A Destination Microbrewery
Writer / Lynda Hedberg Thies . Photographer / Hannah Switzer
When brothers Brandon and Ben Smith, cousin Josh Smith and Brewmaster Cameron Fila considered opening up a microbrewery in the Indianapolis-Fishers area, their vision was much larger than just a place to sample craft beers. They wanted to create a destination to not only redeem your beer taste buds with great craft beers but create a place for the community to gather. Think “Central Perk” of the sitcom “Friends” meets “Cheers, where everybody knows your name” sitcom and you will have some idea how cool it is to hang out at Redemption Alewerks.
Inspiration for Redemption Alewerks came from a trip to Traverse City, Michigan, where there are seven such microbreweries on one block and they were all doing well. According to Co-owner Josh Smith, “We were impressed that all were thriving!” The collaboration of prior business experiences and their love of great craft beer resulted in the establishment offering a full service bar and menu along with a variety of theme-nights, live bands with the furniture literally being sold to customers and replaced to create a new experience every visit. “We really want to be a gathering place for the area and will work with any group wanting to utilize our space for meetings, an event or business,” said Josh.
Brewers Cameron Fila and Brandon Smith are expecting their equipment to be installed this month and plan to provide a glass partition so that patrons can observe the brewing process. The brewers plan to offer six house beers: an India Pale Ale, an extra special/strong bitter, an American Pale Ale, a cream ale, a nitro vanilla porter, and an orange blossom honey wheat, in addition to six seasonal selections. They will also offer craft cocktails for those that may accompany a craft beer-loving friend or spouse. The menu will complement the quality of beverages they are serving and offer a pairing for each meal.
Want to hang out and play cards or a board game? Yep, they have that too. Sometime later in the spring, they will open up an additional 50 seats outdoors. There are so many reasons to come visit or three or a dozen.
Redemption Alewerks is a local business with a big heart, and after one visit, you will be hooked and will come back and experience all that it has to offer. Because this is a family business, you are sure to see one of the Smith family members and undoubtedly feel right at home.
Doors are open Monday – Friday at 11 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at 7035 East 96th St., Suite K, Indianapolis. Contact Redemption Alewerks at 317-348-3330 and redemptionalewerks.com.
Welcome to the neighborhood!