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September is the new October when it comes to Oktoberfest. Alas, if you wait until the tenth month you've missed them.

Sun King Brewing in Downtown Indianapolis started Oktoberfest on Sept. 10th. Check out their tasting room to sample beers and buy to-go growlers or kegs or order Sun King at your local pub or restaurant.

Sept. 19 you can celebrate north, south, or central; here's a sampling:

Back Road Brewery in LaPorte, 1:00-5:005 pm (CST): Fall Fest, ages 21+ only, $20 to sample beers from Back Road, Shore Line Brewery (Michigan City), Crown Brewery (Crown Point), The Livery Brewery (Benton Harbor MI), and Three Floyds Brewery (Munster).

Mad Anthony and the Brewers of Indiana Guild, from 2;00-6:00 pm: annual Octobeerfest. in the Mad Anthony Brewing Co's parking lot in Fort Wayne. Beers are from over 40 Indiana Microbrews, Fort Wayne Homebrew Club and Belmont Beverage. Tickets $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door, includes a tasting glass with unlimited beer samples, a t-shirt for the first 300 paid guests and live music. Food for sale by Shigs In Pit Competition BBQ Team.

Upland's Oktoberfest! 11:00 am-1:00 am, features live music and Oktoberfest Bavarian-style lager alongside traditional German dishes. "Bloomington may be a long way from Munich, but with enough food and beer, you won't even know the difference," says the brewing staff.

Other brews:

Alcatraz Brewing Company, "always looking for a reason to celebrate," served complementary champagne and beer on Sept. 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm to the crowd gathered around the bar. NUVO toasted with Omar's 1 ¾ Belgian, a surprising brew with complexity that sneaks up on you the warmer it gets. It's good with just about anything on the menu. New on tap as of 9/15: India Brown Lager. We'll be tasting it along with you.

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Rita Kohn

Rita Kohn

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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