June 22, 6 p.m., join Larry Bell at Beer Sellar, 6466 E. 82nd St., for a record breaking tapping of 30 different Bell's beers at once, including some never before on tap in Indiana. For starters, you'll find Oberon, Third Coast Beer, Two Hearted Pale Ale, Amber Ale Porter, Expedition Stout, Best Brown Ale, Third Coast Old Ale, Harry McGill's Spiced Stout, Smoked Stout, Cherry Stout, Poolside Wedding Ale, Hell Hath no Fury ...
The American Homebrewers Association meeting takes place in Oakland June 1820, 20 years after the very first AHA conference in Boulder. Indiana homebrewers report sending brews for the prestigious national competition. Last year in Cincinnati, homebrewer Thomas Wallbank won a gold for his Düsseldorf Altbier, besting 149 other entries in Amber Hybrid Beer, and Foam Blowers of Indiana homebrew club was voted the "Club with the Best Beer" out of 42 clubs in attendance from all over the country.
Ken Grossman, co-founder and president of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, Calif., is the keynote speaker. The story is that Grossman, introduced to the homebrewing hobby by a friend, subsequently owned The Home Brew Shop before brewing his first batch of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on Nov. 15, 1980. Kahn's on Keystone had a fleet of Sierra Nevada brews at their June 8 tasting. While the Pale Ale is considered the classic and the Torpedo Extra IPA tasted mighty fine, my favorite is still the Stout. The seasonal Summerfest, while a lighter version of SN's ales, has a significant hop aroma and tangy hop bite. A long lagering adds smoothness.
For a very special Indiana-brewed summer taste treat, stop by Ram downtown and Fishers for brewer Jon Simmons' version of Barefoot Wit. Its fruity/spice complexity goes with a range of menu items or stands on its own to sip during an extended conversation with friends and family.