Beer Buzz


Heat and humidity call for beer that's thirst-quenching,

energy lifting and/or relaxing. Summer Pilsners (Pils, Pilseners) and wheats

are on tap in brewpubs all over Indiana, and breweries have bottled varieties

readily available.

Light, clear colors from pale to golden yellow and a

distinct hop aroma start the invitation with Pilsners. The first to last hops

presence varies in taste from the Czech tradition of lighter flavor, to the

more bitter German tradition. You'll find the range around greater Indianapolis

with the newly tapped Happy Pils at both Rock Bottoms. Watch for Oaken Barrel's

first solo brew by assistant brewer John Treeter

Wheat beers are pale; unfiltered with a hazy appearance and

enticing complexity from start to finish. Brugge White, Broad Ripple Brewpub

Violet's Belgian Blonde, Sun King Firefly Wheat and Oaken Barrel Alabaster

personify the Belgian tradition with flavorings of coriander and orange peel to

impart spiciness and fruitiness in aroma and taste. Upland's Wheat Ale and Valley

Weizen are in the German tradition, served with a slice of lemonas is Barley Island Flat Top Wheat,

described as "an American Pale Wheat Ale style beer." Alcatraz Weiss Guy is an

American Wheat. Bloomington Brewing Company Vision Weiss is a German-style

Hefeveisen ale, also light on the hops and alcohol, brewed with malted wheat

and fermented with traditional German Yeast which adds subtle hints of vanilla,

banana and clove.

Flavor profiles are varied and intriguing. Try them all.

NUVO's stop at Upland Tasting Room in Indianapolis included

Brian Steuerwald's ALTered State Up�'§up winning brew. It's beautifully balanced

with a malt richness and a clean taste that makes it nice for summer sipping.

Aug. 18 The Ram Downtown is tapping Aries American Wheat

Aug 21 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Festive Ale. 4-8pm. 200 S.

Meridian St.

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual BrewMasters

Charity Golf Tournament, by the Rock Bottom Foundation and Rock Bottom downtown

and College Park, and sponsored by Simon Property Group. The tournament is at

Golf Club of Indiana (6905 South 525 East, Lebanon, IN), Sept. 1, with a 1:00

p.m. shotgun start. For more information, contact Matthew Kennedy at

317-471-8840 or email at


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