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RECAP: Winterfest 2013

Tickets for Winterfest, Saturday’s beer event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, sold out quickly, and scalpers with extras were scarce at the event. Along with the snaking lines outside of the Fairground’s Agriculture and Horticulture building and inside at the more popular tents, signs point to this being one of winter’s most popular Indy events. Proceeds benefited Joy’s House.

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REOPENING: Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant

This time next month, you’ll once again be able to grab a beer and a bite from the Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant (5212 N. College Ave., 317-283-7388). According to manager Melissa Uhte, the 79-year-old neighborhood favorite will reopen its doors in the first or second week of October after a 13-month closure for reconstruction, the result of an electrical fire that destroyed the back of the building and left everything else saturated with smoke. 

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COMING SOON: Punch Burger

The latest lunchtime addition to downtown is Punch Burger (137 E. Ohio St.), a casual burger-and-beer joint where diners can grab a quick bite for $5 to $6. Scheduled to open Oct. 1, the concept comes from Travis Sealls and Devon Everhart, owners of downtown’s fast-sandwich spot, Pita Pit (1 N. Pennsylvania St., 317-829-7482).

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Seasonal Brews to Spice Up Your Holidays

‘Tis the season when Naptown’s jolly brewers release long-awaited winter seasonal beers. From ambers with real cranberry juice to spice-infused ales, these beers are just waiting to be savored. Get on your sleigh and go now, though. These brews won’t last!

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WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Byrne’s Grilled Pizza

A mixup on times for food carts lead us down a tasty trail on Friday at Flat12 Bierwerks (414 N. Dorman St.) after we biked to the Holy Cross neighborhood for lunch. We had anticipated the grand opening of Scratch Street Food, promising a burger with bacon marmalade, arugula, and gorgonzola. But we didn’t read their Twitter post that they wouldn’t be at Fla

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THE SWOON LIST: Five Things We Adore Right Now

The Wild Hibiscus Mimosa at Zest! Exciting Food Creations (1134 E. 54th St., 466-1853), with a whole edible hibiscus flower waiting sweetly at the bottom of the glass. The Paul Bunyan taco: addictive ground beef chili scooped into a shell, topped with the works, and given a sassy kick of Texas Brushfire hot sauce at

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Triton Brewing Company Taps In

Indy has no shortage of brand-new craft beer options, from the near-eastside’s Flat12 Bierwerks (414 N. Dorman St., 635-2337) to the far-westside’s Three Pints Brewpub (5020 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, 839-1000), which is serving beers from around the state while its own production facility is under construction.