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A Bevy of Special Fundraising Events

April 27, 4-11 p.m., Bare Hands Brewery, in collaboration with Black Acre, is hosting a special fund-raising event at Bare Hands Brewery [12804 Sandy Court, Granger, Ind. 46530] for a resident of Granger in critical condition after being hit by a drunk driver on January 16. More info here.

April 28, Broad Ripple Brew Pub is part of Dining Out For Life. “We will donate 25% of our total sales from that day to the Damien Center. That includes everything we sell from opening at 11am to closing,” said BRBP general manager Billy Hannon.

Cameron Fila, owner and head brewer at Redemption Alewerks, reported, “We launched a Cheers For Charity Guest Brewer series to collaborate with a guest brewer on a crazy, outside of the box beer and donate proceeds to the charity of their choice. Our first round is with Ryan Hale from the legendary Short's Brewing Co., one of the top rated brewpubs in the US. The charity is Project Hud;Son, a non profit dedicated to shedding light on teen suicide. We feel strongly about the cause, and would like to get the word out so we can raise as much money for them as possible.” Head over to Redemption Alewerks at 7035 E. 96th St.

Rock Bottom is raising funds for Indianapolis Fire Departments. Check out RB Downtown and College Park for details about brews and specialty T-shirts earning funds for firefighters education programs.

Sun King’s Save Your Tabs Collection Challenge benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana runs through Aug. 13. More at Sun King website.

On April 22, at both Sun King locations, Sun King will donate $1 each 64-ounce and $.50 cents of 32-ounce growler fills to the Habitat for Humanity Greater Indianapolis Women Build.

Sun King on Saturday mornings features a different yoga studio and charity and “Craft Beer For A Cause Thursdays” means each pint/can purchase on Thursday night Victory Field home games goes to a designated non-profit organization.

Anniversary & Expansions

Mad Anthony’s 18th Anniversary Celebration runs April 18-24. “The highlight is the release of our 2016 Anniversary Ale on Monday along with ‘retro pint night’ with all draft Madbrews at $2, and on Tuesday release of our Summer Seasonal, Summer Daze in 12 oz cans,” reports founder Blaine Stuckey. Summer Daze is described as “A delicious golden nectar brewed with a hypnotic blend of wheat, honey, caramel malt, and various natural aromatics including orange peel and coriander. This annual ale is crisp, light, and refreshing at 5.5% ABV, 12 IBUs.” Mad Anthony originated in Fort Wayne at 2002 Broadway and became Indiana’s first brewpub to expand to surrounding communities with Tap Houses at 114 N. Main St., in Auburn; 113 E. Center St. in Warsaw; and 4080 N. 300 W. in Angola. More here.

Fun Fact: It just so happens that Mad Anthony’s opening date coincided with this news items on April 18, 1998: “NFL Draft, Quarterback Peyton Manning from University of Tennessee, first pick by Indianapolis Colts.”

Brew Link Supply has joined Brew Link Brewing Co. at 212 E. Main St., Plainfield. The notice from Adam Burk includes an invitation to homebrewers: “Please come out to say hello and pick up some brewing and wine making supplies and equipment. We'd love to see you!” Give them a call at 317-203-7788.

Books & Brews is expanding to Zionsville Grill as a second location; the original location continues at 9402 Uptown Dr. #1400.

Kwang Casey reports, “Oaken Barrel is taking our food and beverage skills and expanding into a catering business in Franklin, Indiana. We will be part of the Young’s Creek re-development of Franklin. The location will accommodate large parties up to 500 as a premier event center for weddings and local events. We hope to have it open by end of the year.”

Newest Brews

Bier’s Special “K” Kolsch just came out in cans to join PDG Pale, Weizengoot and the special Sixty Five Red Key Tavern commemorative beer.

Koelschip now has “Taco Wednesday Specials” pairing Central State beers with the La Margarita taco truck.

John Templet, brewmaster at Half Moon Kokomo, reports, “We are making a brown ale by mixing the Stoplight City Red with the Cole Porter. We're going to hook the HopRocket stuffed with hazelnuts up to the brown ale. The result is a velvety delicious treat that pairs well with Chef John's gumbo.” Also on tap is Half Moon’s light bodied, crisp and refreshing seasonal Apricot Blonde Ale is made with premium American made malt and flavored with generous amounts of apricots. It’s sessionable at 4.85% ABV, =15IBUs.

Hop Skippy at Broad Ripple Brew Pub reportedly is “going fast.” It’s our standard IPA that’s been dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial to give it some grapefruit and herbal notes,” said Billy Hannon. “We’re selling as much of it as our regular IPA and Lawnmower combined.”

MashCraft announced, “We couldn’t wait for the Fall. Big bad MashCraft Maibock is on tap for your Spring enjoyment” at their place in Greenwood.

Tin Man Brews now at Twenty Tap includes Rivet Irish Red Ale, Weld Pear Sour Ale, Ingot IPL, Wired White IPA and Overlord IIPA
Upland founder Doug Dayhoff announced, “For the past few months, we’ve been working on a special collaboration beer with our friends at Revolution Brewing Co. in Chicago and Dark Matter Coffee. Both brews incorporate cold brewed coffee and different styles of beer, ours being a blonde and Rev’s is a brown.” Patrick Lynch at Revolution Brewing added, “One of the more unique things about this experience is that we’re getting two different beers out of the collaboration. We’ve done collaboration beers in the past where we have it for a week and then it’s gone, but this will be our first large-scale packaged collaboration; Revolution is putting it in bottles, Upland is putting it in cans. It’s been the full brew process from start to finish.”

Thr3e Wise Men and all Scotty’s locations are offering Schwarber Burger with a combination of beer-food ingredients. Newly tapped is the seasonal Schweddy Gall-Tic Porter. This 4-time medalist in Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup is a full bodied lager with restrained roast and dark fruit character.

Daredevil introduced Rauchbier at Woolery Mill. “It's a classic inspired by the Bamberg style that uses a Märzen base recipe, but with the traditional smoked malts we sourced from Germany,” explained co-founder Shane Pearson. Rauchbier joins another German classic beer, Daredevil’s Vacation Kolsch, which started as a special and now is canned as a regular in the lineup.

Triton co-founder David Waldman announced the long-awaited arrival of Axl Gose. “Triton has been formulating the Axl Gose for a very long time. Axl Gose is brewed with orange peel, coriander and Himalayan pink salt, and is inoculated with lactobacillus bacteria after the boil to add sourness. This specialty ale will be available on draft and in ½ growlers and growlers to take with you. Axl Gose will be distributed to Triton Tap and very select retailers.” Gose originated in Goslar, Germany in the 16th Century. A top-fermented beer, it is brewed with at least 50% malted wheat in the grain bill. Dominant flavors include a lemon tartness, an herbal characteristic and a strong saltiness either inherent in the local water or with added salt. Gose is part of the family of sour what beers that includes Belgian Witbier and Berliner Weise.
three-floyds-dark-lord-imperial-stout-label.jpg posted the Best Beer From Each State. Here’s the Indiana mention: “Hailing from Munster, Indiana, Three Floyds' Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout is a 15% whopper brewed with Dark Matter Coffee. It's one of the most sought-after beers in the world and is released just once a year.” For the full 2016 listing see:

Weekend Events

April 16: Just about every Indiana brewery invited: “Celebrate Record Store Day with Craft Beer.

April 16: Biltwell Event Center, 950 S. White River Pkwy W Drive, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Indiana Originals Expo & Marketplace showcases Indiana-made products, including Redemption Brewery. Tickets: $5 online, $7 at the door, all ages; $1 from each ticket benefits DigIN. Buy tickets:

April 16: 7 p.m. Books & Brews, 9402 Uptown Drive #1400; Book Launch party for Brian Sweany’s debut novel, “Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride” along with beer by the same name. Set in small town Indiana, tis coming of age tale traces the life of Hank Fitzpatrick, as a sort of late 20th century Hoosier everyman, reflecting Sweany’s own troubled journey into adulthood.

April 16: Flat 12, Down dog at the Park and Dog Brew Tapping. The notice reads: The Fetch Studio will host an outdoor yoga class at Highland Park for you and your pup. The hour-long yoga class [starts] at 2 p.m, followed by a craft beer cool down at Flat12 Bierwerks, where we'll tap the famous Flat12 Paws Dog Brew. Hoagies & Hops will be providing free dog treats at the afterparty. Proceeds from the yoga class will benefit Every Dog Counts Rescue. 


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