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Tap handles for serving two of Scarlet Lane's four beers. The Dorian stout includes coconut; the other two brews are an India pale ale and dry hop pale ale. Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter
Tap handles for serving two of Scarlet Lane's four beers. The Dorian stout includes coconut; the other two brews are an India pale ale and dry hop pale ale. Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter

Co-owner and brewer Eilise Servies, a Hoosier and Butler grad who learned much of her craft from the Oregon brewing scene, sits before her vats at Scarlet Lane Brewing Co. in McCordsville. The brewery makes four beers, from pale ale to stout, which are available at area restaurants and festivals. Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter
Co-owner and brewer Eilise Servies, a Hoosier and Butler grad who learned much of her craft from the Oregon brewing scene, sits before her vats at Scarlet Lane Brewing Co. in McCordsville. The brewery makes four beers, from pale ale to stout, which are available at area restaurants and festivals. Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter


McCORDSVILLE — Now that the Scarlet Lane Brewing Co. is up and brewing in McCordsville, its signature beers have been popping up around the area, and those looking to find a homegrown beer can finally get their fill.

“We’re always going to be growing,” co-owner Eilise Servies said. “We’re constantly at different events.”

Currently, Scarlet Lane Brewing is producing four beers. They are the Vivian Red IPA; Saison de Silas; a Dorian stout that includes coconut; and their seasonal dry hop pale ale.

“We love stout, so we’ll have a stout series,” Servies said.

Scarlet Lane just finished serving drinks at Fishers on Tap and will be at the Brew-Ha-Ha Craft Beer Festival in Indianapolis this weekend.

The brewery also is taking on a number of nonprofit causes as well. This week, the group is working with Outside the Box, a program that focuses on helping people with disabilities.

In the near future, Scarlet Lane Brewing will be able to perform growler fills in-house, and by the end of the summer, Servies expects to have a full tap-room ready to go for customers. Until then, 47 bars and restaurants in the area, including the Grill 2 in McCordsville, are serving Scarlet Lane beers.

“We came to market with our stout first, and it’s something I’ve been very passionate about my whole life – creating and drinking really good stouts,” Servies said.

People have occasionally questioned whether releasing a heavy stout in the summer is a good idea, but once they get their first taste, they’re hooked.

“We’ve made it approachable, so everybody can enjoy it. We’ve turned a lot of people into stout-drinkers already,” Servies said.

She loves stouts because there are so many different options when it comes to the beer. There are more flavors and levels.

“You can always play with a stout and add something new,” Servies said.

This time, they added coconut, and drinkers have responded favorably.

“We’ve had a really great reaction so far,” Servies said.

And their location has proved to be beneficial for them already. Servies said she hopes the brewery can kick-start growth in the area.

“Not only do we want to tap into the market on the north side, but we came into a small town. You can really revitalize an entire town with a brewery, and you create a lot of jobs and then there are a lot of ancillary jobs that are created due to a brewery. More food places can pop up, farming can increase around the area for hops and grains; and there are local businesses creating keg collars or stickers that we constantly need. It’s something where we try to work local,” Servies said.

Servies said she has been especially appreciative of the support from the town of McCordsville, and the brewery is returning the favor by working hard to reduce waste and minimize impact on the environment. The brewery treats its wastewater from the brewing process, for example.

“We’re just really focused on renewable energy,” Servies said. “We’re interested in being clean and sustainable.”

More information about Scarlet Lane Brewing Company is available on the web at www.scarletlanebrew.com, on Facebook and on Twitter at the handle @scarletlanebrew.

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