New brews are lighter in alcohol, full in flavor 



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Half Moon just brought out its golden-hued seasonal Heavenly Hefeweizen made from a 50/50 blend of wheat malt and barley malt for a light yet full-flavor body and no bitterness. The special strain of yeast adds the flavors and aromas of bananas and cloves. 5.6% ABV, 14 IBU

Oaken Barrel newly brewed a Session IPA that counters traditional IPA expectations. With Cascade, Centennial, and Citra hops it has a great hop aroma and a good hop presence. The malt balance adds to the drinkability for a clean aftertaste. “This is the first beer of its kind we have brewed,” said Oaken Barrel owner Kwang Casey.


The vast array of beers at Indianapolis Monthly Beerfest on Aug. 28 at City Market pleased an overflow crowd experiencing statewide breweries. When asked about my “surprise standout” I led patrons to the Black Acre table to taste their “Belgian Table Ale” described as a “one-off batch because we’ll probably never brew it again.” Too bad—the addition of lavender amazes the taste buds and lingers into the next day. You can stop in the Irvington-based brewery nevertheless for a taste-treat of Apricot Wheat brewed with 66 pounds of fresh apricots and one hops variety—Magnum. It too is low ABV, low IBU.

Events:

Sept. 5: “Evening with Penrod,” at the IMA, 6-10:30 p.m., Flat12 taps its special “Penrod22 Ale;” Sept. 6, Penrod Festival features Flat 12, Thr3e Wise Men and Upland in the Beer Garden. Tickets for both events at Penrod.org

Sept 14-19: Indy Jazz Fest free Pub Creep returns showcasing local bands and local brews. “The Brewers Guild of Indiana has been instrumental in supporting IJF education programs. Make sure to drink up responsibly as these fine brewers are donating $1 to IJF education programs for every pint sold,” reminds Jazz Kitchen owner David Allee

Sept. 14: Daredevil hosts Farrelly Markiewicz Quartet, Weirich-Murray Band, Butler University Jazz Combo, 1-8 p.m. at 1201 W Main St. in Speedway.

Sept. 15: Sun King Brewery hosts Tad Robinson, 6:15-9:15 p.m.

Sept. 16: Triton Tap Room at 915 Broad Ripple Ave. hosts Jared Thompson & Premium Blend,
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: Flat 12 Bierworks hosts Joel Tucker Band, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 18: Broad Ripple Brewpub hosts Cynthia Layne, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: Outliers Brewing Company at 534 E. North St. hosts Sophie Faught, 5:30-8:30 p.m., just brought out its golden-hued seasonal Heavenly Hefeweizen made from a 50/50 blend of wheat malt and barley malt for a light yet full-flavor body and no bitterness. The special strain of yeast adds the flavors and aromas of bananas and cloves. 5.6% ABV, 14 IBU



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