Beer Buzz: Winterfest, Matisse and doodling 

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If the annoyingly simplistic (and prejudicial) first chapter delineating differences between beer and wine drinkers doesn't put you off, you'll find Certified Wine Educator Jim Laughren delivers a far better comparative analysis between beer and wine and how to enjoy both in A Beer Drinker's Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine [Crosstown Publishing, paper, $16.95;]. Of particular interest are the chapters titled "Nickel Tour of the Great Wine Regions." Part 1 delves into the Old World; Part 2 delineates the New World. It's a book that actually works both ways — exclusive wine drinkers will learn that beer is equally superb with food and conversation, so snobbery is out with the cork. Enjoy.

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Winterfest returns Feb. 1 to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Champions Pavilion with 200-plus beer selections from Indiana breweries and a select group of guest U.S. breweries. Early bird ($55) and general admission ($40) tickets are now available from

Brewers are sending up-beat reports about their offerings and several of the newest statewide breweries are promising samples of their intended 'niche' brews. Expect conversation about sourcing more local ingredients, with new hop growers and malters entering the mix. And certainly someone will frame and post The New York Times' inclusion of Indianapolis as one of 52 top destinations to visit in 2014 in its Jan. 12 issue. So Beer Buzz readers, get out into the neighborhoods to know what to say when out-of-staters come by.


Indianapolis Museum of Art wrapped up their engaging Matisse exhibit Jan. 11 with a panel discussion featuring 'product partners' Sun King and Just Pop-In. Both specialties earned top ratings for taste with encouragement to continue offering the full-palate/palette Matisse beer and the Pomegranate Cherry coated popcorn on a regular basis. Do you agree?


Jan. 16 — Rock Bottom downtown, tapping a new batch of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Moonlight Porter. Includes appetizers paired to brewer Jerry Sutherlin's smooth, rich beer with robust dark chocolate flavors.

Jan. 16 — Indiana City Brewery, Craft Brew Doodle Crew, Draw Night, 7-9 p.m. Ten artists get 10 minutes each, resulting in 10 collaborative works of art to be exhibited during the brewery's First Friday gallery opening on Feb. 7. Presented by Indiana City Brewing Co. and coordinated by Ronlewhorn Industries.

Jan. 17 — Outliers Brewing Company launch party at 534 East North St. introduces 4 new Indiana craft beers: Buffalo Jacket IPA, Blau Machen Pilsner, County Brown and Whitcomb Rye, 5-9 p.m.. DJ Rusty Redenbacher and Mr. Kinetik on the turntables; growler fills and beer by the pint; prizes, contests and giveaways.

Jan. 20 — Daredevil Anniversary Tour Stop at Black Market, 6 p.m.,"an epic multi-course beer dinner"; RSVP required at 822-6757

Jan. 22 — Fishers on Tap, Forum Conference and Event Center, 11313 USA Parkway, 4-7 p.m.; fundraising event for the Fishers Rotary Club with all proceeds going to charitable organizations in Fishers.

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