Some of the best ideas come to life with the help of a couple friends and a few stiff drinks. Take Indy JoyRides, for example.
Our founder, Matt, was lifting elbows with a buddy late one evening when he received a message from a college pal: “Want to buy a bus?” They were far enough into their cups that the question spurred a brainstorming session full of intriguing possibilities. A few whiskey shots later, and Matt’s entrepreneurial spirit had been awakened. The next day, he was on his way to Milan, Indiana, to pick up Indy JoyRides’ first bus.
Matt and his fraternity brothers had already used the retired school bus for tailgating at Purdue University, so it only seemed natural to put it back on the road as a brew bus. With Indiana’s craft beer scene growing by leaps and bounds, he figured it would be a great way for groups to explore some local favorites without worrying about who would drive.
Matt’s day job as an engineer helped him envision how the bus could be transformed into a party on wheels, with horseshoe seating and a center bar to make socializing a breeze. His fraternity brother Chad came on board as co-owner, applying his sales and marketing expertise to growing the business.
“Want to buy a bus?”
Together, Matt and Chad have expanded Indy JoyRides’ offerings to take on distillery and winery tours. Our party bus also serves as a fun ride for special events to hot spots such as Broad Ripple and Carmel.
New Milestones & Memories
2017 marked a milestone year for Indy Joyrides. With the purchase of a newer limo party bus, Matt and Chad were able to provide even more amenities for tour goers. While still offering many of the same features as before, such as horseshoe seating, Bluetooth speakers, and built-in coolers, the 2.0 version of the bus is now equipped with neon lights to dazzle your group.
The old Indy Joyrides bus was retired in early 2017, and the new bus has things looking bright for Indy Joyrides moving forward!