Beer Buzz



March 26, noon-4 p.m., Grand Opening,

Crown Liquors & Fine Wines, newest location, 4000 West 106th St. (at

Michigan Rd.), Carmel; 317-344-2737.

March 26, 6 p.m., Upland "Crawl for a


in support of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful starts at the Slippery


, then on to Howl at the Moon, Kilroy's, the


, and Taps & Dolls. Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 night-of includes an

Upland beer at each bar, cover at each bar and a t-shirt. Get a team of 4

together and sign up at

March 27, simultaneous Indiana "first of

season" tappings of kegs of Bell's Oberon starts 10

p.m. at Plump's Last Shot, 6416 Cornell Ave.; 317-257-5867

March 28, 5-9 p.m., The Rathskeller, 401 E. Michigan St., Official Indianapolis

Oberon Release party. Live music. Also on tap: Bell'sAmber Ale, Pale Ale, Kalamazoo Stout and Hopslam; 317-636-0396.



From Neal Taflinger,

Sun King spokesperson: "Three Kings Pale Ale is a new collaborative brew between

Three Floyds Brewing Co. and Sun King Brewing Company growing from a shared

concern about Indiana's laws that prevent a brewer from exceeding an annual

hard limit of 20,000 barrels if it wants to self-distribute or operate a

tasting room or restaurant on premise.

When Three Floyds hits that 20,000

barrel cap this year it will either have to cease production or shut down its gastropub. Sun King self-distributes and operates a tasting

room, and is on pace to approach 20,000 barrels in annual production by 2013 at

the latest.

"Both breweries will host tapping /

letter writing parties to raise awareness to change the law to be in line with

the federal 60,000 barrel limit. The sale of Three Kings Pale Ale will

underwrite the cost of our lobbying efforts.

Craft brewing is one of the few areas

experiencing growth in Indiana, creating jobs and generating a significant

amount of state excise tax and sales tax revenue from the sale of product out

of tasting rooms and brewpubs."

Watch a new WTIU documentary about the

past, present and future of craft beer in Indiana, narrated by Anita Johnson,


Upland recently became the first brewery

to be accepted into the Indiana Artisan program. Indiana Artisan is an

organization that supports local entrepreneurs who create high-quality art,

crafts and value-added foods and beverages.


Head can't keep up with the demand. Consequently, its brews soon will be

unavailable in Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee and Rhode Island.


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