Beer Buzz: Penrod's Flat 12 brew 

A charitable ale

For the Penrod Arts Fair on Sept. 7 on the grounds of the IMA, Flat12 Bierwerks designed Penrod 22, a Kolsch-style ale, to honor the 22 founding members of the Penrod Society. Bob Weaver describes Penrod 22 as "pouring a deep gold color and possessing a fragrant, fruit nose and smooth finish. At 5.2 percent ABV and 27.7 IBU it's refreshing and drinkable while enjoying the day."

Joining Flat 12 at the 2nd annual Craft Beer Garden (look for it behind Robert Indiana's "LOVE" sculpture) are Upland and Thr3e Wise Men. Monarch Beverages is pouring Miller Coors products. Eric DeWitt, Penrod Arts Fair 2013 volunteer coordinator, reports that 100 percent of proceeds from beer sales will go to the Penrod Society in support of arts, cultural and educational organizations in Central Indiana."

Get Penrod Arts Fair tickets at $15 (children under 10 free with an adult) at Marsh Supermarket and Tickets at the door are $20. DeWitt points to 2013 as the largest in its 47-year history, with quality attaining the highest level. New this year is a fund-raising Gala Preview on Friday evening preceding the Fair. It's a way of gaining greater depth for Penrod Arts Fair, says DeWitt. "We want the Fair to become a premiere must see, must be there event for everyone." Tickets are limited and available only at

Who's On: A Tale of Brewers (and Brews) on the Move

Broad Ripple Brewpub brewed its 2,500th beer on August 28 as a collaboration between head brewer John Treeter and BRBP server and homebrewer Chris Pliley. "It's a Double IPA with Citrus hops and grapefruit," announced Treeter with as much pride as a new father. Pliley's recipe for his first professional brew will be tapped around the end of September, announced general manager Billy Hannan, equally proud of the collaborative spirit that permeates Indiana's first brewpub, which has set the standard for everyone else in Indiana's brewing industry to emulate.

Pliley's "brew event" followed on the heels of Treeter inviting Oaken Barrel (Greenwood) assistant brewer Sara Turner [his colleague when he was assistant at OB] to brew her first professional recipe. "I was just there to cheer her on," confided Treeter. "It's her beer." Expect to savor Turner's Common Ale during IndyJazzFest. (Note: My personal experience with Common Ale is Lafayette Brewing's Tippecanoe Common Ale, an American Pale Ale-style brew perfected by former BRBP brewer Greg Emig.) Meanwhile, at Oaken Barrel owner Kwang Casey reports Alan Simon's new seasonal light summer Cream Ale, WAMM Blonde Ale is golden in color and light in taste with just a touch of the hops coming through. (Simon came to OB from being an assistant at Thr3e Wise Men when Mark Havens moved from OB to Big Woods.)

The third Treeter collaborative yielded the now on tap Tart Lizzie. Its deliciously balanced tartness of black currants against the sweet malt has made it as much a BRBP favorite as its namesake, Queen Elizabeth II. "People kept asking for it. Since it's Kevin Matalucci's recipe (now owner of Twenty Tap and Treeter's predecessor at BRBP), I called him up. Kevin told me to call Ted (Miller, owner of Brugge and Kevin's predecessor as BRBP brewer). Ted came over. It turned out pretty well." I agree. Tart Lizzie is a refreshing, smooth Sour, someplace between Ted's robust and Normal, Illinois-based Destihl's hearty Sours. Ted was visibly pleased to be "helping back at BRBP" when I stopped in at Brugge to ask about the Pub Creep partnership with Indy Jazz Fest. Special brews on tap at Brugge are Leopold, a single hop (Galaxy), sweet bouquet wine-like Belgian IPA with a kinship to the enduringly favorite Tripel de Ripple, and Harvey, a refreshing sunset hued Sour, brewed with fresh blackberries.

Back at BRBP I enjoyed German-style brews alongside the 33-year expected line up of English ales. Treeter's clean, smooth tasting, balanced Dusseldorf Altbier brings to mind the savory Altbier brewed as a 2010 Pro-Am competition entry by Dave Colt (now Sun King co-owner/head brewer) and Michael Pearson (now Daredevil co-owner/brewer). This got a conversation going with visitor Greg Kitzmiller ( We agreed a beer you really connect with has a way of staying with you as a sight, smell, taste treasure. They become our "go to" brews, proving the benefit of having house brews along with the seasonals and the specials.


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Rita Kohn

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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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