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Beer Buzz: 500 Miles of Craft Beer (in a cooler) 

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500 miles of craft beer

Indianapolis Motor Speedway allows spectators to bring Indiana craft beer in cans or plastic howlers/bullets in a carry-in cooler, purse or backpack not to exceed 18 by 14 by 14 inches. Currently, there are three Indiana brews with a special nod to the Indy 500.

1) For two decades, Oaken Barrel has been offering Snake Pit Porter, alluding to the Speedway's infield viewing section. It's a robust ale, dark, rich, chewy and somewhat bitter, with a big and chocolaty malt flavor. It's not in cans so fill a howler/bullet at OB in Greenwood.

2) Flat 12 Bierwerks, named for the Flathead or "Flat-12" cylinder engine, is offering Hinchtown Hammer Down, a Golden Ale honoring James Hinchcliffe. The canned version is available only at the brewery; in bottles and on tap, Hinchtown is all over.

3) New this year is Cutters Redline Amber, in support of the "People's Race Car," an effort to crowdfund an Indy 500 car. It's not in cans but you can fill a plastic howler/bullet at the Avon-based brewery.

Meanwhile, you can find Indiana craft cans at select Crown Liquors, Kahn's, 21st Amendment and Big Red, not to mention Kroger, Marsh, Whole foods and O'Malia markets, and neighborhood shops and drugstores with a beer section. Indiana breweries that can include Chapman, Cutters, Daredevil, Great Crescent, People's, Sun King, Three Floyd's, Tin Man, Upland.

Or check out a couple events: Kahn's on Keystone is hosting an Indiana and nationwide craft beer in cans tasting May 22 from 6-8 p.m.; and Crown Liquors downtown at 150 N. Delaware will host an Indiana craft in cans tasting May 30, 4-7 p.m.

A new brew

Bloomington Brewing's 10-Speed Hoppy Wheat entices with a golden and hazy hue, a crisp citrus aroma from Mosaic hops, and an overall layered taste profile going from earthy pine to exotic pineapple. Richly balanced with pale, red wheat and Vienna malts, at 5.2 percent ABV and 27 IBU a pint won't knock you off your bike. Available at 58 different serving places throughout Central Indiana and in Indianapolis from Aristocrat to Union Jack.

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