Looking for adult fun in Hamilton County, Indiana? We’ve got the inside scoop! Ready your palates.
When it comes to tasty venues that are exclusively “over 21,” Hamilton County, Indiana, happens to have several options. Kate Burkhardt, communications coordinator for Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., recommends four venues to get on your calendar and plug into your GPS:
Beards & Brews – “Hipstoric” downtown Noblesville is hosting this inaugural annual event: a beard competition at one of the many craft breweries in Hamilton County. The final judging will be November 1, 2014, and bearded contenders will vie for first place in categories including Best of Show, Thickest Beard, Longest Beard and Most Creatively Groomed Beard. “This event is still in the works, but I’m excited to see it unfold!” says Burkhardt.
Divvy – This small plates restaurant was born from the phrase “divvy it up!” and is reserved for the 21 plus crowd. 21 Plus Salute! At Divvy, dishes and great conversations are meant to be shared. The locally owned and operated restaurant’s menu boasts more than 80 dishes to choose from, as well as taster tours for wine, champagne, beer and port. Options are available for those with special dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free. “Items to try include the fried cream cheese sticks, sweet potato fries with maple bourbon gastrique and the tomato bruschetta,” says Burkhardt. “One of the house specialties is the creamy corn crème brûlée with jalapenos, Romano and red sea salt. I speak from experience when I say there’s nothing else like it!”
Rail Epicurean Market – Housed in a refurbished barn, Rail Epicurean Market carries locally-made specialty food items like honey, jams, craft beer, peanut butter as well as menu items made from farm fresh ingredients every morning. Three to four times a month, Rail hosts community-style, five course dinners for up to 14 people with special selections of wine and beer for each course. One example of Rail’s eclectic yet delicious dishes is the Verlasso Salmon served with charred nectarines, escarole, corn succotash, black peppercorn tuile and a Block Nine Pinot Noir.
Sun King Brewery – “The brewery that sells more craft beer than any other Indiana brewery recently announced plans to build and open a ‘destination brewery’ in Fishers, complete with a tasting room that will accommodate more than 100 people,” says Burkhardt. In a press release, Sun King Brewery announced plans to build its second craft brewery on 12.76 acres located at the southeast corner of Kincaid Dr. and Park Central Dr. “Sun King embodies the vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit that Fishers fosters throughout the community, said Town Manager Scott Fadness. “The expansion into Fishers not only creates a new destination for our community, but also aligns with our mission to create an environment in which high-growth, high-potential companies compete and thrive.” Sun King opened its doors in downtown Indianapolis in 2009 and has expanded its capacity by eight times since then. The brewery is expected to produce more than 28,000 barrels of beer in 2014 and needs to expand in order to continue to grow. “Fishers is the perfect community for our second brewery,” explained Sun King President Omar Robinson. “The town is excited about having us, and we can’t wait to produce our fresh local beer even closer to the many north-side residents who already enjoy Sun King, as well as introduce our beer to a new community. Sun King sells more craft beer in Indiana than any other Indiana brewery, and this new brewery will allow us to continue to meet the demand for our beer.” The new brewery will be built to accommodate future growth, and the tasting room will be large enough to hold hundreds of thirsty Hoosiers. Sun King will continue to brew beer in the current brewery at 135 North College Ave. in Indianapolis, and both breweries will offer Sun King’s house lineup of Sunlight Cream Ale, Osiris Pale Ale, and Wee Mac Scottish-style Ale, as well as countless seasonal and specialty beers.