Beer Buzz: Wabash Brewery opens 

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

New on Tap, In Bottles & Cans

Twenty Tap is pouring a specialty collaborative Three Floyds and Chicago-based Half AcreBrewery Anicca American IPA, single hopped with Mosaic, known for its “cornucopia of fruit flavors.” Also on, Figure 8 Apostasy, an earthy fruity Black Saison; Mad Anthony Smoked Rye Stout; and Kevin Matalucci’s own Twenty Below Hefeweizen; along with 34 other brews.

The RAM’s seasonal Mr. Brown Ale is on Downtown and Fishers.

Daredevil greeted 2015 with a vigorous 8.5% ABV Muse Belgian-style Golden IPA.

Coming Events

Jan. 7, 4 p.m. MashCraft tapping Any Port in the Storm, a Porter to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

Jan. 8. Daredevil launches their second Anniversary Road Trip at Twenty Tap, followed by Jan. 15 at Pizzology on Mass. Ave and in Carmel, Jan. 22 at Tomlinson Tap Room, Jan. 23 at La Margarita and Jan. 26 Beer Dinner at Black Market. Call 822-6757 for reservations.

Jan. 9. Indiana City releases Beast of Laurey’s and announces it’s now open seven days a week.

Jan. 10. Triton at Chef JJ’s for a five-course Beer Dinner.

Jan. 10. Flat 12 Bierwerks fourth Anniversary party features special tappings and local food trucks all day, live music from The Midtown MadMen and the Circle City Deacons.

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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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