Frequently Asked Questions
Make sure you have the safest, most fun day possible by reviewing the info below before you go. And remember, "Quality--not quantity": Drink responsibly and don't drive after imbibing.
Before the Beer Fest
Can I get an Early Bird ticket?
While Early Bird tickets will not be available for the fest this year, there are a few way that you can take advantage of the benefits that Early Bird tickets offered in the past.
We encourage you to get pre-banded the night before or the morning of the event at HopCat so you can use the designated pre-banded lines to get in more quickly.
If you're looking for exclusive beers, check out the HopCat booth for specialties that you won't be able to find elsewhere at the fest.
New this year is the IN Beer Brigade members-only area, where IN Beer Brigadiers will get access to exclusive specialty beers, limited-edition glassware featuring the event logo by Mallory Hodgkin, members-only portalets, and more. Current members will get in at the IN Beer Brigade members-only entrance with their IN Beer Brigade ticket.
All IN Beer Brigade members MUST have an IN Beer Brigade ticket. If the ticket does not designate them as an IN Beer Brigade member, they will not be able to enter the members-only area. Please contact us if you are an IN Beer Brigade member but you didn't receive the members' ticket.
Not a member of the IN Beer Brigade? Select the IN Beer Brigade ticket package to get a membership AND an event ticket for only $10 more than the regular cost of an annual membership. New members will receive an email with info on how to get their member t-shirt and sticker a month before the festival.
Finally, check out what your favorite breweries post on social media with #INBeerFest for timed specialty releases at their booths.
What do I get with the IN Beer Brigade membership package? When will I get my T-shirt?
You will receive a one-year IN Beer Brigade membership and the associated benefits, in addition to access to the members-only IN Beer Brigade area at the festival. IN Beer Brigade members will be able to enter at the members-only entrance and receive access to the IN Beer Brigade area featuring exclusive beers, limited-edition glassware, members-only portalets, and more.
New members through this package will receive an email a month before the festival with info on getting their members' tee and sticker, and will receive the next members' beer and limited edition glassware from the South Central regional collaboration hosted by Upland and available in late 2018 at release parties at breweries across the state.
All IN Beer Brigade members must have a ticket that shows that they are an IN Beer Brigade member.
Current members, please look for an email from us with your membership code which gives you $5 off up to two tickets, as well as tickets indicating that you're a member.
New members who purchase the membership ticket package will receive a ticket that shows that they are an IN Beer Brigadier.
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.
How can I get in faster? Can I get my wristband before the event?
PLEASE HAVE YOUR VALID 21+ ID AND PRINTED TICKET READY.
You can get your wristband before the beer fest to get into the event more quickly by using designated pre-banded entry lanes. Stay tuned for details on pre-banding.
You'll also want to review the event map available before the event so you know where you're going, and be sure to see the DD drop-off/pickup locations, too.
IN Beer Brigade members will be able to enter more quickly at the members-only IN Beer Brigade entrance.
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, paying breweries for beer and putting on a fun and safe beer festival featuring dozens of breweries and hundreds of beers isn't cheap.
$3 of every ticket sold benefits our charity partner, the nonprofit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana and Little Red Door Cancer Agency
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?
Tickets are available here.
Want a chance to win tickets? Check out the #INBeerFest hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, and follow your favorite Indiana breweries on Facebook for chances to win.
Are there any special events leading up to the festival?
Local breweries often hold special events the week before Brewers of Indiana Guild festivals.
Where does the festival take place?
Historic Military Park at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. See more on the When/Where page.
Do I have to be 21 to attend? Can I bring my kid?
All attendees--even DDs--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.
Tickets can be purchased for others, but all attendees must be 21+ with ID.
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.
If you are an IN Beer Brigadier but your ticket doesn't show that you are a member, please contact us. All IN Beer Brigade members must have a ticket that shows that they are a member.
What if the weather is bad?
As with most large events, Brewers of Indiana Guild beer fests are held rain or shine and no refunds will be given, so please dress and prepare accordingly.
Can DDs drink alcohol?
To ensure everyone's safety, DDs may not consume alcohol. Those who do will be asked to leave the premises.
Designated drivers will receive free soft drinks, water, and coffee.
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, vendors, and the Joy's House coat check in the south west corner of the building
- Sealed water
- Pretzel/bagel/jerky/snack necklaces
- Empty CamelBaks (water fountains and stations are available for filling)
- Service animals
- Small bags (subject to search)
- Jackets: In addition to $3 from every ticket sold, Joy's House will receive all donations from the coat check. Check your winter wear at the door and help a good cause at the same time.
- Small foldable camping chairs.
What you CAN'T bring:
- 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
- Sealed bottles or cans of anything besides water
- Open bottles containing liquid of any kind
- Filled CamelBaks
- Glassware or cups of any kind
- 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?
Where should Lyft/Uber/the taxi/my friend drop me off at the event?
Check the map, available in the weeks leading up to the fest.
Do I have to purchase samples of beer?
Nope! All General Admission and IN Beer Brigade ticket holders receive a tasting glass good for as many 3 oz. pours as you can responsibly drink. IN Beer Brigade members will receive a commemorative, limited-edition glass featuring the event logo by artist Mallory Hodgkin.
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 water stations throughout the grounds, and water stations will be available for refills.
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 receive free soft drinks and water from Urick's concession stands, as well as free coffee from Liberation Coffee Roasters and Mile Square Coffee.
DDs are not permitted to drink alcohol.
Will there be an ATM on site?
Though most vendors will accept cards, we encourage you to stop at an ATM beforehand to get cash for parking (cash only!), 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.
Will gluten free beers be available?
Refer to the Drink Indiana Beer app the week before the event for a list of alcoholic beverages.
Will there be a bike parking station?
Yes. The local nonprofit Bike Indianapolis will offer free bicycle parking. Cash tips to help their mission are appreciated.
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.
Who designed the logo?
At the Beer Fest
Where can I park?
As always, we encourage you to cycle, walk, carpool, or take Lyft, Uber, or a taxi.
The local nonprofit Bike Indianapolis will offer free bicycle parking. Cash tips to help their mission are appreciated.
If you're driving, you may park in any public street parking or garages, the majority of which require payment.
You may also pay $10 (cash only!) to park on the IUPUI campus in lots 73, 83, and 86.
Can I park overnight?
Wherever you park, neither the Brewers of Indiana Guild nor the event host facility can be held responsible for your vehicle.
Do I have to wait in line to enter?
In 2017 we implemented new processes to expedite entry for all.
Stay tuned for full entry information.
Can I buy tickets at the gate?
Save money by purchasing in advance now.
If not sold out ahead of time, tickets will be available online the day of the event for $10 more.
Tickets at the gate will be available, cash or credit, for an additional $20 per ticket if they do not sell out in advance.
Designated Driver tickets will only be available until GA sell out.
IN Beer Brigade tickets will not be available at the gate.
Where is the first aid station?
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.
Help will also be available at the entrance/exit gate.
Where can I smoke?
Smoking is prohibited except for the designated smoking area which will be shown on the 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 info.
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.
If you're interested in covering the event for promotional or news purposes, please contact us.
Will there be enough restrooms?
When almost everyone arrives and starts drinking at the same time at a beer fest, almost everyone seems to have to use the restroom at the same time. Which sometimes means lines.
At each one of our annual festivals, we keep tabs on lines, and after the event, we work with the portable toilet companies to find out which placements received heavy traffic and which didn't so we can improve the following year's layout. And we add more portalets when necessary.
We've found that guests gravitate to the toilets with the longest lines, likely because they're the most visible.
So based on years of experience, we recommend that you review the event map (released in the weeks leading up to the fest) carefully. We may move portable toilets based on the prior year's usage, so take note of where the restrooms are, just as you would an emergency exit. Because we know: When you gotta go, you gotta go.
Can Designated Drivers drink alcohol at the festival?
Designated drivers will receive free soft drinks, water, and coffee. To ensure the safety of all, DDs who consume alcohol will be asked to leave the event.
Will there be souvenirs?
Guest vendors will also have plenty of beer-related goodies, so crack open 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 glass.
What will I drink out of?
GA and IN Beer Brigade ticket holders will receive a commemorative tasting glass good for as many 3 oz. pours as you can responsibly drink.
IN Beer Brigade members will a commemorative, limited-edition glass featuring the event logo by artist Mallory Hodgkin.
GA ticket holders will receive a glass featuring the Drink Indiana Beer and HopCat logos.
Anyone caught intentionally breaking tasters will immediately be escorted from the event.
If you don't want your taster at the end of the festival, please deposit it at a recycling station upon leaving or give it to a friend.
Will I get a map/program at the event?
The map will be available in the weeks leading up to the event.
After the Beer Fest
When does the event end?
The event ends promptly at 6 p.m. All attendees will be asked to exit the grounds beginning at 6 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, soft drinks, and water. DDs may not consume alcohol.
Volunteers will direct designated drivers not attending the event to the designated pickup location, coming soon.
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, coming soon.
I didn't get a chance to buy gear/you were out of my size. How can I get it?
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.
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, the nonprofits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana and Little Red Door Cancer Agency.
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.