Over the past several years, I've found fantastic small businesses around the Midwest (Fatty Lumpkins... Evil Czech Brewery....Baker's Wife) while venturing from town to town with my son's travel baseball team. This year marked the last season for his team as the boys all move on to high school in a couple weeks. Our final tournament brought us to Fishers, Indiana, and on a much needed mom's night out we discovered Four Day Ray.
We didn't have high expectations.
We mainly needed a spot close to the hotel where nine moms could have a couple drinks...kid free for a few hours (minus the new baby we were also celebrating!), and a good meal that definitely wasn't quick serve.
One mom's resourceful search led us three miles from our hellatious hotel to an adorable section of Fishers we didn't know existed, Nickle Plate District: cute coffee shop, little sushi spot, and our sanity saver...Four Day Ray.
Despite the heat (or because of it, in my case) we skipped the 90 minute wait for an inside table and chose their patio instead.
Choose the patio.
Industrial, yet oh so cozy! Cement tables...some with fire pit centers for chillier nights...and a fire pit area with comfy chairs for those sharing cocktails and laughs only.
...though I'm not really sure why you would want to skip the food.
Between the 9 of us, I'm fairly certain we tried nearly everything on the menu: pretzels and beer cheese, charcuterie board, tacos, scallops, and in true Indiana fashion, a pork tenderloin sandwich bigger than your head.
The drinks didn't disappoint either. Though the cocktails were tempting (next time, Kentucky Mule), Four Day Ray is a brewery so sampling some of their creations was a must.
Laplander Blonde was a good pale ale, but I was surprised by their Coffee Blonde. I expected it to be much darker, but it was also a lighter citrus-ish with strong coffee flavor that was surprisingly refreshing. My favorite, though, was their Purple Smash:a little darker with blueberry and lemon. It was perfect for the 90 degree temperature.
In addition to the restaurant and patio, there's also a tasting room in their brewing area. We didn't go in, but, like the restaurant, it was packed.
Legend has it that Four Day Ray is named for a long ago Nickle Plate railroad employee, Ray, who called off from work one day a week...every week. Hence, Four Day Ray.
Since summer is nearing it's end, channel your inner Ray and carve out a little extra time for yourself. Head to Fishers...and bring me back a growler of Purple Smash!
Four Day Ray Brewing
11671 Lantern Rd.
Fishers, IN 46038
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