24TH ANNUAL INDIANA MICROBREWERS FESTIVAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)


Make sure you have the safest, most fun day possible at Indiana Microbrewers Festival by reviewing the info below before you go. And remember, “Quality, not quantity”: Drink responsibly and don’t drive after imbibing.

Before the Beer Fest

Can I get an Early Bird ticket?

Yes, Early Bird tickets are available here.  Enter the festival at 1 PM a full hour before general admission, receive a limited edition taster glass to enjoy an hour of first dibs on beers from all 80+ participating Hoosier breweries and guests, with a smaller crowd size and shorter lines.

We encourage you to get pre-banded Friday or Saturday at HopCat or Friday at Tomlinson Tap Room so you can use the designated pre-banded lines to get in more quickly.

If you’re looking for exclusive beers, check out the HopCat booth for specialties that you won’t be able to find elsewhere at the fest.

Finally, check out what your favorite breweries post on Instagram and Twitter with #INBeerFest for timed specialty releases at their booths.

Do I need to print my ticket, or can I show it on my phone?

Because technology-related issues such as glare on phones and internet connectivity can dramatically slow down entrance for all attendees, all tickets need to be printed for the event. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Rest assured that we’re focused on getting everyone in to enjoy our festivals as quickly as possible and have found that scanning from phones significantly delays this. However, we’re always looking at ways to improve the festival experience, including using technology to scan phones without having to increase ticket prices or delay entry.

How can I get in faster? Can I get my wristband before the event?

PLEASE HAVE YOUR VALID 21+ ID AND PRINTED TICKET READY.

You can get your wristband before the beer fest to get into the event more quickly by using designated pre-banded entry lanes. 

Get you wristband before Indiana Microbrewers Festival at HopCat Broad Ripple on Friday, July 26, 5PM-8PM or on Saturday, July 27, 11AM-1PM.  Tomlinson Tap Room at the City Market will also offer pre-banding Friday, July 26, 3PM-8:30PM. Review the 24th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival map and brewery booth locations, and take note that the DD drop-off/pickup location is at the Herron School of Art and Design, just west of the festival grounds on New York Street.

Why should I go to this festival?

Your ticket purchase directly benefits local Indiana breweries by funding the nonprofit Brewers of Indiana Guild, founded in 2000 by some of Indiana’s original microbrewers and dedicated to supporting Hoosier brewers through legislative, marketing, and educational efforts.

Ticket proceeds are reinvested in projects like the Drink Indiana Beer app, the INBeer Brigade, and the Indiana Craft Brewers Conference. Plus, paying breweries for beer and putting on a fun and safe beer festival featuring dozens of breweries and hundreds of beers isn’t cheap.

A portion of every ticket sold benefits our charity partners, The Little Red Door Cancer Agency and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter. For more about the importance of choosing locally organized beer festivals, check out our series, “Why does ‘local’ matter when it comes to craft beer and beer fests?”

How can I get a ticket?

Tickets are available online here, and at the gate while they last.

Want a chance to win tickets? Check out the #INBeerFest hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, and follow your favorite Indiana breweries on Facebook for chances to win.

Are there any special events leading up to the festival?

Local breweries often hold special events the week before Brewers of Indiana Guild festivals.

Visit drinkIN.beer for a list of happenings. If your brewery or organization is hosting an event to celebrate local beer, let us know.

Where does the festival take place?

Historic Military Park at White River State Park

Downtown Indianapolis

601 West New York St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Do I have to be 21 to attend? Can I bring my kid?

All attendees–even DDs–must be 21+ with valid ID.

No infants, children, or anyone else under 21 years of age are permitted.

I bought tickets but now I can’t go/I’d like to upgrade or downgrade my tickets. Can I get a refund/tickets to another event/will you help me sell them?

All ticket sales are final, and unfortunately we can’t assist in reselling tickets.

Tickets can be purchased for others, but all attendees must be 21+ with ID.

If you haven’t received your receipt with a link to print your tickets, please check your spam folder before contacting Etix Customer Support.

For other ticketing questions not listed on this FAQ, please contact Etix Customer Support.

What if the weather is bad?

As with most large events, Brewers of Indiana Guild beer fests are held rain or shine and no refunds will be given, so please dress and prepare accordingly.

Can DDs drink alcohol?

To ensure everyone’s safety, DDs may not consume alcohol. Those who do will be asked to leave the premises.

Designated drivers will receive free soft drinks, water, and coffee.

 What can I bring into the festival?

What you CAN bring:

  • Your ID (REQUIRED even for designated drivers. All attendees must be 21+.)
  • Your printed ticket
  • Cash for food and vendors: some may not accept credit cards
  • Sealed water
  • Pretzel/bagel/jerky/snack necklaces
  • Empty CamelBaks (water stations are available for filling)
  • Blankets
  • Service animals
  • Small bags (subject to search)
  • Jackets
  • Small foldable camping chairs.

What you CAN’T bring:

  • Pets
  • Babies/children (this event is strictly 21+, even for designated drivers)
  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to firearms and knives
  • Selfie sticks
  • Sealed bottles or cans of anything besides water
  • Open bottles containing liquid of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Coolers
  • Filled CamelBaks
  • Glassware or cups of any kind
  • Drugs or paraphernalia

I lost my print-at-home ticket/my printer broke/I’m not sure if the online sale went through, and any other ticket questions:

All questions about online ticket purchases must go directly to Etix Customer Support.

How can I volunteer?

Register at the Volunteer page, and subscribe to IN Brew News to be notified about future opportunities to help.

Where should Lyft/Uber/the taxi/my friend drop me off at the event?

To ensure the safety of everyone as well as smooth traffic flow, all designated drivers should drop off/pick up at the Herron School of Art and Design, just west of the festival grounds on New York Street.

Are there any discount codes for Lyft/Uber/taxi?

Lyft is our official rideshare partner for the 24th Annual #INBeerFest.  New and existing users get 15% off two rides to and from the Indiana Microbrewers Festival with the promo INDIANABREWS

Do I have to purchase samples of beer?

Nope! All Early Bird and General Admission ticket holders receive a tasting glass good for as many 3 oz. pours as you can responsibly drink.

Brewers of Indiana Guild festivals are opportunities to sample local beer and meet local brewers: They are not races to drink as much as you can. Anyone who appears to be intoxicated will be denied additional samples and may be deemed to be in violation of local public intoxication statutes.

Will drinking water be available at the festival?

Bottled water will be available for purchase and there will be water stations throughout the grounds. Water stations will be available for glass rinsing, hydrating, and refilling.

You may bring in sealed, clear bottles of water, but no filled CamelBaks (empty are fine) or other unsealed containers containing liquid. See the full list of permitted/prohibited items above.

Designated drivers will receive free soft drinks and water at the DD stands, as well as free coffee. DDs are not permitted to drink alcohol.

Will there be an ATM on site?

Though most vendors will accept cards, we encourage you to stop at an ATM beforehand to get cash for food and merchandise.

Where can I find a beer list?

See the list of breweries and beer the week leading up to the event here, and check out #INBeerFest on Twitter and Instagram to see what your favorite breweries are bringing.

Will gluten-free beers be available?

While gluten-free beers are typically not available from local breweries at Guild fests, mead and cider typically are. See the list of what’s being poured here.

How do I get tickets that I won?

If you won tickets on social media from Brewers of Indiana Guild, email us for details on claiming them. If you won tickets from another organization, please contact them for details on claiming.

What do I do if I lost my ticket?

If you’re at the event and lose your ticket, please go to the gates for assistance. Before the event, any questions about tickets must go directly to Etix Customer Support.

 

At the Beer Fest

Where can I park?

As always, we encourage you to cycle, walk, carpool, or take Lyft, Uber, or a taxi.

The local nonprofit Bike Indianapolis will offer free, secure bicycle parking. Cash tips to help their mission are appreciated.

If you’re driving, you may park in IUPUI lots, 73, 85, and 86 or any other public parking lots downtown. There is a $10 charge, CASH ONLY, to park in any of the IUPUI lots.

Will there be a bike parking station?

Yes. The local nonprofit Bike Indianapolis will offer free bicycle parking. Cash tips to help their mission are appreciated.

Can I park overnight?

Wherever you park, neither the Brewers of Indiana Guild nor the event host facility can be held responsible for your vehicle.

Do I have to wait in line to enter?

In 2017 we implemented new processes to expedite entry for all.  Stay tuned for full entry information, and be sure to get pre-banded. You can get your wristband before the beer fest to get into the event more quickly by using designated pre-banded entry lanes. 

Get you wristband before Indiana Microbrewers Festival at HopCat Broad Ripple on Friday, July 26, 5PM-8PM or on Saturday, July 27, 11AM-1PM.  Tomlinson Tap Room at the City Market will also offer pre-banding Friday, July 26, 3PM-8:30PM.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Save money by purchasing in advance now. If tickets are available, the ticket booth will be located near the Blackford gate entrance.

$60 Early Bird tickets are available online before Saturday, July 27th and $70 at the gate, if available.

$40 GA tickets are available online before Saturday, July 27th and $50 at the gate, if available.

Designated Driver tickets will only be available until GA sell out. $10 in advance and $20 at the gate if available.

Where is the first aid station?

If you or a member of your party have an emergency, seek out the nearest police or security officer, volunteer captain, or staff person for immediate help. 

Help will also be available at the entrance/exit gate on Blackford Street.

Where can I smoke?

Smoking is prohibited except for the designated smoking area which shown on the Indiana Microbrewers Festival Map

Who can I ask if I have a question about the event?

If you have questions about the locations of breweries, first aid, or anything else, the Volunteer Captains in brightly colored shirts will be able to guide you.

Can I leave the event and re-enter?

No. Tickets will be scanned upon initial entry and can’t be scanned again. All Brewers of Indiana Guild events are no re-entry which will be posted at each of the gates.

Where is the media or volunteer entrance?

The volunteer entrance will be located off of West Street. All volunteers need to check in at the volunteer tent before going to their assigned area. Additional information on media access to the event will be communicated directly to those attending and covering the event.

If you’d like to cover the event for promotional or news purposes, please contact us.

If you’re a member of the media and would like to cover the event, please email Athena@drinkin.beer before Friday, July 26th so you can be placed on our media list before the event. Media access requires credentials and a valid ticket.

Will there be enough restrooms?

When almost everyone arrives and starts drinking at the same time at a beer fest, almost everyone seems to have to use the restroom at the same time. Which sometimes means lines.

At each one of our annual festivals, we keep tabs on lines, and after the event, we work with the portable toilet companies to find out which placements received heavy traffic and which didn’t so we can improve the following year’s layout. Based on this analysis we will add more portalets when necessary. We’ve found that guests gravitate to the toilet’s with the longest lines, likely because they’re the most visible. 

Based on years of experience, we recommend that you carefully review the Indiana Microbrewers Festival map and brewery booth locations. We may move portable toilets based on the prior year’s usage, so take note of where the restrooms are, just as you would an emergency exit. Because we know: When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Can Designated Drivers drink alcohol at the festival?

Designated drivers will receive free soft drinks, water, and coffee. To ensure the safety of all, DDs who consume alcohol will be asked to leave the event.

Will there be souvenirs?

Yes. Visit the official Drink Indiana Beer merchandise booth for tees, hats, and more, all benefiting the mission of Brewers of Indiana Guild to support the Hoosier brewing community.

IN Beer Brigade memberships will also be available. Purchases directly benefit Brewers of Indiana Guild.

Guest vendors will also have plenty of beer-related goodies, so crack open your piggy bank.

Can I buy pints of beer?

No. Beer will only be dispensed into the tasting glass you receive at the door. Breweries will not dispense beer into anything other than the official taster glass.

What will I drink out of?

Early Bird and GA ticket holders will receive a commemorative tasting glass good for as many 3 oz. pours as you can responsibly drink.

Anyone caught intentionally breaking tasters will immediately be escorted from the event.

If you don’t want your taster at the end of the festival, please deposit it at a recycling station upon leaving or give it to a friend.

Will I get a map/program at the event?

You can review the Indiana Microbrewers Festival map and brewery booth locations here before the event. 

After the Beer Fest

When does the event end?

The event ends promptly at 6 p.m. All attendees will be asked to exit the grounds beginning at 6 p.m.

How can I get home safely?

As always, we encourage you to drink responsibly and drive only when sober.

DD ticket holders receive complimentary coffee, soft drinks, and water. DDs may not consume alcohol.

Volunteers will direct designated drivers not attending the event to the designated pickup location at the Herron School of Art and Design, just west of the festival grounds on New York Street.

Where should Lyft/Uber/the taxi/my friend pick me up at the event?

Volunteers will direct designated drivers not attending the event to the pickup location at the Herron School of Art and Design, just west of the festival grounds on New York Street.

I didn’t get a chance to buy gear/you were out of my size. How can I get it?

Drink Indiana Beer merchandise will be available online and at future events.

Are there any hotel deals nearby?

There are numerous hotels in downtown Indianapolis. Please check with nearby hotels for room availability.

I lost something. Where is Lost & Found?

If you lost an item at the festival, visit Lost & Found at the Drink Indiana Beer merchandise booth or contact us after the festival.

General

What does this beer festival support?

Your ticket price directly supports your favorite brewery through the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the nonprofit trade association that represents Indiana’s craft breweries.

Ticket sales also make the fest possible for you to enjoy, and a portion of the proceeds from  every ticket sold benefits our charity partners, The Little Red Door Cancer Agency and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter.

  • Unlike many for-profit festivals, breweries are given stipends for attending Guild fests, helping to offset their staffing, travel, and production expenses. 
  • Brewers of Indiana Guild is supported almost entirely by festival proceeds.
  • The Guild donates from every ticket sold to charity partners like Joy’s House, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lotus Education & Arts Foundation, and Asante Children’s Theatre.
  • Brewers of Indiana Guild lobbies for brewery-friendly laws (such as Sunday growler sales) in the legislature, promotes the craft beer industry to the public and business communities, and serves our member brewers by facilitating communication and continuing education programs like the Indiana Craft Brewers Conference.
  • Festivals are expensive to produce, and only a fraction of gross ticket sales are profit.
  • Brewers of Indiana Guild produces and promotes a variety of other initiatives geared toward connecting craft beer consumers with producers and affiliated businesses who make Indiana beer possible.

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