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Four Indiana craft breweries earned eleven medals at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Co.

Sun King won four gold medals for Buffalo Slumber, Belgian-style Strong Specialty; Ring of Dingle, Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout; Java Mac, Coffee Beer; Wee Muckle, Scotch Ale; three silver medals for Popcorn Pilsner, American-Style or International Pilsner category and two Wood-and-Barrel-Aged Beers - Wee Muckle and BBJ (Bourboun Barrel Johan); and a bronze for Johan the Barleywine, Barley Wine-style ale.

Rock Bottom Brewery College Park won silver for Naughty Scot, Scottish-style Ale.

Three Floyds won a silver medal for Munster Fest, German-style Marzen.

Brugge won bronze for Grimalkin - Super Kitty Fantastico, American-Style Brett Ale.

Oct. 5

Upland's Sour Reserve Release: reserve online starting at 12 noon for this limited-release beer. Bottles: $25, available for pickup at Bloomington Brew Pub or Indy Tasting Room from Oct. 18 through 31, and online ticket sales for a Sour Reserve Reception on Oct. 22. Bloomington Brew Pub, 3-6 p.m includes assorted cheeses and fruits for pairing.

Oct. 6

The Ram in Fishers, 6:30 p.m. tapping of "All Hops go to Heaven, a bold American IPA with prominent fruity hop flavor enhanced by a supportive malt backbone."

Binkley's Brew Club, 7 p.m., featuring brews from Founders.

Triton Brewing is tapping its fifth beer, Railsplitter IPA, at 6 p.m.

Oct. 7

Flat12 Breweryhosts its FlatJack Pumpkin Ale Tapping Party.

Oct. 7-9

Indiana Convention Center, WFTDA Roller Derby Regional Playoffs, featuring Sun King Monumental Mayhem on tap.

Oct. 8

Tuxedo Park Brewers, 5th Annual TPB Fauxtoberfest!
 4 p.m. to midnight; includes in-store brew competition, food from Claus' Market and Smokehouse on Shelby and music by Brian Deer and Co. $25 gets you a custom pint glass and unlimited food and beer samples; wear/bring your Lederhosen and St. Pauli Girl outfits. http://www.tuxedoparkbrewers.com/

Brew Bracket Fall Tournament, Indianapolis State Fairgrounds: Pick Indiana's best stout in a blind competition from among 16 brewers. Includes oatmeal, Irish, milk, chocolate and coffee stouts. Tomlinson Tap Room, Chatham Tap Fishers and Chatham Tap Downtown will host the winning brewer on a guest tap following the event.

A portion of Brew Bracket II proceeds is donated to Movember Indy to benefit men's health. www.brewbracket.com

Crown Brewing and City of Crown Point Oktoberfest on Main Street, 3-11 p.m.; three bands, beer garden, food vendors, bean bag tournament, pie eating contest, chili cook off and kid friendly activities; "also pouring beer from our friends at Sun King (their beer is not yet available in our area)." http://www.crownpoint.in.gov/calendar.htm

Oct. 10

Oaken Barrel, Greenwood, 10 a.m., release of Apple Buzz [limit 5 cases per customer].

News:

National Cask Ale Week (http://www.camra.org.uk/). In celebration, Crown Point is releasing "Crown Brown Real Ale" their first real ale.

NUVO stopped by Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield, where "fresh and local" means food and beer. A carryout "tailgate partypack" is equally enticing for anyone catching a flight.

Sun King Brewing Co. has Grapefruit Jungle in cans. Hear brewer Dave Colt's story:

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