Ellison Brewery’s story is well documented on their website. They started in 2015 and built themselves into the powerhouse they are through blood, sweat, grain, hops, yeast, water and perseverance. They’ve earned a stellar reputation in Michigan and now they’re growing beyond those state borders.
The first destination taproom and micro-brewery for Ellison: Indianapolis, Indiana. 501 Madison Avenue to be exact – a location familiar with brewing beer, but under-utilized and previously falling well short of its potential.
Ellison will breathe new life into the facility. Colts pre-game and post-game parties, wood-fired brick-oven pizza and a brand new partnership in the works with their neighbor, The Handlebar Indy, are just a start. On top of changing the furnishings and materials, rehabilitation of the building will include removing the extraneous chalkboard menus, removing the beer can-graveyard lining several walls, opening a previously blocked view of the brew house, rebuilding an interior courtyard and updating the front outdoor space. An accompanying event space for corporate or private functions will also be available. Once Ellison opens, look for this place to become a major attraction downtown.
The equipment accompanied with the building, offers Ellison a unique opportunity to expand their brewing operations in Michigan, they did just expand into Ohio, and allow them to brew house beers and new beers on-site here in Indiana. While they have no current plans to can in Indy or distribute their beers statewide, they will allow you to buy their 4-packs for carry-out purposes.
Look for the new taproom to open in late April or early May, just in time to open those garage doors and let in some much needed fresh air!
2019 looks to be a very exciting time for Indiana with local breweries opening taprooms in several new locations and outside breweries bringing their beer to the Hoosier state.
Look for an update in the future as the space gets closer to opening!
Here are some extra pictures of the space!
Thank you to Aaron @ Ellison for the tour!