Indiana Microbrewers Festival set for July 23


After a two-year hiatus, the Indiana Microbrewers Festival will return for its 25th anniversary.

The event, a fundraiser for the Brewers of Indiana Guild, is set for 1 to 6 p.m. July 23 at Military Park at White River State Park in Indianapolis. 

“The Indiana Microbrewers Festival is the Guild’s original festival and has an outstanding following of local craft beer lovers from across the state,” said Julia Whitson, the executive director of the Brewers of Indiana Guild. “The atmosphere is different from other beer-focused festivals as you’ll find 70-plus breweries from all over the state, a considerable number more than a lot of festivals you’ll find in other cities and towns.

“It’s also unique in that participants are all Indiana-based and are all active members of the Guild.” 

Whitson said  exclusive, special-edition beer releases will take place during the event. 

“Customers will be able to snag a six-pack that includes a variety of styles from six different Guild member breweries,” Whitson said. “It’s the first time that we’ve offered a mix-pack like this.”

Whitson said she started with the Guild in December 2021 just in time for planning for Winterfest, which took place in February. Whitson said Winterfest was a huge success for the Guild. 

“It was our first festival back since early 2020 and our followers were eager to get back together in person,” she said. “We loved that everyone in attendance was just so pleasant, excited to be back among friends in the craft beer community and welcoming to one another. The vibe was incredibly positive in February and we’re expecting a similar response in July.”

Sun King Brewery & Spirits promotions director Elizabeth Belange-Hood said Sun King has been involved with the festival for 13 years. 

“This event is largely attended by new fans of craft beer and craft beer alumnus alike,” Belange-Hood said. “We look forward to supporting our fellow Indiana brewers and enjoying beers with each other.”

Belange-Hood said Sun King will feature several new seasonal and specialty beers during the festival. 

“We will highlight beers from three of our brewery locations, Fishers, Kokomo and downtown Indy,” Belange-Hood said. “Each year we do timed releases throughout the festival to get fans excited to sample some of the more-rare beers from our Sun King King’s Reserve sour and barrel-aged beers. Also, this year we plan to highlight a few of our new seasonal IPAs. 

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