Beer Buzz: After the tornadoes 

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Giving back

From Roger Baylor, New Albanian Brewing Company (NABC) in New Albany: "On Friday, March 2, tornadoes swept through areas just north of us and caused loss of life and much physical devastation. The following day, NABC put jars on the bars at both locations and asked for tornado relief donations. We recommended dedicating a dollar for every beer, and said we'd match the total contributed at the end of the day. After much deliberation, it was our management decision that short-term relief needs were being amply met, and we'd direct the donations to the school in Henryville, which absorbed a direct hit from the storms.

In addition to customer donations, our friends in Dayton, Ohio, also took up a collection, and their check was added to the proceeds. Including our match, the amount we sent to Adopt-A-Classroom came to $2051.00 ... and if you'll see in the screenshot above, OfficeMax is matching this donation, which means that a dollar per craft beer in the jar will be worth $4,102 toward restoring Henryville's schools."

From Monarch Beverages: "Monarch employees, in conjunction with other volunteers of the United Way of Indiana, moved logs, cleared creek beds and consoled Hoosiers who had lost it all."

Brewer's Guild of Indiana donated $5000 to the Red Cross Southern Indiana storm victim relief fund. In addition, Kwang Casey, owner of Oaken Barrel, Greenwood, organized the March 10 Charlestown Pizza Company beer festival to raise money for the relief, with breweries from Indiana and Kentucky donating beer. Make donations at

Garlands for Easley
Bravo to Easley Winery winning gold medal and best of class honors for Easley Sweet Barrel Red, and gold medal honors for Easley Sweet Barrel White at Ontario, California's Jerry D. Mead New World International Wine Competition and a gold medal for Easley's 2010 Michigan Riesling at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition earlier this year.

The Daily Buzz

March 28
Bloomington Brewing Company, 5-8:30 p.m. at their new production facility, 2234 W. Industrial Park Dr., Bloomington; 6-course beer dinner. $50 per person. Reserve at the Brewpub at Lennie's or 812-323-2112.

March 31
Melody Inn, 9 p.m., Triton Brewery debuts their full line of bottled beer and specialty beers, including Magnificent Amber on tap, during Punk Rock Night. 10:30 p.m.; cover $8.

April 1
The Ball & Biscuit, 331 Mass Ave., 1 p.m., Hoosier Beer Geek April Fools Day Event, cocktALEs features Zach Wilks' "creative integrating beer with liquor with a focus on local brewers." More at 317.636.0593.

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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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