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Big Boris Barleywine, Lafayette Brewing Company seasonal cult classic, will be released at LBC's annual New Year's Eve Bash at 9 p.m. Local rock veteran band Root Hog will be featured. Tickets: $8 advance/$10 day of show. Brewmaster Greg Emig reports: "We're rushing to get some of this year's version of Big Boris into 22 oz. bombers."

LBC Winter Warmer 2011 is Feb. 12, 5-8 p.m. Tickets go FAST! Call 765-742-2591 or visit

People's Mr. Brown has been released outside of the Lafayette area, and is now available on draft in 5- and 15.5-gallon kegs. Brewmaster Chris Johnson says: "For this American Style Brown Ale we used a lot of base malt and four different dark resulting in a complex malt character and a warming alcohol flavor. This is a great cold-weather beer, warming and smooth to take away the chill. We balanced it with Kent Goldings hops." Get locations at

New Albanian Brewing Company's Bonfire of the Valkyries, a Smoked Black Lager that is a fusion between a German-style Schwarzbier & Rauchbier, is reported to be available in Indianapolis. Ask for it at your favorite brewpub, bar or restaurant.

Readers are reporting favorable food and guest craft beer experiences at Black Swan Brewpub, 2067 E. Hadley Rd., Plainfield. The brewery operation is expected to be up and running in 2011;


Jan. 4 - 6-8 p.m. Monthly Cavalier Craft Beer Tasting; Birdy's, 2131 East 71st St., Indianapolis 46220; 317-254-8971.

Jan. 5 – 6 p.m. Binkley's Monthly Brew Club features Stone Brewing Co.

Jan. 6 -6:30 p.m. Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Fishers, tapping of Coo Coo for Cocoa Stout. Head Brewer Andrew Castner says: "Built on top of an Oatmeal Stout base that oozes with caramel, roast, and dark fruit flavors, we've added pure cocoa to create a decadent chocolate flavor."

For a unique holiday (birthday, anniversary, whatever) gift to delight any craft beer lover with a bent toward throwing big parties, consider a 7-glass carrier. Visit or contact creator and inventor Fran Martini at 317-362-2282,

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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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