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Beer from Indiana, Kentucky, the South, the West, and all around the U.S., an automatic donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children which totaled over $18,000 in 2018! This is the 14th year and this year the Fest of Ale is back in the New Albany, IN, amphitheater at 201 E. Water Street, New Albany.

WHY WOULD YOU GO? This is one of the few fests with over 100+ breweries, 8 fine wine distributors, over 250 brews and even more! I love this event because as much as I love local, craft beer, this is truly a chance to try some beer I do not see often and over a dozen Belgian beers being poured. I am of those who first learned beer flavor from German and Belgian imports so this is like greeting old friends, a few distant cousins, and my neighbors and family. We’ll find over TWENTY Indiana Breweries, SEVEN Kentucky Breweries, over 10 West Coast breweries, and more.

I’ve loved the fact that this includes the HUGE donation to the Crusade for Children! I love the fact that found Tod Antz’s father was a fireman serving the community and as a liquor store owner (Keg Liquors, New Albany) believes strongly in community involvement.

Those in Central, IN have easy driving just 1 1/2 hours south of Greenwood! Go spend the day along the river. Eat at one of the many New Albany or Southern Indiana brew pubs (or cross the river to a Louisville Brew Pub) and then get to the fest at 3 PM.

TIME: 3-7 pm on June 1

Tickets ONLINE

June 1, 201 E. Water Street, New Albany, IN

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1: Save money!  The For less $ than traveling you can visit many breweries in one spot. Next up: Columbus Craft Beer Fest Saturday, May 18 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Mill Race Park, Columbus, with 1 p.m. entry time for Early Birds.

CLICK for TIX +Read about 10 breweries you may not know here

You would need to cover a swath of nearly 75 miles wide and 200 miles long inside Indiana plus visit Kentucky to visit these breweries, and Michigan for a cidery.

Some of the breweries participating are:
2Toms Brewing Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana
450 North Brewing Co., Columbus, IN
Ash & Elm Cider Company, Indianapolis, IN
Bare Hands Brewery, Granger, IN
Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Blake’s Hard Cider Co., Armada, MI
Bloomington Hop Jockeys, Bloomington, IN
Broad Ripple Brewpub, Indianapolis, IN
Burn ‘Em Brewing, Michigan City, IN
Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, IN
CenterPoint Brewing CompanyIndianapolis, IN
Chapman’s Brewing Co., Steuben County, IN
Columbus Area Classic Alers (homebrew club), Columbus, IN
Crasian Brewing Company, Brookston, IN
Creatures of Habit Brewing Co., Anderson, IN
Country Boy Brewing, Lexington, KY
Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co., Merrillville, IN
dot & line brewing company, Fort Wayne, IN
Evil Czech Brewery, Mishawaka, IN
Fenwick Farms Brewing Company, Rensselaer, Indiana
Fountain Square Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Four Day Ray Brewing, Fishers, Indiana
Function Brewing, Bloomington, IN
Friendly Beasts Cider Co. Bloomington, IN
Goodwood Brewery, Louisville, KY
Hoosier Brewing Company, Shelby County, IN
Indiana Brewers Union HomeBrew Club
Junk Ditch Brewing Company, Fort Wayne, IN
Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Fort Wayne, IN
Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN
Nailers Brewing Company, Whiteland, IN
Planetary Brewing Co., Greenwood, IN
Quaff On! Brewing Co., Nashville, IN
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Scarlet Lane Brewing, McCordsville, IN
Seymour Brewing Co., Seymour, IN
Shale Creek Brewing, Franklin, IN
St. Benedict’s Brew Works, Ferdinand, Indiana
St. Joseph’s Brewery & Public House, Indianapolis, IN
Sun King Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Switchyard Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN
Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville, IN
TwoDEEP Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Trubble Brewing Co. Fort Wayne, IN
Union Brewing Company, Carmel, IN
Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN
Wooden Bear Brewing, Greenfield, IN
ZwanzigZ Brewing, Columbus, IN

2:  Save Time!  Even if you only sample from 25 of the breweries (keeping consumption to a few pints total (at 3 oz each sample) You’d spend at least 5 and likely 7 or 8 days visiting 3 to 5 breweries a day (that’s a lot of Uber cost!). 

3. Find Rare Beers!  Brewers bring their best and sometimes not easy to find beer

4. Get your swag on!  Coasters, Coozies, Stickers, Buy a shirt, Get beer stuff!

5. Support local charity.   every ticket sold to each fest benefits The Columbus Park Foundation, Just Friends Adult Daycare Services and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.. Feel good about the donation, Drink beer, Have fun, and call Uber or get a designated driver ($10 DD ticket)

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Tasting from breweries farther away is just one of the fun reasons to go to a beer fest. We found TEN of the nearly 50 breweries/cideries listed for the Columbus Craft Beer Fest on May 18, 1-6 (VIP), 2-6 (GA), that you may not regularly see. Those ten have not been at any of the bigger beer fests this year and 3 are favorites from out of state! We give you the details AND we give you other great reasons to attend this great beer fest!

THIS CAN BE A QUICK TWO MINUTE SCAN – WITH LINKS FOR TIX AT BOTTOM OR READ IN 5 MINUTES TO FIND UNUSUAL BEERS

Breweries you may not know: Country Boy Brewing, Lexington, KY, known for Cougar Bait blond & Nacho Bait blond with jalepeno or the Key Lime, but also Shotgun Wedding brown with vanilla, Cliff Jumper IPA, and others. Really good beer from really good people! Goodwood Brewing, Louisville, KY, known for all wood-aged beers like Bourbon Barrel ale & stout, El Gosador tequila barrel gose, Hemp Gose, Red Wine Barrel Saison and more. Blake’s Hard Cider, Armada, MI, offers Traffic Jam with strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry, El Chavo with habenero, mango, and apples, Wake Fire with cherries, orange peel, and (of course) apples, and others. Have you tried Chapman’s Brewing, Angola (+ Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, & Wabash) love European beers and their Englishman Southern Brown was the first I tried from them, then the Enlighten Kolsch-style ale. But the Wry American Red Rye, and Undaunted Single Hop along with others. Crasian Brewing, Brookston, IN, where Michele brews with Tom, may offer Harold’s Honey Red Ale, Bub’s Hi-Yah Oatmeal Stout, Arctic Wolf whnite IPC with Belgian yeast, and a variety. How about dot & line brewing, Ft. Wayne nano-brewery from a printer for Old Brown Boots brown ale, Dark Mild English session ale, or maybe Imperial Ghoul’s Gravy with coffee and vanilla. Fenwick Farms, Rensselaer, has Fort & Outpost lager, Speirbhean (spare-van) Irish Red, or Hop Yard IPA. Shale Creek, Franklin is practically local and has offered Creekside Cream Ale since the start, has Without a Paddle IPA , Hazy Train, or Don’t Rye for me, among many! Seymour Brewing, Seymour, IN, is also just down the road with Bing Bong in regular or peanut butter, Picnic Spirit, or Earache My IPA (9.2%!). Union Brewing, Carmel, IN, is an all hand-pull brewery with Paddle Out, Glasgow Smile, maybe Sir Charles Barley Wine, and others.

Others a bit far away from northern Indiana that you may only have seen at Winterfest include Devil’s Trumpet, Merrillville, IN an award winning brewery that might have #tryn2bcool NE IPA hazy juice bomb, Astronaut Dreams IPA with tangerine, mango, and orange, or to stay basic DT Pilsner plus some pretty crazy beer.
2Toms Brewing of Ft. Wayne where there really is only 1 Tom in house but may serve DDH Petty IPA (as the “other” Tom) with Galaxy and Citra hops, Morn’n Yawn’ coffee stout made with cinnamon rolls (yep, try it!), or Neapolitan Scoop sour with strawberry, cocao nibs, vanilla, and lactose, or other delightful and wacky beers. You’re getting the picture of specialties, right?

Another advantage of the Columbus Craft Beer Fest is the opportunity to sample beer from a brewery named a Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year (2016), Zwanzigz! (Check out our story HERE .) Whether you crave the award winning chocolate beer, famous blueberry, like many of us the ghost pepper stout, or perhaps the Hemp Ale, made from crushed hemp seeds which adds a light, almost nutty taste (no nuts involved) you are sure to find longer lines from this host brewery, as Kurt and Lisa Zwanzig stepped up to sponsor and guide this year’s fest with the help of many on a local committee. Zwanzigz brewer Mike is always there as is his wonderful wife who offers plenty of water rinses and water to drink as a public service at fests making this a family affair.

Of course 450 North will be there and if you are looking for other crazy beers we sometimes find them from Evil Czech Brewery of Mishawaka, Burn ‘Em Brewing of Michigan City, Bare Hands Brewery of Granger of or perhaps even Scarlet Lane Brewing of McCordsville (now with locations in Broad Ripple, Indy’s Old Southside, and Beech Grove).

TO GET TICKETS for the VIP (1 pm), Early Bird (1 pm), General Admission (2 pm), or Designated Driver slots (2 pm) CLICK HERE

There will be bands, a few food booths, a coffee booth and more!

Where: Mill Race Park, just west of Lindsey Street at 5th

When: Saturday, May 18, General Admission 2-6, Early Bird 1-6.

FOR MORE INFO: CLICK HERE No dogs, No kids, Bring TWO IDs to enter.

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Tis the season for Beer Fests!

1: Save money!  The For less $ than traveling you can visit many breweries in one spot. Next up: Columbus Craft Beer Fest Saturday, May 18 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Mill Race Park, Columbus, with 1 p.m. entry time for Early Birds.

CLICK for TIX +Read about 10 breweries you may not know here

You would need to cover a swath of nearly 75 miles wide and 200 miles long inside Indiana plus visit Kentucky to visit these breweries, and Michigan for a cidery.

Some of the breweries participating are:

2Toms Brewing Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana
450 North Brewing Co., Columbus, IN
Ash & Elm Cider Company, Indianapolis, IN
Bare Hands Brewery, Granger, IN
Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Blake’s Hard Cider Co., Armada, MI
Bloomington Hop Jockeys, Bloomington, IN
Broad Ripple Brewpub, Indianapolis, IN
Burn ‘Em Brewing, Michigan City, IN
Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, IN
CenterPoint Brewing CompanyIndianapolis, IN
Chapman’s Brewing Co., Steuben County, IN
Columbus Area Classic Alers (homebrew club), Columbus, IN
Crasian Brewing Company, Brookston, IN
Creatures of Habit Brewing Co., Anderson, IN
Country Boy Brewing, Lexington, KY
Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co., Merrillville, IN
dot & line brewing company, Fort Wayne, IN
Evil Czech Brewery, Mishawaka, IN
Fenwick Farms Brewing Company, Rensselaer, Indiana
Fountain Square Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Four Day Ray Brewing, Fishers, Indiana
Function Brewing, Bloomington, IN
Friendly Beasts Cider Co. Bloomington, IN
Goodwood Brewery, Louisville, KY
Hoosier Brewing Company, Shelby County, IN
Indiana Brewers Union HomeBrew Club
Junk Ditch Brewing Company, Fort Wayne, IN
Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Fort Wayne, IN
Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN
Nailers Brewing Company, Whiteland, IN
Planetary Brewing Co., Greenwood, IN
Quaff On! Brewing Co., Nashville, IN
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Scarlet Lane Brewing, McCordsville, IN
Seymour Brewing Co., Seymour, IN
Shale Creek Brewing, Franklin, IN
St. Benedict’s Brew Works, Ferdinand, Indiana
St. Joseph’s Brewery & Public House, Indianapolis, IN
Sun King Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Switchyard Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN
Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville, IN
TwoDEEP Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Trubble Brewing Co. Fort Wayne, IN
Union Brewing Company, Carmel, IN
Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN
Wooden Bear Brewing, Greenfield, IN
ZwanzigZ Brewing, Columbus, IN

2:  Save Time!  Even if you only sample from 25 of the breweries (keeping consumption to a few pints total (at 3 oz each sample) You’d spend at least 5 and likely 7 or 8 days visiting 3 to 5 breweries a day (that’s a lot of Uber cost!). 

3. Find Rare Beers!  Brewers bring their best and sometimes not easy to find beer

4. Get your swag on!  Coasters, Coozies, Stickers, Buy a shirt, Get beer stuff!

5. Support local charity.   every ticket sold to each fest benefits The Columbus Park Foundation, Just Friends Adult Daycare Services and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.. Feel good about the donation, Drink beer, Have fun, and call Uber or get a designated driver ($10 DD ticket)

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Upland released three special beers to their Barrel Society and now to the public starting March 30.

Oak Timbre is blonde ale aged for 6 months on Chambourcin grapes in new oak barrels. The word timbre actually means musical pitch so it could mean this beer really sings or it could be a sly reference to the wood. This beer comes in a 750 ml corked bottle at $25.

Blackberry is a Belgian-style sour aged with whole blackberries from Fortville, IN, and bottle conditioned. Also in a 750 ml corked bottle at $25.

Barrel Chested Brewers Reserve aged the delicious (author’s opinion) Upland barleywine for 17 months in bourbon barrels. This offer is a wax-dipped 500 ml bottle for $15.

Sun King’s Patio Smasher is part of the King’s Reserve series as an American Wild Ale from multiple sources of wild yeast then aged over peaches. It promises tart peach as their March Release. Sun King’s Diddy Muckle, the Scottish Ale on whiskey barrels, is up next in April.

Mad Anthony released These Boots New England IPA as a collaboration with the Pink Boots Society of women brewers. It was available starting March 27 at all Mad Anthony locations in Northeast Indiana.

Daredevil Brewing released an experimental IPA called Go For Launch featuring citra and mosaic hops (think Spacex and NASA) on draft and in limited cans at their brewery in Speedway and their new Daredevil Hall in the Nora area.

Saint Joseph Brewery in Indianapolis, the only one in a church in Indy, celebrates a classic event with Half Note Haze, a hazy pale ale. This toasts the final performances for what some call the Super Bowl of piano, The American Pianist Awards, a gala finale on Saturday, April 6, at the Hilbert Theater. Tickets are as low as $10 for seniors, $20 for others (Mezzanine) to see finalists perform twice each along with video and awards that night. More information HERE

Bier Brewery Released Trippy Hop Drop using 13 hop varieties and a triple dry-hop brew delivering pineapple notes with a wallop of flavor. It’s on tap at both Bier locations and in cans where Bier (well, Bier beer seems redundant) is found.

Taxman Brewing, Bargersville and Fortville, released Hop Audit: Mosaic on tap at both locations and in 4-pack cans. This beer, part of the Hop Audit series of Belgian IPAs, has complex pepper of the Belgian yeast with the super citrus of Mosaic Hops.

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Five Reasons to Pay Attention to  Beer Fests 2019!

1: Save money!  The For less $ than traveling you can visit many breweries in one spot. The deal is STILL ON. Go to the Winterfest Tix page and there is an option for 3 fests! OR grab your Winterfest Tix! FOR THE TIX CLICK HERE! https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/5780/indiana-state-fairgrounds-west-pavilion

The Brewers of Indiana is Giving you BIG (Brewers of Indiana Guild — get it?) savings if you buy a 3-pack of tix to Winterfest (Feb. 2), Microbrewers Fest (July 27), Broad Ripple Fest (Oct. 12)

You’d cover a swath of nearly 75 miles wide and 200 miles long inside Indiana to visit these breweries.

THE SPECIAL EVENT Friday from 6-9 includes exclusive beers and a smaller crowd

Some of the breweries participating are: 10-56 Brewing, 2Toms Brewing, 3 Floyds, Back Road Brewery, Beech Bank, Brewing Company, Bier Brewery, Black Acre Brewing Company, Broad Ripple Brewpub, Burn’Em Brewing Co., Byway Brewing Co., Carson’s Brewery, Chapman’s Brewing Company, Chilly Water Brewing, Deviate Brewing, Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co., Evansville Brewhouse, Evil Czech Brewery, Field Brewing, Flat 12 Bierwerks, Flix Brewhouse, Fountain Square Brewery, Four Day Ray Brewing, Goshen Brewing Co., Heorot Pub, HopLore Brewing, Ironwood Brewing Co, Junk Ditch Brewing Company, Lafayette Brewing, LaOtto Brewing, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, MashCraft Brewing, Metazoa Brewing Co., Mind Over Mash Brewing Company, Misbeehavin’ Meads, New Day Craft, New Oberpfalz Brewing, Norris English Pub and Brewery, Off Square Brewing, OrthoCity Brewery & Smokehouse, People’s Brewing Company, Planetary Brewing Co., Redemption Alewerks, Scarlet Lane Brewing Company, Schnitz Brewery, Shoreline Brewery, St. Benedict’s Brew Works, St. John Malt Bros., Summit City Brewerks, Tap Brewery, Taxman Brewing Company, Teays River Brewing, Terre Haute Brewing Company, Traders Brewing Company, Triton Brewing Company, Trubble Brewing, TwoDEEP Brewing, Upland Brewery’ Upland Sour Brewery, Urban Vines Winery and Brewery, Wasser Brewing Company, Wooden Bear Brewing, t 2019ZwanzigZ Brewing,

2:  Save Time!   Even if you only sample from 25 of the breweries (keeping consumption to a few pints total (at 3 oz each sample) You’d spend at least 5 and likely 7 or 8 days visiting 3 to 5 breweries a day (that’s a lot of Uber cost!).  With 3 brew fests you can try nearly 100 different beers! In fact, likely over 300 different beers will be offered over the THREE events

3. Find Rare Beers!  THIS YEAR remember there is a specialties night on Feb. 1 for Winterfest. You can get GABF winners, World Beer Cup winners, and many other generally unavailable beers!

4. Get your swag on!  Coasters, Coozies, Stickers, Buy a shirt, Get beer stuff!

5. Support local charity.   every ticket sold to each fest benefits a charity AND keeps your Brewers Guild of Indiana active. Feel good about the donation, Drink beer, Have fun, and call Uber or get a designated driver ($10 DD ticket)

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Daredevil Brewing, Speedway, opened Daredevil Hall, in the rather new boutique hotel near Keystone at the Crossing called Ironworks Hotel Indy, in the Complex at 2721 E. 86th Street.  Daredevil Hall combines a taproom and restaurant with rotating ales and lagers plus food inspired by European recipes created by Executive Chef Neal Brown who has had Pizzology and Stella, both now closed,  on Mass Ave.  with local ales and lagers. While Lift Off IPA is the most distributed beer of Daredevil, they have brewed eighteen different lager style beers since 2013.   The variety of lagers as well as their noted IPAs will pair well with European themed food in their new north-side location.

Hours are Friday: 11 am to 12 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 12 pm; Sunday: 10 am to 9 pm; Monday to Thursday: 11 am to 11 pm.

Daredevil relayed, “We created Daredevil Hall at Ironworks Hotel Indy to provide a community gathering place for any social occasion and to celebrate craft beer inspired foods and cultures from around the world. To bring the menu to life we partnered with Executive Chef Neal Brown, who like ourselves brings a passion for sense of place and takes inspiration from authentic and traditional ingredients and methods.”

Daredevil also reached a milestone of three years of the brewery and tap house in Speedway, celebrating on June 23, 2018.  Daredevil was brewing in Shelbyville at their inception  in late 2012, shipping in 2013,  and  opened their grand facility in Speedway in 2015.  On Saturday, June 23, they have  draft & can release of NEX IPA: Experiment #6, featuring  Citra + Mosaic hops, plus release of 12 packs/12 oz cans of our Lift Off IPA & Vacation Kolsch, and in the Taproom $4 pints of Lift Off IPA & Vacation.

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Indiana Beer Brigade, supported by the Brewers of Indiana Guild, starts the release in of their collaboration from 2018 for 2019: Lindera Barrel-Aged Fruited Sour aged on blackberry and spicebush. Releases are as follows:

• The Upland Wood Shop, Bloomington – Saturday, January 5, 2019, 2-5 pm
• Maidens Brewery & Pub, Evansville – Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 6-8 pm
• New Albanian Brewing Company Bank Street Brewhouse, New Albany – Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 6-8 pm
• Trubble Brewing, Fort Wayne – Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6-8 pm
• Heavenly Goat Brewing, Granger – Friday, January 18, 6-8 pm
• New Oberpfalz Brewing, Griffith – Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6-8 pm
• Hunter’s Brewing, Chesterton – Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6-8 pm
• Union Brewing Company, Carmel – Monday, January 28, 2019, 6-8 pm
• Tomlinson Tap Room, Indy – Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6-8 pm
• Scarlet Lane Old Southside Tap House, Indy – Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6-8 pm
Non members may join online as members will receive four 500mL bottles of Lindera (a $52 value), a 16 oz. Ritzenhoff Sommelier Goblet glass limited to 650 pieces (a $15 value), and an IN Beer Brigade T-shirt (a $25 value). Full pours of the beer will also be available for purchase.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, commonly called the TTB, has been part of the “government shut down.” According to the TTB web site: “Due to the lapse in government funding, only websites supporting excepted functions will be updated unless otherwise funded. Our TTB website, www.ttb.gov, will be available during this shutdown period, and you will continue to be able to file electronic payments and returns for federal excise taxes and operational reports” Thus, breweries and others can pay but they will not get additional approvals and no employees are allowed to work on current projects.

Charlie Papazian officially stepping down from BA. Back a year ago, 1/23/ 2018 Charlie Papazian stated he would retire from the Association (BA), which he founded. He will leave 1/23,/2019 on his 70th birthday and National Pie Day, which he founded. Papazian is a legend in craft and home brewing! Those of us who have met him and been around him have been very fortunate. To list his accomplishments means a long list. Papazian founded the National Homebrew Competition, The Great American Beer Festival, The World Beer Cup. he started Zymergy magazine, and wrote the first book on home brewing most of us every owned. Congrats to Charlie for all he has done! Enjoy the next steps and the next beer!

Craft Brewers no longer must have most business in beer according to the Brewers Association, the trade association for craft brewers. We saw this coming. The makers of Samuel Adams beer no longer primarily brew beer. Boston Beer Company, despite the name, also make and market Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard ciders, and Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water. Boston Beer Company is one of the founding members of the Brewers Association and the new definition of a craft brewer now fits their operation while the previous definition would not.

According to the BA, a craft brewer is: Small – Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent – Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Brewer – Has a TTB Brewer’s Notice and makes beer.

According to Bart Watson of the BA: The change in the definition involves the removal of the “traditional” pillar, which required a craft brewer to have “a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavors derive from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation.” Now brewers may make other beverages and have a larger percentage of their business in those beverages.

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Gift Time?  Relaxation time? Goodbye to Walkabout!    Catch up on beer news time?

Sun King Brewery offers a Gift Pack of their King’s Reserve Series from 2018 including such beers as Coconut Bourbon Barrel Timmie, Afterparty sour apricot and tangerine fruit beer with brett, Boysen’s Old Farm tart boysenberry sour ale,  Cherry Busey sour ale, 666 sympathy for the Devil BBL aged Belgian style black ale, Stupid Sexy Flanders Belgian style brown (Oud Bruin) and 6 more!   Available while they last at Sun King Locations. 

Goodbye Walkabout! Hello Idle at Flat12 Bierwerks! Starting Dec. 20 through the end of the year Flat12 will offer 4 variants of Walkabout IPA with Galaxy hops.  On tap while it lasts is Classic Walkabout, Imperial Walkabout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Walkabout, & Sour Walkabout.   They say Galaxy is hard to get so new Idle IPA is introduced with Magnum, Cascade Centennial with Amarillo and Cascade as the dry hop for burst of flavor. 

 Gift Cards & Club memberships make great “last minute” gift ideas for the beer lover!   Upland reminds us that their Mug Club with specials, points, and parties is $65, while the (not so secret, really) Secret Barrel Society with a ticket to Sour, Wild, Funk Fest, and special tasting dinner and first access to   special beers is $200.   Upland has gift packs of Sours, too!  YOUR local brewpub likely has gift cards, Crowlers, Growlers, Howlers, and other items 

Winterfest has Exclusive Specialties Session on Feb. 1, 6-10 pm, with rare beers like GABF & World Beer Cup winner Kill the Lights from The Tap Beer Co. with BBL aged version pouring!  $75 for the Friday Night event, $110 for both Friday AND Saturday festival.   Over 61 breweries pour on Saturday with the 1-day General Admission Ticket only $40. The fest from the Brewers of Indiana Guild supports Indiana through breweries and local charities!  A great gift that keeps giving! 

ABInbev, looks at THC & CBD drinks!  The  makers of top selling Bud Light & owners of the largest collection of top selling craft breweries, has joined partnership with a Canadian firm, Tilray, to research non-alcoholic beverages containing THC and cannabidiol (CBD).  Their Labatt’s Canadian brewery formed the alliance. “Labatt is committed to staying ahead of emerging consumer trends.” said Kyle Norrington, Labatt Breweries  President, in a Press Release. 

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Your list of some special events and tappings:

Nov. 21  Wednesday, Indiana City Brewing, 24 Shelby St, Indianapolis,  released Cratchit’s Winter Olde Ale.  Cratchit’s is a warming beer brewed with English Marris Otter along with rich specialty malts then spiced with freshly cracked allspice and whole cinnamon sticks.

Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Thursday, Bier Brewery and Tap Room, 5133 E 65th St, Indianapolis, is open 5-9 pm!  BIG 8th anniversary on Friday

Nov. 23, Friday, Brewers of Indiana Guild has big discounts on tickets on 3-pack for the next 3 beer festivals.

Nov. 23, Friday, starting 10 am, Flat 12 Bierwerks, 414 N. Dorman St., Indianapolis,  PINKO Russian Imperial Stout tapping – THIRTEEN varients  + bomber release!  Bombers:  Death Bear 2018 aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels; Bonus cup 2018  infused with Tinker coffee; Nikolai 2018 infused with hazelnut; Wastelands of Malibu 2018 infused with coconut.

Nov. 23, Friday, Wabash Brewing,  5328 W 79th St, Indianapolis, will release Bourbon Barrel Imperial American Brown Ale  a double of the Baconface brown that has been resting in bourbon barrels

Nov. 23, Friday, Orbit Bloomington,107 N. College, Lower Level,  the new craft beer bar with arcade,   taps Bourbon County

Nov. 23, Friday, Kahn’s Fine Wines superstore, 9 am, 5341 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, Goose Island Bourbon County release: 2018 Coffee Barleywine, Bramble, Midnight Orange, Vanilla, Wheatwine + limited 2017

Nov. 23, Friday, Rock Bottom Indy has happy hour with one “beer of the day” at $3 a pint. I can say the last time I had their barrel aged barleywine in a 10oz (THAT will not be the BOD) it was yummy.

Nov. 30, Gerst Haus, Evansville, 11 am, 2100 W, Franklin St. Goose Island Bourbon County on tap

Nov. 30, Friday, 5 pm. The Tap Mass Ave, 306 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, Kill The Lights Russian Imperial Stout (2018 GOLD GABF, BRONZE World Beer Cup, SILVER Best of Craft Beer) Tapping:  Kill the Lights RIS; Kill the Lights Winter Warmer (spiced); Kill the Creme (Crème Brûlée); + Cocoa-Raspberry.

Dec. 1, Saturday, 7 pm, Victorian Beer Dinner, Story Inn with The Tap Beer Co. beer. $65 per person

Dec. 11, 6:30 pm, GIRL’S PINT OUT, Ladies of Beer night; Tomlinson Tap Room, Indianapolis City Market  info:  reservations@storyinn.com

Dec. 31. Monday, UPLAND SO BRO, 4842 N College Ave, Indianapolis, will expand after completing  renovations this past summer.  The combined space will offer food and life music while the bar area renovation means all regular Upland beers are on tap plus seasonals.  The food menu will not only be Midwest specials but the cafe will open in the morning for the locals.

Feb. 16, 2019, 1:30 pm, Centerpoint Brewing, 1125 E Brookside, Indianapolis, Frigid Digits Outdoor beer fest; 20+ breweries.

Expect us to add more! Check back!

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