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Beer Buzz: Black Acre opens



Indiana House Bill 1054 Amendment #3 (aka Three Floyds Amendment) passed unanimously out of committee Feb. 15. If the House and Senate adopt HB 1054, the new law will raise the ceiling of how much beer a brewery in Indiana can produce and sell in state to 30,000 bbls., thus allowing Three Floyds to continue to grow as Indiana’s craft brew leader.

Black Acre Brewing Company, 5632 E Washington St. in Irvington, opened Feb. 22 with 15 guest taps to cover a range of tastes from Indiana breweries, including People's Hop Killa and Pilsner; New Albanian Bonfire of the Valkyries and Beak's Best; and Crown Brown. Closed Mon. and Tues.; Weds. and Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat., noon-midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Black Acre’s own brews will debut late March.

Upland Indy Tasting Room on College Avenue and 49th Street is accepting used books and media to help stock the shelves of IndyReads' new retail outlet that will support adult literacy programs. Other drop off locations are WFYI, Indy Reads Office, The Best Chocolate in Town, Global Gifts, and The Athenaeum—YMCA.

Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks is settling into their new space at 175 South Main St., Zionsville, with a weekly change of Indiana brews on tap.

Great Crescent Brewery, Aurora, is featured in Draft Magazine's “Great Moments in Canning” [Jan/Feb 2012], which notes that, on Sept. 19, 2011, the brewery “canned its Bourbon’s Barrel Stout…challenging the stigma of the packaging and the preconceptions of beer connoisseurs everywhere.” In response to Great Crescent winning numerous other accolades, owner/brewer Dan Valas credits Sun King for being a role model and leader. Valas reminds patrons, “Always pour craft beer into its proper vessel for greatest enjoyment. Do not drink beer from a can or a bottle.”

On tap

Bier Brewery: Special K Kolsch, Sessie, Weizengoot, Scottish 60 Shilling, Cascadian Light Ale

Oaken Barrel, Greenwood: Java Stout, a creamy Irish Stout with a robust coffee flavor enhanced with fresh roasted coffee beans from Strange Brew, a local coffee house

Upland: Schwarz Black Lager, with hints of chocolate and coffee, robust and crisp

NUVO stopped at:

Flat 12 for Flat Tuesday, where conversation was brisk about taste and nose layers of their special oyster brew, much of it taking place around a fire pit that's the centerpiece of a handsomely appointed patio.

Twenty Tap, to survey the added taps and delight in the historic brew industry décor.

Bloomington Brewing Company, for food pairing with Mellow Monk Belgian Double.

Feb. 29
Online registration open for the National Homebrew Competition.

March 1
The Ram Fishers, 6:30 p.m., tapping Rabbit Punch Irish Red.

Taste of Carmel, 6-9 p.m., benefits Orchard Park Elementary School, includes tastings from restaurants, wineries, and breweries including Flat 12, Sun King and Thr3e Wise Men; tickets $25.

Triton Tap Room, 6 p.m., tapping Pink Ribbon Saison, a sweet/spicy Belgian-style Saison made with pink and white peppercorns and coriander to celebrate Women’s History Month, raise breast cancer awareness and benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. This is Triton’s first Saison.

March 2
Upland in the Murphy Art Center in Fountain Square, Suite 202, First Friday event features artist Michael Altman and music by Jackola. Beers are $2 and all proceeds go to a not-for-profit.

WFYI Ice Miller Indy Wine Fest benefits WFYI, Indiana Roof Ballroom, 6-9 p.m., though wine is the main event, as a friend of WFYI, Flat 12 will be pouring a select number of beers for sampling. Tickets $50 and $120 at Kahn’s Fine Wines and


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