As of Jan. 2, 2015, Wabash Brewery has opened as Indianapolis' first 2015 craft nano-brewery with a specialty niche for patrons to customize their events with a brew crafted by brewer/owners Damon Carl, Matt Kriech and co-owner Nic Stauch, who share Wabash College connections and credit their new enterprise “to the helpfulness of Indiana’s brewing community and our wives.” Their four core beers represent their collective years of fine-tuning homebrews and naming them pays homage to the multiple aspects of “Wabash.” Waapaahsiiki, a Blonde Ale is a tribute to the Miami Nation. 503 Amber Ale designates the river’s mile-length from source to mouth (Ft. Recovery to the Ohio River). Cannonball Pale Ale alludes to a fictional train in an 1882 song with connections to Purdue and Indiana State, both located along the Wabash. Portage Porter reminds us the Wabash and Erie Canal link the Great Lakes to the Ohio River. Expect to taste Wabash Brewery brews at Winterfest Jan. 31 and at “Beers Across the Wabash Festival” in Lafayette.