The four folks behind Flat 12 Bierwerks met on Thursday with almost 50 of their twitterites and other supporters. Indiana Beer was, of course, there.
So who's behind this new brewery startup?
Three of them are Indy natives who decided that beer is cool and a brewery would be cooler. The forth is an experienced brewer who is looking forward to a chance to add very interesting beers to our taps and shelves.
Bob Weaver is the Community Manager (we think that means marketing and the web), Steve Hershberger is the CMO, Sean O'Conner is the President, and Bob Caputo is the brewer. He's a 15-year homebrewer who
- is a Porter guy
- isn't a high-gravity guy
- is leaving a former life in quality and process control
- does IPAs
- has just made a Tangerine Porter
- likes his Glazed Ham Porter recipe
- isn't afraid to toss anything into a beer.
New DME equipment is ready to be delivered to the large facility on Dorman St, just east of downtown Indianapolis and they hope to have kegged beer "out this fall and bottles this winter". Their blog has pictures of the current state of the building, cleaned but empty.
The Flat 12 name is from an engine (no, not from the 1911 Indy 500 – all those engines were 4 or 6-cylinders).