There is no female in Indiana and likely none in the Midwest as well known on the beer scene as author Rita Kohn. While most people know Rita as writer for Nuvo in Indianapolis and as author of True Brew, A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana, many do not realize that Rita has written 19 books including many on history and giving voice to American natives as well as authored many plays. However, you’ve likely not missed Rita at beer festivals or in videos where she constantly encourages brewers and supports local beer.
On March 19, Girls Pint Out honors Rita at a dinner and showing of the documentary Hoosier Brew. This event marks the release of the special collaboration beer brewed in Kohn’s honor by Scarlet Lane Brewing and The Broad Ripple Brew Pub. The beer is appropriately called, Hangin Tough! It’s an oatmeal pale ale described as having a hint of sweetness from passion fruit yet balanced with lemon. Hangin Tough certainly describes Rita. Those who know Rita know she’s faced a number of tribulations including illness. She is currently recovering quite nicely from hip replacement surgery still while writing, prodding, gathering information, and moving multiple projects forward. Funds from this March 15 event go to a grant to assist one of Rita’s latest creative projects, reportedly a play about diversity!
Doors open at Scarlet Lane Brewing, 7724 Depot Street, McCordsville, IN, at 6 and with the film expected to roll at 7PM. Dinner will be provided by the Broad Ripple Brew Pub and consists of pulled chicken and beer cheese. After the film brewers Eilise Lane owner/brewer of Scarlet Lane Brewing and Jonathan Mullins brewer of The Broad Ripple Brew Pub, along with Rita will comment and answer questions.
Those in attendance receive a 22 oz. bomber of the beer, Hangin’ Tough, plus one draft pint of choice along with the dinner and film. Tickets are available through eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hangin-tough-hoosier-brew-movie-night-tickets-31980009068 for only $27 + the eventbrite fee.
I am personally bummed to be missing this by being out of town. Rita has been so gracious and encouraging. We often share information.
The naming of a beer in honor of Rita is very much deserved and the fact that this beer is brewed by Indiana’s oldest continuously operating brewpub in collaboration with a woman-owned brewery is quite fitting!
In addition, the beer will be lauded at a tapping on March 22, at The Broad Ripple Brew Pub and featured on tap at other special craft beer locations and in the bombers at selected Big Red Liquors stores.
Cheers to Rita!