A new Brews & Barrels Trail will help guide visitors to Carmel and residents to 13 independent craft breweries, wineries and distilleries, the City of Carmel announced Sept. 17. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and crowd restrictions, the Brews & Barrels Trail will be launched over two weekends, Sept. 19-20 and Oct. 24-25. Those 21 and over are encouraged to visit one or more of the establishments on the trail to learn more about each of them and have a chance at winning prizes.
While there are many more pubs and restaurants serving great adult beverages, only those who actually create their own products are included on the Trail. With more establishments likely to come, the Trail may expand in the future.
“We have always celebrated the artistic gifts of our residents and businesses in Carmel, whether that is through events such as our International Arts Festival, Art of Wine or the Carmel Caffeine Trail,” stated Nancy Heck, director of community relations and economic development. “We have seen the popularity of craft beers, wines and spirits grow tremendously throughout the City, particularly in our entertainment districts. It is natural that we create this new Brews & Barrels Trail for visitors to follow as they experience Carmel and all that we have to offer.”
In addition to spreading the launch of the Trail over two weekends, the city is taking precautions against the dangers of drinking and driving. City officials urge the use of designated drivers whenever possible and is working with Uber on a deal to supplement the cost of a ride home if that becomes necessary.
Participating vendors on the Brews & Barrels Trail include: Deviate Brewing, Danny Boy Beer Works, Sahm’s Alehouse at the Village of West Clay, Upland Brewing Company, Sugar Creek Winery, Bier Brewery North, Peace Water Winery, Sun King Spirits, Fork + Ale House, Union Brewing Company, Books & Brews, Flix Brewhouse and Big Lug on the Prairie.
For more, follow Carmel Brews & Barrels on Facebook for the most up to date events and activities or visit CarmelBrewsandBarrels.com to download the brochure and map.