When: 5:30 pm– 10:00pm Friday and Saturday September 16th & 17th, 2016
*Registration, music, beer and food ends at 8:30pm on Georgia St. Participating bars and restaurants continue with promotion until 10:00pm

Where: Georgia Center Block and participating accounts in Wholesale District, Mass Ave, Fletcher Place, Fountain Square

How Much: Tickets are $50 per night or $85 for both Friday and Saturday.

Media Contact: Susan Decker susan@incraftbev.com 317.400.1983

Hotel Partner

Will be announced soon.

Mixture: Indianapolis Cocktail Tour
Mixture is the brainchild of the Indiana Craft Beverage Association, which serves to empower industry professionals, educate the community and increase the exposure of Indiana, both locally and nationally, as a serious destination for craft beverages.

At this inaugural event guests will check in on Georgia Street (check in includes picking up Cocktail Tour Passport, Transportation Pass + signing a waiver…please drink responsibly) where they will find Live Music, Food Vendors and Beer Cocktails from local Indiana Breweries. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the scene as well as the Wholesale District’s participating venues before hopping over to Mass Ave with their preferred mode of transportation (for more information on transportation please see below).

Georgia Street
Serving as home base for Mixture, Georgia Street is a destination in its own right! The western portion of the center block of Georgia Street will feature live music from Indy’s own, Pork N Beans Brass Band as well as samples from favorite local restaurants and beer cocktails. Whether you linger on Georgia Street prior to imbibing on the Tour or make it your last stop you won’t be disappointed!

Transportation Element
Mixture is unique among all other cocktail festivals in our design; the “Tour of the City” component encourages attendees to get out and enjoy the flavor of the city. Indy Brew Bus will provide transportation between drop points. There are seven strategically placed Drop Off/Pick Up locations between the Wholesale District, Mass Ave, Fletcher Place and Fountain Square. Participants of Mixture will have access to transportation throughout the evening and are able to spend as much time as they wish visiting the participating accounts in those areas.

Choose your own adventure
Indy’s best bartenders at participating venues are creating an assortment of modern & classic cocktails for you to enjoy, these will be listed on the tour passport. Guests have the option of visiting each bar on their passport each night or choosing their favorite spirit and concentrating on that area … attendees particularly partial to Bourbon can choose to spend the bulk of the evening on Mass Ave on Friday night or perhaps the Wholesale District on Saturday, while participants with a palate for Tequila progress to Fountain Square.

Arthur Black, President
Arthur is one of a few young beverage industry educational leaders in the country, having acquired many titles and accreditations in his 15+ years of intense study. Arthur is the Corporate Wine and Spirits Sales Manager for RNDC, a leading national wholesaler of fine wine and spirits. In addition to his role at RNDC, Arthur is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and holds a range of certifications, including: Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Spanish Wine Educator, Certified French Wine Educator, Certified Sake Specialist, Certified Specialist of Spirits, Advanced Sommelier, Cicerone Beer Certification Program Level 1, and Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Advanced Level III. He has lectured and taught at many venues and several universities. As an active educator in the American sommelier community, Arthur has participated in many sommelier competitions, winning the honorable Best Young Sommelier in America Championship. From Wines around the World to Sake in Japan, from Tequila in Mexico to Whiskies in the UK and USA, Arthur’s passion has been devoted to spreading the gospel of gastronomy to the remotely curious as well as those more intimately familiar with playground of the human palate.

Jonathon Sellers, Vice President
As a founder of the ICBA, Jonathon was instrumental in building a coalition of friends, peers, and industry professionals to work together toward a common goal of enhancing the beverage culture in Indianapolis. Jonathon serves as a Sales Manager with Glazer’s Distributors of Indiana, specializing in restaurant, bar, hotel and venue sales in the Indianapolis metropolitan and contiguous areas. Prior to joining Glazer’s, he directed the beverage program at the largest JW Marriott in the world, located right here in Indianapolis. Earlier in his career, Jonathon held management positions in Austin, Texas with Starwood Hotels, Marriott International, and Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. Jonathon resides in north Indy and is active with several neighborhood and community organizations. Jonathon is married and a proud dad to Finley Pearl.

Louis “Louie” Meyer, Treasurer
Louis is a nine-year veteran of Crossroad Vintners, a locally-owned and operated distributor of fine wines and spirits. Prior to entering the wholesale tier, he spent time “behind the stick” at Madeleine’s in Evansville, Indiana and at Rock Bottom in Chicago. Louie has enjoyed living and working in Indianapolis for the past six years alongside his wife and two dogs. While he is not 72 years old, he still enjoys drinking decaf coffee, eating pie, and playing bridge.

Lindy Brown, Secretary
A Certified Sommelier, Lindy has built her career and reputation creating, supporting, and sustaining some of the top beverage programs in the city*. As a result, it was a natural fit to join Arthur, Jonathon, and crew to help create the ICBA. Lindy recently accepted the position of Key Account Manager for Republic National Distributing Company after spending the past nine years running the beverage programs for Neal Brown Hospitality, including L’explorateur, Pizzology Craft Pizza + Pub, and Libertine Liquor Bar…the latter was recognized in Esquire Magazine as one of the nation’s best bars in 2013. As a long-time advocate for and resident of Indianapolis, Lindy is excited to see the continued growth and recognition of the city. Her free time is spent with her family: Neal, Isabelle, Greyson + Duke.

Michael Gray, Director of Events
Michael is the newest team member of the craft spirits at Republic National Distributing Company Indiana. As a Key Account Manager, Michael supports half of Indiana through a variety of establishments that are elevating their beverage programs. Michael was the opening General Manager and mixologist by trade for Plat 99, one of Indianapolis’ newest and most innovative bars, located in The Alexander Hotel. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Michael was recently known for being “behind the stick” of The Libertine, and helping to develop their initial mixology platform with Neal Brown Hospitality Group. He started making a name for himself in the Indianapolis cocktail scene working as head bartender for Turner Woodard at Turner’s Bar in the historic Canterbury Hotel. Michael life in restaurants comes naturally, beginning with his family’s association with the famous Gray Bros. Cafeteria of Mooresville. Becoming the Director of Events for the ICBA was a natural progression for him. Now, as a craft spirits specialist, with his passion for customer service, he has full reign of creativity to unleash on Indiana a bevy of new ideas and drinks for consumers throughout the state. Michael has been married for three years, has one beautiful daughter and a baby on the way. He enjoys spending free time with family, outdoors, eating, and drinking local fare.

Susan Decker
Susan’s core strength ensures flawless execution of a wide range of efforts, including public relations, brand development, special events, strategic communication plans, crisis communication, and publicity programs. She has successfully overseen and executed a variety of tactics for a multitude of clients, including Allied OSI Labs, Devour Downtown, Harry & Izzy’s, Knozone, Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, Premier Exhibitions, Simon Property Group, St. Elmo Steak House, and the Town of McCordsville. Additionally, Decker specializes in serving as a spokesperson on behalf of clients. She functioned as the public information officer for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, where she handled media inquiries and crisis communication. She also operated as the community outreach manager for Citizens for Wishard to raise awareness of the need for a new Wishard Hospital. The referendum passed with an overwhelming 85 percent show of support among Marion County voters. Susan additionally has extensive broadcast television experience, having served as a freelance writer and reporter for Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Indianapolis, with concentrations in public relations and electronic media, and earned a minor in marketing.

Roddy Kirschenman
Roddy is the current General Manager of Union 50 Located at 620 East Street in the Mass Ave District of Indianapolis, Indiana. After spending several years on the floor at the Chicago Board of Trade, Roddy traded commodities for the allure of food and wine. He is a 20-year restaurant industry veteran, including stints as Assistant General Manager at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and General Manager of Tavola di Tosa, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Mesh, and Napolese Pizzeria. Roddy is an Omaha, Nebraska native and a six-time All-American swimmer in high school and college. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Jeff Fignar
Jeff has been with Crossroad Vintners, a locally-owned and operated distributor of fine wines and spirits, for almost a decade.  First as a sales representative for Indy and many surrounding markets and currently as the Sales Manager. Prior to entering the wholesale tier, he spent time bartending and running restaurants, and was a teacher as well. Jeff moved to Indianapolis from Minnesota to attend Butler University. In his free time he enjoys cooking, reading magazines and newspapers, watching reality television or crime dramas and spending time with his family.