Let’s Plan An Event!

We’ve designed Switchyard to be one of the best venues for private events in Bloomington!
Located inside of our architecturally stunning downtown brewery, each of our event spaces has a unique and distinctive feel. From daytime team meetings to rehearsal dinners and retirement parties, our private events team will work with you to create an experience that is memorable and fun! Check out some of our available options below!


Reserve a set of tables, a whole section, or the entire brewery! Our moveable tables mean we can accommodate up to 300.


10-20 people

Switchyard is known for its large, open warehouse space so it is a great place for large groups to meet up and know they will have room. We accept table reservations for groups of 10+ people. If your group is smaller just drop in, no reservation is necessary. You will likely be sharing a community table with others, but there is always room!


We know it’s hard for nonprofit groups to find space for events. A key aspect of our Guiding Principles is to help nonprofit groups host their events at Switchyard in an economical way because they get up every day and work tirelessly to change the world for the better! After all, #BeerIsCommunity!

Let us know what non-profit you are with and what you are trying to accomplish with your event, and we will do what we can to help make it happen. We can also help out with off-site bartending at your events!

If you are looking for a donation of product for your event or something for a charity auction, please use our Donation Request Form instead.


Switchyard Brewing is an established supplier in the JAGGAER network with IU Purchasing. We work directly with your purchasing representative and can submit IU POs for payment.


Our kitchen offers catering for groups as small as 6 to as large as 100+. Ask your event manager for more information on our catering options!

Event FAQs

How do your deposits work?

If you choose to book with us, we will send you a contract to sign and request 20% of the cost of your event up front to hold the date. If your event is within 30 days, we request a 50% deposit to hold the date. (If you previously put down a 20% deposit, we will request the additional 30% when you are in the 30-day window.) We will request the final payment, on the first business day after your event.

All deposits are non-refundable, but 100% transferable to any other event, as long as the event is canceled 7 days prior.

All food deposits are placed directly with the kitchen – you can contact them directly at

For IU Events using a PO: Your Event BEO will not show a deposit, the full payment for your event will be sent through the purchasing department on your PO.

How does the minimum purchase pricing work?

To reserve tables for your event, we simply require a minimum purchase of $8 per person per hour. For example, a decent-sized party of 40 people for 2 hours would require a minimum purchase of $8 x 40 x 2 = $640. This includes all the beer that your guests will drink and assurance that you will have a comfortable space for such a large group. Our prices include tax already and there are no additional service fees, gratuities or tips because all of our staff are paid a living wage that they can depend on. It’s 100% optional to tip here at Switchyard.

What if I am unsure of my guest count just yet?

No problem, just take a guess and let us know. We request the final count a week prior to the event. We will provide guests with wristbands so there is appropriate tracking of the number of guests and the beers that are counted towards your minimum purchase. You can always ask for more wristbands and we can adjust your final bill appropriately. Guests under 21 years old are not subject to your guest count.

Can my guests purchase their own beers/wine/cider and have them count to the minimum? Or what if I only want to buy the first round?

Sure, we can do that too! We will provide you with wristbands, so that it is easy for the bar staff to attribute your guest’s purchases to your special event minimum. We will still require you to put up the deposit for the event, but you will likely get a refund depending on your purchases. If staff are not notified about guests’ purchases we are not able to track them properly and their sales will not count towards your event minimum, so please explain this to your guests.

You can even do something in between: e.g. give everyone a drink ticket to put their first beer on your tab, and then they are on their own dime. It is up to you! We have drink tickets on hand if you would like to do this.

Can attendees under the age of 21 attend my event? Do you host kids birthday parties?

Absolutely! Our Taproom is all-ages. Switchyard team members are parents too, so we are happy to have a place where kids and adults can have a good time together, with just a few guidelines – please see our FAQ page for more info.

Got more questions about our events?

Check out the FAQ page to learn more about our space or submit an event inquiry and our team will do our best to get back to you in around 1 business day!

Let’s Chat!

Ready to learn more or tour one of our spaces? Just click the button below and give our team a few details about your vision. Our private events team responds to all inquiries within 1 business day.