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May 26

Barley Island Noblesville and Broad Ripple, 6 p.m., tapping its very first Barleywine. Bum Rush Barleywine is American style with an intense malt flavor to balance the bitterness.

The RAM Fishers, 6:30 p.m., tapping William "Bill" Tilt's Bill's Bettor Bitter, 2011 winner of RAM Small Ale Competition. As one of the ultimate session styles, this brew is built around a nutty malt base while also featuring a moderately fruity yeast quality and a dry finish. Tilt is from Lafayette.

Flat12 Beer Dinner at McCormick & Schmick, Indy, 6:30 p.m. $45 Tax/Tip included. Reserve at 631-9500.

May 28 Race Day

Flat12 Growler Fill Room open for carry out 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 30

New Albanian's Public House, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Office Hours tasting. $5. www.newalbanian.com

May 31

Great Fermentations, Beginning Brewing Class, 6 p.m.; 317-257-9463, www.greatfermentations.com

Upcoming competitions and festivals:

June 9-24 Indiana State Fair Indiana Brewers' Cup Craft Beer Competition

Entries accepted at Sun King Brewing Company

www.Brewerscup.org or email: brewerscup@indianastatefair.com

June 4 Bloomington Craft Beer Fest, www.IndianaBeerFest.com

June 25 Phoenix Theatre Brew-Ha-Ha; 317-635-7529, www.phoenixtheatre.org

July 16 Indiana Microbrewers Festival, www.IndianaBeerFest.com

On tap:

Half Moon Kokomo, Irish Stout, a very dark, roasty, dry creamy ale served on a nitrogen system and stout faucet, brewed with lots of roasted barley for an authentic Irish Stout flavor.

On the menu:

The RAM is featuring food "infused" with beer including Buttface Amber Ale Beer Cheese Dip, Big Red Baby Back Ribs, Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich and much more.

Molti Gusti's specialty sweets already delighting us at Yats, caught further attention at Tomlinson's Tap Room pairing the expected java brews with Biscotti con L'anice and di sesamo Siciliani and the unexpected Three Kings with FollettoBuono, a brownie like no other. www.moltigusti.com or call 317-660-5692.

On Shelves:

Mass Avenue Wine Shoppe [MAWS], surprises with a broad selection of Indiana brews in bottles and cans and a select offering of worldwide brews including Sam'l Smith "Organic Handcrafted Fruit Ale Strawberry" that's as tasty as Oaken Barrel's Razz Wheat, and Tusker East African Lager that compares with Liz Laughlin's brews at Rock Bottom College Park.

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