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"Broad Ripple Brewpub is celebrating 20 years of serving great food and quality ales and being the hub of an ever growing community," says general manager Kurt Danerman. "We are kicking off with $3.00 pints on Mondays and a return engagement of magician Trinity on Wednesdays in March. We'll keep rolling towards our birthday party on Nov. 14 with specials and a commemorative series of brews from years past. Patrons are invited to vote for their six top choices."

NUVO stopped by BRB to savor brewmaster Kevin Matalucci's newest specials: Wobbly Bob Pale Ale, Organic Pale Ale and Red Bird Mild. Matalucci reports, "St. Patrick's Day, Fineen's Auld Sod Stout will replace the Monon Porter on the handpull at the bar." The Jack Daniels Barrel-aged Porter is currently on at the second BRBP's handpull. Upcoming posted events on (,, BRBPTwitter and Facebook Fan Page.

"Indiana legislature passed the bill allowing carry out beer sales (up to 576 ounces (2cases) per person) from small breweries, and we are waiting and expecting the Governor's signature," reports Oaken Barrel owner Kwang Casey.

"The bill also allows bars to stay open until 3:00 a.m. on Sundays and allows alcohol sales on election days. We'll keep you posted when the bill goes into affect."

March 11 at 6:00 p.m. "Fire Chief Ale" will be tapped at Rock Bottom Downtown and College Park. RBCP brewmaster Liz Laughlin merits women's history month mention as Rock Bottom's only female brewmaster. Arriving in Indiana in 2007 Laughlin won gold medals in Scottish and Kolsch categories and Best of Show for her Kolsch brew at that year's State Fair's Brewers' Cup, (and fellow Downtown brewmaster Jerry Sutherlin won gold in old ales, his second in the category in as many years, and a bronze in ESB).

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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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