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Dec. 15:

Bloomington Brewing Company is releasing its historical Batch 1000 at 5 p.m. at Lennie's, 1795 E. 10th St., Bloomington. The much-anticipated debut of "Ole Floyd's Belgian Dark Strong Ale," named in honor of Brewmaster Floyd Rosenbaum, provides a "magical amber hue" and a "symphony of malts harmoniously blended with Amber Belgian candy sugar" to create a unique malty sweetness balanced with German Spalt, EKG and Tettanger hops. Chef Fred Manion will offer select specials created to perfectly pair with Ole Floyd's. Call 812-323-2112 to reserve or just show up.

While in Bloomington, stop at Upland to see the newly installed 150 bbl fermentation tank. "Twice the size of our other tanks, KING KONG, and MOTHRA, we had nowhere left to go with this one besides GIGANTOR! Getting such a big tank into the brewery was no small feat. We had to remove a section of the roof and drop it in from above. GIGANTOR is taller than the brewery itself, so its specially insulated crown actually sticks out of the roof," reports Upland's Charles Stanley.

Reserved bottles of Upland's 2010 edition of sour ales are available for pick up in the Bloomington Tap Room until Dec. 22. NUVO can report "dantalion dark wild ale" delivers a mouth-cleansing crispness to prepare you for feasting on your choice of food and other craft brews. "Strawberry Lambic" is deliciously satisfying with dessert of sweets, cheese and fresh fruit. Whole strawberries from Huber Orchards in Starlight, Indiana, provide the "enticing aromas and flavors" while fermentation by wild yeasts and aging in oak casks creates complexity. Zesty, refreshing carbonation comes through bottle conditioning. Each bottle shares good servings for 3-5 people.

Dec. 16:
Alcatraz, Circle Centre Mall, 49 W. Maryland St. Tapping Penitentiary Pilsner at 6:30 p.m. Brewer Skip DuVall describes this Czech Pilsner with just the right balance of Ida Pils and Carapils malts with Saaz hops as "an easy drinking golden beer." Enter Alcatraz's beer trivia contest for a chance to win a t-shirt or an appetizer. One lucky winner will receive a dinner for two.

Pizzology, 3190 Hazel Dell Pkwy., Carmel; 844-2550. Tapping Upland's Winter Warmer Barleywine, winner of a Silver Award in the 2008 World Beer Cup, at 6 p.m.

On Tap:

Barley Island, Noblesville and Broad Ripple: HUMBUGGER Christmas Ale, a malt-y dark ale brewed with brown sugar added to the boil and spiced with cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and bitter orange.

The Ram, Downtown and Fishers: Light and citrus-y Aries American Wheat; S'no Angel Weizenbock, rich, bread-y malt with hints of clove and dark fruit; Blue Pride Pilsner, traditional German Lager. On sale: Limited Edition 1 Gallon Growlers to celebrate The RAM's upcoming 40th anniversary.

Rock Bottom (Downtown) specialty beers: Buffalo Gold, Naughty Scot-Wee Heavy, Gummy Gummerson-dry-hopped wheat ale, Old Curmudgeon Imperial/Double Red ale described by Brewmaster Jerry Sutherlin as "a strong ale that is red and ridiculously hopped."


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