Black Acre and Fountain Square turn four 

Beer buzz for Feb. 17-24

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Black Acre Brewing Company is celebrating all week long prior to the official Feb. 20 fourth anniversary party at the taproom at 5632 E. Washington St. in the historic Irvington neighborhood. That’s a notch up from last year’s three-day party. Black Acre’s original small batch artisan brewery and taproom serves a menu of locally sourced, made to order that’s definitely not your traditional pub-grub alongside unique, specialty beers and a few traditional favorites. 207-6266 is their number, BTW.

Co-owner Holly Miller chatted with NUVO:

NUVO: What has been the amazing part[s] of Black Acre's first four years?


Holly Miller: These first four years of Black Acre have been incredible. Probably the most amazing part has been the support we've gained from our community. Everything from our loyal customers, to the local awards we've won, to the record breaking turnout at an IHPC hearing in the middle of a blizzard, we have truly felt the love from our neighborhood and from all the craft beer enthusiasts who visit. The new friendships we've gained, not only with people who visit our brewery but within the brewing industry are so special to us. It's hard to believe just a few years ago we were just a group of friends who were home brewing completely clueless that our fantasy for owning our own brewery would come true.

NUVO: What are you looking forward to for the immediate future—going into your 5th year?


Miller. This year we are looking forward to distributing more of our kegs/cans to central Indiana's bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. We are currently in the planning stages of an expansion at our pub on Washington Street, but we do not have a timeline for that project yet.

NUVO: What should we be looking for with Barrels on Bonna 2016?


Miller: Barrels on Bonna will be October 1st, 2016. The event will feature over 20 Indiana breweries and will focus on barrel aged beers. Beers aged in bourbon barrels, gin barrels, wine barrels, tequila barrels, etc. This is definitely a festival for the experienced craft beer drinker. There will be live music, Beast food truck, and a panel of Indiana brewers to discuss the process of barrel aging.

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Black Acre's anniversary has a whole week of festivities, according to Miller:

Feb. 16: Central State Brewing Day
A special tap takeover starting at 6 p.m. featuring 3 variations of Bearded Gar (CSB and Black Acre collaboration)

Feb 17: Sour Day
-BA House Blended Sour Blonde
-Brett Barrel Aged Boysenberry Ol' Fritz (Berliner Weisse)
-Brett Barrel Aged Black Raspberry Ol' Fritz (Berliner Weisse)
-Gin Barrel-Aged Ol'Fritz (Berliner Weisse)

Feb 18: Saucy Intruder Variation Day
-Foxhunter (Session Rye IPA)
-Coconut-Citra Randall Saucy Intruder (Rye IPA)
-Saucy Intruder (Rye IPA)
-Noxious Beast (Imperial Rye IPA)
-Noxious Bees (Braggot and Imperial Rye IPA blend)

Feb 19: Infusion Day
-Strawberry-Kiwi Natural Liberty (American Pale Lager)
-Mango Trulock's Revenge (Tripel)
-Coconut-Coffee Randall Beard Tax (Russian Imperial Stout)

Feb 20: PARTY!!!!
-Party all day long noon-midnight. Tapping 2 new beers every hour from noon-8 p.m.
(kitchen will not be open; no carry-out beer for sale)

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Fountain Square’s Fourth Anniversary Luau on Feb. 12 actually is their fifth color-filled bash since they opened at 1301 Barth Ave. in the dead of winter 2012 with a sizzling Hawaiian shirt, hula hoops, grass skirt and palm tree décor. The brightness hasn’t subsided. We visited with co-founder Jeff Gibson prior to the party. Look for the conversation to surface on nuvo.com and learn why ladies are at the focal point of original art for the five house beers, get the story behind science meets art and why the departed Alcatraz Brewery lives on.

If you hurry over you might still find some of the special party brews on tap.

Lafayette Brewing Company’s 15th annual Winter Warmer befitting organizations providing arts, culture and social services to children throughout greater Lafayette, along with an endowed Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences scholarship fund. Year after year a core of people meet up to honor the memory of Laura Williams and introduce newcomers to the concept of philanthropy as the heart in the art of craft beer. This year, sharing conversation along with tastes of their big winter recipes were brewers from Black Acre, Black Swan, BRBP. Brugge & Outliers, Deer Creek, Figure 8, Flat 12, Half Moon, Lafayette, Mad Anthony, People’s, Shoreline, Sun King, Towyard, Twenty Below and Union. Tippecanoe Homebrewers Circle, whose founders gathered right after President Jimmy Carter signed the law making homebrewing legal in 1978, remains a vibrant community group working with professional brewers to spread the word about good taste and smart use when it comes to beer. Once again, at his corner at the bar was Indiana State Senator Ron Alting, cheering on the philanthropic emphasis of craft breweries.

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Events and new brews

Feb. 18: Daredevil once again partners with partnership with Indianapolis-based Brackets for Good (www.bfg.org Indianapolis kick off at The Speak Easy.

“This year we have done a special version of our Lift Off IPA can to bring awareness to the annual fundraising event. While the event started in Indianapolis it now has grown to five cities including Indianapolis, Louisville, Ann Arbor, St. Louis and Minneapolis,” informs Daredevil’s Shawn Pearson. “In each city 64 non-profits compete in a tournament style competition and each charity keeps the money they raise. The winner of the city level tournament is crowned the champion.” More here

Feb. 18: at Final Gravity Homebrew Supply, 6 p.m., Monthly sharing and sampling. Homebrew Hoppy Hour Bottle Share, includes a visit with Andrew Hood, Sun King Brewery wood cellar manager.

Feb. 19: Chilly Water Brewing Co. is celebrating 219 day. “Several of us here at Chilly Water are from Northwest Indiana (The Region) where the area code is 219,” explains founder Skip DuVall. “On 2/19 we are offering up pints of our Built To Last Pilsner for $2.19 along with Pierogis made up in the Region and Italian Sausage sandwiches…both Region staples.”

Feb. 19: IndianaOnTap “Tasting Society, 7-10 p.m., at The Speak Easy [on the Monon Trail] 5255 Winthrop Ave. Featuring: Mashcraft from Greenwood and Heady Hollow from Fishers; the winning homebrews of the Grissom Brothers, finalists of the 2015 Whitestown Brew Fest Homebrew winners; Mallow Run Winere from Bargersville; artist Amanda Keller; music by Willie’s Project Band. $20at the door. Food by Yats Cajon Creole. More here.

Feb 20: Shelf Ice Brewfest on the 600th to 800th block of Franklin Street in Michigan City, 1-5 p.m. Michigan City Mainstreet Association's annual winter beer festival held outside in the heart of the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City, IN. General Admission tickets $40 at Eventbrite.com or at Shoreline Brewery, Ryan's Irish Pub and Burn 'Em Brewing

Feb 20: Fifth Annual Fishers on Tap at The Forum at Fishers, East 126th St., 5-8 p.m. Hamilton County's premier all-Indiana Craft Beer tasting event presented by the Fishers Rotary Club features eight local breweries, live Music, giveaways, heavy appetizers Proceeds are distributed back to local service agencies and support organizations to help local youth and their families. Tickets at: fishersontap.com

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Feb 20: Indiana City tapping Roulette Russian Imperial Stout, a jet black, velvety smooth beer with complex malt flavor, rich roasted aroma and a warming finish; and Double Uddercut Double Milk Stout, a bigger take on Shadow boxer, ICB’s year-round Oatmeal Stout, and includes a healthy dose of lactose (milk sugar) to the brew kettle for added sweetness, body and creaminess. This is a big full stout, rich in coffee like roasted malt character, with a smooth sweet finish, according to the advance notice.

Bier Brewery’s newest on tap is the full upfront taste of citrus Dankzilla Red IPA with big taste follow up

Half Moon brewer John Templet says, “K-Town Brown is to die for! It's a scrumptious, rich, malty, chocolaty English-style Brown Ale made with caramel, carabrown, and chocolate malts.

Mashcraft is travelin’ the ‘spice road’ with a newly released ale with ginger, cinnamon, chamomile and orange peel. It’s golden-hued with a frothy top. Expect glass lace as you sip down.

Oaken Barrel Java Stout is on tap. “It is a traditional Oaken Barrel winter beer with a great coffee nose and the creamy characteristics of a traditional Irish Stout, made with fresh roasted coffee from Greenwood’s Strange Brew Coffee Company this beer,” reports founder Kwang Casey.

BRBP food and brew special running up to Feb. 24 is Pork & Porter Burger. “We’re using pork from Eli Creek Family Farms in Connorsville IN, who raise Berkshire pigs fed only on natural organic feed and free from antibiotics. They also grow oyster mushrooms and they're in the sauce along with some cream and our Monon Porter,” reports manager Billy Hannon.

Then Billy added this tidbit: “[Brewmaster] Jonathon had one of those happy accidents that occur in brewing from time to time. He added too much hops to the end of a batch of Lawnmower and then decided to dry hop it with Warrior hops to give it a little fruity bouquet. We’re calling it Jobe, which is a reference to a character in a Stephen King book called The Lawnmower Man.—that inspired a 1992 movie…” Jobe is on tap at BRBP

At Mad Anthony locations only until March 31, special on 6-pack Ol’ Woody Pale Ale marked by Cascade hops, complex layerings of bitterness and aroma that lasts from first sip to final taste.

Heads up on events where tickets sell out:

March 8, 6:30 p.m. Girls Pint Out first event with TwoDEEP —
Beer Education: Malts at Indy's maltiest brewery, focuses on tasting various malts and the beers made with them.
A ladies only event — tickets here.

May 7: Northern Indiana charity craft beer fest MAYFEST.US. (www.MAYFEST.US) at the former Kamm-Schellinger Brewery island in the St. Joseph River.

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