Indy Brew news and beer events: Central State cans, Rock the Junction, and more 

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Crown Liquors sent a special notice about what’s new at their stores: “Indianapolis’s own Central State [Brewing] finally has beer in cans. This “Rustic Blonde Ale” is 100% brett fermented and offers tons of flavors, but a low ABV; making it tasty and sessionable.”

Crown also is featuring Taxman 4-packs: Apropos Apricot Saison, Deduction Dubbel, and Exemption Tripel.

Oaken Barrel’s new seasonal beer is Nitro Irish Red Ale on tap.  “This dark copperish red ale is infused with nitrogen gas to give its creamy head and smooth taste of traditional Irish Ale,” reads the description.

Head brewer Shawn Byrnes announced The RAM’s current seasonals are Maibock Spring Bier and Great Scots Scottish Ale. “On Top of Mt. Simcoe IPA is coming soon, offering an earthy, citrus, pine aroma and profile.”

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Thr3e Wise Men Head brewer Keely Tomlinson released Ba Barracks Barleywine and Pity the Fool’s Knob Creek Barrel Aged Barleywine. “The complete fruity malt character of the English barley wine serves as a base layer of flavor for the addition of oak, vanilla and bourbon from our hand selected Knob Creek bourbon barrels.”

Look for the story about BRBP’s For the Love of Rye in a separate posting.

Half Moon’s Citra Love IPA is an IPA brewed with the aromatic and flavorful Citra variety of hops.  Brewer John Templet says, “The beer has a nice caramel malt backbone with a good mouthfeel.  The Citra hops lend a bouquet of tropical and citrus fruit aroma and flavor.”


Every Sunday through May 22: Hamilton County Bicentennial Brewery Tours. Information and registration at:

May 5: The RAM Fishers, 6 p.m. Tapping Above the Clouds IPA, described by head brewer Shawn Byrnes as “Azacca hops (named after the Haitian God of Agriculture) colliding with Orbit hops for an "above the clouds" experience.  BIG citrus punch with notes of tropical fruit makes this a brew worthy of the heavens.” Also on tap at The RAM Downtown.

May 11: Rock Bottom Downtown, 5-7 p.m. brewmaster Nathan Scruggs is tapping a Specialty Continental Single-hopped IPA.

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Rock the Junction: 
Saturday, May 14th / Westfield, IN  Website  |  Tickets

7th Annual Crown Beer Fest: 
Saturday, May 14th / Crown Point, IN
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