery/brewpub in Indianapolis. The beer is excellent. If youíre ever in a bar that has a Flat 12 on tap, first consider yourself lucky because itís hard to keep up and currently only available in Indiana, then order it.
Like other Indy breweries, hours are limited so be sure to check before you visit. Also write down the directions because theyíre very difficult to find, but theyíre on Dorman in a red building. Also like other Indiana breweries (not brewpubs), samples are free and served in tiny plastic cups. Growler fills are also available but, at this brewery, you can actually buy a pint in a plastic cup. Flat 12 is smart in separating their growler/pint area with their sample area, as this keeps line build-ups down to a minimum. Growler fills are $8 for their more standard beers (like the excellent IPA and porter) and $14 for their rarer, specialty ones. The specialty ones are tapped roughly once per week and are likely to be available less than a week. You will not find these outside of the brewery.
The "Flat 12" name is a reference to a type of engine, and a homage to Indyís racing heritage. This was only recently explained to me because I know nothing about racing.
Like all breweries, expansion is in the plans. Bottling is in the near future, but keeping up with demand is the first order of business. They have a list of places where you can find them on tap, but itís actually not correct because businesses often arenít able to keep them on tap as they often canít get them.
Food is available outside in a truck. Itís mostly pizza. Thereís also a large projection TV for watching things like football while you hang out and drink. There are these interesting converted shopping carts to sit in as well as regular chairs and tables.
This is a must-visit while in Indy or even in Indiana.
Easy to find location east of downtown Indy just off I-65. Street parking and some lot parking on weekend. Clean painted red building with growler fill station in first room and tasting to the right with tables and chairs. Samples always and pints when they a pizza food truck. Freindly people with all staff working the crowd to pormote. Interesting diverse selection of beer. Will go when in the area.
A wonderfully unassuming spot in a secluded-feeling business-residential hybrid area. An employeeís dog was trotting about the place, not sure if that means patronsí dogs are welcome. Heat turned off on a cool autumn day, everybody had their coats on (take it as you will, but I see it as a positive.) All the servers seemed to be into the beer, and of course the patrons were as well, since there would be no other reason to find yourself in this neck of the woods. Nice music selection which included a couple songs from Cakeís debut album. Not a huge deal, but noteworthy as a Cake fan since itís quite unusual to hear said album in public places. Though not overloaded with selections, they have a solid line-up of American-style brews, hop-forward, exquisitely brewed, and delectably fresh. Pizzas coming from a truck outside smelled luscious. A place Iíd love to have next door.