Nick Shadle: Indiana City Brewing Company

Nick Shadle was born and raised in Richmond, IN and graduated from Richmond High School in 1996. He went on to study Japanese language at Ball State University because of his love for studying foreign language. After earning his degree at Ball State in 2000, and a failed attempt at trying to obtain a job in Japan, he threw all of his energy into a bandIMG_0771 that he and his friend Brandon started in high school called The Psycho Nubs, a two-piece punk rock band. The Psycho Nubs toured, released three independent albums, and were moderately successful. In 2003, he decided to apply for a job in Japan again and was accepted to the JET Program where he taught English at a public junior high school in Toyama Prefecture.

While in Japan, Shadle was introduced to beers from around the world by friends he met from other English speaking countries. Upon his return stateside, he found that his cousin was doing some home brewing and that opened up the world of craft beer to our future brewer. He did some extract brewing at home himself and eventually did his first all grain brew with his cousin, Ryan Shadle. Home brewing was especially appealing to him as he found an avenue that allowed him to be creative again.

Shadle happened upon a Facebook post from Indiana City Brewing Company thanking their volunteers for the help they provided in getting Indiana City ready to open. An e-mail he sent to founder Ray Kamstra wound up being the beginning of a great relationship. On his first day at Indiana City, Shadle was painting, cleaning, and generally IMG_0774just helping to get the place ready for the grand opening. On day two the owner asked him to come help weigh out hops for a brew which he thought was amazing. Seven weeks after the brewery opened, then head brewer, Dustin Dahl, left to take another brewing job at Grist Brewing Company in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Shadle has been brewing at Indiana City ever since.

Indiana City’s Tribute (a pale ale) is a brew that Shadle mentions first when asked about his favorite brew. However, he goes on to talk about a home brew recipe of his that he later brewed at Indiana City. This was a real pumpkin ale dubbed Death by Pumpkin. The Tribute is far and away their bestselling brew. When he has a shift beer at the brewery; that is what he usually has. Another of their core offerings that he favors is the Shadow Boxer, an oatmeal stout.

Recipe conception and formulation at Indiana City is a collaborative process involving Shadle, the owner, and fellow brewer, Beppe Cuello. The fruits of their labor are available at the tap room and found in numerous locations around the greater Indianapolis area.

When he is not brewing, Shadle and his wife, Amy, are busy with family life. Their 14 year-old son keeps them especially busy with travel baseball, cross country, and basketball. Although Shadle still picks up the old guitar occasionally, he’s perfectly content with brewing being his primary avenue for creative expression.

Categories: Brewers

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