eating indie in indy

Happy Brewing 3902 N. Illinois Street

I am sure some people will ask the same question that is always asked when a new brewery opens. “Do we really need any more breweries?” Well I don’t see how that is possible. Can you have too much happiness or too many smiles? I don’t think so.

Happy Brewing opened in one of the defunct Double 8 grocery stores. It opened about 2-3 months ago with typical brewery hours. No lunch just evenings and noon opening on weekends. My first trip there was on a Sunday to sample some beer. I really enjoyed the beers I tried. They have a nice ale and a great cream ale but the show stopper was their Happy Hopper. Be advised though it has a ABV approaching 11 so it is best consumed in small quantities. Their cream ale is less than 5 ABV so it is more like a session beer. A brew you can drink while mowing your lawn. I think the owner Gabe has plans on canning it in the future. As of the past week they took the bold step to open for lunch.

Their menu is small and concise and it is all done in a kitchen without an exhaust hood. For those who don’t know all commercial kitchens require an exhaust hood when the cooking process produces fumes or smoke. Further more you will also need a fire suppression system. All of this runs into a bunch of dollars. Dollars they did not want to spend at this time. So now they have an impinger conveyer belt oven, a Panini press and a soup warmer. I think they pulled it off well.

On my first trip there I had their Italian sausage. It was a solid sandwich. The sausage had a slight spiciness to it but what carried the dish was the red sauce. It was very good. I ordered it with chips and pickle but in the future I will probably just opt for the sandwich alone. Beer carbs are superior to chip carbs.

On my return trip I ordered a pizza. They buy all the pizza product from Delco a Hoosier firm founded in 1957 that sells all things Italian related. That includes the raw dough they use for the pizza and the Calzone.

I thought it was a nice pie. The crust had a slight chew and again that marinara sauce has great flavor and richness.

I have only tried 2 items on their menu but I plan on trying more. This joint is very close to home so I can see myself there weekly. I had a very good conversation with Gabe on my first lunch trip. He has some great plans for his place. Patio seating and even a rooftop beer garden and in time he would like to have a “proper” kitchen. I am always excited for new places to eat. Especially one so close.

5 responses

  1. How can you go wrong with a name like happy? I see what you mean about the exhaust hood. I see folks on House Hunters upset if there is no exhaust hood in their kitchen, so I can’t imagine not having one in a restaurant. That said, your food did look delicious. I don’t know how they can afford to offer in-house root beer for only $1.50 and a buck for coffee! I guess they can make it up in beer sales? You almost made me want to go mow my yard and drink a session beer!

    June 28, 2018 at 9:12 am

    • I don’t mow grass but I will drink the beer.

      June 28, 2018 at 9:16 am

  2. That does sound promising and really, cheerful! 😀
    I would totally eat there. Somethin about the cream ale is very appealing to me at the moment. Beer carbs are definitely superior to chip carbs.
    And a good red sauce is hard to beat!

    June 29, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    • I was sorry to see Double 8 go but I really like this new place. I am sure I will spending quite a bit of time there.

      June 30, 2018 at 8:00 am

      • Good! 😀

        June 30, 2018 at 11:04 am

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