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MONTICELLO, Ind. — Most days, Indiana Beach welcomes people of all ages. However, for one day this fall, the amusement park on Lake Shafer in Monticello, it will be closed for a private, 21-and-older event.

Indiana Beach is teaming up with Indiana On Tap for a new beer and wine tasting festival on Saturday, September 11 called “Hops and Coaster Drops.”

“We’re bringing in, probably, close to 50 vendors from all over the state that will be craft beer breweries, wineries and distilleries,” said Indiana Beach Chief Marketing Officer Tom Crisci.

For an afternoon, guests will be able to sample unlimited amounts of alcohol throughout the park, along with having access to rides and games. The tasting event will take place from 2-6 p.m. Rides will be open until 8 p.m. There will also be live music from 7-11 p.m.




For those who might be skeptical of the idea of mixing alcohol with roller coasters, Crisci says he’s not worried.

“We operate about 100 days in any given season, and on those days, we provide adult beverages for our guests 21 and older, so it’s kind of comical to see some of those (Facebook) comments. It’s like, we operate 100 days out of the year, and this is never really a problem,” he said. “So it’s confusing to see people say ‘oh, we’re going to go have a few cocktails and then get on a roller coaster, and a lot of clean-up is going to be required.'”

Crisci says their target audience for the event is “craft beer aficionados,” which he says should be a more “relaxed” audience than what they typically get on any other day.

“I’ve been around craft beer festivals, and it’s usually laid-back folks that just want to sample different craft beer from across the state of Indiana. So we really don’t foresee that quote-on-quote ‘clean-up’ being much of an issue,” he said.

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List of vendors that will be at the event:

Afterburner Brewing – Terre Haute

Backstep Brewing – Crawfordsville

Bare Hands Brewing – Granger

Black Dog Brewing – Mooresville

Boone County Jail Distillery – Lebanon

Brew All Day – Indianapolis

Brokerage Brewery – West Lafayette

Cardinal Spirits – Bloomington

The Chesterton Brewery – Chesterton

Crasian Brewing – Brookston

Creatures of Habit Brewing – Anderson

Crooked Ewe Brewing – South Bend

Crown Brewing – Crown Point

Daniel’s Vineyard – McCordsville

Devil’s Trumpet Brewing – Merrillville

Ellison Brewing – Indianapolis

Elm Street Brewing – Muncie

Escape Velocity Brewing – Lafayette

Fenwick Farms Brewing – Rensselaer

Field Brewing – Westfield

Four Fathers Brewing – Valparaiso

Fruitshine Wine – Monticello

Gem City Spirits – Frankfort

Grand Junction Brewing – Westfield

Great Crescent Brewery – Aurora

Half Moon Brewery – Kokomo

Herrmann Brewthers – Indianapolis

Hog Molly Brewing – Columbus

HopLore Brewing – Leesburg

Huckleberry Hill Winery – Bloomfield

Klooz Brewz – Lebanon

Kopacetic Beer Factory – Monticello

Mad Paddle Brewstillery – Madison

Malt Brothers Brewing – St. John

New Madison Brewing – Madison

Primeval Brewing – Noblesville

Ruhe 152 Brewing – Nappanee

Summit City Brewerks – Fort Wayne

Sun King Brewing – Indianapolis

Tarnished Hollow Brewing – Noblesville

Teays River Brewing – Lafayette

Terre Haute Brewing – Terre Haute

The Tap Brewing – Bloomington

Thieme & Wagner Brewing – Lafayette

Trubble Brewing – Fort Wayne

Vodka Squeeze – Indianapolis

Wabash Brewing – Indianapolis

West Fork Whiskey – Indianapolis

Whyte Horse Winery – Monticello

Wildrose Brewing – Griffith

Windmill Brewing – Dyer

1205 Distillery – Indianapolis

2Toms Brewing – Fort Wayne