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Beer Buzz: All hail the obelisk


Architectural rendering of Daredevil Brewing's proposed Speedway facility.
  • Architectural rendering of Daredevil Brewing's proposed Speedway facility.

Daredevil Brewing Co. is building a 10,000 square foot production brewery and taproom in Speedway on a two acre site at 1101 Main Street. Michael Pearson and Bill Ballinger will continue to brew at their current Shelbyville location until the new brewery is up and running, but expect to see them active at cultural and civic events in Speedway starting now.

Oaken Barrel is pouring Omar's Free T-shirt Bock to honor Omar Castrellon, long-time brewmaster at Alcatraz, downtown Indianapolis' first brewpub that opened in 1995. When Alcatraz closed in 2011 Castrellon became founding head brewer at Thr3e Wise Men. "This malt forward beer made with Munich and Pilsner malts, Hallertau hops and a touch of honey beer is a collaboration involving five brewers who started their careers under Omar Castrellon: Alan Simons (Oaken Barrel), Scott Ellis (The RAM Brewery), Adrian Bell (Sun King), Skip Duvall (Chilly Water Brewing Co,) and Keely Tomlinson (Thr3e Wise Men)," reports Oaken Barrel owner Kwang Casey. Castrellon is leaving for a new brewing opportunity in Arkansas.


On March 7, 2-10 p.m., Indiana City Brewery is hosting a fundraiser to spruce up the "last known large road marker/obelisk in Indiana," according to project coordinator Claire Rutledge. "The obelisk was dedicated by the Cornelia Cole Fairbanks Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1916 for the 100th anniversary of Indiana statehood to mark Washington Street as Indianapolis' major highway. Over the years it has been sadly neglected. Funding is needed to re-landscape the area and restore the obelisk itself." Rutledge hopes to have the obelisk site at East Washington St. and Southeastern Ave. completed for the 2016 bicentennial of Indiana statehood.

On March 8, 2-5 p.m., Indy Girls Pint Out is celebrating its fourth anniversary as the founding chapter of a national movement with 46 other Girls Pint Out chapters in 25 states. The event will be hosted at SteadyServ, 12758 Hamilton Crossing Blvd., Carmel. President Amanda Wishin is one of the founders along with Tamre Mullins, Magen Peters and one-time NUVO food critic Jennifer Litz. "Jennifer moved and started the Texas GPO chapter, and then the New York GPO chapter. Jennifer [recently] brewed a beer in collaboration with New Belgium and orchestrated a very cool national event with them. Magen runs the GPO website/blog, the national social media and keeps all the chapters organized. Muncie GPO was established in 2010; Bloomington GPO in 2013," according to Wishin.


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