Beer—drinking the frothy beverage has been a part of the Hoosier identity for generations. From pre-prohibition production to the rise of craft beer in the 2000’s, the beer industry has been prevalent in Indiana. The first brewing operations in the state were in New Harmony and Richmond, both opening in 1816. In Indianapolis, beer has been made for over 100 years.  In fact, in 1864, Indianapolis had 57 saloons that served its population of 20,000. Seven years later, the number of saloons increased by 126%, as the population doubled.