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On tap

Oaken Barrel Brewing, Greenwood. Java Stout infused with fresh locally roasted coffee beans has great espresso aroma along with creamy head of the Irish Stout. Kwang Casey said, "Due to the foaminess of the stout, we cannot fill growlers with Java Stout." For the record, OB had an increase of 12.7% in 2010 from 2009 sales.

Rock Bottom, College Park. Triple Trouble Belgian Ale is gloriously sunny, full-bodied smooth and lovely enough to bring home to treat your mother.

The Ram, Downtown and Fishers. Blue Pride Pilsner, a traditional German lager; Coo Coo for Cocoa, a rich, decadent chocolate stout; Dry-Hop Delusions, a Brown Ale with citrus and herbal dry-hops.

Off tap

Alcatraz Brewing Co., the first downtown Indianapolis brewpub that opened in 1995 with Circle Centre mall, is closed. Alcatraz will not be sharing at Winterfest on Jan. 29. NUVO has happy memories of fine food and great conversations over distinctive brews from founding brewmaster Omar Castrellon and most recently brewer Skip Duvall. Word has it the brewing operation is being dismantled and owner California Pizza Kitchen will offer a different bill of fare.

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