Beer Buzz: 2013 Indy Microbrewers Fest 

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Saison on tap at Microbrewers fest

The 18th Annual Microbrewers Festival on July 20 (3-7 p.m.) will showcase over 300 craft beers from nationwide and Indiana breweries in Broad Ripple at Opti-Park and grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center. The festival this year caps the first annual "Circle City Beer Week" featuring events all around greater Indianapolis. Find event updates and schedules on the Circle City Beer Week mobile application provided by Bento Mobility. Once again, the festival benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana.

Saison, French for "season," is the ReplicAle specialty at this year's Festival. ReplicAle - which challenges brewers to, as it sounds, replicate a given type of beer - is another way for Indiana's craft brewers to bring individuality, versatility, craft, art and passion to a traditional style. The brewers at Flat 12 chose this pale ale as the challenge but did not provide a specific recipe because there isn't one particular way to brew a Saison. Particularly refreshing during the heat of summer with a fruity, spicy profile and high carbonation, Saison is an eclectic, all-over-the place beer that originated in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. Each farmhouse brewer created a personal version that over time became their specialty, and that's what you'll find annually in Indiana as each brewery rolls out its version.

At the Festival ReplicAles are shared during special release times at a station on the Arts Center side. Spirited conversation is welcome as you taste and compare. Brewers Supply Group annually donates grain to the effort.

The winners

The Indiana State Fair Microbrewers Competition on July 13 attracted entries nationwide. Thanks to Greg Kitzmiller, Certified Beer Judge and blogger with indianabeer.com for keeping track while Beer Buzz skipped out on the awards banquet to attend Symphony on the Prairie. Here is a preliminary list of winners:

Professional Brewery of the Year: Sun King Brewery
Professional Best of Show Beer: Upland Brewery
Homebrewer of the Year: Tim Palmer, Foam Blowers of Indiana Club
Homebrewer Best of Show: Tim Palmer, Indianapolis
Homebrew Club of the Year: Foam Blowers of Indiana

First Place Professional Breweries:
Light Lager: Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnaise, IL
Pilsner: Bells Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
European Ambers: Thr3e Wisemen Brewery, Indianapolis
Dark Lager: Upland Brewery, Bloomington
Bock: Sun King Brewery, Indianapolis
Light Hybrid: Twisted Crew Brewery, Seymour
Amber Hybrid: Galveston Island Brewing, Galveston, TX
English Pale: Upland Brewery, Bloomington
Scottish and Irish: Half Moon Brewery, Kokomo
American Ale: Triton Brewing, Indianapolis
English Brown: Sun King Brewing, Indianapolis
Porter: Bier Brewery, Indianapolis
Stout: Crown Brewing, Crown Point
IPA: Bloomington Brewing Company, Bloomington
German Wheat and Rye: Oaken Barrel Brewing, Greenwood
Belgian and French: Oaken Barrel Brewing, Greenwood
Sour: Sun King Brewing Company, Indianapolis
Belgian Strong: Sun King Brewing Company, Indianapolis
Strong Ale: Crown Brewing Company, Crown Point
Fruit Beer: Lakefront Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI
Spice/herb/vegetable beer: RAM Brewery, Indianapolis
Smoke beer: RAM Brewery, Indianapolis
Specialty Beer: Upland Brewing Company, Bloomington

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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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