As usual, there’s lots going on in the local craft beer community.
It’s Craft Beer Week in Bloomington, which, of course, leads up to the fourth annual Bloomington Craft Beer Fest April 12 at Woolery Mill, 2200 W. Tapp Road. The fest runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and tickets, $35 for general admission, are available at Bloomington’s Big Red Liquors or online. Early bird tickets, which allow for a 3 p.m. entry, are only available online.
Bloomington Brewing Company released its Rooftop IPA in bottles on Saturday in Bloomington. Also on Saturday, Upland Brewing Company debuted its new packaging look at a sneak peek party at Tomlinson Tap Room in Indianapolis.
At the Upland event, I chatted with Tamre Mullins, formerly of Girls Pint Out and who now tweets for @craftbeer, about the brewery’s new look. “I think it’s great,” she said. “I like the packaging and the way they tell stories on the package. It’s very Bloomington.”
For a Girls Pint Out update, Mullins referred me to Magen Peters, who said the the group of female craft beer fans, now has 48 chapters, including two international groups.
And, thanks to next-door neighbor Ed Rudisell of Rook, I got a look at the under-construction Chilly Water Brewing Company and talked with owner Skip DuVall. Work on the new brewery seems to be moving fast. Summer 2014 remains the target opening for the new brewery at 719 Virginia Ave.