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Indiana Microbrewers Festival to include local faves

Beer lovers will be raising a glass later this month as the annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival returns to Indianapolis for the 21st year.

According to the event website, this year there will be more than 100 breweries participating including several local favorites.

Local breweries participating are:

  • Back Road Brewery, LaPorte
  • Bare Hands Brewery, Granger
  • Burn ‘Em Brewing, Michigan City
  • Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House, South Bend
  • Evil Czech Brewing, Mishawaka
  • Goshen Brewing Co., Goshen
  • Iechyd Da Brewing Co., Elkhart
  • Shoreline Brewery, Michigan City

There will also be guest appearances at the Indiana Microbrewers Festival by some nearby Michigan breweries, including Bell’s Brewery, Greenbush Brewing, New Holland Brewing Co. and Short’s Brewing Co. The full list of breweries may be found on the event site.

The event will feature live music from The Tides and Tim Brickley and the List Band, a photo booth and the game of Hammerschlagen and a keg tossing contest.

I had no idea what Hammerschlagen was either (my two years of college-level German tells me it’s hammer hitting), but it might be my new favorite game. Until the first time I smash a toe…

Profits from the event will benefit the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the non-profit organization that represents the community of brewers in Indiana.

The entire beer list for the microbrewery festival may be found by downloading the Drink Indiana Beer app. You can also search #INbeerfest to see what breweries are bringing. There’s no guarantee that breweries will bring gluten-free beer, but there will be mead and cider available for tasting.

You can purchase tickets online for early bird access ($60), general admission ($40) and for designated drivers ($10). The ticker price includes a commemorative tasting glass for 3 oz. pours of beer.

This year’s event will be hosted from 3 to 7 p.m. July 30 at the Historic Military Park, 601 W. New York St. Early bird access starts at 2 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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