Terry Kirts

Community Bites

The Eiteljorg Museum of Native Americans and Western Art in Indianapolis will host the International Edible Book Festival on April 1, 2006. Contestants from across the state are invited to enter their culinary creations in the contest. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including Best Literary Pun and Best Interpretation of a Western Book. All entries will be on display for the public from noon to 3 p.m. during the Festival on April 1, 2006 when museum visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities, storytellers and more. For more information, call 639-4775 or email kharms@indianapolis.org. To learn more about the International Edible Book Festival and see pictures of past entries, visit www.books2eat.com.

In good spirits: Breckenridge Beers

If you're looking for some quite drinkable handcrafted beers to quaff with your food at local pubs and eateries, try some of the innovative ales and stouts of Breckenridge Brewery from the Rocky Mountain town of the same name in central Colorado. Their Avalanche Ale is a crisp, medium-bodied ale with a whiff of hops and what the brewery itself terms a "clean-as-Colorado-snow finish" that will pair well with rich or spicy foods. On tap at Union Jack's and Chumley's in Broad Ripple, this ale won't disappoint fans of British and Irish ales hoping for full flavor, at the same time it may just become a standard for lovers of American ambers. Not quite at the other end of the spectrum is Breckenridge's oatmeal stout, a well-balanced stout that, unlike many American stouts, has few spikes of flavor that will interfere with foods. With only light hints of coffee or chocolate flavors and a fairly subtle hit of toasted oats, this is a stout to have with rich cheeses or chocolate and baked fruit desserts. While it isn't a stout for lovers of deep, bitter, head-rattling darkness, this is a good entry-level stout you aren't reminded of at every sip. No wonder The Oceanaire just put it on tap. You can get it at the new Tip Top Tavern downtown on Illinois as well. Both beers can also be found at Parti Pack, Kahn's, at the 21st Amendment and Payless Liquors locations on Indy's Northside, and at The Cork and Cracker. For more information about local availability of these and many other beers, contact Cavalier Distributing, Inc. at 358-1970.

Have a favorite restaurant, a favorite dish, or a favorite waiter/waitress you'd like to rave about? Send your reader's recommendation to Terry Kirts at tkirts@nuvo.net, and we'll make sure to let Indianapolis diners know about the great things happening around the Indy food scene every week.

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