The most popular question around local taprooms and the like remains, "What's your favorite beer?" (Our answer is always, "The one I'm drinking.") But the next question these days is, "How many new breweries can Indiana sustain?"
Beer Buzz would argue that there's plenty of room for brewpubs and production breweries/tasting rooms with a realistic business plan, consistent quality beer, a solid neighborhood base and word of mouth reputation. So we welcomed the announcement of the founding of Indiana City Brewing Company by homebrewer Ray Kamstra.
Kamstra says that, "Indiana City will be bringing beer back to the old pre-prohibition brewery building located at 24 Shelby Street near downtown. In time, the brewery will be an outlet for local artists to display their work, perform, collaborate and expand local creative expression. Local artist Eric Stine is working with us to develop art for our three year-round brews."
Kamstra shared his brews at Tomlinson Tap Room last week, where they were well received. If you're interested in investing go to Kickstarter.com; his campaign ends Aug. 11. Learn more at indianacitybeer.com.
Flat 12 Taproom, 414 N. Dorman St., Brewer-Butcher Tour and Dinner, meet at 6:15 p.m.; $65 per person; call Brittany at Smoking Goose, 638-6328; more at flat12.me.
Sun King South Parking Lot, WTTS 20th Anniversary Party, 6-11 p.m., tapping of WTTS 20th Anniversary Beer: Hazy Daze Summer Wheat.
Brew on the Bridge concert at Wolf Park, 4004 E 800 N in Battle Ground, Ind. 7-10 p.m., brews from People's Brewing, music by The Woodstove Flapjacks, $10-12 at door; food and beer extra. More at wolfparkstore.com
Hoppy Birthday tasting featuring 40 brews with "unique hop-related attributes" at Kahn's North Willow, 2342 W. 86th St., 5-7 p.m. The event farewell for Kahn's "Beer Guy" Kyle Kaufman and the introduction of Al Asher in the post.
Some Not-to-Miss On Tap
The RAM: Bayside Steam California Common
Triton: Fortshire British Mild, their 2012 ReplicAle; (Oak Aged) 5 Barrel Brown
Bier: Fruitcup Surprise; Weiazengoot
Oaken Barrel: Cream Ale, the first solo beer brewed by assistant brewer Aaron Koerner
Crown Brewing: Bohemian Export Pilsner, their second Crown throwback beer
Half Moon: Dry hopped, seasonal golden American-Style Pale Ale, "made for the All-American city of 'Little Detroit:' Kokomo"