Beer Buzz: February 18 

Beer Buzz

By Rita Kohn

Wabash Brewery and taproom opened Jan. 2 as Indianapolis' first 2015 craft nano-brewery with a specialty niche for patrons to customize their events with a brew crafted by brewer/owners Damon Carl, Matt Kriech and co-owner Nic Stauch, who share Wabash College connections and credit their new enterprise "to the helpfulness of Indiana's brewing community and our wives." The trio customized a storefront space at 5328 W. 79th St. with the intention of filling growlers and howlers for take-home on Thursdays 4-8 p.m., Fridays 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Their four core beers represent their collective years of fine-tuning homebrews and naming them pays homage to the multiple aspects of "Wabash." Waapaahsiiki, a Blonde Ale is a tribute to the Miami Nation. 503 Amber Ale designates the river's mile-length from source to mouth (Ft. Recovery to the Ohio River). Cannonball Pale Ale alludes to a fictional train in an 1882 song with connections to Purdue and Indiana State, both located along the Wabash. Portage Porter reminds us the Wabash and Erie Canal link the Great Lakes to the Ohio River. Expect to taste Wabash Brewery brews at Winterfest Jan. 31 and at "Beers Across the Wabash Festival" in Lafayette. More at

Taxman Brewing in Bargersville opened their Gastropub. More at


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Rita Kohn

Rita Kohn

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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