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Indiana Beer by Gregkitz - 1w ago

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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Maybe you’ve tried out a few new breweries, or just  visited your favorite.  That’s where the beer fest saves us time!     With  so many  breweries it is basically impossible to visit all you want.  Even as I try I can’t get everywhere and try all of the beers, and I’ve been to about ten breweries and attended two tappings at a craft beer bar just in the past few weeks. The Halloween Themed Broad Ripple Beer Fest gives an option to try hundreds of beers from Breweries around the state during a Saturday afternoon Halloween party at a cool local park for only $40 per person if you act before Oct. 24!

Five Reasons to Attend a Beer Fest this Fall!

1: Save money!  For less $ than traveling you can visit many breweries in one spot.   Current count for the Broad Ripple Brew Fest on Oct. 27, is 42 breweries, 3 cider and mead makers, a distributor with several beer brands, and a home brew shop with beer to sample. You’d cover a swath of nearly 75 miles wide and 200 miles long inside Indiana to visit these breweries.

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!).  You can visit the 25 breweries (or 40) in the 4 hours 2-6 pm, on Oct 27 at Indy’s Northside OptiPark.

3. Find Rare Beers!  Even though the full list is not out yet, there  will be a Bourbon Barrel Aged, Russian Imperial Stout from Scarlet Lane, a Passionfruit Coconut Blonde ale at only 4.8% alcohol from Four Day Ray, the Old 55 Bourbon Barrel Aged Grand Cru from Fountain Square, and a never-yet-released double IPA with juicy flavor but clear collaboration between the Broad Ripple Brew Pub and Grand Junction all in the HopCat Specialty Beer booth.  You surely did not make it to former Brewery of the Year Byway Brewing of Hammond yet for Barrel Aged Cinn Tax-maple imperial brown.  There are more!

4. Get your costume on!  Have fun in this partially wooded venue.   Some trick or treat functions with the 3 oz samples

5. Support local charity.  Asante Children’s Theater benefits with every ticket sold. Feel good about the donation, Drink beer, Have fun, and call Uber or get a designated driver ($10 DD ticket)

TIX AVAILABLE HERE

BREWERY LIST AS OF NOW: 

18th Street Brewery Hammond
450 North Brewing Columbus
Bier Brewery Indianapolis
Big Lug Brewing Indianapolis
Black Swan Brewpub Plainfield
Broad Ripple Brewpub Indianapolis
Burn ‘Em Brewing Michigan City
Byway Brewing Hammond
Cannon Ball Brewing Company Indianapolis
Centerpoint Brewing Company Indianapolis
Central State Brewing Indianapolis
Daredevil Brewing Co Indianapolis
Deer Creek Brewery Noblesville
Fountain Square Brewery Indianapolis
Four Day Ray Brewing Fishers
Function Brewing Bloomington
Grand Junction Brewing Company Westfield
Guardian Brewing Company, The Muncie
Hoosier Brewing Co Fairland
Indiana City Indianapolis
LaOtto Brewing LaOtto
Mad Anthony Brewing Fort Wayne
MashCraft Brewing Indianapolis
Metazoa Brewing Co Indianapolis
Off Square Brewing Crown Point
Planetary Brewing Co. Greenwood
RAM Indianapolis
Rock Bottom Indianapolis
Scarlet Lane Brewing Company McCordsville
Sour Note Brewing, The Hammond
Sun King Brewing Company, LLC Indianapolis
Switchyard Brewing Company Bloomington
Tap Brewery, The Bloomington
Taxman Brewing Co. Bargersville
Teays River Brewing Lafayette
Thr3e Wise Men Indianapolis
Tin Man Brewing Kokomo Kokomo
Triton Brewing Company Indianapolis
TwoDEEP Brewing Co Indianapolis
Upland Brewing Company Bloomington
Wooden Bear Brewing Greenfield
ZwanzigZ Brewing Columbus

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Bill Jimerson at Final Gravity

Scarlet Lane Old Southside

Scarlet Lane Old Southside Tap House, 2033 S Meridian,  open Oct. 19 11 am to 10 pm with $4 pints!  Then Saturday 11 am – 10 pm and Sunday 11 am to 8 pm!  Special releases opening weekend and most Scarlet Lane brews on tap or packaged.  This is five minutes by car from the Circle Center Mall!

Final Gravity Homebrew Supply is open next door to the Scarlet Lane Old Southside tap house with Bill Jimerson around to answer your brewing questions.

It’s great to see the south side getting more beer options and yet we could consider this “downtown”

Sun King taps 666 Belgian Style Black Aled aged in whiskey barrels Oct. 27.  Sun King also has a Halloween Fest for the family at the Fishers location, Sat. Oct. 27

Bier Brewery has Small Town Hero on tap,  a delicious tribute to hero Jason Seaman who took bullets for his students in Noblesville. This is a delicious pale with a slight hop bite!  Bier has Sabath Black Kolsch as well as a Marzen on tap along with several others that have been on for awhile. Bier is finishing their new Carmel north Tap Room at 13720 North Meridian to be open in November!

Four Day Ray Brewing, Fishers, celebrates two years Saturday, Oct. 20, 11am – 10 pm with Fala Scotch Ale tapped at 5 plus $ 4 beer, free snacks and more.  Free and all ages!

Mad Anthony Brewing Fort Wayne has tapped Apple Tart!  – A medium bodied ale brewed with a special process using bacteria to sour the beer to a very tart finish. The yeast is stopped from fermenting and fresh apple cider is added to give this Madbrew a sweet-tart apple deliciousness.  12 IBUs / 4.7% ABV  — All Mad Anthony locations + Shigs in the Pit Barbecue (I love that place!)  Mad Anthony also taps Punkunhead Imperial Ale with Coffee, Friday, Oct. 26, at 4:00 pm at the Ft. Wayne Brew Pub.

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing taps a release of their BullDEog Brown at 7 pm Thursday Oct. 25, at their Scotty’s Butler Location on Sunset Lane, and Bull Dog Brown (6%) is on tap at Thr3e Wise Men Broad Ripple.

Upland Brewing taps this years Teddy Bear Kisses Oct. 30, with Barrel aged version throughout the afternoon and evening (4-10) at ALL Upland retail locations!

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Oct. 13 Festival and After-party at at Scarlet Lane Brewery!   Eilise Lane called it “The 80s’ Prom”   as we talked with her about the after party  at Scarlet Lane Brewing (7724 Depot Street, McCordsville, IN) next Saturday.

The day kicks off with a beer fest at 1 for early bird, 2pm regular admission  until 5, featuring Bare Hands (Granger), Black Acre (Irvington, Indy),  Blind Owl (Indy), Broad Ripple Brew Pub (Indy), Brokerage Brewing (W. Lafayette), Burn ‘Em (Michigan City), Bloomington (you know), Taxman (Bargersville), Two Deep (Indy), with more including McClure’s Orchard.  Early bird tickets are $47.99 including 1 pm entry with unlimited beer sampling, Barrel Aged Olga Russian Imperial Stout 4-Pack, Glassware, 2 Beer Tokens for After Party plus in-and-out privileges all day. Standard admission is  including   unlimited beer sampling, taster glass and evening Halloween Party also with in-and-out privileges all day.   Kuma’s Corner & Trax BBQ will be vending food. The fest has a “typical” Scarlet Lane Horror theme so will not be your ‘standard’ beer festival!  

The official name of the party is Rocking Halloween Party including 80’s themed horror characters and DJs.  The availability of Dorian stout alone as well as potential variants make this a party to remember. Eirik Bloodaxe Bourbon Barrel Aged with have a one-day only special discounted price for the celebration. OLGA Russian Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged will have a limited release

The event is primarily  indoors rain or shine.

Tickets Available HERE

Scarlet Lane is opening TWO new sites:

The Old Southside Location

SOUTH:   2033 S Meridian St, Indianapolis to be paired on the south side of the bldg with a home brew shop

CENTRAL:  46th and College, SoBro, Indy

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New Beers Tapped: (items that hit our mailbox or our sight as we get around)

Bier Brewery honors heroic  teacher Jason Seaman with Small-Town Hero IPA, where 100% of all sales go to the Jason Seaman Foundation!  Tapped at 3pm Thursday, Nov. 4, this beer recognizes the extreme bravery of Jason who reported lunged at an active shooter students, taking 3 bullets, and likely saving members of his Noblesville, IN, class.  There is a fund to cover Jason’s medical costs as well as to pay-it-forward.

Four Day Ray Brewing, 11671 Lantern Road, Fishers, taps Hoosier Harvest Wet-Hopped Blonde Oct. 4, and Let the Gourd Times Roll pumpkin ale Oct. 5 as part of #IndyBeerWeek.   Their afterburner Smoked Lager likely remains on tap from its Oct. 1 release.

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing taps Graveheart IPA Oct. 4 at both Broad Ripple and Muncie locations promising a bright citrus flavor.

Grand Junction Brewing, 110 S. Union St. Westfield,  tapped 5 beers on Oct. 3:   Barrel Aged 2016 Radio Moscow, regular 2017 Radio Moscow, Ponis Party, a new Oktoberfest, and a new Straight Outta Da Patch Pumpkin Ale.  A portion of proceeds go to Legacy House as part of #IndyBeerWeek

Sun King Brewing, Fishers, 7848 E. 96th Street, taps Ichabrewed Craine Copper Ale with Ginger, Nutmeg, & Apple Cider on Oct. 10, 5-8 at an all ages party (pumpkin carving and more).  Sun King (Downtown Indy & Fishers) releases Bourbon Barrel 666:  Sympathy for the Devil BBL aged  Belgian black ale Oct. 27.  Foxy Jam Pants IPA should already be on at both locations and in cans.

We’ll post MORE over time.

The Broad Ripple Beer Fest, Oct. 27, 2-6 pm at Opti Park is again a return to earlier days when this great location and 50 breweries for tastings of some of Indiana’s finest breweries and a few guest brews. Get your tickets HERE 

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Indiana Beer by Rick Burkhardt - 4M ago

logo creation: Rick Burkhardt

It’s been a long time coming…since 1990 to be exact. But Indy Beer Week is upon us and we might not have even seen it coming. Admittedly, Indianapolis may have lagged a little behind since it seems like everyone in the country has their own beer week, but that doesn’t matter anymore. This is here to stay.
When Broad Ripple Brewpub  opened their doors – and our minds – in 1990, there was no way to predict that Indianapolis would grow into what it is today. Our city’s profile was already growing then but our beer atmosphere didn’t take off until the opening of Sun King Brewery in 2009. Now, the over-50 breweries dot the Indianapolis-area like a winter map of potholes.

Then, it seemed like we were lacking something, some kind of event that could bring us together while spotlighting our area brewing industry. A beer week does that. Just because the 30 largest cities in the country – and many smaller ones – have a beer week doesn’t we should do one, but the feeling is right for us to do it now.
Most beer weeks have fees that allow breweries and businesses to participate in their week. Not here because Indy Beer Week is cost and obligation-free to be involved. Plus, any revenue received from events will go toward the Legacy House of Indianapolis. Breweries are so community-oriented, it’s why their philosophy of giving back makes them the best business partners in Indianapolis. Charity does that.

Jonathon Mullins, Head Brewer, Broad Ripple BrewPub photo:Rick Burkhardt

To our core, Indianapolis is different. We might not have sunny beaches or snow-capped mountains but we do have the kindest people in the world. Where volunteers are so massive, many had to be turned away while we hosted a Super Bowl. And then, more volunteers knitted scarves for those volunteers! Where else does that happen?

For Indy Beer Week, beer fans can expect to find new beer tappings, pint and food discounts, and special events throughout the week. All three MashCraft Brewing locations will host the official beer week kickoff at noon Saturday, Sept. 29th, with the Greenwood taproom offering giveaways (including beer week shirts) and silent auctions throughout the day. Broad Ripple Brewpub, Centerpoint, Four Day Ray, Grand Junction, Scarlet Lane, Redemption Alewerks, Metazoa, Fountain Square, Bier, Girls Pint Out (read about  the GPO event HERE), Buddha Belly Bottling and others are participating.  Here is the schedule – CLICK HERE

Picture a massive community table going through Indianapolis where we all sit down together and share a beer. Maybe this has happened to you too: You meet someone while sitting at the bar and you end up being long-time friends. Or, you become best friends for just an hour with a total stranger while chatting at the bar, never to see each other again. Beer does that.

It may have a taken a little bit of time but Indianapolis is more than deserving of this. So come on up to the Indy Beer Week table, create new relationships and build on old ones as we strengthen our community. We’ll make room for ‘ya.

WELCOME Rick  Burkhardt as contributor  to indianabeer.com   Rick also has his own blog at indybeersleuth.com and is founder of IndyBeerWeek

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