What Kind Of Alcohol Does Speedway Sell? [Fact Checked!]

It’s now well known that Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the home of the Indy 500. A race that is regarded as the equivalent of the Super Bowl in the world of motorsport. And while most of us know that beer is typically the drink of choice at these sorts of festivities, it’s interesting to learn a bit about what kind of alcohol is sold at the Speedway.

According to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website, the following are the available products:

  • Premium Malt Beverages (including whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila and vodka)
  • Wedding Cocktails
  • Red And White Wine
  • Mixed Drinks
  • Rum
  • Whiskey
  • Vodka
  • Martini

So, what kind of alcohol does Speedway sell? It seems that the majority of the attractions and events at the Speedway are alcohol-free, with the exception of the Indy 500. But for those of you who want a drink, you can find a variety of brews at the concession stands, as well as at the track’s bars and restaurants. It appears that for the most part, beer is out, and spirits are in. At least for the foreseeable future.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Vendor Contracts

In the event you’re interested in purchasing alcohol at IMS, it’s important to note that the sale of alcohol is controlled by a contract system. Basically, the track retains ownership of the alcohol sold at the Speedway, and it’s contract vendors are prohibited from selling outside the track bounds. In other words, you can’t take your drink to the park. But it’s also important to note that concessionaire Compass Contracting, Inc. (a subsidiary of Indianapolis Power & Light) is the exclusive vendor to the Indianapolis 500, and they have exclusive contract rights to sell alcohol at that event. So, at least for the time being, beer is probably out, and whiskey, brandy, and vodka are in. You might want to try the local distillery or microbrewery if you’re in the area.

Indy 500 And Concours D’Elegance Sponsor Alcohol Choices

As we’ve established, beer is out, and whiskey, rum, brandy, and vodka are in. But which of these spirit products will be served during the big race? You’ll have to head to the track’s restaurants, bars, and concession stands to find out. Though, based on the track’s recent history, you might want to expect something different.

From 2011 to 2013, the Indy 500 was sponsored by MillerCoors. As a result, you might expect to see plenty of beer throughout the race. In fact, during those three years, MillerCoors products were served at every turn, from the pits to the podium. This even included at the Miller Lite party after the race. Though no longer presenting an ownership stake in the Indy 500, MillerCoors still sponsors the event and can be found everywhere at IMS, including at the restaurants and bars. One venue, Silver Creek Brewhouse, is even called MillerCoors Park. So, if you’re in the area, you know where to go. If you’re not, then you might want to check out the menus at the various restaurants and bars before deciding what to drink. You could also drive to the nearest MillerCoors brewery, as there are quite a few scattered around the country.

For those of you who are interested in purchasing a Concours D’Elegance Package for the Indy 500, you’ll want to make sure that you’re aware of the rules and restrictions regarding alcohol. Though the contents of these packages are not subject to any license restrictions, you must still abide by the general rules and regulations for the purchase and consumption of alcohol in the state of Indiana. In addition, the restaurants, bars, and other alcohol-serving establishments at the Speedway are all required by law to post a sign in the window, notifying customers that alcohol is being served therein.

Taste Tests And Health Concerns

Besides the available products at the track, we’d also like to take a moment to point out the various ways you can sample different types of alcohol. From free tastings at the track itself, to the bars, and restaurants throughout the IMS campus, you’re always likely to find something interesting to try. And since we’re on the subject of alcohol, let’s point out how important it is to drink responsibly. While some people may still believe that drinking can cause health problems, the scientific community has now weighed in and said, “Not so fast.” It’s important to drink in moderation, particularly when consuming whiskey, rum, or other strong alcohol beverages. As a result, we’re seeing fewer people with alcohol-related health issues than we have in previous years. Hopefully this means that the days of alcoholism are numbered. But until then, it’s still ok to drink a little bit of whiskey every day. Just don’t overdo it.

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