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Brew-Ha-Ha, Phoenix Theatre's 14th annual microbrew festival, is June 27, 3-7 p.m. in the 700 block of North Park Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and East St. Clair Street downtown. The event is open to individuals aged 21 and older. The Phoenix's Sharon Gamble says, "Sample the region's finest microbrews and craft beers, relax to live music by three local bands and enjoy great food at Indy's original beer sampling event." Scheduled are Barley Island Brewing Co., Broad Ripple Brewpub, Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery, Main Street Brewery, New Albanian Brewing Co., Oaken Barrel Brewery, Ram Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery, Rock Bottom Brewery, Sun King Brewery and Upland Brewery along with brews supplied by Cavalier Distributing, World Class Beverages, Zink Distributing Co., Party Pak and Mass Ave Wine Shoppe. Tickets are $25 ($20 in advance through June 26), $10 for designated drivers. Brew-Ha-Ha is a rain-or-shine event. Proceeds support educational outreach programs of the not-for-profit Phoenix Theatre: 317-635-2381,

Indianapolis medalists at the national American Homebrew Association conference include Brian Steuerwald (gold), John Morrical (silver) and Jim Matt (bronze). See all winners at

Brugge will present the 2009 Confederations Cup Semi Finals June 24, USA v. Spain, and June 25, Brazil v. South Africa, at 2:30 p.m. Info:

Great Fermentations' Summer Ale homebrew kit promises pleasant citrus notes derived from the bitter orange and lemon peel combined with two additions of cascade hops. A small addition of wheat malt contributes to the pale color's slight haze. "After about a two-year absence, we are pleased to announce the return of Northern Brewer hop pellets, and we have new flavor extracts including watermelon, chocolate and ginger, and we are pretty excited about two new German malts for those malty fest-style beers," enthused Anita Johnson. Info: or cal 317-257-9463.

Joe Quinn is the new beer manager at Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits ( Cari Crowe is moving on to Upland Brewing Company as their sales representative for the Indianapolis, Lafayette and Muncie markets. Crowe followed longtime beer guy Cole Vargas.

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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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