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Indiana Beer Week July

10-17 opens and closes with two annual events celebrating their 15th anniversaries.

The Indiana State Fair

Brewers' Cup Awards Ceremony on July

10 honors winners in 23 categories and 100 subcategories,

along with best of show. It's one of the largest competitions in the country

with approximately 1,000 professional and homebrew entries. A special category

this year, the Woodford Reserve Challenge, is open to Indiana Homebrew Clubs

for members to age brews in barrels donated by the Woodford Reserve Distillery,

renowned for its small batch bourbon whiskey. While not open to the public,

this event spotlights the art and craft of brewing and focuses attention on

qualities of complexity and distinctive nuances of each brew. Many are featured

at the Microbrewers Festival, July 17, 3:00-7:00 p.m., at Opti Park, 820 E. 66th St., Broad Ripple. New this year for the expected 5,000 visitors is

expansion to the Indianapolis Art Center, across the street. Advance tickets at Indiana breweries

and Crown Liquor stores. Visit

Indiana's top brewers and chefs team up to showcase their craft at a

dinner on July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Chef JJ's Back Yard, 1040 Broad Ripple Ave.

Each course features a specialty cooked/brined with a beer and paired with a

complementary beer. Chefs and brewers on hand to describe each course include:

Tyler Herald from Napolese; Christopher Eley, Goose The Market; JJ Boston and Jenna Gatchell, JJ's Back Yard; Eli Anderson, H20 Sushi Bar; Greg

Emig, Lafayette Brewing Co.; Ted Miller, Brugge; Roger Baylor, New Albanian; Kevin Mattalucci, Broad Ripple Brew Pub; Clay Robinson, Sun King

Brewery; Three Floyds Brewery.

Tickets: $75 per person, all inclusive, at 317-602-3828 or

More Indiana Beer Week events at