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Peek Inside Bluebeard’s Invitation-Only Dinners

An exuberant crew of groupies gathers once a month for a multicourse meal that lasts well into the wee hours.

(L-R) Eddie Sahm and Scott Ellis will open Big Lug Canteen this spring.
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The Buzz: Big Lug Canteen Is Coming

Eddie Sahm will put into play an approachable, beer-friendly menu and a selection of concession-stand classics to serve to Monon Trail users.

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Day Trip: Barrels of Fun at Bourbon Classic

Pour yourself into a weekend of cocktailing, food pairings, meet-and-greets, and more.

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25 Days of Holiday Gifts: 317 Bottle Opener

You’ll be the party-starting envy of all your chums—and you can surprise that special someone by slipping one into his or her stocking for the next morning.

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Swoon List 11.18.14

Including Hotel Tango’s sugar-rimmed Mason jar of spiced-rum cider.

Burger topped with pork, slaw, and a fried jalapeno.
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Saddle Up: A Review of Salty Cowboy Taqueria

Opening a tequila bar in the gingerbread-trimmed village of Zionsville sounds like the kind of business plan one might draw up after too many shots of Patron.

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Mix-Up at Indy's Beer, Wine, and Spirits Trade Show

Some of the top bartenders in Indianapolis reached for their shakers to duel in a mixology competition on the final night of the 2014 Beer, Wine, and Spirits Trade Show.

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Swoon List 10.7.14

Including the bracing Chicago Cider from The Ball & Biscuit’s new brunch menu.

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Best New Breweries, No. 1: Black Acre Brewing Company

In a market crowded with pedigreed brewers, a place founded by three law-school students and their friends with a little homebrewing experience sounds like a recipe for Imperial Disaster. (Not actually an esoteric beer name. Yet.) But the owners of Black Acre in Irvington have had their day in court, and we’re ruling in their favor.

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Best New Breweries, No. 2: Scarlet Lane Brewing Company

With ales and stouts as artfully crafted as their literary inspirations (the name is a nod to the Gone with the Wind protagonist, and the owners are avid readers), it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of Scarlet Lane’s proprietors tells a great story about how craft beer knocked her head-over-heels.

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Best New Breweries, No. 3: Taxman Brewing Company

If you’re new to the genre, Belgians can take some getting used to. For one thing, almost all of Taxman Brewing’s beers weigh in at 7 percent ABV or more.

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Best New Breweries, No. 4: Quaff On Brewing Company

Although it opened in 2009, Big Woods didn’t add Quaff On Brewing Company for bottling and restaurant distribution until 2012. And that’s when both the beers and the business took off.

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Best New Breweries, No. 6: Indiana City Brewing Company

In the process of paying homage to his forebears of froth, Ray Kamstra created one of the handsomest taprooms in town, marking every box on the industrial-chic checklist.

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Best New Breweries, No. 7: Tow Yard Brewing Company

Tow Yard opened in April, relying heavily on local guest taps for the first few months, which allowed head brewer Bradley Zimmerman to slowly roll out a short list of hoppy, unfiltered “Pacific Northwest–style” craft beers.

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Best New Breweries, No. 8: Outliers Brewing Company

For all of his success as the owner of Brugge Brasserie (famous for its Belgian-style ales), Ted Miller was too savvy a businessman to witness the American-style craft-beer boom here without thinking, “Why not me?” Outliers, on a once-forgotten block off of Mass Ave, is his answer.

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