The Brewsline's brewery tours leave riders filled with both beer and knowledge. Avid brewery fan Darryl Sopoci started the BrewsLine because, to him, Indiana's brewery scene is thriving. And he should know?he's visited breweries all around the country and even some in Canada. BrewsLine tours don't require that much travel, though, since they begin locally in Hamilton County. Groups stop at four different breweries along the route, sampling three to four beers at each and learning about the craft beer industry in the process. Tour participants can even snag growlers to store in the bus's cooler, meaning they don't have to sneak handfuls of beer into their pockets in order to take sips home.
The Strike Zone lines up an impressive roster comprised of coaches who’ve played baseball professionally and even in the big leagues. Now, they prep young ballplayers for the next level with classes, camps, and private lessons, which are available in all elements of the game. As a training facility—with 5,000 square feet of field turf, collapsible batting cages, and mobile pitching mounds—The Strike Zone boasts plenty of flexibility.
Paintball Indiana's owner and operator Chris bought his first marker––a PCS Storm––almost 20 years ago. He was hooked from the very first paintball shot, and within five years began refereeing games and designing his own equipment. Six years ago, his passion led him to purchase Paintball Indiana's expansive 20 acres of fields, which revolve around a central defensive castle. Chris now employs his own referees, a staff of young and passionate players that regulates games of speedball, woodsball, or scenario play on the three fields and lobby sofas. Chris' fields also play host to three- and five-man speedball leagues, which help players hone their marksmanship before upcoming tournaments. Large-scale games are de rigueur as well, as Chris and the staff takes down the nets between fields for the Big Game––an event hosting vast armies of players battling across 700 feet of terrain in the hopes of capturing the castle's prized Beanie Baby collection.
Andy Hartle isn't just a dog owner; he's one of their biggest advocates. For the last two years, he's been a sponsor of the Great Indy Pet Expo and has volunteered his services throughout the community. All the while, he's also made a career of his love for pets by operating his own professional, insured dog-walking and pet-sitting business, and earning a certification in Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross. Clients can solicit Andy for a short visit while they're at work or for an overnight stay with playtime and exercise. Platinum Pet Services is also one of the first dog-walking companies in Indianapolis to offer GPS tracking, so that the footwork of dogs, cats, and miniature pet sasquatches can be cataloged without worry.
With an 18-hole course, indoor and outdoor driving ranges, and three simulators, Gray Eagle Golf Course & Academy fashions itself as a golf destination dedicated to enjoyable play and improvement. On the course, golfers can play from one of four sets of tees for their journey over the tees, greens, and fairways of bentgrass?a soft material known for its short root system, not its belief that every golfer is a supernatural being. Measuring 6,739 yards from the back tees, the layout may feel longer because holes 1, 9, 10, and 18 are each par 5s, bookending the front and back nines with 500-yard behemoths. When the weather fails to cooperate, the academy keeps golfers swinging with ample opportunities for indoor play, including a massive indoor practice facility, heated and covered outdoor driving-range stalls, and indoor simulators loaded with such world-renowned courses as Kapalua Plantation, Pinehurst No. 2, and St. Andrews.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,739 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 131 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard