So many Indiana beers to drink through race week 

Daredevil, Flat 12, TwoDEEP and more have race week brews

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Daredevil is offering visitors to their Speedway-based brewery and taproom “a very fun line up of our Pale Ales, German Lagers, Belgians and Nitro Lift Off IPA this weekend. Our new beer this weekend and a summer limited release is Whimsy Summer Saison, a refreshing, crisp table saison. Amarillo Hops and Blood Orange concentrate are paired with a classic French Saison fermentation to produce a highly drinkable summer beer with spicy, peppery and citrus aromas and flavors. Easy to enjoy at ABV: 5.0% and IBU: 25”

Flat 12 may be on the other side of town but they lay claim to ‘the Mayor’—James Hinchcliffe—with their collaboration Hinchtown Hammerdown —“It’s smooth, drinkable, and goes down fast— the perfect beer for a day at the track” or maybe to enjoy while you’re reading this story in Food & Wine magazine:

May 27, 21st Amendment at 8360 E. 96th St. is offering a free tasting of HH along with Flat 12’s Upside Down Blonde, 5-7 p.m. Flat 12’s free First Annual Headlight Golden Ale Cruise on May 28 features release of the easy-drinking Headlight Golden Ale, and showing of classic car films on a 30-foot outdoor screen. 

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FLIX Brewhouse thoughtfully brewed extra casks for the May 26 for the two special tappings for the premier of X-Men Apocalypse. Psylocke is Mario Gose infused with Blueberries and Hellfire Club is Umbra Chocostout infused with Red Hots. You also might have a shot at ”Buy the Beer, Keep the Souvenir Glass" promotion.

Upland Brewing Co. is releasing Petal to the Kettle in early June on draught throughout their distribution area as part of the Side Trail Series. It will be on tap at Upland pubs and tap rooms starting June 10. The description reads: Pours a beautiful pinkish purple reminiscent of the inside of a ripe grapefruit. The aroma is of tart strawberries, lemon and grapefruit with floral notes of rose and hibiscus. The flavor has a distinctly tart grapefruit character supported by peach, strawberry, and delicate hints of floral perfume. [ABV: 6% IBU: 5]

TwoDEEP released Sloppy in Turn #3 Summer Ale “in time for race-mania to kick in. Its name was inspired by our team's love of the Speedway infield festivities and the snake pit's beaming reputation. Sloppy in Turn #3 Summer Ale is a rich, full-bodied golden ale with a light orange aroma, velvety smooth mouthfeel and a boost of citrus. This Ale crosses the finish line clean and dry. ABV: 6.3%, IBU: 24.0”

TwoDEEP’s 4-pk can packs in the TapRoom include: KnightStick Cream Ale, Red Sunday Irish Red Ale, Brickhouse Roasted Amber Ale and the Lake IPA. They advise, “ Go get malty at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway” to underscore Two DEEP’s distinction as brewers of malt-centric styles.

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June 1, Cucumber Kolsch makes its return to Flat12 on tap, followed by 6-packs of 12-oz cans.

Bloomington Brewing is featuring Kirkwood Cream Ale and Back Country Session IPA in cans. Bombers of 10 Speed Hoppy Wheat, Rooftop and Ruby Bloom are for crowd sharing.

Recent visits to Shallos in Greenwood and Bazbeaux in Broad Ripple showed a full line up of Indiana craft. Making choices requires study. Ultimately, Taxman Exemption paired with a fine hamburger at Shallos; Fountain Square Pilsner enhanced Bazbeaux’s garden pizza.

Crown Liquors emailed to remind NUVO readers cans of Indiana craft are a perfect sharing at a viewing party, especially this year when the TV ban is lifted and you can experience the race at home.

Ditto with Kahn’s at Keystone offering special on Indiana craft in cans.

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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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