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Visit Indianapolis ArtsGarden to view eight amazing works of art made from beer cans. CAN’D artists Jake Lee, William Denton Ray, Lesley Baker, Carl Leck, Lydia Burris, Paula Aramendia Wright, Phil Velikan, Hector Del Campo and Kyle Rowe donated talent for the greater good of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. You’ll find a rooster in a window frame at sunup, a Darth Vader mobile, Sun King’s brand in a 5-layer collage, Cincy’s Rhinegiest Truth IPA as the Rhine Maidens’ ‘gold’, a beer can tree and a 2-D painting. Match up the makers.

CANventional 2014 brought out a capacity crowd happy to sample brews not available in Indiana. “It’s an international travel event in the heart of downtown” proclaimed one happy consumer. It’s a time to meet up with the brewers who came last year and greet the new entries. Several brewers poised for 2015 were on hand to check out the ambience, including Gary-based 18th Street Brewery that starts canning early October.

Register now for the Fall Series of Beer MBA classes: start Oct. 4; continue Nov. 8 and Dec. 6th. See the BeerMBA.com website and specifically this page for details.

Events:

Defining "Drink Local," Sept. 25, 6:30-8:30, at Flat 12 Bierwerks invites your opinion. "Drink local" is a common rallying cry for craft beer drinkers, but how does one define "local"? ask Bill Jimerson [Indy Beer News] and Amanda Wishin [Girls Pint Out]. They are moderating a panel that includes these other speakers: Jeff Evard of Herr Station Malt, Ryan Hammer of Three Hammers Farms,
Matthew L. Bochman, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry ("yeast scientist") at Indiana University, and Rob Caputo, Flat 12 Director of Brewery Operations. The program will be live-recorded for an Indy Beer News podcast. Flat 12 will tap a beer that exemplifies “drink local” made with local ingredients for Beer:30.

Sept. 26 Fortville/McCordsville Chamber is celebrating the Scarlet Lane Grand Opening & VIP Brewfest at 7724 Depot St. in McCordsville, 6-9 p.m. $25 includes 3 beers, a food item and keepsake pint. Tickets at:http://www.fmacoc.com/upcoming-events/2014-special-events/special-event-tickets/

Sept. 27 offers five events:
Brew Bracket Tasting Tournament - Experimental IPA at Tomlinson Tap Room, 222 E Market St. 6-9pm. Single entry: $35, 4 for $120), DDriver $5

Upland Oktoberfest, 1-9 p.m. at Military Park features food trucks, Upland brews and music. 21+only. Tickets here. $5 in advance, $10 at the door

Valpo Brewfest, at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso, 1-5 p.m., helps support 80 days of community events annually. Check ticket availability at 888-695-0888.

Fort Wayne offers two festivals: 5th Annual Craft Beer Festival at Deer Park Irish Pub, 1530 Leesburg Rd. 1-5 p.m. and Summit City Brew Fest at Headwaters Park, 330 S Clinton St. 12-5 p.m.

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