Super Beer Buzz: An Indy brew primer

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Connecting with Indiana’s unique craft beer scene is as easy as using your phone and hopping on a bus. For starters, World Class Beer and Monarch Beverages are promoting local breweries through Twitter by using the designated hashtag, #IndianaBeer.

Getting you to brew and food sites will be a fleet of free circulator shuttles leaving from the Indiana Government Center in staggered shifts between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. daily from Thursday through Saturday. The shuttles will stop at City Market, Fletcher Place, Fountain Square and Massachusetts Ave., and College Ave., north and south of Washington St.

Circulator shuttle stops will put you within walking distance of:

Sun King Brewing Company, which is open Feb. 1-4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with a beer bar, food by Chef JJ’s Big Green Bistro and live music Thursday through Saturday;

Flat12 Bierwerks taproom, which has special hours for tasting, pints and carryout Feb. 1-2, 2-7 p.m.; Feb. 3-4 noon-8 p.m. and Feb. 5 noon-4 p.m, with special brews including Super Bravo 46 and Big Black Dog 68 (tapping Fri. of this "chewy and big” American Stout brewed with Rye Malt), and meats, cheeses, and soups from Smoking Goose;

and Fountain Square Brewing, which has created specials, along with their regulars.

If you stay downtown, it’s an easy walk to:

The Super Bowl Village's The Huddle After Hours, which is serving Upland and Sun King brews;

Tomlinson Tap Room in City Market, with statewide brews on tap;

Rock Bottom downtown, which is rotating brewmaster Jerry Sutherlin’s brews during regular hours, including Brickway Brown, Hoosier Ma Stout, BA Hoosier Ma, Black IPA, Naughty Scott, BA Old Curmudgeon;

and The Ram downtown, which has head brewer Andrew Castner’s lineup during regular hours.

If you’re already north, options include:

Upland Tasting Room and Twenty Tap on N. College Avenue — and Thr3e Wise Men, Broad Ripple Brewpub and Brugge in Broad Ripple;

Rock Bottom College Park, which has Kolsch specials at $3.25 pint Saturday and Sunday;

and The Ram in Fishers and Barley Island in Noblesvillle at 639 Conner St., which offer their unique neighborhood feel.

If you’re staying in Greenwood:

On Feb. 5, Oaken Barrel offers their annual Super Bowl “all you can eat buffet” and a special 6 p.m. tapping.

One final note: Black Acre Brewing in Irvington is anticipating opening by the Super Bowl — it’s as down to the wire as the game itself.

Thanks for coming to Indianapolis. Come back soon and travel the state to experience first hand all of Indiana’s brewpubs and breweries. The passion for their craft and art is in every pint a brewer shares.

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