Beer Buzz: Big Brew Day 

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Coming up May 3 is American Homebrewers Association Big Brew Day, when thousands of homebrewers worldwide brew the same beers simultaneously and stop at 1 p.m. local time to toast craft beer writer Michael Jackson, whose The World Guide to Beer was most instrumental in alerting people to a quality life with craft brews. Everyone is welcome to Brew Day events.

Homebrewers were instrumental in starting the modern craft beer 'revolution.' "Homebrewers are still driving the growth," says Ron Smith about the current scene with proliferating craft breweries. "Most of the new breweries opening are small ones and they are the homebrewers trying to go pro."

Events at Great Fermentations, running 10 a.m.-4 p.m., are free, but register at The store also invites, "Bring your old equipment with you and sell it to your fellow homebrewers."

Here's what's happening at the Indianapolis location: 11 a.m., Beer Judge Certification Program judge Sandy Cockerham shows how to properly pick a coffee to use in your next batch. 12 p.m., Learn three of the most common off flavors in beer. 1:15 p.m., Consult with a BJCP-certified judge to help determine if your brew is competition worthy. 2 p.m., Ted Miller (Brugge Brasserie and Outliers Brewing) shows how beer and food pairing is done

And in Avon: 10:30 a.m., consult with a BJCP certified judge for a competition worthy. Noon, learn three of the most common off flavors in beer. 1:30 p.m., Dustin Brown from Cutters Brewing talks about transitioning from homebrewer to pro brewer. 2:45 p.m., Adrian Ball of Sun King discusses creating sour beers and managing your barrel projects.

Cartel Brewing Supply is also hosting events 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1139 Shelby St., Alley Suite. They're free, but register at or call 408-6970.

Brewers collaborating, partnering

May 2 at 5 p.m. Flat 12 launches Hinchtown Hammer Down Golden Ale at Lino's, 1201 Main St. in Speedway honoring James Hinchcliffe, IndyCar driver for Team Andretti. May 2 Upland's 2014 Infinite Wisdom Tripel, featuring a new painting by artist Norton Wisdom, launches on tap and in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles. May 7 at 5:30 p.m. Triton Brewery taps the Triton Brewing/Flat 12 collaboration Roggen-style beer.

Take a chance Black Acre and Flat 12 collaboration dice game beers As Rolled and Crap Shoot Indiana Common are still on tap.

Greg Kitzmiller reports Bloomington Brewing and New Albanian's collaboration Scotch Ale is "delicious" and the Upland/New Belgian collaborations LightSynth and DarkSynth are gaining widespread attention.

Every Thursday starting at 5:45 p.m. join Flat 12 and BlueMile to jog from Flat 12's Biergarten to Monument Circle and back. Details at

New brews

Triton, May 1 at 5 p.m. tapping Wit or Witout You Belgian-style Wit and releasing their newest craft 4-packs.

Oaken Barrel's easy drinking Amarillo Lager is on tap. OB reports their new menu "is a hit" with Chubby Burger, Dynamite Shrimp Wrap, Korean Quesadilla and Claus' Sausage Sampler leading favorites.

Upland's May 17th Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest tickets now on sale at

New to Broad Ripple

The Michigan-based bar chain HopCat has announced plans to open a restaurant and bar featuring 130 craft beers on tap in August at 821 Broad Ripple Ave. Clayton Robinson, president of Brewers of Indiana Guild, comments: "I have met with the HopCat folks and talked extensively about their plans to open in Broad Ripple. They are solid people and everything I have heard from industry friends in Michigan about how they run their operation and interact with the community has been incredibly positive. They plan to showcase local beer and they design each location with the local area in mind, so it is far from a plug and play chain."


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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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