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Beer Buzz: Chilly Water on the way 

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Brewer and owner Skip Duvall's dream-come-true — the Chilly Water Brewing Company — is opening Summer 2014 in the Fletcher Place neighborhood at 719 Virginia Ave. Eschewing anything "too fancy," Duvall says he's putting together "an urban brewpub" with live music on a small stage.

Duvall, whose transportation for years has been his bicycle, wants to leave the least possible imprint on the planet. A farmer will utilize spent grains from brewing; he'll serve tap, not bottled, water. He wants Chilly Water to be a destination for bike clubs, people out running and walking and Pickled Pedaler passengers. Expect "simple, tasteful food" created with locally produced ingredients.

Duvall will brew a lager and a pale ale year-round along with seasonals on a 7-barrel system. The bar's eight taps will offer space for guest Indiana craft brews. Eventually, wine will be added "to make everyone feel welcome," says Duvall. "I'm proud of this neighborhood and its history," he adds, noting the historic marker identifying the site as Camp Fremont where the 28th Regiment USCT trained in 1863 on land owned by early settler Calvin Fletcher.

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Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre began offering selections from Peoples Brewing Company during the run of CATS, on stage through March 30. "Their hand-crafted Moundbuilder IPA and Farmer's Daughter Wheat Ale are already a hit with our audiences – even before we've listed them on our menu," said Nick Stark, front of house manager.

Indy Eleven announced Flat 12 is their official 2014 local craft beer, available at the sporting venue's concession. Flat 12 is partnering with Indy Eleven fan group The Brickyard Battalion "to build and celebrate that community of supporters." Flat 12 tapped One Sky Pale Ale on March 11. "It's brewed with local products made for local people doing good work for the community," commented Flat 12 spokesperson Bob Weaver, adding "soccer needs to be here."

BrewBracket introduced several hundred patrons to 16 Indiana craft beers in four separate categories at the Flower and Patio Show. On closing day, Beer Buzz sat with two people who enjoyed talking about why specific brews most pleased their palates.

Bier Brewery expands to Simeri's Italian Fishers on March 19 — and will take over taps at Fat Dan's Deli on March 22.

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