American Craft Beer Week in Indy 

All of the special events and new brews for the best week of the year

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May 19: Rock Bottom College Park, 6 p.m. tapping Simcoe Hops IPA. Simcoe hops were released in 2000 by State of Washington-based Yakima Chief Ranch. While considered an all-aroid hop, thus single-hopping with Simcoe provides layers of fruity and herbal piney aroma and flavor along with clean bittering qualities, allowing for pleasant balance with American-gown malts.

May 19: Fashion in Bloom: Garden Fashion Show at Allisonville Nursery, 6:30-9 p.m. includes librations from Bier Brewery and Rettig Hill Winery. Proceeds from the admission fee benefits the Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research. Tickets here.

May 19: Bloomington Brewing Brewpub at Lennie’s, Kolsch Ale release party, 4-6 p.m. All barley Pale Ale with the full flavor of an Ale and the crispness and refreshing quality of a Lager. Launch of Kirkwood Cream Ale in 4-pack 16 oz cans

May 20: Bloomington Brewing combines American Craft Beer Week with National Bike to Work Day. The notice reads: “Ride your bicycle to Lennie’s anytime between 4-6 p.m. and show us your helmet to claim your free order of flatbread.”

May 21: Triton Brewery, Camo Run at In Honor of Armed Forces Day includes 5K, 10K and Kids Run. 9:30 a.m. Opening ceremony begins across the street from Triton Brewing Company with an “All Veteran Group” parachute jump from their airplane, Old Glory. Military vehicles and other cool stuff will also be displayed. Registration for the run is $45 and includes a t-shirt, pint glass, pint of Hometown Hero. Benefits The Golden Star USA Foundation, Inc. Register here.

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May 21: Deer Creek Brewery Grand Opening, 5-9 p.m. at 17661 Cumberland Rd., just west of the intersection of SR 37 & SR 32 in Noblesville. Family friendly activities, live music and tours of the production brewery and taproom. $1 from each pint sold benefits the Humane Society of Hamilton County. Owner/brewer Jeff Eaton announced Deer Creek’s year-round beers include DeerFly IPA, RyeFly IPA, Shady Amarillo Pils, Cork County Rd Cream Ale and Oktoberfest. “Deer Creek also offers blended beers, which are ever changing.”
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May 21
: 2nd Annual Indy Brew Fest, Military Park, starts at 1 p.m. Tickets here

May 21: Great Crescent in Aurora, Aurora Emergency Rescue Benefit, 12:30 p.m. - Midnight. Featuring live music by area performers, donating their playing times. No cover, 100% of donations and portion of sales go to Aurora Emergency Rescue.

May 24: Saint Joseph Brewery Beer Pairing Dinner, 7 p.m. $40 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservation required – 317-602-5670

•Braised Rabbit Tostadas with Black Beans, Cilantro, Radish & Chile-Lime Crema;
•Smoked Duck Breast & Baby Arugula Salad, Pickled Blackberries, Pistachios, Capriole Chevre & Sour Vinaigrette;
•Cornmeal Crusted Soft Shell Crab, Heirloom Tomato-Avocado Pico de Gallo with Tomatillo Sauce; Lemon Semi Fredo with Blueberry-Tarragon Coulis
All paired with beer choices by head brewer Alan Simons.

May 23-25: at Bier Brewery (only 5/24 & 5/25), Indiana City Brewing, and Black Acre Brewery 7-9:30 p.m. each day. It's the first year for Pints and Science, billed as “Indy’s first pint of science, as part of a global festival bringing local innovators together with community to discuss science over a pint.” Presented by CINSO the event is free, but it is recommended to RSVP here.

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May 24:
Daredevil invites everyone to get a whiff of brewing a special collaborative beer at their Speedway brewery. Here’s the story from Daredevil spokesperson Shane Pearson: “We were asked by Stone Brewing Company to participate in their Arrogant Bastard Hits the Road in which they are collaborating with a few breweries across the country brew their Arrogant Bastard Ale. Each adoptive brewery is entrusted with the Arrogant Bastard recipe and the one time only batch will be available for on site consumption only at our taproom. The brew date is Tuesday, May 24 and we invite everyone to come in to smell the Liquid Arrogance from the taproom during brew day. Our planned date to tap it is June 24. The beer is Adopted Arrogant Bastard Ale. For those that are not familiar with Arrogant Bastard, it is one of the all time great hoppy beers created by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner at Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. We can’t say enough about being entrusted to brew this recipe and bring some Arrogant Bastard Ale to our taproom. ”


Rock Bottom Downtown has 'No Hearted' IPA, an all Centennial Hop IPA. Centennial had a storied origin in 1974 in the State of Washington created through a USDA program for an all-around aromatic and bettering hop with the ability to grow safely in various US climes. It’s a standard choice for a range of styles.

Bier Brewery: Announced their American Craft Beer Week kinship with 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s release of “Blonde on Blonde.” Also on tap AM Lager, Formal, Belgian Dubbel and Snakedancer. Newly canned: Chinookalicious American IPA, available at the Taproom.

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Broad Ripple Brewpub's GM Billy Hannon reports, “As part of American Craft Beer Week we’re offering two special 20-ounce beers for only $3. They are The Mix, which is half IPA and half Lawnmower; and The ESP, which is half Porter and half ESB. Both are customer based ideas rather than something we came up with ourselves. People who want the [longstanding] IPA/ Lawnmower combo literally say, ‘I’ll just have the mix.’ I came up with the ESB/Porter ‘ESP’ name myself. Feel free to try those or anything else you like the sound of on the beer list.”

Four Fathers’ announced the release of The Fall, “our brand new sour stout with raspberries. This beer was kettle soured and fermented with 100% Brettanomyces, then we added chocolate and a ton of raspberries. It's tart, chocolatey and very raspberry forward. It's been a few months in the making, and it's ready for you to drink. 500mL bottles are $15 each, no limits. You can also enjoy our Thin Red Line or Dr. Terminus from cans here in the taproom at in Valparaiso.”

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Rita Kohn

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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