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Stouts and porters are the winter standouts at Indiana brewpubs and breweries. Broad Ripple Brewpub is celebrating its 2001st batch and 19 years of business with "2001 A Stout Odyssey.â � Brewer Kevin Matalucci says, "This 'galactic' stout is roasty and resting on oak wood spirals in the serving tank. Note how they impart flavor over time.â � Indeed, the longer we lingered with the 12-ounce special pour the more complexity we discovered in this smooth, drinkable big beer.

Barley Island Brewing Company is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Brewpub in Noblesville and the grand opening of the Barley Island Restaurant and Brewhouse in Broad Ripple with the seasonal release of Black Majik Java Stout and Beastie Barrel Stout along with tappings of Dirty "Old" Helen Sour Ale as their anniversary beer, and Oak Barrel-Aged Barfly IPA.

December's guest brewery at Barley Island Restaurant & Brewhouse in Broad Ripple is New Albanian Brewing Company. Dec. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m., owner Roger Baylor and sales/marketing manager John Campbell will be on hand to tap and talk about their Hoptimus Imperial IPA, Elector Imperial Amber and Bob's Old 15 B Porter.

Zest! is hosting a Beer vs. Wine Dinner, Dec. 9, 7-10 p.m., $59.00/person (includes tax & tip); tickets at Zest! or by phone: 317.466.1853 or e-mail: Reservations only (no walk-ins).

Deano's Vino in Fountain Square is tapping Sun King Imperial Cream Dream Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Upland announces releases of Winter Warmer Barleywine draught and six-packs. 22 oz. bottles of this winter seasonal will be available in early January along with Ard Ri Imperial Red, Infinite Wisdom Tripel, Double Dragonfly IPA and their new seasonal, Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA.

Rock Bottom Downtown and College Park tappings for Old Crumudegon are Dec. 10 starting at 6:00 p.m.

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Rita Kohn

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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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