Beer Buzz: Session Beer Day 

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The RAM reports their Small Ale Competition "is taking on a bit of a new twist in 2012 with a hop-tastic challenge to brew your best Every Day IPA." The competition is limited to the first 50 brewers who register.

Triton debuted their line of bottled beer at Melody Inn in late March.

Tavern on South has a lineup of Indiana craft brews.

Bier Brewery is debuting their spring lineup with Wit and Kooterlight. Bier's new custom made tap handles designed by Indy Art Forge are now at Bier Taproom, Tomlinson's. Twenty Tap, Flathwater, Sahm's, Hearthstone Coffee House & Pub and Black Acre Brewing.

Oaken Barrel released Uberweizen, their annual German wheat beer "with aroma of bananas, cloves and refreshing taste of summer." The Beer Garden is open.

Crown Brewing has growler refills of Crown Brown at $5 during early April. New on tap is Cask Conditioned IPA that has been heavily dry hopped with Citra and Simcoe hops.

The "Three Floyd's Amendment" has been signed into law, allowing Indiana microbreweries to produce more beer by excluding beer that is brewed for consumption and distribution outside Indiana from the cap of 30,000 barrels per year.

The Daily Buzz

April 4
Tomlinson Tap Room at City Market, $20 gets you 3 tastes of brews paired with food.

April 6
Fountain Square Brewing Co., 7 p.m., tapping Saison Du Vall at their First Annual Peep Show.

April 7
Session Beer Day across the USA. Started in January of 2007 by beer writer Lew Bryson to promote well crafted low-alcohol brews under 4.5% alcohol by volume [ABV], Session Beer Day champions beers flavorful enough to be interesting, balanced enough for multiple pints, conducive to conversation and reasonably priced. April 7 is also known as "Little Repeal Day," when 4.0% ABV beer became legal, before the passing of the 21st amendment put paid to all such restrictions. Let Beer Buzz know what "session brews" you find and enjoy. A short list of Indiana session brews include:

Barley Island Blind Tiger Pale Ale, Sheet Metal Blonde and Flat Top Wheat below 5%; Brugge Brasserie White 4.5 %; Crown Brown 4.1%; Flat 12 12 Penny Scottish Ale 3.4%; Great Crescent Mild Ale 4.2%; NABC Community Dark (English Mild) 3.7%, Tafelbier 4% and (Extra)Ordinary sub-4%; Oaken Barrel Alabastar Beligian Wit, Razz-Wheat and Indiana Amber 4.5-5.3%; People's Pilsner 4.2%; Ram Blonde and Sticky Fingers Stout 4.4%; Rock Bottom Circle City Light 3.9%; Shorleline Foggy Loggy Lager 4.4%; Upland Wheat 4.5%.

April 14
Indiana University Art Museum inaugural fundraiser, Art on Tap, 5:30-9 p.m., celebrates Bloomington's world-class local microbreweries and IU's art collection, showcasing beer-themed artwork in the galleries, including an ancient Egyptian brewery model dating back to 1991-1782 BC. Beer by Bloomington Brewing Company, Cutters Brewing Company and Upland Brewing Company. Oliver Winery will serve samples of their hard cider. Non-alcoholic beverages available; gourmet food pairings by One World Catering and Happy Pig Street Food; live music and entertainment by the Vallures and Kali Ma Fire Troupe. All proceeds benefit IU Art Museum. More information at 812-855-5445. Tickets: $35 advance; $40 door.

Brew Bracket, 12:30-5 p.m., Indiana State Fair grounds. Partnering with local charity, the SCI Hope Fund. Tickets: $35.


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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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