Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Big Ten Road Trips, part 3, Purdue

Time to head to West Lafayette, Indiana for Purdue. For football season, you are heading to Ross-Ade Stadium. It takes less than 2 hours to get from Champaign to the stadium, and there's really not much on the way. Google maps says there are 3 ways to get there, some are more country than others.

In Lafayette, there's the Lafayette Brewing Company. I've had a couple beers from here, and they were pretty good. Lafayette Brewing Company is about 7 minutes from the stadium.

There's a Scotty's Brew House in West Lafayette too. It's about 2 miles from the stadium. (You can follow them on twitter).

People's Brewing Company doesn't seem to have a restaurant, but has a tasting room open from noon to 7 except for Sunday, and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, and brewery tours (weekends, check for times). If you are planning on visiting People's get there early.

Also in Lafayette is Black Sparrow. Black Sparrow is about 2 miles from the stadium.

When you leave Purdue and start to head back to Champaign (or wherever), this would be a good time to hit breweries on the north side of Indianapolis. Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery is located almost directly east of Lafayette. It's about 45 miles east of the stadium, in Kokomo.

Once you get to 31, head south, for the town of Noblesville. There you will find Barley Island Brewing Co. I've been to Barley Island, and enjoyed the beers I had there. Their barrel aged stout is pretty good. When I was there they had some stuff that isn't their normal beers, and they were pretty good.

In Fishers, just south of Noblesville is another Ram. There's another Rock Bottom on the north side of Indianapolis. There's a Granite City on the north side too.

One of the highlights of Indianapolis beers is Brugge Brasserie, which is in the Broad Ripple Village area. My friend Scott seems to love Brugge. Also in the Broad Ripple area is Broad Ripple Brewpub. And the Barley Island Restaurant & Brewhouse.

So, that's Lafayette and the north side of Indianapolis. Tomorrow, we'll continue heading east and visit THE Ohio State University.

3 comments:

musingsofasmartass.com said...

I seem to remember something from my college days...

Oh yeah! "If you can't go to college, go to Purdue! "

Anonymous said...

Man, has Lafayette changed since I was there

-LL, aka 3D

Noah said...

Upland Brewery from Bloomington also has a pub in Broad Ripple. That's in addition to Barley Island's pub, Brugge, and Broad Ripple Brewery. It makes a nice pub crawl.