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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to celebrate Craft Beer Week

Categories: Wine & Culinary, Festivals

Bloomington Ale TrailIt's Craft Beer Week in Bloomington, which might sound unnecessary since you can get amazing craft beer here year round. But this week is special. All week, you can hit up local breweries along the Bloomington Ale Trail to try their special new brews and get your passport stamped to win a prize!

But the best part is probably Saturday, April 11, when 2,000 people descend on the old Woolery Mill on Tapp Road for the 5th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival. Try beers from 54 Indiana breweries, brought to you by Brewers of Indiana Guild. It starts at 1pm for Early Birds and 2pm for General Admission, and last pour is at 5:30pm. Get your tickets here (including a $10 Designated Driver special).

Bloomington Craft Beer Festival

Here are some special Craft Beer Week happenings in a nutshell, but you can find more events at the Bloomington Craft Beer Week Twitter:

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Lodging Specials: Take advantage of these great discounts from area hotels

Tuesday, April 7

Switchyard Brewery at C3: 5pm

Wednesday, April 8

Local Pint Night at The Players Pub
Taxman Brewing Co at Finch's Brasserie
Beer and Chocolate with Girls Pint Out at Function: 6pm

Thursday, April 9

18th Street Brewery at No Coast Reserve: 7pm
Bloomington Brewing Co. Beer Tasting at Big Red Downtown Wine
Special Tapping of Mayan Chocolate Stout at Function Brewing: 6pm
Meet the Brewer at Quaff On! 5pm
Upland Tap Takeover at Nick's English Hut:  7pm

Friday, April 10

Special Tapping of Jalapeno-Infused Tangent American IPA at Function Brewing: 6pm
Upland Mini Tap Takeover at The Tap

Saturday, April 11

Sun King Mini Tap Takeover at The Tap
Quaff On! Party in the parking lot
Bloomington Craft Beer Festival at the Woolery Mill: 1-5:30pm

Abby Perfetti

Abby Perfetti

Hailing from Indianapolis, Abby has lived in Bloomington since 2009. She was the Content & Social Media Coordinator for Visit Bloomington, and in her spare time, she sings in choirs, gardens, and enjoys the occasional craft beer.