Indiana Craft Beer Week 2016: Can't miss events 

April 24-30 is the 1st annual ICBW, make the most of it with these events

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Indiana's Next HopModel
, on April 30 at Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, is the newest craft beer adventure fashioned by a bunch of people all excited about closing out the first ever Indiana Craft Beer Week [that actually stretched into a month if you started with Bloomington Beer Week April 4-8, Girls Pint Out at Metazoa on April 5, Brewers of Indiana Guild Festival at Woolery Mill on April 9, Taxman Brewery’s Death & Taxes on April 16, DigIN Munch Madness on April 18, etc. ]

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To entice you to show up for a first-ever Craft Beer & Fashion event, I reached out to the greater Indianapolis breweries participating in HopModel. Daredevil Brewing Co. owner, Shane Pearson, gamely responded to my pointed questions:

NUVO: What brew[s] are you bringing that fit into this funky designer/label category craft beer event?

Shane Pearson: We only make aggressively fun craft beers so each and every one is a designer beer hand made and ready for the red catwalk.

NUVO: Are you coming dressed to 'model' your brewery? Can you hint? Or do we need to show up to learn your specialness?

Pearson: We are going to be busting loose in our best brewery shirts for the event.

NUVO: How do hops specially fit into your philosophy of brewing?

Pearson: Hops have a very important place at Daredevil given our flagship beer is a hop-forward American IPA. A big part of our brewing philosophy is that there are no short cuts and when it comes to hops we believe that there are many layers of flavors that they can bring to a beer. We are one of a very small number of breweries that use whole cone hops in our year round beers and we do this because we believe by using whole cone hops we can bring more of the floral and citrus aspects of hop flavor to our beers as well as intensity. Lift Off IPA & Rip Cord DIPA owe a lot of the flavor characteristics and intensity to our using whole cone hops.

NUVO: What is the brewing tradition model you espouse?

Pearson: At Daredevil we honor traditional brewing methods as well as push the boundaries in search of fun beers that we enjoy. We are fermentation scientists and trained engineers who use a continuous improvement process approach toward everything we do at the brewery. To quote Leonardo da Vinci, "Art is never finished, only abandoned,” and in operating a brewery this means there are always things we can be learning and doing better to ensure the next Daredevil beer you have is the best one ever.

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Redemption Alewerks
We're excited to share that we'll be participating and pouring at a new, one-of-a-kind 
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 raft beer tasting event on Saturday, April 30th. Hosted by Indiana On Tap and NUVO, "Indiana's Next Hop Model" will be held from 6:30 - 10:30 on that evening at an industrial warehouse on Main Street in Speedway. What makes this event unique is that it's also a fashion show 'inspired' by Indiana craft beer. (It's really a fashion show that makes fun of fashion shows). The focus will be on great brewery apparel, including our own. Staff from Redemption will actually be modeling our apparel in a very 'unique' way on a 40-foot long runway during the event.

At HopModel you’ll be tasting designer brews from Taxman, Flat12, Daredevil, Quaff ON!, TwoDEEPGrand Junction, Books & Brews, Scarlet Lane, Fountain Square, Black Acre, Redemption Alewerks, Indiana CityTow YardBier Brewery, Metazoa.

Enticed? More information & tickets here.

April 24-30, Craft Breweries statewide are doing something special at their respective locations.

Eric Faust at Bare Hands Brewery shared a head’s up for the “2nd Annual Double Thai.P.A. Day" taking place on Aug. 27 at Bare Hands Brewery in Granger. Tickets go on sale at noon on April 24, at the beginning of Indiana's first Craft Beer Week. Indiana on Tap in conjunction with Brewsline is going to have a really cool offer for Indy folks to get tickets to the event that include round trip travel from the Indy area.

Details & tickets at: and

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Fun fact:  Did you know Granger, Indiana, founded in 1883, is one of a multitude of places throughout the U.S. named after the Granger Movement, a coalition of farmers that formed in 1867 to fight against railroad and grain elevator monopolies across the U.S. December 24, 1869 Honey Creek Grange No. 1, near Terre Haute, was the first Granger organization formed in Indiana. Improvement of the life of farm families was the main aim of the Granger Movement.

Founder/Brewer Dan Valas at Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora, on the Ohio River, reports:

Orbit IPA will be on tap the weekend of April 29 starting on Friday afternoon. This coincides with the Inaugural Indiana Craft Beer Week, which runs April 24-30th. Orbit IPA will be crafted using a unique blend of hops from New Zealand that are selected each year from the “Hops with a Difference” breeding program. These hops are selected on their unique aroma and flavor characteristics as well as their brewing quality. The hops may be grown in very small plots or in larger selected trial gardens across the region. No two years are the same and we'll never get this blend of hops again!”

Fun fact: Did you know Great Crescent Brewery is in the historic 1848 warehouse building of Thomas and JW Gaff Distillery. It was also the Crescent Brewery and in 1879 it was the largest brewery in Indiana? Learn more here.

April 28, 6 p.m. at FLIX Brewhouse, head brewer Chris Knott is tapping nine specialty beers for a one-time showing of JAWS. The beers will be available in the lobby AND the theater. Movie tickets here.

"Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass" [a special souvenir glass].

Bourbon Barrel Aged Druish Princess Belgian Quad; Bourbon Barrel Aged Kill Shot Wee Heavy; Bourbon Barrel Aged Bovine Buzz Milk Stout w/coffee & vanilla beans; Blood Orange Mario Gose; Key Lime Mario Gose; Prickly Pear Mario Gose; Strawberry Mario Gose; Black Currant Mario Gose; Hibiscus Mario Gose

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Rita Kohn

Rita Kohn

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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