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Beer Buzz: Iechyd Da, Iechyd Da

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Sad news

Brazil, Ind.'s Bee Creek Brewery’s closing brings sadness. They made every effort to become a sustainable operation, connecting brewing to the environment with utmost care. We are grateful they served us, lament their closing and wish them all the best for the future. This is their posting:

“It is with great sadness that the Bee Creek Brewery announces the decision to close its doors. As a small, independent brewer faced with the increasing cost of grain and packaging, we found it impossible to produce and sustain a quality of beer that had become a benchmark of excellence. Mark, Frank, Julie and the entire Bee Creek family wish to thank our distributor, our customers, and all of our establishments for their unwavering support during five fantastic years of operation. To all those devoted friends and family that have been a constant strength we bid you a very special "THANK YOU." You have been our pillar in the uncertain times, the fun times, the great times. We know that you will be there to encourage us in all future endeavors.”

Expansion news

Great Fermentations' education program classroom space is expanding. New classes begin Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

Iechyd Da Brewing Company is a new brewery to open April 2012 in Elkhart. Owner Summer Lewis posted: “We're in the construction and permitting phase currently. Once complete, we'll have a 7bbl brewhouse in our building along with a 50 seat pub located at 317 N. Main St. We plan to have 7-10 beers rotating on tap, plus two handpulls. We'll also serve house made soda. There will be a simple food menu consisting of pizzas, hot sandwiches and snacks like soft pretzels, made fresh in house. Iechyd Da (Yacky Dah) is a Welsh toast equivalent to saying Cheers. The vibe of the place will be downtown comfortable — a place to have a casual Friday business lunch, bring your laptop and work over a pint or gather friends to play Scrabble or chess on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Tin Man Brewing, 1430 W. Franklin St., Evansville, is expected to open summer 2012, according to owner Nick Davidson and brewer Sean O’Rear. It’s a production brewery with a canning operation. Note: Evansville’s Tin Man Brewing is not to be confused with homebrewer Gary Kirkmeyer, whose business card reads: “Tinman Brewing Co., Galveston, IN.”

Advance notice

Indiana State Fair Indiana Brewers’ Cup 2012 craft beer competition entries accepted June 8-22, 2012; competition July 6-7.

Feb. 8
Sinking Ship, 4923 N. College Ave., Flat 12 Brewery Night, 7-10 p.m.

Feb. 10
Great Fermentations, Monthly Friday Night Club meeting and chili cookoff, 5-7 p.m.

Feb. 10-11
5th annual Cincy Winter Beerfest, $35.

Feb. 24
The 2nd Annual “Heart of the Brews” event at Omni Severin benefits research at the Riley Heart Research Center. Beer tastings provided by Sun King, Upland, Barley Island, and Bier.

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