When Kahn's at 54th & Keystone featured Fountain Square Brewery on Nov. 1, it brought back memories for head brewer Dan Krzywicki. As a homebrewer he brought a bottle of his Imperial IPA to share at a 2009 Kahn's tasting.
Beer Buzz reported then: "We all agreed it's mighty fine — sun-bright color, spring flower aroma, nicely balanced with malt and hops rather than being 'hop-heavy.'" We went on, 'Enter the 2009 Indiana State Fair Brewers' Cup craft beer competition!'"
Dan went one better, joined the Great Fermentations staff and continued to develop a following for his homebrews there and elsewhere until he was tapped to go 'pro.' The memory seemed particularly opportune because Nov. 2 was celebrated nationwide as "Learn to Homebrew Day."
While most homebrewers continue to enjoy the craft as a hobby, homebrewers "going professional" are a major part of Indiana's craft beer industry. Next time you're at your favorite brewery taproom or brewpub, chat up the brewers to learn how and where they got started.
If homebrewing tempts you, stop by Great Fermentations, 5127 E. 65th St., on Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. for their monthly share and learn session, or show up for their beginner's class Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.
At the Oct. 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Rock Bottom nationwide was voted "Brewpub of the Year" including Indianapolis' two sites, Downtown with head brewer Jerry Sutherlin, and College Park with head brewer Liz Laughlin. Visit both for a tapping and tasting event on Nov. 6. Winning beers are on tap.
And while you're out plan a stop as well on Nov. 6 at The RAM downtown and Fishers to taste the RAM GABF winners: Anaheim IPA, Big Horn Hefeweizen and Bavarian Sun.
Sports fans, take note: At Lucas Oil Stadium you'll find Sun King in cans in tens of sections; draft beers are at Sections 109 and 132. And at Bankers Life Fieldhouse you'll find Sun King brews in locations on club level, main concourse and balcony.
Nov. 7 is a beery-busy day: Girls Pint Out third anniversary celebration is a return to its beginnings for a tour of Sun King Brewery at 6:30 p.m.
Flat 12 is tapping Return of Musatche Ride Red as their Movember: Men's Health Awareness fundraiser.