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Christmas beers are specials with tones of holiday spices adding to aroma and taste appeal along with body warmth with each sip. Check out your favorites, but verify holiday schedules before heading to a brewpub or brewery. Some suggestions coming to Beer Buzz's mailbox include:

Bier Brewery's Chocolate Mint Stout

Thr3e Wise Men's Mount Crumpet Christmas Ale

Triton's Gingerbread Brown

Flat 12's Sugar Plum Milk Stout, Brandy-aged Pale Ale, Fruitcake IPA and Hot Cocoa Milk Stout

Upland's Teddy Bear Kisses

Rock Bottom's Old Curmudgeon Strong Red Ale (downtown location)

Sun King's crab apple infused Holiday Beer

Half Moon's slightly sweet and malty-flavored KokoMonster

Oaken Barrel's Epiphany Belgian Triple

Patrick's Kitchen, now open at the Brick Street Inn, 175 S. Main Street, in downtown Zionsville is a 50 seat restaurant with ten taps of craft beers, including Flat 12 Walkabout Pale, Sun King Wee-Muckle and Cream Ale, People's Mr. Brown.

Indiana Brews in Chicago: Farmhouse "Farm to Tavern restaurant" at 228 W. Chicago Ave., celebrates Midwestern craft beers including Indiana's
 Three Floyds Pride & Joy and
 Dreadnaught, and Barley Island's Barfly IPA. Open daily 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Dec. 21

Tomlinson Tap Room, Beer and Food Pairing, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; $25.

Hamilton Beverage Center, 2290 116th Street, Carmel, beer tasting, 5 p.m.; call 317-844-0872.

Bare Hands Brewery, newly opened in Granger, Ind., at 12801 Sandy Court, joins he recently opened Four Horsemen Brewing Company in the Mishawaska-South Bend area.

Dec. 22-23

Flat 12 Bierwerks taproom, concludes "12 Biers of Christmas" with Barrel Jack, a barrel-aged version of Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale and barrel-aged Glazed Ham Porter offering a taste ham with bourbon. Jan. 14, 2012, is Flat 12's first anniversary; watch for an event.

Weekly events:

Rock Bottom College Park, every Wednesday happy-hour menu all day, 317-471-8840

Birdy's, beer tasting, every first Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.

Crown Liquors, beer tastings every Friday. Check time by location.

CULINARY NOTES

Lulu's Electric Cafe, an independent coffeehouse located on the corner of 86th Street and Ditch Road for 14 years, recently moved a few blocks west, changing its name and expanding its menu in the process. LuLu's Coffee + Bakehouse, stationed at 2292 W. 86th St., at the intersection of 86th Street and Township Line Road, has a few more drinks and dishes to offer than its predecessor, including Italian sodas, loose leaf teas, a gluten-free quiche and a spicy roast beef sandwich. Plus, the new location is a bit more green, with LED lighting and reclaimed construction materials. More info at luluscoffeeandbakehouse.com, or call 879-1995.

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