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Beer Buzz: Flat 12 needs help naming their Eleven brew 

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TwoDeep Brewery and Tap Room officially opened Aug. 2 at 714 N. Capitol “on the top of the Cultural Trail” and in the hub of new building expansion at the north edge of downtown Indianapolis. Founding brewer Andy Meyer, who earns accolades for persistence and flexibility along with his passion for crafting traditional brews, spoke with me early in 2014 when it was clear his original intention of repurposing the old Chateau Thomas Winery building was not possible. Looking for an underserved area to locate, North Capital called out as a perfect location, yet even there negotiations for a spot took twists and turns until the northwest corner building north of The State House opened up and Meyer could realize his intention to develop a production brewery with a taproom akin to a coffee shop atmosphere with comfortable seating where people can gather to converse “without distractions of tv sets all around.” Meyer, who supplemented his homebrewing skills with training at Chicago-based Seibel Institute, is drawn to German lagers. Acknowledging that for the past two hundred years American consumers have equated lagers with “the mass produced Miller, Coors and Bud” he said his goal is to show consumers “You can have a lager that is complex and great tasting too.” TwoDeep opened with Jenny Wit, a Belgian wheat; The Kunkel, a Dunkelweizen; Red Sunday Irish Red; Lake IPA; and Knightstic, a cream ale, all on tap. Growlers will be filled. Bottling/canning will follow. More at Twodeepbrewing.com

Flat 12 poured pints of the yet-to-named Indy Eleven tribute beer at the Aug. 6 match at Carroll Stadium. Bob Weaver was on hand to listen to everyone’s opinion about the five finalist names accompanied by label mock -ups. “We’ll consider these anecdotal responses along with the on-line comments for our final decision,” said Weaver. To offer “constructive feedback” go HERE.

Oaken Barrel, along with sourcing central Indiana fruits for their beers continues their dedication to serving locally grown produce and fruits in their restaurant. Kwang Casey tells us, “Cathy Richards of Indy Family Produce located in western Greenwood currently is providing us with delicious tomatoes for our appetizer special. We plan to use many of their produce, and we hope our customers try it also. You will be supporting local farmers and helping our Greenwood economy.”

New releases
Indiana City has their 2014 Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup Gold Winner “Irish Hill” back on tap along with “Crimson Bombshell,” a robust Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Amber Ale.
Rock Bottom downtown is serving a special menu of “Summer Honey Ale” paired with Sweet & Spicy Tastes of Summer
Half Moon in Kokomo is pairing their Summer wheat with a special menu. Brewer John Templet says, “It’s a refreshing American Wheat beer brewed with sweet orange peel and coriander for a fresh orange-citrus flavor that balances with the soft spiciness of the coriander.”
Mad Anthony in Fort Wayne has created “Peach Whet” with a bold peach flavor and a light body to soothe hot, sultry weather.
Upland released Loner IPA on tap at all its locations

Events
Aug 6-17
Indiana State Fair Grand Hall inaugural Beer and Wine Exhibition. Have photo ID in hand to enter. Experience 3-4 different breweries and wineries each day for a flight of tastes and/or a full serving.
Aug 6
Rock Bottom downtown, 5-7 p.m. Brewmaster’s Happy Hour; “chat with Jerry Sutherlin to find out what’s brewing here in Indy.”
Aug 7
Bier Brewery is featured at Carmel Monon Mixer at Carmel Clay Parks
Aug. 8
Thr3e Wise Men inaugurates their every Friday Hoppy Hour with live acoustic music 5-7 p.m.
Great Fermentations monthly Friday Night Club meeting at 5127 E 65th St. 5 p.m.
Aug. 9
Indiana City event for contributions of canned goods for the Julian Center.

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