Dribs & Drams

Here are five events to get you through the February doldrums

Feb 19 Hammond 219 Day (that's the northwest's area code). Hammond Civic Center.  5-10pm. Four breweries will pour $5 pints - 18th Street, 3 Floyds, Byway, Wildrose. Food, music. Free.
"Crowds gather for traditional burning down of health clubs at 2:19 p.m." and encouraging the Gary South Shore Railcats mascot Rusty to threaten to beat up the Colts mascot, just on principle."
Feb 20 Columbus D-Vine Winter Wine & Beer Festival. At the Commons. 1-7pm. $20-$25.
Feb 20 Michigan City Shelf Ice Brewfest. $40-$65. Outside - dress warm. 1pm+
Feb 26 Indianapolis Indy (Pizza) Pies & Pints. At Ivy Tech Culinary School. 7-10pm. $25-$50.
Feb 26 until the beer runs out near the end of March.
New Albany
New Albanian's Gravity Head. NABC Public House. Opening with Stone Brewing offerings.

The Brewers Guild has a new Drink Indiana Beer app.

Rita talks about Beers for Musicals. Sun King and Clowes Hall pairings to, for instance, Guy Meets Girl. Plus Tow Yard and The Tap Brewing are making a collaboration Black Japanese malt liquor. Brew Tours in Hamilton County. And also a Winterfest wrapup.

Yelp's best Irish pubs ranks Nine Irish Brothers as best in Indiana.

A state law introduced will let state parks serve alcohol.

The 18th Street Brewery is moving to 5417 Oakley Ave in Hammond on the 5th. It will be a full brewpub with the brewing equipment from the award winning 5725 Miller Ave micro. Oh, and the old location will continue to be a tap house with noshes. The re-grand opening will bee noon-midnight Saturday, 21+, and cash-only until they straighten up the charge system.

Kroger Wants Alcohol Companies to Pick up the Tab For Its New Booze Organization Plan.

How Flint's Only Brewery is Dealing With the Water Crisis.

Italian Monks are brewing and sending (soon?) their Belgian-style beers here.

This Dutch Machine Lets You Automatically Brew Your Own Beer. $2220. Not in production - looking for financing. Makes 5 litre batches. Controlled by iPhone apps. Good luck.

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