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Indy beer events: Brushes and Brews, 10-Speed Hoppy Wheat, Shakespeare Gruit and more

Make the most of your beer drinking this week.


April 21 is the starting date of Brushes & Brews FUNdraiser events 6-8 p.m., at ArtMix Studios in the Harrison Center at 16th and Delaware; sponsored by Sun King Brewing Company and Moe & Johnny’s. For $35 attendees will learn how to paint a masterpiece on canvas, enjoy beer & snacks at no additional cost; $15 from each ticket is a tax-deductible donation in support of ArtMix. Each session is inspired by a different artist:

April 21- Andy Warhol; May 12-Joan Miro; Aug. 18-Piet Mondrian; Oct. 27-Wassily Kandinsky. Click here to reserve your seat

April 21: Sahm's Place, 2411 E 65th St., 6 p.m., Bier Brewery Tap Takeover; 4 biers paired with 4 plates

April 22: Indiana City is releasing Beyond the Pale Indiana Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV • 64 IBUs. A delicate hop forward beer brewed with a blend of American hops and spiced with sichuan peppercorns, then dry-hopped with Amarillo hops. Fresh citrusy hops combine with rustic pine flavor and aroma, according to the description.

April 23: Bloomington Brewing Company and Lennie’s annual 10-Speed Hoppy Wheat Day has two ride options:

(1) Indiana on Tap 3rd Annual Bloomington Tour de Bier, a casual 9-mole ride with stops at each craft brewery in Bloomington, and at Cardinal Spirits Distillery;

(2) meet at the BBC brewpub, 1795 E. 10th St., Bloomington, at 2 p.m. Expect a secret beer stop along the way. This is a “no-drop ride for all skill levels,” according to the news release.

Both rides end at the BBC Brewpub at 4 p.m. when the 10-Speed festivities begin, including participation by Salt Creek Cycles and Monroe County Energy Challenge. [Ratebeer posts 90 on a scale of 100 for 10-Speed, described as “translucent and golden-hued with earthy pine and tropical fruit notes rippling through each sip.” It’s a fine biking brew at 5.2%ABV, 27IBUs.]

April 23: Indiana City Haymaker Annual Bottle Release, 10 a.m.-noon. You must be registered on Eventbrite to attend. The description reads: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout 8% ABV • 45 IBU. If you thought our Shadow Boxer Oatmeal Stout couldn’t get any better, you’ll love it fresh out of a bourbon barrel. We went down to Kentucky to find the perfect barrel for aging, filled it full and let it ride for several months. Haymaker has rich oak flavor up front with a smooth bourbon finish and strong earthy bourbon notes in its aroma. Get more event info and your free Access Pass here

April 23: Broad Ripple Brewpub is honoring William Shakespeare’s birthday [born 1564 in Stratford-on-Avon] with the premiere of “Taming of the Gruit,” spiced with yarrow, mugwort and lemon grass. Brewer Jonathon Mullens says it has a nice rich dark malty backbone and rings in at 7.1% and 0 IBUs. April 23 also is St. George’s Day and Shakespeare’s death day, in 1616.

April 23: Flat 12 at 130 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, noon-midnight, “Bulleit Bourbon and Flat12 Bierwerks are celebrating the nation’s largest annual fireworks event, Thunder On The River: Beer And Bourbon Extravaganza. Bulleit will be whipping up their fantastic bourbon slushies. Flat12’s taproom and beer garden will feature 16+ beers,” according to the news release.

Every Saturday beginning April 23, Flat12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis and Empower Yoga are teaming up to bring you Pints & Poses, a yoga class in the taproom. Bring a friend and a mat, and join us for an hour-long yoga class led by Kristine Camron of Empower Yoga, followed by a craft beer cool down. Must be 21+ to participate.

April 25: BRBP is tapping For the Love of Rye. Jonathon Mullens says this newest BRBP beer is “a 100% rye beer experiment that was done with two variations of rye from Sugar Creek Malt Co. as three different beers blended together. These were all brewed the same and hopped the same and for the most part fermented the same.”

April 26: Booth Tarkington Civic Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, 4-7 p.m. The Backstage Exclusive: FIDDLER Edition “invites you to explore the backstage working areas of the production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF while sampling beers from Upland, Triton, Flix Brewhouse, Flat12 Bierwerks, Four Day Ray and People's Brewing Co. “Exploring is encouraged as guests will take self-guided tours through the theatre, and get to experience up close and in person, the areas most people do not get to see. On stage, they’ll visit sets imagined and developed by Civic’s resident scenographer Ryan Koharchik. They can touch and feel clothing from the show, designed by resident costume designer Adrienne Conces. In the trap room, they can interact with props and items from the show. Lessons on stage lighting and director’s cues will take place in the control room. Attendees can visit the green room and the sound booth. At each of the seven stops along the tour,a docent will be available to tell stories about their area of expertise, and give an inside look into how a production takes place. Includes snacks, and a commemorative souvenir. $33, 21+ only, DD at reduced rate; register here.

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April 27: Union Jack, 8- 9:30 p.m. is hosting Chocolate & Beer pairing featuring six Bier Brewery brews with a unique, specially chosen chocolate. Chocolates were selected with help from The Chocolate Clinic. Each ticketed person will receive a 5-ounce pour of each of the 6 biers and a generous sampling of each of the 6 different chocolates.
April 28: BRBP is tapping homebrewer Tim Palmer's 2015 Indiana State Fair Best-of-Show award winning Welcome to Helles. [The Tapping will be at 6 p.m. officially; the beer will most likely will be on all day] Tim and BRBP brewer Jonathon Mullens brewed together as part of the award for a professional version of this malt focused German lager with a subtle floral hop aroma and light bitterness creating a refreshing, easy drinking beer. The BRBP stats: 5.7%, 17.3 IBUs and 4.2 SRMs. Munich Helles is the style.


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