Some family is found.
Our passion for great beer drew us together, our fondness for one another and our drive to bring the best beer to Indy keeps us together.
Favorite ICB beer: Black Lantern, Black IPA
Where/when did your love of craft beer begin? At The Tam, in Boston, in 2003, drinking a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.
How did you become a part of Indiana City? My wife and I moved to Chicago in 2004, just before several homebrewers opened up some of Chicago’s best breweries, which truly peaked my interest for homebrewing and ultimately… for creating this.
What is your favorite ICB memory? There are so many. Reaching our Kickstarter goal, finding this amazing building, the buildout and the volunteer support throughout, our grand opening, all of the “firsts” – The first keg delivery, the first pint of Indiana City I had at a bar, our first run of cans.
What’s your mantra? Create
Hometown: Richmond, IN
Favorite ICB beer? That’s a tough one. I love all of our beers, and I tend to drink according to season, but if I had to pick only one…….it’s definitely Tribute.
Where/when did your love of craft beer begin? I was first pushed from my comfort zone of PBR and other American industrial lagers when I moved to Japan to be an English teacher in 2003. My coworkers were from English speaking countries from all over the world and encouraged me to try beers from their homelands on our nights out after work. I had a long, sweet love affair with Guinness.
After returning to the states, my cousin Ryan Shadle told me he was homebrewing. Shortly thereafter, we had a party and he introduced me to a dizzying amount of craft beers that night. I was sold. I began seeking out as many craft beers as I could find, reading about beer, and visiting breweries. Naturally, I began homebrewing.
How did you become a part of ICB? In 2012, my wife and I moved to Greenwood from Richmond after she accepted a teaching position in Indianapolis. Unsatisfied with my professional life at the time, I decided to quit my job instead of accepting a transfer. After six months of voluntary unemployment, I grew tired of being at home all the time so I told my wife, Amy, that I was going to pursue my passion for craft beer and try to get into the brewing industry. She wholeheartedly encouraged the move. A few weeks later, I saw a tweet from Indiana City thanking volunteers for their time helping out at the brewery. I immediately e-mailed Ray and told him I’d be happy to volunteer. He welcomed me to come down and chat. We talked, I worked hard, we clicked, and after a few weeks of volunteering he offered me a job. I’ve been here ever since.
What’s your favorite ICB memory? The toast the ICB team had on the roof of the brewery on opening night. It was an amazing moment celebrating all the hard work and planning that went into making Indiana City a reality.
What’s your mantra? “Be excellent to each other…”
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Favorite ICB brew: Tribute!
Where/when did your love of craft beer begin? 1990, when I discovered New England Brewing Co’s Atlantic Amber. a year later I helped a roommate brew his “cream ale,” bought a copy of Papazian, and it was all over.
How did you become a part of Indiana City? I heard about a guy opening a brewery who was going around with some amazing samples. A few days later I spotted the location on my way back home from work to get a forgotten log book. Stopped in, met Ray, and spent all my days off that spring helping build the taproom.
What is your favorite ICB memory? The first company Christmas party. I realized I’d become part of a little family.
What’s your mantra? Life is Good.
Hometown: All over the place! Most recently St Louis
Favorite ICB brew: Of all time: Drye Dock. Currently: Double Tribute
Where/when did your love of craft beer begin? I worked in the industry for a couple of years before moving to Indianapolis. I began to truly appreciate craft beer & the weird, incestuous community that creates it once I started to explore all the taprooms Indy has to offer. Luckily enough, I got a job at my favorite one!
How did you become a part of Indiana City? My boyfriend & I were on a self-guided beer tour on our bikes so I could get to know the city better when I first moved here. We went to Sun King, Flat 12, then ICB. There was a HELP WANTED sign in the window & I was just drunk enough to go for it! My experience & enthusiasm for the industry earned me my place among the Indiana City family.
What is your favorite ICB memory? There are so many to choose from! Our Halloween party partnership last year with Tappers Arcade Bar was an absolute blast, & it was fun being a flapper for a night during the Prohibition Repeal party. Drinking on the roof with the crew is the best “on-the-inside” activity, though.
What is your mantra? I don’t have a mantra, & if I did it would probably change every six months.
Favorite ICB brew: Ever? Hmm def. the Mimi’s Tabernacle but of our more common offerings Red Collar.
Where/when did your love of craft beer begin? My love for the craft began when I first moved to Denver in 2011 and was surround by great beer and breweries. I quickly realized how little I knew and completely submerged myself in the scene and culture. Once I started drinking craft it was impossible to go back. It’s pretty amazing being back in Indy now and living in probably the Midwest’s biggest booming beer town. (Say that 3 times fast)
How did you become a part of Indiana City? So I take pictures of the beers I drink ya see and I told Ray about this little hobby’a mine see and said yous guys got a great buncha beers ya see and before ya knows it they gots me behind the bah slanging pints to the bums ya see.
What is your favorite ICB memory? I’m a guy that appreciates the little things. I don’t think I have one in particular but my favorite times at the brewery are when I get to shoot the shit in the brewhouse, share a bottle, and really geek out. We have a great time at ICB and it’s an awesome family to be a part of.
What is your mantra? Love the Art • Drink the Craft
Favorite ICB brew: I really dig Beast of Laurey’s but my old standby is Red Collar.
Where/when did your love of craft beer begin? Once in college, a group of friends (mostly bartenders from Downtown Muncie) hosted a tasting party. I tried so many killer beers that night, I felt like I’d entered a parallel universe. I distinctly remember trying Bourbon County for the first time. With new friends and an Untappd username, I never looked back.
How did you become a part of Indiana City? I abruptly moved back to Indy after college and told myself I’d finally get a “cool” job—ya know, the one where you do what you love? Well, I’d been following ICB on the Instagram for a while because I was in love with their branding. So I finally stopped in to try the beer, fell in love and applied. And now I do what I do—make sure everyone knows about Indiana City.
What is your favorite ICB memory? The first time I hung out on the roof with everyone—warm air, good beer and the realization that the people I had begun working with were real, honest and just as nuts as I.
What is your mantra? Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
Favorite ICB brew: Tribute Pale Ale
Where/when did your love of craft beer begin? My love for craft beer began soon after learning to home brew. For me, home brewing shares the heart and soul of craft beer. It’s about making something good to share with good people.
How did you become a part of Indiana City? I walked in to what was to become Indiana City about five months before the opening. It was a blank canvas with lumber and drywall stacked on the floor. Ray Kamstra stopped what he was doing to give me a tour and share his vision of the Indiana City Brewing Company. Before he was done I was convinced this was the start of something special. I asked if he needed any help since I had the next day off. I came back in the next day with tools and gloves and I still haven’t left.
What is your favorite ICB memory? My favorite memory still is our grand opening. It was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend 2013. This is the day a dream was realized for some very special people. And the fact I had a small part in it made it just as exciting to me. And any lingering questions about how we would be received as a brewery disappeared when the line of supporters formed from the bar, around the taproom, out the door and all the way across the parking lot to Shelby St.
What is your mantra? “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln
hometown: Algonquin, IL
favorite ICB brew: Tribute
where/when did your love of craft beer begin? I was living is California eight years ago and someone handed me a Sierra Nevada—it opened up a new world to me.
how did you become a part of indiana city? I met Erin at a special event for our mutual friend at Howl & Hide Supply. Broke Chicks Chili (my other gig/passion) was serving grub and Indiana City provided the beer—it was the start of a beautiful friendship.
what is your favorite icb memory? The 3rd Anniversary Party was a day filled with good beer, good people and some killer bands.
what is your mantra? Everything you’ve ever wanted is one step out of your comfort zone.
Favorite ICB brew: Haymaker (*But I have a feeling that it’s soon to be Double Uddercut!)
Where/when did your love of craft beer begin? A friend shared a Dragon’s Milk with me at a party. It opened my world up to bourbon barrel aged stouts.
How did you become a part of Indiana City? Ray and I met via mutual friends and began working on art together during the Kickstarter to start up the brewery.
What is your favorite ICB memory? Hard to pick just one! The two-year anniversary party, The first 4th of July party, Every Craft Brew Doodle Crew night, Shelby’s going-away party, pretty much every time I am there.
What is your mantra? You can sleep when you’re dead. Work hard & do what you love.