Beer Buzz: American Craft Beer Week 

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Hurrah for homebrewers!

Eleven Indiana homebrewers won 20 medals across 14 beer categories in the first round of the National Homebrew Competition. Moving on to the national competition in Seattle, June 19-23, to compete against winners from nine other regional competitions are Thomas Wallbank, Matt Wisely, Bill Staashelm, Nathan Compton, Dave Stahl, Brian Steuerwald, Rob Meinzer, Nathan Engelberth, Mark Schiess, Dave Morse and Jason Mundy.

Yats opening

Triton Brewing Company feted the opening of the newest Yats (12545 Old Meridian St., Ste. 130, Carmel) with pours to match the menu. Live music with the Rob Dixon Trio and Joe Vuskovich as the ever-welcoming host assured a memorable event.

American Craft Beer Week!

May 16
Tomlinson Tap Room in Indianapolis City Market, Indianapolis Monthly Beer Fest, 6-8:30 p.m., features tastings from 15 Indiana craft brewers; $25 advance; $10 at the door.

Flat12 Bierwerks, Rock the Block party to benefit Riley Area Development Corp. neighborhood programs; 5 p.m., live music, food trucks, brews; $5 contribution.

Triton Brewing Company, in honor of ACBW, hosts a "Clustertruck" event, matching up fresh craft beer with local food truck fare.

May 17
Rock Bottom Downtown, 5-course beer dinner, $25, reserve at 681-8180.

Flat12, tapping, Moustache Ride Red (Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Amber).

Fountain Square Brewing Company, 4 p.m., release of "Bigger Nuggets," their first double American IPA.

MacNivens, Sun King tap takeover, 11 a.m.- close and release of Sky Cake, described by Clay Robinson as an "Alegar," which traditionally is a specialized vinegar but here means a sour beer.

May 18
Tomlinson Tap Room, National Bike to Work Day Happy Hour After Work event.

Bier Brewery, 3-9 p.m., pint night inside-event, Dashboard Diner food truck.

May 19
Chef JJ's Backyard EGGfest, 1040 Broad Ripple Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., unlimited sampling from 50 chef teams, all cooking on the Big Green Egg. Includes Sun King tapping 2012 version of Firefly Wheat. Tickets $25.

Upland's UpCup Competition and AHA rally, 350 W. 11th St, Bloomington. 5 p.m.

May 20
Flat12 Bierwerks, Black Sunday, releases of 12 dark beers, including 5 new brews.

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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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