Beer Buzz: Tow Yard Brewing opens 

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Brewers of Indiana Guild president Clayton Robinson wrote this for NUVO in light of the signing into law of a bill that could allow alcohol sales for the first time in 67 years at the Indiana State Fair: "The Brewers of Indiana Guild worked with the Indiana State Fair to allow Indiana breweries and wineries to showcase our products alongside all of the other great things that Indiana grows and produces. The initiative actually started over a year ago, but it took until this legislative session for it to gain any real traction. We are excited that this measure was viewed so favorably by not only lawmakers, but by the general public and that Governor Pence recently signed the bill into law. It is our hope that everything will be in order to christen an Indiana Beer and Wine Garden at this year's State Fair."

Tow Yard Brewing opened at 501 S. Madison St. in the former Chateau Thomas Winery building as a craft brewery and dining spot, highlighting locally sourced food in its walk-up meat deli. Head Brewer Bradley Zimmerman returns to Indianapolis after nearly a decade at Elysian Fields Brewery and Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in Seattle. He features Northwest style brews including Hook It Up Shandler, Goldie Hops Golden Ale, Emerald Circle IPA, and Horse Power Double IPA, ranging from 4-7.8 percent ABV.

Culver'sEvil Czech Brewery expanded its brewing operations to 3703 N. Main St. in Mishawaka with a completely remodeled Public House on the site of the former Mishawaka Brewing Co. and Restaurant. Evil Czech's Culver Brewpub at 530 S. Ohio St. now will be their research and development site with food service.


March 27 — Barrel-Aged ReplicAle Takeover, Tomlinson Tap Room, 5-9:30 p.m.; brewers from Barley Island, Black Acre, Bloomington Brewing, Flat 12 and Sun King will arrive at 7 p.m.

March 27 — Pink Ribbon Saison on tap for social hour and tour, Triton Brewery, 6-9 p.m., with Girls Pint Out and the Women's Mentoring Network.

April 3 — Tapping Hatchblower Pepper IPA, Triton Brewery, 5 p.m., honoring Gus Grissom's nickname. Grissom was inducted into the US Army Air Forces at Ft. Ben.

New brews

The RAM Ahhhhnold SCHWARZ-enegger Schwarzbier, a smooth German dark lager with a touch of roast barley character lingering into the finish.

Oaken Barrel Kolsch, a springtime beer fermented in warm temperature like an ale, then lagered in cold temperature for prominent but not extreme hoppiness.

Black Acre and Flat 12 collaboration Crap Shoot Common is based on rolls of the dice. It's really tasty. Learn more at


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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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