Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Please check out the answers below.

Before the Beer Fest

Do I need to print my ticket, or can I show it on my phone?

Because technology-related issues such as glare on phones and internet connectivity can dramatically slow down entrance for all attendees, all tickets need to be printed for the event. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Rest assured that we're focused on getting everyone in to enjoy our festivals as quickly as possible and have found that scanning from phones significantly delays this. However, we're always looking at ways to improve the festival experience, including using technology to scan phones without having to increase ticket prices or delay entry.

 

Why should I go to this festival?

Your ticket purchase directly benefits local Indiana breweries by funding the nonprofit Brewers of Indiana Guild, founded in 2000 by some of Indiana's original microbrewers and dedicated to supporting Hoosier brewers through legislative, marketing, and educational efforts.

Ticket proceeds are reinvested in projects like the Drink Indiana Beer app, DrinkIN magazine, and the Indiana Craft Brewers Conference. Plus, it's costly to pay breweries for their beer and to put on a fun and safe beer festival featuring 100+ breweries and hundreds of beers.

$3 of every ticket sold benefits our charity partner, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Indiana, which received more than $13,000 from 2016 ticket sales.

For more about the importance of choosing locally organized beer festivals, check out our series, "Why does 'local' matter when it comes to craft beer and beer fests?"

 

How can I get a ticket?

You can buy a ticket exclusively online.

Want to win tickets? Check out the #INBeerFest hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, and follow your favorite Indiana breweries on Facebook for chances to win.

 

Where is the discounted/complimentary ticket code that I was supposed to receive after Winterfest?

Some Winterfest attendees received codes for discounted or complimentary tickets after Winterfest. If you believe you were supposed to but cannot find your code, please search your spam folder for an email from events@drinkIN.beer on 6/1/17 at 3 p.m. which contains your unique code. Once you find the email, please move it to your inbox to reduce the likelihood of messages ending up in spam again.

If you cannot find the email, please ensure that you're looking for the code with the email through which your Winterfest ticket was purchased. Codes were only sent to the email addresses associated with purchases.

If you still cannot find your code, please contact Etix Customer Support.

 

I have a discount code from Big Red Liquors but it's not working.

A small number of vouchers that were issued may not work in the Members code field when you attempt to purchase a ticket. If you have this issue, please send a screenshot and/or your code number to us at this link before Friday, July 28, 2017.

 

Are there any special events leading up to the festival?

Local breweries often hold special events the week before Brewers of Indiana Guild festivals.

Download the Drink Indiana Beer app and visit drinkIN.beer for a list of happenings. If your brewery or organization is hosting an event to celebrate local beer, let us know.

 

Where does the festival take place?

Historic Military Park at White River State Park in downtown Indy:
601 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Do I have to be 21 to attend? Can I bring my kid?

All attendees must be 21+ with valid ID. 

No infants, children, or anyone else under 21 years of age are permitted.

 

I bought tickets but now I can't go/I'd like to upgrade or downgrade my tickets. Can I get a refund/tickets to another event/will you help me sell them?

All ticket sales are final, and unfortunately we can't assist in reselling tickets.

If you haven't received your receipt with a link to print your tickets, please check your spam folder before contacting Etix Customer Support.

For other ticketing questions not listed on this FAQ, please contact Etix Customer Support.

 

Can DDs enter with their Early Bird party? Can they drink alcohol?

DDs may enter with the rest of their party.

To ensure everyone's safety, DDs may not consume alcohol. Those who do will be asked to leave the premises.

Designated drivers will get free coffee and water. Look for the DD stations on the map and in the food tents.

How can I get in faster? Can I get my wristband before the event?

Early Bird tickets allow you to enter at 2 p.m., one full hour before General Admission ticket holders, and you'll also receive access to the Early Bird Exclusives tent in the middle of the park from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

In order to expedite entry, all attendees should have their valid 21+ ID and printed ticket ready.

New this year: Gate Entry instructions

EARLY BIRD ticket holders may begin lining up at 1 p.m. at the Early Bird entrance on Blackford Street on the west side of the fest (see map here). Festival entry begins at 2 p.m. for Early Birds.

GENERAL ADMISSION ticket holders may begin lining up either at the Blackford Street entrance on the west side of the park or the New York Street entrance on the north side of the park (see map here) at 2 p.m. Festival entry begins at 3 p.m. for General Admission.

Pre-wristbanding will be available again this year at HopCat - Broad Ripple on Friday, July 28 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Pre-banding will not be available at Tomlinson Tap Room this year.)

Swing by HopCat for pre-banding so you can breeze into the event more quickly and spend more time enjoying the best of Indiana beers!

During pre-banding, HopCat will feature special beers from:

  • 18th Street
  • Black Acre Brewing Co. 
  • Burn ‘Em Brewing 
  • Central State Brewing
  • Evil Czech Brewery
  • Round Town Brewery
  • Sun King Brewery

And Ciders & Meads from:

  • Ash & Elm Cider
  • New Day Craft

 

What can I bring into the festival?

What you CAN bring:

  • Your ID (REQUIRED even for designated drivers. All attendees must be 21+.)
  • Your printed ticket
  • Cash for food and vendors
  • Sealed water
  • Pretzel/bagel/jerky/snack necklaces
  • Empty CamelBaks (water fountains and stations are available for filling)
  • Blankets
  • Camping chairs
  • Service animals
  • Small bags (subject to search)
  • Your sweet self

What you CAN'T bring:

  • Pets
  • Babies/children (this event is strictly 21+, even for designated drivers)
  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to firearms and knives
  • Selfie sticks
  • Open bottles containing liquid of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Coolers
  • Filled CamelBaks
  • Glassware
  • Drugs or paraphernalia

 

I lost my print-at-home ticket/my printer broke/I'm not sure if the online sale went through, and any other ticket questions:

All questions about online ticket purchases must go directly to Etix Customer Support.

 

How can I volunteer?

Visit the Volunteer page, and subscribe to IN Brew News to be notified about future opportunities to help.

Where should Lyft/Uber/the taxi/my friend drop me off at the event?

All drivers must drop off/pick up their parties from the Herron School of Art and Design, 735 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

 

Do I have to purchase samples of beer?

Nope! All General Admission and Early Bird ticket holders receive a commemorative tasting glass (see below) good for as many 3 oz. pours as you can responsibly drink.

Brewers of Indiana Guild festivals are opportunities to sample local beer and meet local brewers. It is not a race to drink as much as you can.

Anyone who appears to be intoxicated will be denied additional samples and may be deemed to be in violation of local public intoxication statutes.

 

Will drinking water be available at the festival?

Bottled water will be available for purchase and at Aqua Systems water stations throughout the grounds.

You may bring in sealed, clear bottles of water, but no filled CamelBaks (empty are fine) or other unsealed containers containing liquid. See the full list of permitted/prohibited items above.

Designated drivers will get free coffee and water at the DD stations located in the food tent areas. 

DDs are not permitted to drink alcohol.

 

Will there be an ATM on site?

No. Though most vendors will accept cards, we encourage you to stop at an ATM beforehand to get cash for parking, food, and merchandise.

 

Where can I find a beer list?

Download the Drink Indiana Beer app to see the entire list of breweries and beer the week leading up to the event, and check out #INBeerFest on social media to see what your favorite breweries are bringing.

You can also find the list of Early Bird Exclusive beers here.

 

Will gluten free beers be available?

Refer to the Drink Indiana Beer app the week before the event for a list of alcoholic beverages.  

 

At the Beer Fest

Where can I park?

As always, we encourage you to cycle, walk, carpool, or take Lyft, Uber, or a taxi.

Pay parking is available in numerous street spots, lots, and garages (including the White River State Park garage) within short walking distance to Historic Military Park and White River State Park. 

Additionally, IUPUI Surface Lots 83, 85, and 86--one located just north and two just west of Military Park on the IUPUI Campus-- will open starting at 9 a.m. for $6.

 

Can I park overnight?

Wherever you park, neither Military Park nor Brewers of Indiana Guild can be held responsible for your vehicle.

 

Do I have to wait in line to enter?

If you arrive before your designated entry time (2 p.m. Early Bird, 3 p.m. General Admission), you'll wait in designated lanes until entry time. 

Early Bird ticket holders may begin lining up at 1 p.m. at the Blackford Street entrance.

GA ticket holders may begin lining up at 2 p.m. at either the Blackford Street Early Bird entrance, or at the New York Street entrance.

 

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Tickets will be available online (unless sold out) until 1 p.m. on Saturday, then at the Early Bird/Blackford Street gate unless sold out in advance: Early Bird for $70, GA for $50, and DD for $15, cash or credit. DD are only available until GA are sold out.

Please note that Early Bird tickets have historically sold out before the event.

 

Where is the first aid station?

Please refer to the map, available in the weeks leading up to the event. 

If you or a member of your party have an emergency, seek out the nearest police or security officer, volunteer captain, or staff person for immediate help.

 

Where can I smoke?

Smoking is prohibited except for the designated smoking area, shown on the festival map.

 

Who can I ask if I have a question about the event?

If you have questions about the locations of breweries, first aid, or anything else, the Volunteer Captains in brightly colored shirts will be able to guide you.

 

Can I leave the event and re-enter?

No; tickets will be scanned upon initial entry and can't be scanned again.

 

Where is the media or volunteer entrance?

Stay tuned for details.

If you're a member of the media and would like to cover the event, email us so you can be placed on our media list before the event. Media access requires credentials and a valid media ticket.

 

How do I get tickets that I won?

If you won tickets on social media from Brewers of Indiana Guild, email us for details on claiming them. If you won tickets from another organization, please contact them for details on claiming.

 

What do I do if I lost my ticket?

If you're at the event and lose your ticket, please go to the gates for assistance. Before the event, any questions about tickets must go directly to Etix Customer Support

 

I'm a designated driver. Can I come in with my friends who have Early Bird early admission tickets?

Yes.

 

Can Designated Drivers drink alcohol at the festival?

Designated drivers will get free coffee and water at the DD stations located in the two food tents, but for safety and liability reasons, DDs caught consuming alcohol will be asked to leave the event.

 

Will there be souvenirs?

Yes. Visit the official Drink Indiana Beer merchandise booth for tees, hats, and more, all benefiting the mission of Brewers of Indiana Guild to support the Hoosier brewing community.

IN Beer Brigade memberships will also be available. Purchases directly benefit Brewers of Indiana Guild.

Guest vendors will also have plenty of beer-related goodies, so bring your piggy bank.

 

Can I buy pints of beer?

No. Beer will only be dispensed into the tasting glass you receive at the door. Breweries will not dispense beer into anything other than the official taster.

 

What will I drink out of?

Early Bird and GA ticket holders will receive a commemorative sample glass good for 3 oz. pours of beer, wine, mead, cider, and hard soda.

Anyone caught intentionally breaking glassware will immediately be escorted from the event.

If you don't want your glassware at the end of the festival, please deposit it at a recycling station upon leaving or give it to a friend.

 

Early Bird ticket holders will receive the glass on the left, featuring the festival and HopCat logos in iridescent gold ink, as well as entry to the first-ever Early Bird Exclusives tent until 3 p.m. 

General Admission ticket holders will receive the glass on the right, featuring the Drink Indiana Beer and HopCat logos.

Each glass is good for as many 3 oz. samples of beer as you can responsibly drink.

DDs will not receive a glass and are not permitted to consume alcohol at the event, though they will receive complimentary non-alcoholic drinks at the DD stations.

 

 

Will I get a map/program at the event?

Printed event maps will be available upon entry, and you can refer to the map before the event to plan your day.

We encourage you to download the Drink Indiana Beer app to easily access the map and list of breweries/beers. 

 

After the Beer Fest

When does the event end?

The event ends promptly at 7 p.m. All attendees will be asked to leave the grounds beginning at 7 p.m.

 

How can I get home safely?

As always, we encourage you to drink responsibly and drive only when sober.

DD ticket holders receive complimentary coffee and water. DDs may not consume alcohol.

Volunteers will direct designated drivers not attending the event to the pickup location at Herron School of Art and Design, 735 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

 

Where should Lyft/Uber/the taxi/my friend pick me up at the event?

Volunteers will direct designated drivers not attending the event to the pickup location at Herron School of Art and Design, 735 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

 

I didn't get a chance to buy gear/you were out of my size. How can I get it?

Visit the Shop at www.drinkIN.beer.

 

Are there any hotel deals nearby?

Please check with nearby hotels for room availability.

 

I lost something. Where is Lost & Found?

If you lost an item at the festival, visit Lost & Found at the Drink Indiana Beer merchandise booth or contact us after the festival.

General

What does this beer festival support?

Your ticket price directly supports the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the nonprofit trade association that represents Indiana's craft breweries.

Ticket sales also make the fest possible for you to enjoy, and $3 of every ticket sold benefits our charity partner, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Indiana, which received more than $13,000 from 2016 ticket sales thanks to our participating breweries, sponsors, and beer lovers like you.

  • Unlike many for-profit festivals, breweries are given stipends for attending Guild fests, helping to offset their staffing, travel, and production expenses.

  • Brewers of Indiana Guild is supported almost entirely by festival proceeds.

  • The Guild donates $3 from every ticket sold to charity partners like Joy's House, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Lotus Education & Arts Foundation.

  • Brewers of Indiana Guild lobbies for brewery-friendly laws (such as Sunday growler sales) in the legislature, promotes the craft beer industry to the public and business communities, and serves our member brewers by facilitating communication and continuing education programs like the Indiana Craft Brewers Conference

  • Festivals are expensive to produce, and only a fraction of gross ticket sales are profit.

  • Brewers of Indiana Guild produces the DrinkIN magazine, the Drink Indiana Beer app, annual events, and a variety of other initiatives geared toward connecting craft beer consumers with producers and affiliated businesses who make Indiana beer possible.

 

Can't find what you're looking for? Email us, or send a message on Facebook or Twitter. PLEASE NOTE: With Indiana Microbrewers Festival taking place this weekend, our small team's response to your message may be delayed.