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Beer Buzz: Tributes and festivals

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Now on tap:

Thr3e Wise Men Lombardi's Super Baltic Porter's: Seven different malts and array of hops create a smooth, well-balanced sensation of taste layers that resonate for a not-to-be-missed craft brew experience. A worthy tribute to Vince Lombardi and Indianapolis hosting the Super Bowl.

At The Ram Downtown & Fishers, Batch 1100: Monk Juice Belgian Tripel lets the Pilsner malt and yeast character shine along with citrus notes, a peppery finish and warming sensation; Sticky Fingers Stout features malt notes of roast, coffee, and caramel; Aries American Wheat is light with a citrusy finish.

Triton has Sin Bin Ale, Muletide Raspberry Bourbon Stout and Sweet Georgia Brown.

Fountain Square's Jan. 21 Grand Opening introduced Count Nibula Chocolate Stout and Workingman's Pilsner.

Pairing brews with food:

Three Floyds posted a review of 2011 production at ThreeFloyds.com. Now at 20,000 barrels of house brews and specials, credit for 5,000 barrels increased production over 2010 is given equally to head brewer Chris Boggess and assistant brewers, the packaging staff headed by Travis Fasano, and Chef Mike Sheerin, whose "Great artisanal hand crafted cuisine built for beer." Munster is becoming an even more alluring destination.

Jan. 25

Up to four bottles of Upland's Belgian sour Gilgamesh can be reserved at gilgamesh.eventbrite.com starting at noon (Eastern Time) today and will be available for pickup at Upland's Bloomington Brew Pub or Indy Tasting from Feb. 1-22. Gilgamesh won the gold medal in its category and runner up for Best in Show at Chicago's Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers November 2011.

Bell's annual Hopslam release is in process. Check out availability at your favorite serving locations.

Jan. 26

Sun King opens their "Local Underground" tent for Super Bowl Week through Feb. 5. It will be temperature controlled with beer, food, live music and television.

Jan. 28

Winterfest tickets are sold out online. General Admission might be available at Crown Liquors and Central Indiana breweries. The latest word seems to be "yes" on pouring homebrews at Winterfest.

If you missed Winterfest, get tickets for Fort Wayne's Brewfest, March 10, 2-6 p.m. at the downtown Masonic Temple in Fort Wayne. Visit brewfestfortwayne.com for tickets and more information.

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