Thr3e Wise Men: Customers favor the new soft, slightly sweet pretzels, which use Golden Zoe IPA as an ingredient in the dough, the glaze wash and the beer mustard sauce. They taste fine with Omar's seasonal Children of the Corn, a sunny, kicked-up cream ale with up front citrus cleansing, smooth finish and layers of esters and hops flavors in between. Equally refreshing is Two Lucy's Blackberry Wheat.
The Ram: Look for the Ram symbol, which denotes food made with beer, including in the beer and cheese dip and daily soup (made with Buttface Amber Ale); baby-back ribs (Big Red Ale); fish and chips (Big Horn Hefe in the beer batter); and brownie skillet sundae (Total Disorder Porter hot fudge). All match well with brewer Andrew Castner's three seasonals: Ghost King IPA, flavored with a sweet grass aroma, with lemon leading to an array of esters and a dry finish; Bayside Steam, which exudes fruity esters from the lager yeast; and the hazy, spicy full-bodied Barefoot Wit.
Rock Bottom: Expect a whole new menu clustered around brewer Jerry Sutherlin's Honey Blonde, which features an elixir from Hunter's Honey Farm in Martinsville. Perfect for summer are the hazy Hefeweizen's layers of clove, citrus and malt sweetness.
Welcome to Iechyd Da Brewing Company, Indiana's newest, opened at the end of May as a brewpub at 317 N. Main St., Elkhart. It's run by northern Indiana homebrewers Chip and Summer Lewis. More at echyddabrewingcompany.com.
Tom Wallbank was winner of The Ram's 2012 Homebrew "Every Day IPA" Competition; his Cannabaceae will be brewed sometime this fall. Keith Stambro took second and Eric Bucy third out of 31 entries.
The Daily Buzz
92.3 WTTS Spring Music Sampler and tapping @ The RAM downtown, 6 p.m.; tapping Endgame Russian Imperial Stout, the second beer in the Ram's RAMAGEDDON 2012 series.
Fishers on Tap: Celebrating Indiana's Craft Breweries @ Forum Conference and Convention Center, 11313 USA Parkway, Fishers; 6:30-9:30 p.m., sponsored by Fishers Rotary Club; information and tickets at fishersontap.com.
Tapping Kiwi Kiwi Hefeweizen @ Flat 12, 4 p.m.
Indy's Wine & Brew Fest @ United Package Liquors in Broad Ripple; call 205-1200.
Tapping of Honey Wheat @ Rock Bottom Downtown; call 317- 681-8180.
New on tap
Oaken Barrel: Schwartz bier, a traditional German Black Lager dark in color with a light malty taste and a crisp finish
Triton: Fieldhouse Wheat, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber, Deadeye Stout, Railsplitter IPA, Sin Bin Belgian Pale and O'Rye-n Galaxy Pale (Seasonal)
Bier: Persephone, Farmgal, Cream Ale, Happy Pils, John' Porter, PDG Ale
Fountain Square Brewery: Black Lager