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Beer Buzz: Black Swan Brewpub

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Black Swan Brewpub celebrated its Grand Opening on Dec. 4. Owners D.J. McCallister and Erin McCallister say, "Until the brewing operation opens in February, the Black Swan's 16 taps will feature other Indiana craft brews." Black Swan offers a fresh take on traditional pub fare, and sources its meats from area farms. Black Swan is located just northwest of Interstate 70 and U.S. Hwy 276 on Indy's west side at 2067 East Hadley Road, Plainfield, IN 46168. Call 838-7444 or log on www.blackswanbrewpub.com. D.J., a native of Beech Grove and a graduate of Wabash College, started in the Indiana brewing industry more than a decade ago and is a former head brewer at Lafayette Brewing Company, working under founder/brewer Greg Emig.

Upland Sour Ales are back. Reserve your 2010 choice(s) of Strawberry Lambic, Blueberry Lambic, Peach Lambic, and Dantalion Dark Wild Ale at UplandBeer.com. Upland currently makes nine styles of sour ale. Eight are Belgian-style lambics, to which whole fruits are added while the beer is aging in oak casks. Dantalion Dark Wild Ale is aged for approximately a year-and-a-half in oak casks, and features a special blend of spices rather than fruit.

If you're traveling north on I-65, stop at Crown Brewing, 211 South East St., Crown Point, IN 46307i for their newly released 2010 World Beer Cup award-winning robust Industrial Porter.

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