July is American Beer Month. World Class Beverages calendar notes: "American Ales are usually bigger interpretations of the classic European Pale and Brown styles, featuring more malt and hops. American Ambers (also called Red Ales) are the most original style in this category and feature a strong, but balanced, combination of malt and hops." Beer and food pairings at www.HeCooksSheCooks.com and www.worldclassbeverages.com.
Locally, this July is also Binkley's Kitchen & Bar First Annual Indiana Craft Beer Month. To celebrate, they've switched all 16-draft lines to Indiana Brews.
Binkley's Brew Club, 7 p.m. Sun King with brewer/owner Clay Robinson.
Saint Arnold's Feast Day. St. Arnold was the patron saint of hop pickers and Belgian brewers. For more on beer saints, check out www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/patron_saints.shtml
Binkley's 7-course Indiana Beer Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Featuring three Indiana regions — Three Floyds, Sun King and New Albanian Brewery's beers paired with regional and locally grown meats and produce. $50.00 per person includes tax and gratuity. Reserve at 722-8888.
Indiana Craft Beer Week.
Brewers of Indiana Guild Microbrewers Festival, 3-7 p.m. Benefiting Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society, at the Indianapolis Art Center and Optimist Park. Tickets: $55 VIP gate opens at 2 p.m.; $40 general; $10 designated driver, only online at www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=4144 or at select Crown Liquor stores. More info available at www.brewersofindianaguild.com/events/month/july/year/2011.
Half Moon, Kokomo. Das Ale, a mild, crisp refreshing summer hybrid beer similar to cream ale. Pale ale (American) and Vienna (German) malts provide its golden color and crisp, malty flavor; saaz hops (Chech) are subtly spicy.
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow in 22 oz. bottles at all Kahn's locations. This complex double India pale ale has an intense citrus and floral hop aroma balanced by a velvety malt body augmented with lactose milk sugar.
Barley Island owner/brewer Jeff Eaton announced the closing in Broad Ripple, saying, "I am looking forward to focusing on Barley Island in Noblesville as the restaurant and off-premise sales have been posting a record year."
New Albanian Brewing Company's long-time brewer Jared Williamson is now part of the Schlafly brewing team in St. Louis. NABC's owner Roger Baylor reports the "temporary assistance of brewer Sam Cruz, late of Bluegrass Brewing Company's Louisville 3rd Street location."