A cornucopia of November beer events
By Rita Kohn
Nov. 11: BRBP, 27th anniversary, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. show up and celebrate just off the Monon get the fuller story.
Nov. 11: Great Crescent, 9th anniversary, noon-10 p.m., show up & celebrate just off the Ohio River.

Nov 12: Cannon Ball Brewing Company, 1st anniversary, 1-9 p.m., show up and celebrate; easy bike ride off The Monon.

Nov. 24: “Beer Friday” kicks off Tin Man Brewing company’s 5th Anniversary Celebration with the Can Release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Csar RIS, specialty brews on tap, anniversary glassware, and more. Show up Central Time noon-11 p.m., just off the Ohio River. [Watch NUVO next week for more of this story]

When Cannon Ball Brewing opened a year ago, the neighborhood was pleasantly quiet. People stopped by to watch the brewery build-out at the corner. They shared stories about the vibrancy of the location before things went quiet. Now, Mark and Tania Swartz and Erin Kem and the neighborhood are in the center of a buzz. Mark said it’s a bit heady, after months of hands-on work leading to the 2016 opening. He just emailed a special salute, “We are doing the anniversary party on Sunday because my wife Tania gets home late Saturday. Since she travels so much [for work] people seem to forget what a huge part of our success she is and I wanted to make sure she is here to enjoy the day.”

Food and beer have been the dual draws to Cannon Ball. For Nov. 12, Mark reports, “We are roasting a goat on Saturday and Erin will be preparing goat Ropa Vieja for the anniversary. We are planning an outdoor beer garden and live music. We also will have a couple of special beers that are in West Fork Whiskey barrels. Nov. 4 was their grand opening and the whole corner was crazy. We were turning people away at both places. ”

Great Crescent’s 9th anniversary is a prelude to their first decade all-out celebration. As Indiana’s first designated artisan brewery, founder/brewer Dan Valas previously has replicated the pre-Statehood New Harmonist beer recipe and has made current Aurora’s beer and spirits legacy. Special tappings on Nov. 11 include “IN Orbit India(na) Pale Ale” brewed with a blend of 2017 harvested Chinook, Tahoma, Nugget, Michigan Copper, Cascade, and Pacific Gem hops grown at seven Indiana hop farms, including: Indy High Bines, Howe Farms, Crazy Horse Hops, Liberty Hop Farm, Tigerclaw Hop Farm, Waltz Valley Farm and Avlahare Farms. Dan, Lani and Joe Valas drove their Ambrewlance to each farm to collect the hops.
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