Indy Beer Events (April & May 2016) 

Two big Indiana beer fests are coming soon

 Nab tickets now for events at locations ripe with insights about Indiana’s 200-year story:

April 9: Brewers of Indiana Guild Spring Festival at Woolery Mill, 
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Bloomington features 52 Indiana Craft Breweries. Get tickets and learn more at:

Find the food menu at:

Fun-fact: Did you know Woolery Stone Mill dates to 1864 and that the White House is built with limestone from this mill? Learn more at:

May 7Mayfest 2016 at the historic Kamm-Schellinger Brewery site at scenic Kamm Island in Mishawaka. Early entry 2-7 p.m. $50; GA 3-7 p.m. $40; DD 
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$10. After April 7 prices increase—buy now, advises Mayfest producer Jim Herter, who reports, “100% of net profits go to Mishawaka Food Pantry and Hospice at Home.” More info & tickets at:

Fun-fact: Around 1853 John Wagner began a brewery in Mishawaka. 1870 Adolph Kamm and Clemens Dick bought the brewery from Wagner and built their family homes on the brewery property. 1880 ownership changed to Kamm and Nicholas Schellinger, immigrants from Wirtenburg, Germany. During Prohibition the name changed to K&S and products changed to root beer, soda pop, distilled water and Arrow Cereal Beverage, operating until 1951. The complex of buildings has been re-purposed for commercial use, with original brewery aspects still visible. Learn more at: and

Modern day craft brewing reappeared in 1992 with Mishawaka Brewing Company and Restaurant and Mishawaka Gold became a “go-to” for people willing to transition from macrobrews. After the Schmidt family closed in 2011 Evil Czech Brewery opened May 2014 at 3703 N. Main St. where the decor merges with the basic aspects of brewing and its namesake Czech origin. Founders George and Tammy Pesek grow their own hops for distinctive John the One Eyed, Dracula's Bite, Bobblehead and the Blonde Czich.

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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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