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World Class Beverages of Indianapolis is making worldwide news with an innovative product. "Brew Appetit Brewhouse Grille Box" is the first of its kind: an attractive home kit for a 6-course meal for 4-6 people that contains a booklet of easy-to-make recipes paired with two bottles each of Indiana and regional craft. Recipe ingredients are accessible, and substitutions are simple for vegetarian and other dietary preferences. Everything can be prepared ahead and refrigerated until you're ready to grille and serve. Since each recipe includes part or all of a bottle of the paired beer you might want to supplement for full sharing.

Oaken Barrel's Gnaw Bone Pale Ale with crunchy green salad with vinaigrette of pale ale beer and blue cheese; Three Floyds "Robert the Bruce" Scottish Style Ale with sweet and sour beer potato salad; and Barley Island Sheet Metal Blonde with wheat ale cornbread with cherries and chives, accompany brew burgers with Victory [Downington, PA] Storm King, while orange-lager beer grilled tuna with orange-avocado relish is paired with Bell's "Lager of the Lakes." Rogue [Newport, OR] Mocha Porter closes with Southern chocolate porter beer pecan pie.

Currently available at: Kahn's Fine Wines on Keystone, Payless Liquor #13 in Zionsville, Crown Liquors #14 in downtown Indianapolis, Cigar Havan in Fishers, Payless Liquors #17 in Fishers. Next is a Fall meal in a box.

Email and ask for his fascinating foray into a 1937 beer dinner.

New on tap:

Barley Island [both]: DAMIEN Batch #666 Belgian Golden Strong -spicy Belgian yeast aroma, sugary sweet taste with a dry finish, featuring Saphir hops.Beastie Barrel Porter with oak, vanillin flavors.

RAM [both] Aries American Wheat is cleansing, cooling withincreasing complexity. RAM at Fishers leads Oktoberfest with Sept. 7 tapping at 6:00 p.m.

Sun King: 2010 National Homebrew Competition winner Chinookie IPA has a whopping 48 pounds of Chinook hops for a 15 barrel Pro-Am brew by Dave Colt and Michael Pearson. Amazing.

Beginning brewing class at Great Fermentations, Sept. 7.


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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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