Three Pints Brewpub inspires satiated smiles with a selection of Indiana craft brews and other suds paired with an expansive menu of nonliquid tooth polish. Soak up a glass of house-brewed American Brown Ale or Blonde Wheat ($4.75/pint) with the 8-ounce Angus sponge of The Big One burger, flanked by red onion, tomato, lettuce, pickle, and mayo ($8.95). Chicken alfredo ($12.95) and the spicy rattlesnake shrimp pasta ($14.95)—both served with a side salad and two garlic breadsticks—can be spooled into chompers with forks or wrapped around the necks of Three Pints’ domestic beer bottles ($3). The exquisitely marbled 12-ounce New York strip comprehensively quells carnivorous cravings ($21.95), a d the chocolate swiss-chalet cake sates sweet teeth with white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate cake, and tiny scintillas of platinum Swiss watches ($5.95).
In an interior that blends the aura of a club with that of a good friend’s living room, the staff at Shiraz Wine Experience and Art Cafe takes advantage of a location in Carmel’s art district. Minimalist geometric paintings reminiscent of Rothko’s work hang alongside classical portraiture on the walls. Beneath the swaths of color, patrons direct their own tasting experiences with self-serve Enomatic machines, which draw from dozens of bottles to dispense servings of 1–6 ounces of red or white wines. More than 30 domestic and international wines star on the wine list, from sweet rieslings to cabernet sauvignons to the deep red of a rebellious bull’s Camaro. Sharable plates, including baked brie with apricot compote and flatbreads topped with steak and Stilton blue cheese, fuel conversation.
Umbrellas stretch wide circles over a front patio, and both the downstairs and upstairs spaces encourage lounging with sprawling white couches and cushy chairs. Wide windows drench the interior in sunlight during the day, which gradually gives way to dusk and brings violet neon lights beneath the bar to life.
These days, technology makes it easy to do most things quickly, and with little effort. But more often than not, quality requires a human touch, and that's exactly what the brewers at Union Brewing Company are doing. They create a slew of beers just two barrels at a time, rendering each of them with old-school methods and natural ingredients. Each of the ales are cask-conditioned, unfiltered, and never force carbonated. At the brewery, visitors can sample the hand-pulled ales at their ideal temperature—the exact temperature of a Snowman's frosted beer stein—check out the equipment, or sign up for a membership for discounts on pours.
In 2007, Vine and Table remodeled and metamorphosed from a humble wine and cheese caterpillar to the WiFi-emitting artisan monarch it is today. The hybrid grocer and café offers up a selection of epicurean delights that includes chocolates and candies, wine, beer, and spirits that hail from across the globe. Partnering with both artisan cheese makers in Indiana and the best cheesemongers from across the globe, Vine's diverse selection of cheeses provides milky bliss for every palate. Blue De Graven ($19.95/pound) is a creamy blue cheese from Denmark with a mild back end that substitutes saltiness for a pinch of sweetness. The six-year-aged Widmer Cheddar ($21.99/pound) is a rich, nutty cheddar that works wonders in soups and on sandwiches, whereas the whimsical stilton with blueberries ($19.99/pound) is equal parts sweet and tangy, making for a delightful dessert cheese or rub-on fragrance.
Designed exclusively for Groupon, your class combines the high points of Grape Inspirations’ Wine 101 series into a two-hour Language of Wine course (a $30 value), and throws in a signature wine glass (a $4 value). The friendly, expert vintners at Grape Inspirations will first teach you how to taste wine like a sophisticated swirler with glass held aloft. Next, you’ll become a proper wine and food matchmaker, sure to never mistakenly seat a Merlot next to its sworn enemy, lime JELL-O. Finally, take a peak at the business side of wine, with tips on purchasing, storing, and serving wine. The course will also cover wine faults, the sand traps of winery, and how best to avoid them. Classes are offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday until your Groupon expires and on select Tuesdays (see sidebar). Be sure to call ahead for availability; additional classes may be scheduled based on demand.
Warm and inviting, rich in texture and color, Harmony winery invites you to linger a while. Taste your favorites produced on premise. Purchase a glass and sit and chat with friends by the fireplace or watch whatever is on the bigscreen. Harmony winery is the only U-vint winery in town. Come by and taste today!