The Beerded Swine, located at 501 North College, recently opened with big dreams. But business owner Lisa Abendroth’s journey and vision for the custom neighborhood butcher shop and beer lounge started long before the pandemic, supply chain delays, rising prices and North Split construction.

“All this happening at once is painful now, but when it’s all finished, we will have a city everyone wants to come to,” reflects Abendroth. “People are still living right here waiting for their city and the ‘big return,’ which will make the victory so much sweeter, I have no doubt. I couldn’t be more confident about the reinvention of Indianapolis, and we are very excited to be a part of it.”

Located in the heart of the downtown’s St. Joseph neighborhood, The Beerded Swine offers fresh meats and cheeses, craft beer, boutique wines and a feel that integrates seamlessly into the neighborhood. As the business builds, plans include made-to-order meals and charcuterie boards. Opening shop in the height of North Split reconstruction and downtown development has had its challenges, but Abendroth wants the world to know that amid the gauntlet of road openings and closings, it is possible to get to the Beerded Swine – free parking is available right across the street with entry points from College Avenue and Michigan Street.

“We hear every day, ‘Oh my gosh, we see your place. We drive by it every day,’” says Abendroth. “Now, we just need to get the word out that we are open and that we have a whole parking lot across the street.”

Abendroth is optimistic that the toughest times are in the past and that the Beerded Swine will become a neighborhood gathering place that has it all, including parking.

“Our goal is to be part of the community and a place where our neighbors become friends and trust in our products and plans for the future.”

The Beerded Swine accepts custom meat and seafood orders in-person, online, via email at, or over the phone at (317) 757-3282. You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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