Beer Buzz: Beer Blogger Conference 

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Beer bloggers from across the planet brought their diverse geographic perspectives to Indy last week during the 2012 Beer Blogger Conference, held July 13-15. Listening to their appraisals of the breadth of Indiana craft brews became both instructive and prideful. There was some surprise on their part in observing that "so many of the very smallest breweries are putting out great quality." Perhaps what most impressed them is the collegiality among and between brewers. At the Microbrew Festival, the praise was for the opportunity to sample ReplicAle offerings, which gave brewers the opportunity to showcase their surprising takes on the 17th Century English Ale.

Along with attending seminars and visiting breweries, brewpubs Tomlinson Tap Room and the Festival, many took advantage of the cultural offerings in downtown Indianapolis, including museums, the White River State Park and the Cultural Trail. We're happy to have hosted and hope their return home is safe and filled with lasting memories of a quality time.

A decade in New Albany">New Albanian Brewing Company is celebrating a dual anniversary this year — 25 years as a gutsy business innovation by Roger Baylor, whose passion for craft beer is outpaced only by his visionary community-building acumen, and 10 years as a pacesetting microbrewery. Baylor returned from his 1980s beer meanderings in Europe with connections put to good use at Rich O’s Public House, now renamed Grant Line Road Public House, which quickly became a craft beer destination.

But Baylor’s vision was to have New Albany’s history repeat itself as a brewing landmark, pitting his brewing staff against the best of the best imports. A decade of steady growth, including the opening of the Bank Street Brewhouse in New Albany’s historic downtown, again proves the axiom of “if you build it they will come.” Through the years, New Albanian Brewing Company has involved itself with every facet of community life, from baseball to bridge building, philanthropy to neighborhood reclamation.

New Albanian Brewing Company's 25th anniversary celebration, a day-long musical, family-friendly event with food, activities and refreshments suitable for all ages, will be held July 22 from 10 a.m. to sundown at New Albany’s Riverfront Amphitheater. The Amphitheater is located by the Ohio River in downtown New Albany with ample parking available by the levee at the foot of Pearl Street. There's no cover charge, but it’s cash 'n' carry for food, drinks and vending. Proceeds after expenses will be disbursed in the form of grants to Rauch Inc., the Isabel Jade Pickhardt Fund and New Albany First. And yes, there’s a celebratory brew: a big, bold malt beer called “Turbo Hog” 
that will join the New Albanian lineup of regulars and specials.

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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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