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Nick Banks is now Head Brewer at the Bloomington Brewing Co., following brewmaster Floyd Rosenbaum whose 15-year tenure earns him "Lifelong title as Head Brewer Emeritus," according to BBC owner Jeff Mease. "Floyd will continue to support BBC, Loesch Farm and the parent company, One World Enterprises in a multitude of ways," adds Mease. "Nick will oversee all aspects of brewing operations for the company." Banks joined the BBC brewing team in 2012 and has been interim head brewer the last part of 2014. An accomplished homebrewer when he joined BBC, Banks then successfully completed the four-month Siebel Concise Online Course in Brewing Science.

Heorot Pub and Draught House once again makes DRAFT Magazine's annual "100 Best Beer Bars in the USA." While we're proud of Heorot's consistent inclusion we respectfully invite DRAFT editors to visit Indiana more fully to experience other Hoosier sites measuring up to the Midwest listing: Illinois [6 in Chicago area]; Michigan [3]; Minnesota [3]; Nebraska [2]; and one each (like Indiana) in Kansas, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Brews

Sun King's ALAKAZAM (ABV: 6.2% IBU: 24) magically warms up as a seductive Coffee Stout after an initial appearance as a shy Blonde. Ask brewmaster Dave Colt how he conjures up the transformation, he looks over his shoulder and whispers, "42." As in Fahreneit/Celsius? Colt's sphinx-smile implies 'figure it out.' Magic is afoot with Sun King's 4th collaboration with Broadway Indianapolis and now adding TOTS, which conjured up a hot 3-act magic show on a very cold night. People showed up to benefit TOTS, converse about the beer and applaud local talent. "The Illusionists," fresh from Broadway opens Jan. 21 at Old National Centre. A "Magic Showcase" at Fringe Theatre runs Jan 22-23.

You'll find Bier brews at the IMA 2015 Winter Nights Film Series.

Rock Bottom downtown and College Park have new 25 oz beer mugs and they are serving sessionable brews selectively for responsible enjoyment.

Indiana City January seasonal, Beast of Laureys, is a bold beer with beautiful dark fruit flavor and aroma that cloaks its strength. Available on draft and in 750ml bottles at select craft beer bars and at Indiana City's taproom.

Events

Jan. 14, 4-10 p.m. Triton tapping Double Deadeye Imperial Stout and Headsplitter Imperial IPA for those who like high-gravity beers.

Jan. 16, 7 p.m. MashCraft, first ever Pajama Night. "Wear your best pj's, bring a blanket and cozy up with a great brew. We will be showing classic comedy favorites and benefiting local charities each month. For January, reminisce with The Goonies and help save the Johnson County Humane Society," invites head brewer Andrew Castner.

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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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