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Beer Buzz: Victory for six Indy craft brewers



Six Indiana craft brewers gained eight medals, including 3 Gold, at the 2012 World Beer Cup Bi-annual Competition in San Diego, May 2-5, competing against 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. The winners:

Sun King:
Gold, "Batch 333: The Velvet Fog," Belgian Style Dark Strong Ale
Silver, "Ring of Dingle," Irish-style Dry Stout
Bronze, "Dominator Doppelbock," German-style Doppelbock

Rock Bottom College Park:
Gold, "Naked Oat Stout," Oatmeal Stout

Crown Brewing, Crown Point:
Gold, "Crown Brown," English-style Mild Ale

Bier Brewery:
Silver, "Belgian Dubbel," Belgian-style Dubbel

Shoreline, Michigan City:
Bronze, "Benny's Pale Ale," Autralasian-style Pale Ale
Bronze, "Beltaine Scottish Ale," Scottish-style Ale

On the road

On a recent trip through northwest Indiana, Beer Buzz stopped at Crown Brewing in Crown Point, which is preparing for expansions; Figure 8 in Valparaiso, soon moving into their expanded brewpub at the corner of Indiana and Washington in downtown Valpo; Shoreline Brewing in Michigan City, which has lots of space and serves a delicious match of brews and food; and yes, Three Floyds' Dark Lord Day, where old and newly made friends gather to share good beer and catch up with what's new in the world of craft.

On Tap

The Ram: Big Horn Maibock; Hop Anonymous IPA

Broad Ripple Brewpub: the annual standard, Lawnmower and a return of Limping Mallard Old Ale

Thr3e Wise Men: newest seasonal, Double Pagoda Pit Road Red

Triton: Fieldhouse Wheat, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber Ale, Deadeye Stout, Railsplitter IPA, Sin Bin Belgian Pale Ale and B-Java Brown

Half Moon, Kokomo: K-Town Brown is a scrumptious, rich, malty, chocolaty beer made with Golden Promise base malt and a new type of specialty malt called Carabrown. Cascade hops balance some of the sweetness.

Bloomington Brewing Company: Rye IPA

The daily buzz

May 9
Claude & Annie's Airport, 1229 S Girls School Rd., Triton Bottle Sampling, 7:30 p.m.

May 11
Great Fermentations, Monthly Friday Night Club meeting, 5 p.m. Release of GF Hop Anonymous: American IPA kit crafted in collaboration with Andrew Castner, Head Brewer at RAM Restaurant and Brewery.

Carmel Clay Public Library fund raising dinner with Flat 12 craft brews, 5 p.m.

May 12
Indianapolis Sour + Wild + Funk Fest at Developer Town, 5255 Winthrop Ave. 2-6 p.m. $45.

RAM Restaurant and Brewery downtown Heaven and Hell Party and costume contest, 7 p.m., features one brew maged two ways served side-by-side: the barrel-aged version with a touch of grape blending perfectly with the imperial pilsner base will be known as "Heaven-sent", while another version "Hell-bound" will take on a more devilish hue and slight tartness as a result of the addition of Black Currants.

Flat 12, 7 p.m., Pre-Race Party with IndyCar #27 James Hinchcliffe.

Elbow Room, with Flat 12 samplings, 7 p.m., 4th Arts & Crafts Sale to benefit local artists. Free. Call 317-635-3354.

May 14-20: American Craft Beer Week
Special events include:
Sun King in collaboration brewing with Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery premiere Chaka, a limited-release Belgian-style ale as the first craft beer packaged in the Alumi-Tek® re-sealable pint bottle from Ball Corporation. The blend of ingredients highlight each brewery's home state: Shagbark Hickory syrup from Hickoryworks in Trafalgar, Ind.; grain from Colorado Malting Company; and a special yeast blend from Brewing Science Institute, also in Colorado. Brewers from both breweries worked together to formulate the recipe and traveled between Colorado and Indiana to brew at both locations.
Flat 12: tastings and the tapping of Moustache Ride Red, a bourbon barrel aged vanilla amber ale originally created for Movember.
Rock Bottom Downtown, 6-6:30 p.m., Hop Bomb tapping; American-style IPA

Planning ahead:

May 26, Illiana Mayfest, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St. Crown Point; tickets $30.

June 23, Phoenix Theatre annual BrewHaHa, 3-7 p.m.; $35

Homebrew competitions:

Upland's UpCup Competition and AHA rally, May 19, 350 W 11th St, Bloomington. 5pm

Great Fermentations in-store American IPA beer competition; entrants work with GF grain bill and pick your own hops and yeast. Entries [at least 2 bottles] are due June 15 at GF; winner will be announced June 22.


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