All posts by Nicole Eliason

Ride The Pickled Pedaler to Concerts at The Lawn

One of the best parts of summer is outdoor concerts! Indianapolis has one of the best outdoor concert venues, The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. Located in downtown Indianapolis on the east bank of the White River, The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn attracts some of the best musicians from around the globe.  

The Pickled Pedaler | Indy's best pedal pub!

Now you can arrive at summer concerts at The Lawn in style! Book a tour on The Pickled Pedaler before a concert and our drivers will happily drop you off at White River State Park in time for the show. Get pumped by listening to your favorite band’s music on our state-of-the-art Bazooka speakers. Our bikes have an electric assist motor and water misters, so you’ll arrive to the show relaxed and cool.

Here’s a look at the 2016 summer concert series at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park:

5/14 – Ellie Goulding with Years & Years

5/26 – My Morning Jacket with special guest The Barr Brothers

6/5 – Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, The Early November, and Saosin

6/25 – Bob Dylan and his band with Mavis Staples

6/26 – Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson with Eric Hutchinson

7/7 – “Weird Al” Yankovic – The Return of the Mandatory World Tour

7/8 – Barenaked Ladies, OMD, Howard Jones

7/16 – Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, Bleeker

7/20 – Gregg Allman and Peter Frampton

7/25 – The Head and the Heart with Kaleo and Brett Dennen

7/26 – Bush with Chevelle

7/27 – Tedeschi Trucks Band with Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars

7/29 – Halsey – Badlands Tour final installment

8/5 – Umphrey’s McGee with Main Squeeze

8/6 – Goo Goo Dolls with Collective Soul and Tribe Society

8/7 – An evening with Ray LaMontagne

8/13 – Summer Jam featuring Vanilla Ice and more!

8/19 – The Beach Boys

8/27 – NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan, Welshly Arms

8/28 – Rachel Platten with Alex Angelo and Liberty Deep Down

We expect these concert series tours to book up fast, so we’d recommend booking as soon as possible to guarantee your preferred tour time. Click the button at the top of this page to book your tour. Or, give us a call at (317) 877-0624 or email us at eliason@thepickledpedaler.com

Cheers!

Flatwater Broad Ripple

The Pickled Pedaler’s Favorite Places for Beer in Broad Ripple

This summer, The Pickled Pedaler began party bike tours in Broad Ripple on the first Wednesday of every month. We offer two Broad Ripple tour options. Both options are 2-hour tours, but the “Wise Pedaler” package also includes dinner! You can learn more about our Broad Ripple tours here.

In honor of The Pickled Pedaler coming to Broad Ripple, we’ve decided to put together a short list of our favorite places in Broad Ripple to grab a beer. Be sure to share yours in the comments below!

Scotty’s Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.

All of our Broad Ripple tours start and end at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. Our riders love to pick up a plastic bullet fill before their tour heads out! Not only does Thr3e Wise Men brew some of the best beers in the city, they also serve up some mighty fine pizza, appetizers, and desserts! We love the classic lodge feel and the communal atmosphere.

Don’t forget! Our “Wise Pedaler” package includes 3 large chop salads, 3 large regular breadstix, and 3 large 1 topping pizzas.

Flatwater Restaurant

All of our Broad Ripple tours also stop at Flatwater Restaurant. The waterfront deck is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious beer. Be sure to check out Flatwater for lunch or dinner too. The dishes are so unique and they offer a chef’s special every day so there’s always something new and interesting to try!

HopCat

HotCat has a seriously extensive selection of beers on tap and in bottles. They also have a menu that makes our mouths water (a nacho burger?! Yes, please!). But what we love most about HopCat is that they are a major supporter of Indiana’s craft brewers. We suggest ordering off the Local 30 menu—which include beers from Brugge Brasserie to Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. to Sun King Brewery (and also many, many others from around the state)!

Old Pro’s Table

Old Pro’s Table (affectionately known as OPT) is Broad Ripple’s oldest Sports Bar, so you know it’s gotta be one of the best spots in the city to watch a game. We are huge fans of their juke box (which is always rockin’!) and Tuesday Trivia Night Fun. We also love that they keep Flat12 and Trition beers on tap—gotta love the local brews!

Trition Tap in Broad Ripple

You don’t have to head to Fort Ben to enjoy a Triton beer (although, if you’re in that area, you should stop by and take their brewery tour!). You can now get all of Triton’s house ales and specialities from the Triton Forking series at The Triton Tap Room in Broad Ripple. We suggest grabbing a pint while enjoying the view of Broad Ripple Avenue from the patio and then grabbing a growler or 6-pack to take home with you.

With so many great spots in Broad Ripple to grab a beer, it’s hard to choose favorites but these places certainly top our list. Please share your favorite spot so we can add to our ever-growing list!

Cheers!

See you at the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest!

We’re honored to be a part of the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest. If there’s one thing we love it’s good music and local beer. Wait, that’s 2 things, isn’t it?! But…you can’t really have one without the other. Wouldn’t you say? Well good news, the folk fest is going to have both and even more.

Virginia Avenue Folk Fest

 

Here are a few details about the event:

When: May 9 10am – 10pm

Where: All up and down Virginia Avenue

Cost: FREE!!!

There’s going to be over 70 musical acts on 9 different stages throughout the day. You’ll have no trouble finding something to tap your toes to here! In addition to all the great music and beer you’ll find food & fun from all of the other amazing sponsors. Seating isn’t necessarily provided so be sure to bring a camp chair or something cushy. This is the real deal, so it’s happening rain or shine!

Have questions about the event? Email the coordinators at VirginiaAvenueFolkFest@Gmail.com

Don’t forget to stop by and say ‘hello.’ We’ll be out and about all day!

 

The Pickled Pedaler

The Pickled Pedaler is Growing: Bike Number 2 is Coming Soon!

2014 was an amazing year for The Pickled Pedaler. We had a ton of fun and were able to grow our business thanks to our awesome customers. Things went SO well that we needed to purchase a second bike to accommodate all of the pedaler’s who were looking to get pickled. Good news, that second bike is in the works right now and will be ready to hit the streets of Indianapolis starting June 12.

Over the course of our first season we received a lot of helpful feedback about our bike. We took all the great suggestions and used them to make bike #2 even better than the first. Although bike #1 (AKA the Big Dill) will always hold a special place in our hearts, we think the new bike is going to really knock your socks off!

Here are few things we’ve updated/added to our new party bike:

MORE POWER (insert Tim the Toolman Taylor bark here)! We’ve added more battery power so the bike will be faster and provide a longer charge time so we can keep pedaling late into the evening. The increased battery power will make it easier for our riders to kick back and enjoy the tour.

MORE SPEAKERS We’re adding more speakers to improve the surround sound on our bike. We know our riders like to play their music loud, and this addition will make the experience even better than before. Speakers in the front, speakers in the back, and a party everywhere in between!

MORE SAFETY Safety is always our highest priority when giving tours. As such, we’ve improved our bench seat by adding a taller side rail. Not that the old way was unsafe…we just wanted to make sure everyone who sits there is as comfy and safe as possible.

We can’t wait to get our second bike out on the road. If you’d like to be one of the first to take a tour with bike #2, feel free to book your tour today. We’ll start tours with our new addition starting June 12 and the spots are going to fill up fast!

We’re looking forward to another fun year in Indianapolis. Thanks for pedaling with us!

 

Indianapolis Breweries: The Pickled Pedaler's Favorite Spots

Indianapolis Breweries: The Pickled Pedaler’s Favorite Stops

Indianapolis is home to many great breweries, making it a beer lover’s paradise. We love taking our Pickled Pedalers to the following breweries. Where will you go on your tour?

Sun King Brewing Company

No doubt you have visited, tried, or at least heard of Sun King. When Sun King opened in 2009, it made them the first full scale production brewery in Indy since the Indianapolis Brewing Company closed down in 1948. And boy have they grown fast since 2009! Now their beers are sold at many locations around the state, including Victory Field. But our favorite way to enjoy Sun King is still at the brewery. We love stopping our bike here for our riders!

The Pickled Pedaler at Sun King

Flat12 Bierwerks

Oh man, Flat12 beer is just so good! Our favorites are the Pogue’s Run Porter and the Half Cycle IPA and their seasonal and limited releases are always fun to try. The taproom is staffed by some of the most knowledgeable and friendly folks in town. Our riders absolutely love Flat12’s outdoor patio. They even have a firepit for chilly spring or autumn nights. How cool is that?!

Fountain Square Brewing Co.

The creators of Fountain Square Brewing Co. have backgrounds in microbiology, chemistry, and automation. When you take those talents and pair them with a passion for beer, great things happen! Try their brews and you’ll see just what we mean. We happily stop our bike here at riders’ requests.

Outliers Brewing Company

What we love about Outliers is how they balance their respect for traditional brewing techniques with their enthusiasm for new combinations. You’ll notice that the beer at Outliers is delightfully different so if you’re looking for something more unique, let’s pedal to Outliers!

Tow Yard Brewing Co.

There’s so much to love about Tow Yard Brewing. They have amazing beer, of course! But they also have great food, awesome outdoor seating, and amazing downtown views. And we’re just kind of in love with their beer can wall! Request a stop here and we’ll gladly oblige!

The Pickled Pedaler at Tow Yard Brewing Co.

Indiana City Brewing Co.

You know what we love about about Indiana City Brewing Co.? Their love of great beer! They use a small batch handcrafted approach and then take it up a notch with speciality spices, aromatic hops, and increased alcohol. Good thing we have a motor on our bike because after a beer or two here, you might be a little too pickled to pedal!

Chilly Water Brewing Company

Chilly Water is one of the newest breweries in town that we’ve quickly fallen in love with. Owner, Skip DuVall, and his wife wanted to create a brewpub that would showcase their passion for beer and music. It just so happens that those are two of our biggest passions too! We’re just thrilled to add Chilly Water Brewing Company to our route.

Two Deep Brewing Co.

Two Deep Brewing is on a mission to brew passionately handcrafted beer while cultivating an atmosphere that brings people together. The leather couches, farmhouse tables, cozy fireplace, and delicious beer certainly makes it an inviting place to hang out. Mission complete!

Which breweries will you visit on your Pickled Pedaler tour? To see additional stops and learn more about our tours, click here.


Cheers!

6 Holiday Events in Indy You Simply Can’t Miss

Holiday events in indy

We love Indy all year long. Festivals, sporting events, amazing museums. Our city has it all!

But there’s just something about the holidays, isn’t there? Somehow, some way a little magic finds its way through the streets of Indianapolis.

In an effort to help you make the most of this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of 6 holiday events in Indy you simply can’t miss. It’s by no means extensive, but this list includes some crowd favorites we know you’ll love!

Christmas at the Zoo

November 28 to January 4, 2015

As the sun sets over the White River State Park, enjoy the warm glow of twinkling lights, creating a magical nighttime experience. You’ll find yourself eager to celebrate everything the holidays should be … plus animals!

Circle of Lights

November 28 to January 11, 2015

Indy’s most amazing holiday tradition features 4,784 lights and dozens of strands of garland which are used to create the 242-foot display. Gather around Monument Circle to ring in the holidays!

Outdoor Holiday Adventure

Visit the Conner Prairie website for specific days and times.

Ever wondered what it would be like to celebrate the holidays in the 1800’s? Now you can find out for yourself! Conner Prairie is offering a host of events this holiday season, so pick your favorite and mark your calendars!

Festival of Trees

November 22 to January 3, 2015

Take a trip back in time to observe holiday decorations of all sorts. You can also take a tour of the legendary A Christmas Story living room…just don’t shoot your eye out!

Holiday Hullabaloo

Thursday, December 4 / 5-9 pm

Find a unique gift for a friend or family member or simply enjoy the music and holiday atmosphere. The IMA cordially invites everyone to share in the holiday spirit!

Christmas Gift and Hobby Show

November 5 to November 9, 2014

The Christmas Gift and Hobby show is a 5 day event that’s perfect for serious shoppers. Hosted at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, this event has it all. From shopping to live entertainment, and everything in between!

Do you have a favorite holiday event in Indianapolis? Please share in the comments below!

 

 

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays

The holidays are great, don’t get us wrong! Two months dedicated to spending time with loved ones, overeating, and gift giving? Yes, please! But the holidays also mean crazy travel schedules, people fist fighting in malls for $10 off the latest doll, and long, boring conversations with certain family members. You know the ones…conversations on mutual funds with your Uncle Joe, little Todd’s soccer schedule with your cousin Trish, and how things just aren’t like they used to be with your great aunt Marge. And heaven forbid you’re just out of college, in a new relationship, or don’t have kids yet because here come the questions….what are you going to do with your life? When are you getting married? When are you going to have kids?

To survive the holidays, sometimes you just need a little holiday cheer. And nothing spreads holiday cheer like a little booze! This year, tell someone else to make the mashed potatoes and bring one of these festive cocktails instead!

So without further ado, here are our picks for best cocktails to survive the holidays:

Hot Buttered Rum

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Hot Buttered Rumrecipe via http://notwithoutsalt.com/

Mulled Wine

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Mulled Winerecipe via http://www.flourishingfoodie.com/

Pumpkin Pie Martini

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Pumpkin Pie Martinirecipe via http://mixthatdrink.com

Fresh Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritas, with sugared cranberries

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritasrecipe by http://www.howsweeteats.com

Rosemary Cranberry White “Christmas” Sangria

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Rosemary Cranberry White "Christmas" Sangriarecipe via http://cookingstoned.tv

Jingle Juice

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Jingle Juice

recipe via http://bakedbree.com

White Chocolate Pumpkin Nog

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: White Chocolate Pumpkin Nog

recipe via http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com

Winter Sea Breeze

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Winter Sea Breeze

 recipe via http://catchmyparty.com

Christmas Coffee Cocktail

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Christmas Coffee Cocktail

recipe via http://eclecticrecipes.com

Peppermint White Christmas

10 Delicious Drinks To Help You Survive The Holidays: Peppermint White Christmas

recipe via http://www.freutcake.com

So there you have it! Our favorite cocktails to help survive the holiday season. What’s your favorite holiday cocktail?

Have a great holiday season everyone! Cheers!

Indianapolis German Fest: Games, Beer, and Weiner Dogs!

Indianapolis German Fest

 

Image source: Athenaeum Foundation

Games, beer, and weiner dogs…what more could you ask for in a festival?!

The Indianapolis German Fest is October 11, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.

Here’s a little info about the festival:

The German Fest is a one-day festival that celebrates all things German. It starts at noon on October 11 and costs $8 in advance or $10 at the door for adults. It’s located at the Athenaeum on 401 E. Michigan Street Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Some of the planned activities include: German music, German dancing, German food, German beer, a yodeling contest, wiener dog races, 5K OktoberFAST Run/Walk, large kids area, competitive Beer Games, and a Bavarian Stone Lifting Contest.

For more information about the event, visit the Athenaeum website. 

Here’s what we’ll be up to at German Fest:

Starting at 2pm, and running through 8pm, we’ll be offering 30-minute tours on the Pickled Pedaler.

The cost is $10 per seat, and you can book your tour starting at noon. Just stop by our tent to book your tour.

We’ll also have all sorts of fun Pickled Pedaler swag at our tent, so be sure to stop by and look around. If you’re not able to take a tour during German Fest, but you’d like to book one for later, that’s fine too! Nicole will be happy to get you scheduled.

See you there!

The Pickled Pedaler – A Custom Party Bike Built for You!

When we first started dreaming about owning and operating a party bike in Indianapolis, we weren’t exactly sure where to get started. We did know, however, that we wanted something fully customizable, super comfortable, and a little funky. And we knew we wanted a party bike with a motor to help out our pedalers if they find themselves a wee bit too pickled to pedal.

As we did our research, we came across Atek Custom’s party bike and realized that was the bike for us! They fully customize each bike with specific colors, features, and personality. They put it best when they say, “The Party Bike is the original “Rolls-Royce” of party bikes…Your bike does not have to look like a square tube with a barrel, nor does it have to be one of only five colors.”

We made the trip out to sunny Arizona to check out their bikes, and it was love at first site! Our first visit was in September of 2013. On this visit we were able to see a finished bike that was heading to Pennsylvania. As soon as we saw that beauty roll across the parking lot, we knew that Jon and Atek were the perfect choice to help us make our dreams a reality.

We took a second trip in December to see our bike for the first time. It was completely finished…all new and shiny! We absolutely loved it. It was funky, comfy, and ready to rock the streets of Indianapolis!

We worked closely with the team at Atek to come up with the perfect party bike, and we called it the Pickled Pedaler! As we mentioned before, we didn’t want this beer bike to be boring. That’s why we customized it with all these features:

  • The electric assist motor
  • Ground effects with underbody lights
  • Bazooka speakers to blast your favorite tunes
  • Custom rims and tires
  • Padded and adjustable seats
  • Extra large cooler to hold extra tasty craft beers

We added all these features for you! We wanted our bike to be the best in town, and we think these bells and whistles make that true! The only thing the Pickled Pedaler is missing, is YOU.

Although it was tough to wait for our bike to be built, we did enjoy the process thanks to all the photos. See below for photos from start to finish.

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We’re so happy now that the bike is built and rambling the streets of Indianapolis! We have a blast meeting folks from all over the place who are looking to experience Indy in a whole new way. Thanks to everyone who has taken a ride, and welcome to all of those who haven’t. If you’d like to book a tour, you can do it right here on the website.

Pedal on!

Not-To-Miss June Events in Indianapolis

Indianapolis June Events

There are so many exciting events, festivals, and concerts happening in Indianapolis this month. We’ve put together a list of the not-to-miss events to be your guide.

Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival, June 7

A festival of wine, food, and fun…need we say more? Head to Military Park on June 7th for this award-winning festival and try more than 200 award-winning wines. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy live performances. For more info, visit the event’s website here.

Dr. Dog at the Vogue, June 8

Dr. Dog hits the stage with The Districts, and The Hawks at the Vogue in Broad Ripple. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, go here.

Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival, June 12

Attention strawberry shortcake lovers! Head to Monument Circle on June 12th. The festival begins at 9 A.M. but entertainment will start at 10 A.M. The festival will end at 6 P.M. or when supplies run out, so don’t delay!

Friday the 13th at the IMA, June 13

What’s the best way to spend Friday the 13th? By watching Friday the 13th at the IMA’s outdoor amphitheater of course! To see the full film schedule head here.

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, June 14

The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange is a contemporary craft fair. If you love modern handmade items, you won’t want to miss this event! Admission is free but bring some cash for local fare, a craft beer and, of course, a handmade good or two! For more info, visit the event’s website here.

Talbot Street Art Fair, June 14-15

The Talbot Street Art fair is continually ranked as one of the best art fairs in the country. This year, see goods from 270 juried artists and enjoy live entertainment. For more info, visit the event’s website here.

Brew-Ha-Ha, June 21

The 19th Annual Brew-Ha-Ha benefiting the Phoenix Theatre will be held this year on June 21st. Indy’s original craft beer festival will be held on the 700 block of N. Park Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and E. St Clair Street in the Mass Ave Arts & Theatre District. For more info, visit the event’s website here.

Indian Market & Festival, June 21-22

Head to the Eiteljorg Museum for a weekend celebration of Native American culture through demonstrations, art, music, dance, food and more! For more info, go here.

Arctic Monkeys at the Farm Bureau’s Lawn, June 24

Indy’s favorite outdoor concert venue hosts Arctic Monkeys and White Denim on June 24th. Tickets are still available for purchase here.

Marsh Symphony on the Prairie presents the Music of Led Zepplin, June 28

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will be rocking to the music of Led Zepplin at Conner Prairie on June 28th. For ticket information or for the full Symphony on the Prairie schedule, go here.

Which events are you going to this month? Give us a ring if you want to take a ride on the Pickled Pedaler before or after the event!