Beer Buzz: Brewnited We Stand 

click to enlarge Sun King Brewing's Popcorn Pilsner
  • Sun King Brewing's Popcorn Pilsner

Breweries and community partners are preparing to celebrate Craft Beer Week across the state, proclaiming the official rallying cry of "Brewnited We Stand." Here's the schedule:

Triton will be all over greater Indianapolis May 14-17 with multiple tappings of new brews. Check locations at tritonbrewing.com. Rock Bottom downtown and College Park will feature weeklong food/beer pairing specials and new brews.

Now let's move on to May 15, when Sun King will tap its Popcorn Pilsner at the Cove at Victory Field. "Our popcorn is purchased from Indiana-grown Riehle's Select Popcorn," informs Sun King spokesperson Beth Belange. "Just Pop In popped around 1,600 pounds of popcorn for us." Popcorn Pilsner, 2011 Silver Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, will be released May 19 on draft and in cans. May 16 Sun King partners with Indianapolis School of Ballet for ISB's Soiree at the Scottish Rite Cathedral as a prelude to ISB's "Carnival of the Animals" May 17-18. More at: indyballet.org.

On May 16, Upland will unveil the third installation in their Side Trail Series, Breakfast Berliner Weisse, on tap at all Upland locations. It's Tom Wallbank's 2013 winning UpCup Competition entry. That same day, Upland, an early leader in crafting sours, will unveil their New Belgian Brewing collaboration, Lightsynth and Darksynth, at Mass Ave. Brew Pub. That's a prelude to hosting the third annual Sour + Wild + Funk Fest at City Market, May 17, 2-6 p.m, when over 25 nationwide breweries showcase their sourest and funkiest beers. Further afield, Upland is celebrating their growing presence in Chicago-land with the launch of Campside Session IPA in cans at Wrigley Field (it's the field's 100th anniversary).

And a few more events: On May 16, Tinman Brewing crew will introduce their new Apricot Sour Ale at Shoefly Public House, 122 E. 22nd St. The same day, Zionsville's Market Eve on Main Street features Indiana craft beer and live music. And May 17, Crown Beer Fest at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St. in Crown Point features Indiana and regional craft, 2-6 p.m.

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