Beer Buzz: Bikes, booze and baseball 

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April 11

Roving Cinema at Sun King, 7 p.m., The Goonies presented by the Indianapolis International Film Festival; food by Seoul Grill.

April 12

Chatham Tap Takeover, 18 Sun King Beers on tap all day; Maibock release at 6:30 p.m.

Great Fermentations Friday Night Club welcomes Flat 12 Bierwerks brewers Rob Caputo and Josh Hambright to unveil 12 Penny Scottish Ale, the first beer kit in the GF series of collaborations with local brewers. 5-7 p.m., free.

April 13

Opening Day at Victory Field; 5 p.m. Bike to the Ball Park from Sun King with INDYCOG & Mayor Ballard; 6:30 p.m.; Sun King tapping of Indians Victory Lager at Captain Morgan Cove.

April 14

Great Fermentations, 4:30-6 p.m., bring your copy of Brewing Better Beer or purchase one at the store, and have it signed by author Gordon Strong.

Earth House Collective, Upland's Infinite Wisdom Triple Release party featuring music from Blue Moon Revue with live performance art Norton Wisdom. Infinite Wisdom Tripel is a strong, Belgian-style Ale that has a long fermentation period using classic Belgian yeasts. The nose contains some banana and citrus notes while a complex fruitiness and light warming sensation are experienced upon tasting. Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at he door; 21+

Indiana University Art Museum inaugural fundraiser, Art on Tap, 5:30-9 p.m. celebrates Bloomington's microbreweries and IU's art collection showcasing beer-themed artwork in the galleries including an ancient Egyptian brewery model dating back to 1991-1782 BC. More information at 812-855-5445. Tickets: $35 in advance at Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office, IU Art Museum, Lennie's Bloomington Brewing Company, Upland Brewery/Restaurant, online at; $40 at the door.

Brew Bracket, 12:30-5 p.m., Indiana State Fair grounds. Partnering with local charity, SCI Hope Fund. Tickets: $35.

April 15

Black Market Brewer's Brunch, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; 4-course brunch paired with Sun King Beers; reserve at 317-822-6757.

New seasonals on tap:

Thr3e Wise Men 2 Sisters Carolina American Saison Ale with a refreshing citrusy and spicy start and finish. At ABV 5% IBU 33 it's a lawnmower treat.

It's head-to-head brews at Rock Bottom Downtown and College Park as a nod to opening of baseball season. Downtown Jerry Suthrlin describes "Catcher in the Rye" as an American-style IPA brewed with rye malt to accentuate Pacific Northwest hop characters and add a dry spicy malt flavor.Liz Laughlin at College Park says this hoppy IPA's rye malt provides a spicyness to the flavor that will leave you wanting more at ABV 7.0% IBU 80. The game plan is go to both and compare.

Last call for Homebrew Entry:

2012 Crown Challenge is April 21. Entry forms at

Upcoming Festivals:

May 12: The Sour + Wild + Funk Fest focus is on sour ales from around the state, country, and world, paired with foods designed to accentuate the unique flavors of these specialty beers. At Developer Town. Tickets $45.

"The Sour + Wild + Funk Fest is hosted by Upland Brewing Co., and our fellow Indiana brewers Brugge, Sun King, and Mad Anthony will be pouring sours alongside us. Our friends at New Belgium, Sam Adams, Jolly Pumpkin, Bells, and more will be there, plus foreign brews."

May 26: Mayfest, 2-6 p.m. at Lake County Fairgrounds, Crown Point; tickets $30 at

April 28: Tippecanoe Arts Federation is partnering with Lafayette brewers Chris Johnson, People's Brewing and Greg Emig, Lafayette Brewing Company to present TAP, the craft beer fair to benefit TAF. More information at 765-423-2787 or

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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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