Brews & Barks: List of BEST Dog Friendly Breweries Indianapolis Pooches Love

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Are you looking to enjoy a cold brew with your furry best friend by your side? Visiting local breweries is one of our favorite last-minute casual activities during the week or on a lazy weekend afternoon. And, since our dog likes to be included, we try to visit the dog friendly breweries Indianapolis has to offer if we can.

With a fantastic craft beer scene, these laid-back Indianapolis breweries welcome pups with open arms, making them the perfect place for you and your four-legged companion to kick back and relax. Most of them are kid-friendly too, so if the kids are around (teens are often busy!), we’ll grab a few games and the whole family can spend some quality time together.

From hoppy IPAs to crisp lagers, there’s something for everyone at these dog-friendly breweries. So grab your leash and head on over – it’s time to raise a glass (or a paw) in celebration of man’s best friend!

Need a pet-friendly hotel in Indianapolis? The Residence Inn Downtown has a nice location on the canal perfect for walking your dog.

Beer and coaster from Bier Brewery in Indianapolis, IN

1. Bier Brewery

Bier Brewery is known for its welcoming vibe and an ever-changing lineup of award-winning craft beers. The brewery has a cozy, laid-back setting and is dog-friendly both indoors and outdoors.

Dogs can chill in the spacious patio, with water bowls provided to keep them hydrated. Parking is easy as this location is on the north side of Indianapolis, so not downtown Indy.

Bier Brewery, 5133 E 65th Street

Insider tip: There is a new Bier Brewery location that just opened up in Noblesville with a HUGE outside patio – it’s one of the closest dog-friendly brewery near me, so I see us visiting it often as the weather warms up.

outside patio at CenterPoint Brewery in Indianapolis Indiana

2. Centerpoint Brewing

We found Centerpoint Brewing a few years ago while exploring the Circle City Industrial Complex and have been back several times since then. Even though it’s close to downtown, parking is easy, and the entire area is fun to explore with your furry friend.

If it’s a sunny day, I’ll pick a picnic table out front with our dog any day – it’s a terrific spot to enjoy an ice-cold beer and do a little people-watching. And, if you visit on a Saturday morning in the winter you can check out the Indy Winter Farmers Market before the brewery opens.

Centerpoint Brewing, 1125 Brookside Avenue, Suite B2

Outside sign to Daredevil Brewing Co in Speedway Indianapolis

3. Daredevil Brewing Co

Located in Speedway, Daredevil Brewing Co. has a designated dog area for you and your puppy. In addition to lagers and the #1 IPA in Indiana (Lift-Off IPA), Daredevil also has delicious thin-crust pizza, so it’s a great place to hang out for dinner if the weather is nice. Plus, if you haven’t been, Speedway is a cool little area of Indianapolis (technically it’s its own city!).

Daredevil Brewing Co. 1151 N. Main Street, Speedway, IN

Insider tip: Speedway is close to Plainfield which is a fantastic place for a day trip and has a few of its own excellent breweries!

4. Deviate Brewing

At Deviate Brewing, on the north side of Indianapolis, the focus is squarely on crafting unique and diverse beers. From tart sours to hoppy IPAs and rich stouts, there’s a brew here for every palate – and the taps are constantly rotating.

There isn’t an in-house food service, but you are welcome to bring your own or order from a nearby restaurant. The brewery does have popcorn and board games to encourage hanging out, and of course, dogs are welcome.

Deviate Brewing, 4004 W. 96th Street

Bernie outside at a table

5. Fountain Square Brewery

The Fountain Square area is one of our favorite places to explore when we have a free weekend afternoon, thanks to the many vintage and thrift shops, tasty restaurants, breweries, and distilleries. And so of course, if our dog is with us on these adventures, we’ll almost always make a stop at Fountain Square Brewery.

In addition to great beers and a terrific dog-friendly atmosphere, the brewery often has special events – on our last visit, there was some sort of craft market happening where we picked up some locally made jewelry and dog treats.

Fountain Square Brewery, 1301 Barth Avenue

6. Garfield Brewery

Garfield Brewery is a friendly neighborhood spot in the city where everyone feels welcome right away – even your pets are welcome on the outside patio. They have a wide range of beers, from sharp IPAs to rich stouts and everything in between, so you’re sure to find something you love.

Here, it’s all about enjoying yourself. You can bring your own food or order something from nearby restaurants—there are plenty of menus to help you choose. While you wait, grab a board game from their collection and make the wait fun. Note that Garfield Brewery is a 21+ establishment, so leave the kids at home for this one.

Garfield Brewery, 2310 Shelby Street

Beer from Guggman Haus Brewing Co in Indianapolis Indiana

7. Guggman Haus Brewing Co.

Although this isn’t one of the dog-friendly breweries near me, Guggman Haus is still one of my favorite Indianapolis breweries thanks to their amazing sours. They always have a variety on tap and they are always delicious. It’s worth the occasional drive. Guggman Haus also offers yummy German-inspired food from their kitchen, so it’s a good brewery to visit if you are in the mood for both good beer and good food.

The brewery is quite large as it’s located on the grounds of the old Boyle Racing site, but there are plenty of cozy nooks to gather with friends, and kids are welcome. Pets are allowed outside and the outdoor area is lovely so it’s a terrific way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon with your dog.

Guggman Haus, 1701 Gent Avenue

8. Mashcraft on Delaware

There are several Mashcraft breweries in the Indianapolis area, but the Mashcraft on Delaware is perhaps the coziest. They have a lovely patio where dogs are welcome and it’s a fun place to hang out as Delaware can be a happening place!

We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon there not long ago and enjoyed the atmosphere and the beer so much that we were there a good hour longer than we planned – it’s definitely a terrific Indianapolis dog-friendly brewery option.

Mashcraft on Delaware, 2005 N Delaware Street

flight of beer

9. Metazoa Brewing Company

If you are looking for the gold standard of dog friendly breweries in Indianapolis, Metazoa Brewing Company should be at the top of your list. Not only are they super dog-friendly and have a dog park, but they donate 5% of their profits to animal and wildlife organizations.

Their slogan is “Drink Beer. Help Animals”. Doesn’t get more pet-friendly than that? Plus, it’s a wonderful place to just hang out and meet other Indy animal lovers.

Metazoa Brewing Company, 140 S College Avenue

10. St. Joseph Brewery & Public House

Although dogs are only allowed on the outside patio, this is such a cool brewery, that it’s worth checking out. St. Joseph Brewery & Public House is located in a beautiful old church, so the atmosphere is quite unique.

They do have music Bingo and Trivia every week, but those events are typically inside, so your pooch would have to stay at home. It’s cool to see the beer tanks up on the risers in the church, so even if you are with your dog on the patio, maybe take turns running inside to check that out.

St. Joseph Brewery & Public House, 540 N College Avenue

Special Sun King beer along with playbill for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

11. Sun King Brewery

Sun King is indisputably the original craft brewery in Indianapolis, and the downtown location is where all the action (brewing) happens. There are additional locations on the north side of town, but if you want to get back to basics, head downtown. One fun fact about Sun King is that they often create beers specifically for special events like shows, sporting events or seasonal attractions.

In addition to a dog-friendly patio, if you happen to visit sans pet you can take a brewery tour – it’s a fun way to learn a little bit about Sun King and how the craft breweries started in Indiana. If you decide to do this, check out Easley Winery next door for a winery tour also (although no dogs are allowed there). The pet area is fairly small, but it has a nice view of College Avenue, so a fun place to chill.

Sun King Brewery, 135 N College Avenue

two different Taxman Brewing Co beers

12. Taxman City Way

Taxman is another brewery that’s been around the Indianapolis area for a while, but the downtown location (Taxman City Way) is fairly new. We’ve visited the one in Fortville numerous times and I love that in addition to their beers, there is always a huge selection of drinks.

I’m a fan of their sours myself, and the food is top-notch. Taxman CityWay has a similar feel inside the Fortville location, and the patio is dog-friendly. With a great location, great beer, and great food, it’s definitely one to add to your list of dog friendly Indianapolis breweries.

Taxman CityWay, 310 S Delaware Street

13. The Tap

Although I haven’t been to The Tap location in Indianapolis (the only brewery on this list I haven’t personally visited), I have been to the Bloomington Indiana location as well as the new location inside the Indianapolis airport and can attest to their food and beer. Yum to both!

The Indy location is quite large, but do note that it’s a 21+ establishment, so don’t bring the kids to this one. Pets are allowed on the patio only. They have a really large selection of beer which is nice, and you can get smaller pours if you want to sample a few.

The Tap, 306 N Delaware Street

Bernie playing trivia at Traders Brewery in Indianapolis

14. Traders Brewing Company

We stumbled across Traders Brewing Company a few years ago when our son had a soccer practice nearby and have frequented it ever since. They are very dog-friendly and even allow dogs inside which makes it a nice place to go if the weather is iffy.

There isn’t much in the way of food (snacky items only), but the atmosphere is casual with an industrial feel, and they have weekly trivia which is fun. Bernie (our dog) has enjoyed trivia night a few times – especially if he gets to snack on popcorn with us!

Traders Brewing Company, 8587 Zionsville Road

Triton Brewing Company outside

15. Triton Brewing Company

I don’t know how many Saturday afternoons have begun with me suggesting we head over for a walk at Fort Harrison State Park and then stop at Triton for a flight of beer. More than I can count, that’s for sure.

Not only does Triton have an excellent selection of Gose (one of my favorite styles of beer), but the food is delicious and the location is perfect if you and your dog enjoy a good long walk at a park before an hour or so of chilling with a cold beer.

Triton Brewing Company, 5764 Wheeler Road

Upland sours

16. Upland Fountain Square

Upland Brewing is another well-known regional brewery with locations in Indianapolis, the northern Indy suburbs, Bloomington, and Columbus. The Fountain Square location is one of the newer ones and it’s a perfect addition to the area. With several other breweries (and distilleries) in the neighborhood, it’s a fun place to enjoy as part of a little do-it-yourself beer crawl.

Dogs are allowed on the outside patio and as there is always something happening in Fountain Square, it’s a prime place for people watching. Plus, as a bonus, the food is good and they always have a sour or two on tap to add a little interest to your palate.

Upland Brewing, 1201 Prospect Street

Dog Friendly Breweries Indianapolis Map

Tips for Enjoying Indianapolis Breweries with Your Dog

Before you head out, keep in mind that the pet policies of breweries can be as varied as the beers they serve. Some breweries warmly welcome dogs inside but many limit their furry guest’s access to the outdoor patios. Weather in the Midwest can be unpredictable, so if you’re planning a brewery day and the skies look iffy, a quick call ahead can save the day. It ensures you and your pup can still enjoy your outing, rain or shine.

Moreover, the operation hours of many Indianapolis breweries can be a bit unconventional. It’s not uncommon to find these establishments closed on Mondays and sometimes Tuesdays, or operating with reduced hours during weekdays. You don’t want to be all set for a relaxing day only to find the doors locked. To steer clear of such a scenario, a quick check online or a phone call to confirm their hours can make all the difference.

Bearded collie nicely groomed on the grass with bushes behind him.

Indianapolis Dog-Friendly Brewery Etiquette

If you are bringing your dog with you, please follow dog-friendly brewery etiquette – we don’t want to lose the ability to bring our pets! That being said, here are few do’s and don’ts to help you out.

Dog Friendly Brewery Etiquette Do’s

1. Keep Your Dog on a Leash

Control is key. Even if your dog is the epitome of good behavior, keeping them on a leash ensures they stay close and don’t wander off or intrude on others’ space. Breweries can get crowded, and not everyone is comfortable around dogs.

2. Mind the Space

Be spatially aware. Breweries often feature bustling patios and cozy indoor spaces. Choose a spot where you and your dog can relax without obstructing walkways or getting too close to other patrons, especially those who might not be keen on dogs.

3. Bring the Essentials

Preparation matters. Pack a portable water bowl, your dog’s favorite treats, and waste bags. Keeping your dog hydrated and managing their needs promptly ensures a pleasant visit for everyone.

4. Know Your Dog’s Limits

Every dog is different. Some dogs thrive in social settings, while others might find crowded places stressful. Recognizing your dog’s comfort levels and watching for signs of anxiety or stress can prevent uncomfortable situations – for instance, my pup prefers a calm and not too busy atmosphere – and will be a much better boy if he’s in that environment.

5. Socialize Responsibly

Friendly, but not overly so. Allow your dog to socialize if they’re comfortable with it, but always ask for consent before letting your dog approach other patrons or their pets. Not everyone is comfortable with dogs, and other dogs may not be as sociable.

6. Clean Up After Your Pet

Responsibility is non-negotiable. Always be ready to clean up after your dog to maintain the cleanliness and enjoyment of the brewery space for everyone.

7. Respect Brewery Policies

Rules are there for a reason. Breweries with pet-friendly policies have them in place for the safety and comfort of all guests. Adhering to these guidelines, including designated pet areas and any restrictions, is essential.

8. Train and Acclimate Your Dog

Manners go a long way. Basic commands like sit, stay, and come can greatly enhance your experience. If your dog is new to brewery visits, start with quieter times to acclimate them to the environment.

Flight of beers on a wooden board shaped like the state of Indiana

Dog Friendly Indianapolis Brewery Etiquette Don’ts

1. Don’t Assume Every Brewery is Dog-Friendly

Not all places welcome pets. Always check the brewery’s policy before bringing your dog. Even if a brewery is pet-friendly, specific areas may be off-limits to pets – currently, all the info I’ve shared about the Indianapolis dog-friendly breweries is true, but that could change in the future.

2. Don’t Forget to Supervise Your Dog

Constant oversight is crucial. Your dog should never be left unattended. Being in a new or busy environment can be overwhelming for pets, and supervision ensures they stay safe and behave properly.

3. Don’t Ignore Your Dog’s Behavior

Be attentive to signs of stress or aggression. If your dog is not enjoying the outing or is behaving disruptively, it’s time to go home. An overstimulated or uncomfortable dog can quickly become a disturbance or pose a risk to others.

4. Don’t Let Your Dog Intrude on Others

Personal space matters. Not everyone is a dog lover, and some people have allergies or fears. Keep your pet close and don’t allow them to jump on or approach other patrons without their consent.

5. Don’t Neglect the Local Etiquette

Follow the house rules. Breweries may have their own set of guidelines for pets, such as specific areas where dogs are allowed or rules about barking. Abiding by these rules shows respect for the establishment and other patrons.

6. Don’t Bring an Unvaccinated or Unwell Dog

Health comes first. Ensure your dog is up to date on vaccinations and is healthy before taking them to public places. This is vital for the well-being of your pet and others.

7. Don’t Overlook the Importance of Training

Basic manners are essential. If your dog struggles with basic commands or has a hard time in social settings, it might be best to leave them at home until they are more accustomed to such environments.

8. Don’t Assume Everyone Wants Your Dog’s Attention

Consent is key. Always ask if it’s okay for your dog to approach someone. Personal preferences and fears should be respected to ensure a positive experience for all.

Flight of beers and sours

FAQs: Dog-Friendly Indianapolis Breweries

Are dogs allowed in breweries?

The answer depends upon the individual breweries. Most at least allow dogs on their patios.

Is Indianapolis a dog-friendly city?

Yes, Indiana residents love their dogs so the city is very dog-friendly.

Are dogs allowed inside restaurants?

Most of the time the answer is no, but call to check ahead.

Bearded Collie in the front seat of a car.

Conclusion: Indianapolis Dog-Friendly Breweries

Wrapping up our brewery tour, it’s clear that Indianapolis doesn’t just brew excellent beer; it fosters a community that celebrates the joy of sharing those brews with our best furry friends.

Whether you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a cold brew after a long hike or a place where your pup can mingle while you savor a hoppy IPA, Indy has you covered. Remember, the key to a successful outing lies in preparation and respect for the spaces we share. Keep your dog leashed, clean up after them, and most importantly, ensure they’re comfortable and happy in the brewery setting.

With these guidelines in hand, you’re all set for a fantastic time exploring Indianapolis’s dog-friendly breweries. So, next time you’re wondering how to spend a sunny afternoon or a cool evening, consider grabbing your dog and a leash and heading out to one of these welcoming spots. It’s a chance to make memories, meet fellow dog lovers, and, of course, taste some of the best beers the city has to offer. Cheers to that!

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