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Craft beer aficionados can hop on city brewery tour


Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published October 27, 2021

If you consider yourself a craft beer connoisseur, you might want to catch a ride on the sixth annual Hop On Brew Tour taking place Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1-5 p.m. 

You and your party will stop by multiple breweries around the city courtesy of Community Transportation Network. 

Chances are you have seen the CTN vans roaming through town since their normal duty is to provide rides to nonprofits, seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families, children, and teens. On this day, however, they are providing participants with transportation between breweries, allowing everyone to stay for as little or as long as they’d like. 

This CTN fundraiser is a fun way to give back to the community, enjoy our local breweries, and meet new people. The brewery lineup consists of Summit City Brewerks, Mad Anthony Brewing, Trubble Brewing, Trubble Riverside, Landing Beer Company, and Hop River Brewing Company. Tickets can be purchased at ridectn.networkforgood.com. 

New this year are VIP tickets that include an extra hour on the tour, additional swag, and special surprises. Cheers! 

Musicians pay homage to Ween

On Saturday, Oct. 30, a handful of elites will head to the Brass Rail to help bring out the “ween” in Halloween. This yearly event pays homage to the American rock band Ween who have been melding genres since their formation back in 1984. 

“A Tribute to Ween on Halloween” will get under way at 10 p.m. and will include Jon Ross, Zach Smith, Casey Stansifer, John Bixler, Ben Porter, and Phil Potts taking you through Ween’s highly eclectic catalog of songs that gel funk, soul, country, metal, punk, and more. There is a $7 cover at the door.  

Spooky ragtime band at Trubble Brewing

If the name does not catch you, their music certainly will. Bloody Tambourine and the Musical Mafia are a creepy, whimsy, cute, and dark ragtime band based in Chicago. The lineup includes Fort Wayne native Hope Arthur who now resides in the Windy City. 

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the band is coming out of its long slumber to play a Halloween show at Trubble Brewing. Come dressed up, grab some food and a brew, and get down to some ragtime jams. Music will be from 8-11 p.m. and there is no cover charge. 

Fundraiser to benefit young music enthusiast

I’m not sure how many of you have ever heard of Front Row Kennedy, but chances are you have seen her at a concert at Piere’s. 

Kennedy Rottet is an 8-year-old rock journalist from Logansport who, despite her young age, has interviewed members from Buckcherry, Firehouse, Hinder, Smile Empty Soul, Static-X, Faster Pussycat, Saliva, and Great White. Most of this was by virtue of her father Shannon Rottet who got her to shows and lined up interviews. 

Sadly, her dad passed away last month and her world changed forever. 

Knowing that Piere’s was one of her father’s favorite venues to attend, a memorial concert will take place there on Saturday, Nov. 20, beginning at 3 p.m. with proceeds going to Kennedy’s future. 

So far, bands slated to perform are Money Shot Tucker, Damage, Calloused, Blood of Heroes, and 3DR, with more to be announced. In addition, there will be a ceremony from 7-8 p.m. for family and friends to speak and to show a few short videos. Tickets for the fundraiser are available now via Etix.com. 

If you are not familiar with Front Row Kennedy, head over to Facebook and look her up. Inspiring stuff.

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