Wabash Brewing Company now open for business


Commentary by Adam Schick of Indiana On Tap


What happens when you put together two PhDs in chemistry, twenty combined years of homebrewing experience, and mad scientist-levels of creativity and ingenuity? Indianapolis can find out for itself now at the newly opened Wabash Brewing Company on W. 79th Street.

Co-founders Damon Carl and Matt Kriech both met at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, but it wasn’t until Kriech recruited Carl to the PhD program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City that the two built a friendship that brought them back to the Hoosier State. After years of homebrewing and honing their craft, the two met up with their third co-founder and high school friend, Nic Stauch, and began to make plans to take their beer to the next level.

Right now the team has four core beers: Cannonball Pale Ale, 503 Amber Ale, the Portage Porter, and Waapaahsiiki Ale, a Blonde Ale.  As they’ve locked down those recipes, they’ve also worked out what they’re calling their ‘Research & Development beers,’ which fellow Indiana On Tap member Joel Bozman and I shared during a recent visit. Black IPAs are gaining popularity right now in Indiana and beyond, and Wabash Brewing Company makes as good of one as we’ve had anywhere else.

The brewery houses two gas chromatography-mass spectrometry machines, which will let them break down and understand their beers on a molecular level, as well as a hand-built water system that will let them recreate the salt profiles of famous brewing towns (similar to the waters in Boulder, Munich, or Dublin). They also offer custom brewing by helping patrons craft their dream beer for parties, weddings, or backyard barbeques.

You can visit Wabash Brewing Company at 5328 W 79th Street for pints and growler fills. Visit their website at www.wabashbrew.com for information on hours and current beers on tap.

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