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Philanthropy: a desire to help humankind

 

Civic and personal responsibility is primary for Brewers of Indiana Guild, whose membership includes brewers, brew pubs, breweries, distributors and point of sales establishments and professionals with a passion for craft brewed beer. These are the businesses and individuals who partner with nonprofit organizations to raise funds and promote responsible use of craft brewed beer. June is particularly plentiful with craft beer events that combine good deeds with tasting, comparing and developing a palate for an array of craft beer styles. Attendees at all beer events must be 21 years of age.

Ales for Adoptable Tails
The Humane Society of Indianapolis
June 19, 5-8 p.m. at Agio Restaurant, 635 Massachusetts Ave.
Tickets $50 in advance, $75 day of event. To register, go to indyhumane.org or call 317-872-5650 ext.102.
Features a sampling of microbrews from brewers around the world, paired with appetizers specially selected by Agio Master Chef Joseph. Trained pourers at tables speak knowledgeably about the brews and the food combinations. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Adoptable pets are usually on hand to greet guests and wag approval.

Indy’s Original 13th annual Brew-Ha-Ha
A benefit for the Phoenix Theatre
June 21, 3-7 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave.
Tickets $20 in advance at Phoenix Theatre box office or call 317-635-PLAY; $25 day of event. Features sample glasses of any number of beers at your pleasure and music by The Elect, Tim Brickley & The Bleeding Hearts and The Alpha Primitives.

Hops for Pops
Charity event for Dads Inc.
June 28, 4-8 p.m. at Hot Shotz parking lot, 4705 E. 96th St.
Tickets $30 in advance at Hot Shotz or e-mail maples@dadsinc.org
Features 4-ounce pours of 30-40 select microbrews from around Indiana and U.S.

Personalized philanthropy comes by way of Indiana native Tim Fogelman, returning to Indianapolis as a managing partner at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery at 2801 Lake Circle Drive in Indianapolis. Fogelman had been a managing partner with one of the Rock Bottoms in Phoenix, Ariz. When the mother of Fogleman’s daughter died in an automobile accident last year, he suddenly became a single parent in need of assistance. Fogelman’s mother came from Noblesville to help him in Phoenix, but when she had to return home it became essential for Fogelman also to come to Indianapolis to get family support to raise a 7-year-old.

Speaking with NUVO from his new home in Fishers, Fogelman said he approached his regional manager to help him.

“And he said, ‘Let’s talk to the guys in Indianapolis to see who would be willing to move to Phoenix.’ An exchange was arranged and here I am. Robert Wright and I are swapping positions. Of course, it’s not that much of a hardship to exchange Indianapolis for Phoenix, is it?” Fogelman quipped.

“Rock Bottom is beyond the stereotypical corporate structure,” Fogelman says. “It has a family feel. And maybe that’s why it has a sense of obligation to the homeless with a national program called ‘Miracles.’ In Indianapolis, both Rock Bottoms cooperate to support a downtown homeless shelter.”

Giving back to the community at large has been at the heart of Bloomington’s Upland Brewing Company’s 10th anniversary celebration. Ten days of diverse free events included the first UpCup Homebrewers Competition. First place went to Ken Smith of Plainfield, Ill., for his Imperial IPA, which will be brewed on Upland’s 20 BBL system by Smith and Upland's brewers Caleb Staton and Eileen Martinand and entered in the 2008 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition in Denver next October.

A sterling illustration of professional philanthropy among brewers occurred at the May 23 opening of Brass Monkey Brewing Co., Kokomo’s second, and newest, craft beer entity.

Among those at the ribbon cutting and tapping of Andrew Lewis’ nine brews was John Templet, brewer at Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery, which opened a year ago in south Kokomo. Not knowing who was standing next to him, Templet swirled, sniffed, tasted.

“This IPA is good,” Templet pronounced with unabashed gusto.

“That‘s high praise. May I quote you?” inquired your columnist.

“Of course,” replied Templet, whose Elwood’s IPA has been lauded by IndianaBeer.com writer Thomas Marine as “the most outstanding beer on the [Half Moon] menu.”

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For up-to-date beer news log on to www.brewersofindianaguild.com and www.IndianaBeer.com. For home brew craft brewing classes log on to www.greatfermentations.com. For consumer craft beer style classes log on to www.BeerMBA.com.

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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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