March 3, 6 p.m.: at both Barley Island locations. Tapping of "Whose Ear Double Red Ale," a big, malty double red ale featuring Summit, Cascade and CTZ hops; dry hopped with Cascade and CTZ to enhance the aroma. Served in goblets; available to-go in growlers.
March 3, 7 p.m.: Binkley's Kitchen and Bar. Representatives from Guinness will guide us through their history of beer-making; sampling Guinness, Guinness Extra Foreign Stout, Smithhwick's, Kilkenny Cream Ale, Harp, and some different varieties of Bushmills Irish Whiskey and a special cocktail from Nigeria for you to try.
March 4, 8 p.m.: the Rathskeller. Tapping Sun King "Ring of Dingle" and announcing Winner of the Sun King/Indianapolis Indians Beer Naming Contest.
March 8, 6-9 p.m.: Monon Food Company. Four-course beer dinner paired with six Left Hand brews; $25 per person. Reserve at 317-722-0176.
March 9, 6-9 p.m.: Petite Chou Broad Ripple. Four-course beer dinner paired with Sun King Orange Blossom Special, Doppelbock, Sunlight Cream Ale and cuvee de Sun King; $65 per person. Reservations: 317-259-0765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On tap & growlers to go
NUVO stopped at Crown Brewing in Crown Point for a pre-taste of their newly tapped bourbon barrel aged "Alkoholika Blonde Dopplebock." Aging in a used Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrel for seven months gives this beer a complex blend of wood, bourbon, vanillin, and other unique flavors and a few more months out of the barrel lends it mellowness.
NUVO also stopped in at Shoreline Brewery in Michigan City. Their one-of-a-kind small batches for community philanthropy delight the palate along with their regular brew lineup, artfully paired with an ever-changing and regular favorites menu. World Cup Silver medals winner Belltaine Scottish Ale is smooth with hints of caramel; Bavarian Bombshell is a strong black lager starting with rich nutty chocolate flavors and finishing smooth. Singing Sands Oatmeal Stout swirls flavors of chocolate, coffee and oatmeal.
Growlers to-go at both promises more pleasure.
Closer to home is Tomlinson Tap Room at Indianapolis City Market with 8 excellent versions of the Winterfest 2011 ReplicAle. Represented are Crown, Rock Bottom, Great Crescent, Sun King, Upland, Barley Island and New Albanian.
The Ram feted loyal Mug Club members on Feb. 24 with a one-night sample of an incredible vanilla, coffee stout. The Black Widow requires a comeback and wide release. Their Ole Mick's Irish Red earns praise too.Â�
Brew Bracket is premiering April 17: www.brewbracket.com.
Crown Liquors was voted "Best Beer Retailer" by Indiana Ratebeer.com.
Kwang Casey at Oaken Barrel in Greenwood offers a weekly quote: This week's: "I drink beer to make other people interesting" - George Jean Nathan