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GREENFIELD — Two local breweries, one recently opened and the other on tap, will join forces with other Indianapolis area craft beer brewers to raise glasses and money for Hancock Hope House next month.

McCordsville’s Scarlet Lane Brewing Co., which began brewing in May, and Greenfield’s Wooden Bear Brewing Co., slated to open at 21 W. North St. in August, will be among nine central Indiana craft brewers to sample at Hope House’s second annual fundraiser.

“The whole craft beer community is very responsible and very community oriented,” said Hope House executive director Steve Vail. “What’s unique about this fundraiser is that it is something we can do to connect with more people in the community. It gives us the opportunity to tell our story and extend our reach.”

Last year, Hope House connected with 300 craft beer aficionados in the sold-out inaugural event.

“Last year showed how much of a liking there was in our community for craft beer,” said event co-chair Mike Low. “The community response was overwhelming.”

Organizers have moved the tasting this year to the 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, which has room to add another 100 attendees for the organization’s primary fundraiser.

We netted $10,000 last year,” Vail said. “It was our largest fundraiser, and this just grew on last year’s success.”

Scarlet Lane Brewing Co.’s Doug Sheets said community involvement is a major component of the micro-economic craft-brewing business.

“It’s one of our big things,” he said. “The craft brewing industry is a little different because although we are competitive in some ways, we’re always there to help each other, support our community and all the other craft brewers.”

Scarlet Lane has gotten out of the gate quickly since it opened in May with 64 accounts established in only 10 weeks, Sheets said.

The company plans to bring one of its biggest sellers, Dorian Stout, its award-winning Vivian Red IPA and other selections to the tasting, Sheets said.

Joining the local brewers will be established area favorites like Sun King, Upland and Flat 12 Bierwerks out of Indianapolis.

Appetizers will be provided by Chicago’s Catering, featuring products from Greenfield’s Tyner Pond Farms, Vail said.

Vail said Hancock Hope House continues to meet a vital need in the community after more than 20 years, serving Hancock, Shelby and Rush counties.

“We’ve served a lot of families in the last 12 months,” Vail said, adding that the slow economic recovery is still a major issue facing many households.

Located at 35 E. Pierson St. in Greenfield, the facility now has the capacity to serve up to 35 men, women and children.

With last year’s event a total sellout, organizers this year urge anyone who’s interested to get a ticket now.

“It sold out last year,” Low said. “And it may very well sell out again. If you’re a last-minute shopper, you may do without.”


What: Hops 4 Hope craft beer tasting event benefiting Hancock Hope House.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

Where: 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 620 N. Apple St., Greenfield.

Tickets: $35 general admission, $10 designated driver, 10 ticket package for $300.

Contact: Call (317) 467-4991 or go online to www.hops4hope.net.

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