Brewery Spotlight: Wabash Brewing, Liberation Roasting Company, and Between Brews Foodwerks are the 503 Artisan Project

The 503 Artisan Project is a cooperative of complementary businesses located at 5328 W. 79th Street in Indianapolis. Wabash Brewing, of course, is a nanobrewery and taproom. The addition of Liberation Roasting Company’s coffee shop and Between Brews Foodwerks rounds out the “project.” Between Brews offers a nice variety of snacks, salads, sandwiches, sides, and flatbreads that can be washed down with head brewer, Nic Stauch’s, tasty brews or Liberation’s rotation of coffees brewed from beans grown in different regions of the world like Mexico, Peru, and Ethiopia.

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Between Brews sources from local suppliers when they can. This includes meats from Smoking Goose and cheese from Tulip Tree Creamery. They opened the Foodwerks on December 6, 2017. Their hours are Tuesday – Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-9, Saturday 12-9, and Sunday 12-6. The food is miles away from bar food. Chef Karmen has created a mouthwatering menu that includes the current bestselling item, the Turkey Lurkey. This excellent sandwich is made with smoked turkey, bacon, apple, Gouda, arugula, shaved red onion, and honey mustard on sour dough.

Liberation opened two days before Between Brews and is open Monday – Friday 7-2. They offer a number of beverages from black coffee to lattes. The beans they roast for their brews come from smaller farms rather than from some big corporate operation. They also sell whole beans that customers can take home and brew their own coffee. They sell cold brew as well as the hot. This summer look for cold brew on nitro as they are looking at getting a kegerator. Megan McCloud is the face of Liberation and has recently taken the position of assistant brewer at Wabash. She is a very busy woman.

Wabash brews on a three and a half barrel system which allows them to keep the taps flowing in their taproom and also send some beer out in distribution. The taproom is a cozy place to enjoy the variety of beer they brew. There are no guest taps here, just Nic Stauch’s offerings. The brews run the gamut from the Waapaahsiiki Blonde to the 503 Amber and the Baconface Brown Ale which contains NO bacon. The name is the name of a dog belonging to a friend of the brewery. The 503 name comes from the fact that the Wabash River is 503 miles long.

With the fruition of the 503 Artisan Project, the always inviting taproom with the good beer has blossomed into an even more appealing destination with the addition of excellent food and the awesome coffee. If you find yourself on the northwest side of Indy, a stop here will be something you will be quite pleased with.

Categories: Brewery Spotlight

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