About a year ago, I purchased and enjoyed my first four-pack of Daredevil Brewing’s Lift Off IPA (7.72 percent ABV), which comes in 16-oz. cans.
It was about this same time I learned that the brewery, located in Shelbyville (just southeast of Indianapolis), was looking to move and open a larger production facility. In the past, it has been unable to host tours or open an on-site tasting room.
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Now, just over one year later, Daredevil is about to begin production at its new facility on Main Street in Speedway.
In a statement at the time of the announcement, Shane Pearson, co-owner of Daredevil, said, “Main Street, Speedway, is an iconic location that uniquely complements everything Daredevil is about. After months of due diligence evaluating locations, we found this incredible opportunity to acquire a former brownfield site that supports our business plans and allows us to be a part of the redevelopment of historic Main Street, Speedway.”
Daredevil Brewing has now completed construction of its new production craft brewery facility and taproom at 1151 Main Street. The company is beginning brewing operations this month and will open the public taproom and patio on June 17.
“We are excited to welcome Daredevil Brewing Co to Main Street and our Speedway community,” said Scott Harris, executive director of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission. “A craft brewery strongly complements the growing diversity of local businesses we have on Main Street, and we can’t wait for it to open.”
Daredevil Brewing is one of the most recognized and fastest growing craft breweries in Indiana and has seen tremendous growth over the last three years. The company is relocating to the 2-acre site after making a $3 million investment in the construction of the new production brewing facility and taproom while also securing room for more expansion in the future.
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“We are very excited to complete construction of the new Main Street production brewing facility and taproom,” Pearson said. “The new facility will allow us to greatly expand our brewing capacity while also having plenty of space in the taproom and outdoor lawn and patio areas to host hundreds of guests on race weekends and for special events like our annual craft beer festival.”
“Daredevil’s welcoming taproom and production craft brewery on Main Street provides an easily accessible destination that encourages even more residents and visitors to experience Speedway’s vibrant community,” said David Lindsey, president of the Speedway Town Council.
The Speedway Redevelopment Commission will celebrate the new business and its economic impact to the Town of Speedway with a grand opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, on the taproom patio at Daredevil Brewing Co.
At the completion of the grand opening ceremony, the taproom will be open for guests to enjoy a selection of Daredevil beers and tours of the brewery.
Daredevil is the second Indiana brewery (the frist being Iechyd Da Brewing Co.) to introduce the Crowler™, a 32-oz. single use aluminum can that is filled and sealed on-site. This means that fans of the brewery can get fresh fills of smaller-batch Rare Devil beers in addition to the regular lineup. The label was finalized last month, so look for Crowlers at new Speedway brewery and taproom.
Daredevil’s limited release German Kölsch style ale Vacation (5 percent ABV, IBUs 20) has made its return appearance. This beer is brewed using German malts, hops and yeast to provide a crisp, clean and refreshing match for summer relaxation.
It is now available on draft throughout Daredevil’s distribution footprint of central and southern Indiana. Later this summer, the brewery also plans to release Vacation in four-packs of 16-oz. cans, so stay tuned for details.
Currently, Daredevil is not distributing its products to Michiana. However, with the new production facility, it is my hope that we will soon see this beer on northwest Indiana shelves.