HopCat announced last week that it will open its Broad Ripple location on Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. with an all-Indiana craft lineup at the oval-shaped 130-tap bar. Touted as Indiana's largest craft beer bar, HopCat equally aims to be attractive for families with indoor and patio seating separate from the bar. At the June 12 media event, company founder Mark Sellers emphasized HopCat's dedication to sustainable practices and working in partnership for the betterment of the community-at-large. "HopCat has already shown us how serious they are about craft beer and supporting the Indiana brewing community," said Clay Robinson, Brewers of Indiana Guild president and co-founder of Sun King Brewery. Robinson joined other dignitaries in a ceremonial hops planting. New residents Mark Gray and Steve Cestari are the management team.
World Cup brews
Here's a roundup of fútbol-themed treats: Union Jack is pouring two Brazil imports. Named after an Amazon River tributary, Xingu black lager, is brewed by Cervejaria Sul Brasileira, has roots traced to Indigenous people and Vixnu Imperial IPA, is brewed by Cervejaria Colorado. The RAM is serving up Koooooooooolsch, which is "named in honor of the World Cup," explains head brewer Scott Ellis. "Think of an announcer proclaiming "gooooooooaaaaaal." At Half Moon, Kokomo's World Cup Soccer brew is an American Wheat featuring orange-citrus tartness balanced with coriander's soft spiciness. And Flat12, Indy Eleven's team brewery, is pouring specialty team brews during the June 22 USA vs Portugal match.
Upland awarded the 2014 UpCup homebrew first place to Michael Calvin for Good Miss Mosaic Light Hybrid Beer/American Wheat; second place to Bryan Dixon of Westfield for Dirty Secret Brown American Brown Ale; and third place went to Ben Martin of Camby for Corporal Khaos American Pale Ale.
Tom Wallbank's 2013 UpCup winner Breakfast Berliner Weisse is the third installment in the brewery's Side Trail Series. It's on tap at Upland locations and at select bars and restaurants across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Chicago. Upland reports, "[It] is tart, refreshing and highly effervescent; an easy-drinking beer low in bitterness with bright acidity. Lemon, honey, and grain notes make this beer delicious and invigorating."
Bier tap takeover at South of Chicago Pizza & Beef at Saxony in Fishers, at 6 p.m.
Rock Bottom College Park cask conditioned Firkin Tapping, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Triton is at Trader's Point Creamery, 5-9 p.m., for a special dinner event featuring four Triton Beers paired with the garden-to-table-menu.
19th Annual Brew-Ha-Ha, Indy's original craft beer festival benefiting the Phoenix Theatre, 3-7 p.m.
Hops to Hand beer and food pairing event at City Market, 6 p.m.
Daredevil Brewing featured at Crown Liquors, Noblesville, 2-4 p.m.
Indianapolis Museum of Art Summer Solstice celebration, featuring official brewer Sun King, in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres; free, starts at 6:30 p.m.