Beer buzz



Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Heart of the Brews, supporting research for kids with ailing hearts, raises

funds for the Riley Heart Research Center. Brews and brewers from Barley Island, Sun King and Upland. Omni Severin, downtown. Information and reservations at 278-1130.


23, 6 p.m. Tomlinson Tap Room, mezzanine level, Indianapolis City Market. Tapping of over a dozen Indiana Winter

2011 ReplicAles. The recipe is a recreation of the

Imperial Double Stout brewed by the defunct Ackerman's Brewery in New Albany.

New Albanian Brewing Company brewer Jared Williamson is there to talk about

recreating historical beers as you sip and savor.

On Tap

Before Winterfest

appeared in 2010, Lafayette Brewing Company's Winter Warmer made its debut in

2001 as a small festival for big beers to raise funds for an endowed

scholarship at Purdue's School of Consumer and Family Sciences. Over the decade

funds also have been raised for dozens of community needs in the name of

"Laura's Kids." If you didn't make it to talk with brewers (Back Road, Barley

Island, Bloomington, BRBP, Brugge, Crown, Figure 8, Half Moon, Mad Anthony,

People's, Sun King and Tippecanoe Homebrewers) about

what's special about winter beers, Indianapolis offers a lineup for conversing

and sipping. Remember to allow big brews to warm up for fullest flavor.

Ram Brewery's #999 is an exercise in

blending a heap of hops for an 'Oh My!' freshly mowed field nose and a

tongue-grabbing, dry citrsy floral first taste to a tangy finish. In Hops We

Trust is an Imperial IPA.

Rock Bottom Downtown offers lots of

hops substance to Sub Zero Old Ale/Strong Ale, a "high-end stout" with a spicy

nose, rosy hue and first-sip slide from sweet to strong, and a bracing finish all the way to the

bottom of the tulip vessel. A winner of gold at the Indiana State Fair Brewers'

Cup, Sub Zero just took bronze at the 2010 World Beer Cup in Chicago.


missed the RB College Park Sub Zero tapping so brewer Liz Laughlin describes it

as "very malty and hoppy with quite a bit of bitterness and rings in at 7.2% abv," the lowest percentage of the new on tap.

Sun King's nuanced complexity keeps

you engaged from the start to finish and then some with a bold, Russian Imperial

Stout named Timmie. Oak-aged and coffee-infused sips reveal a cascade from

cognac to black currant. The English hop finish cleanses so you can start

another round of tasting until the snifter sports lace.


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