16 April 2014

Last Call | HBG Tailgate, Saturday 4/19, 4:30pm, Indy Eleven Lot A

Indianapolis's new professional soccer club, Indy Eleven, made a smashing debut last Saturday night at Michael Carroll Stadium. Over 11,000 people attended the match. The place was rocking. The Brickyard Battalion was in full voice. And while the match ended in a draw, the Boys in Blue showed well. We were there, and we had fun...lots of fun.

And you might (or might not) have noticed that we're moving our semi-annual tailgate festivities to a new venue: Indy Eleven's Lot A. We'll be tailgating there starting at 4:30pm this Saturday, April 19. And we would like you to join us. We want you to join us even if you don't plan to go to the game. Just come, hang out, share some beer and food, and chat. If you do decide to head into Carroll Stadium to see what the fuss is all about, all the better.

For full details on the event, please read this post, which includes the ground rules for the tailgate.

We hope to see you on Saturday!




12 April 2014

Indiana World Beer Cup Winners


A big congratulations to Carson's Brewing, Thr3e Wisemen, and Sun King for winning medals last night in Denver.

Carson's won a silver in the American Style Wheat beer category with Red Dawn.

Thr3e Wisemen won a silver in the German Style Dopplebock category with Hot for Teacher Ms. Dopplebock.

Sun King won a bronze in the Barleywine Style category with Johan the Barleywine.


 Full list here: World Beer Cup Winners

Congrats to all the winners and the entrants.  Great beer is indeed made here.

11 April 2014

Random Beer Roundup: The 'Good Luck at the World Beer Cup, Indiana!' Edition

Hoosier Beer Calendar

Events are subject to change



The Brewers

Triton Brewing in Lawrence:


TRITON HOUSE BREWS
Fieldhouse Wheat, Sin Bin Belgian Pale Ale, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber Ale, Deadeye Stout, Railsplitter India Pale Ale, Palesplitter Pale Ale, Pink Ribbon Saison, Three Tine Triple, Alt Lang Syne, Bourbon Barrel Alt Lang Syne (2013), Grand Citra Station, Hatchblower Pepper IPA and Double Deadeye Imperial Stout and Barrel Aged Alt Lang Syne (2013) (Sour)
GUEST BREWS
Founder’s Porter, New Day Meadery Barrel-aged Washington’s Folly, New Day Meadery South Cider, Widmer’s Omission Lager and Widmer’s Omission Pale Ale

TRITON BREWING EVENTS
Friday, April 11 (6-10pm)-Saturday, April 12 (1-8pm) - 22nd Annual Peoria International Beerfest at Exposition Gardens. This two-day festival combines the best of local food, music and craft beer! Proceeds from the Peoria International Beer Festival enable the Jaycees to support local charities and community projects throughout the year. For more information, tickets, etc...: www.peoriabeerfest.com
Saturday, April 12, 12-5pm – 4th Annual Blue Chip Casino Brewfest at The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino. Join Triton and other top microbreweries from around the nation as we gather to showcase unique flavors & different brews. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com or you can visit the Blue Chip Box Office! General Admission: $40; VIP Session: $75; Brewmaster: $99; Or, Designated Driver: 15. http://www.bluechipcasino.com/whats-new/events/4th-annual-blue-chip-brewfest
Saturday, April 12, 4-7pm - The Bloomington Craft Beer Festival at Woolery Mill makes its 4th appearance! Bloomington Craft Beer Festival is the proud winner of the 2013 “Best Festival” award from VISIT BLOOMINGTON. An impressive array of Indiana craft beer (150+ selections) served in the awe-inspiring Woolery Mill. Live music makes it lively, and great local food (available for purchase) makes it delicious too! General Admission $35 & Designated Driver $10. For more information: http://www.brewersofindianaguild.com/events
Wednesday, April 16, 4:30-9pm, Triton Brewing Company - #Clustertruck! Join us for some of our favorite food trucks.
Friday, April 18, 4-6pm – Crown Liquors (Noblesville) will be hosting a Triton Brewing Beer Tasting! Don’t miss it!


Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co in Indianapolis:


Promotions:
· Are you a VIP Member? It is FREE to join! Become a member and after every 9 Growler Fills of Thr3e Wise Men Beer we will add $10 to your VIP Card.

Upcoming Beers:
· April: Hoppy Pale Wheat
· Tapping April 29th

Upcoming Events:
· Saturday April 12th: Brewers Guild of Indiana Bloomington Beer Festival | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
· Are you planning a beer event and would like to have Thr3e Wise Men involved? Well let us know by emailing Ryan Kellerman.

Where to find our beer:
· New location: Beef 'O' Brady's in Granger, IN just tapped our Snow Bunny Blonde. Make sure to make it out and try a pint.
· We are in over 50 restaurants & bars around the state. You can check out ourwebsite for a full list of locations.
· Would you like to see Thr3e Wise Men at your favorite restaurant or bar? Well thenlet us know so we can reach out to them.


The Ram


Mug Club Monday (5/5/14)
Don't forget that the first Monday of every month is Mug Club Monday. All Mug Club Members get 50% off all food for parties of 8 or less.
Brewer's Dinner, April 17th at 6:00pm (Downtown location): 
The official Maibock tapping will be held at the Brewer's Dinner. Those attending will be the first to try it (it's paired with one of the courses). It will be tapped in the bar and restaurant after the conclusion of the dinner. 7% ABV, 35 IBU's. A smooth, malty, high gravity German Lager. More information on this delicious event:





Daredevil Brewing Co:
This week the Daredevil team ventured out to Denver for the annual Craft Brewers Conference where we get to learn a lot and network with many very experienced people in the industry. In the end the goal is higher quality craftbeer that we can make so all of us can enjoy it! We also are making a lot of progress on the construction plans for the new Speedway production brewery and tap room and we hope to share more details in the next few weeks.

Upcoming events
* Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, April 12
* Thunder Louisville at Buckhead Mountain Grill, Jeffersonville, Saturday, April 12
* Festival on Main, Speedway, Friday, May 9th
* Fest of Ale, Clarksburg, Saturday, May 31st

Looking to find our beers? We try to keep draft locations up to date on website and post frequently to our Twitter and Facebook pages on can and draft locations across the state.

Daredevil Brewing Co. | Current beers available

Lift Off IPA: Our flagship beer available year round in cans and on draft.
A bounty of American Hops delivers the signature clean and crisp finish of a perfectly balanced West Coast style IPA.
Rip Cord Double IPA: A limited release beer available on draft.
An abundance of American hops balanced with a hint of malt to produce an exhilarating experience of intense hop flavors and aromas of citrus, floral and resin that combine to provide a satisfying crisp finish.
Carnival Saison: A special release Belgian Saison style available on draft. A creative and artistic balance of spicy phenols, fruity esters, noble hops and Belgian malts with a classic dry and thirst quenching finish.


Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis

Saturday, April 12th 7pm SKB Night at The Tap (Bloomington) 
Saturday April 12th (all-day) Bloomington Craft Beer Festival at the Woolery Mill in Bloomington 
Monday, April 14th at 7:30pm Fever Draft Party at Ale Emporium

Thursday, April 17th (all-day) Sun King Tap Takeover at Chatham Tap (Mass Ave)
Wednesday, April 23rd 6-8pm The Addams Family & Sun King Special Tapping at the Glossbrenner Mansion 
Thursday, April 24th 6:30pm Sun King Brewers Dinner at Restaurant Tallent (Bloomington) 
Thursday, April 24th 6pm Kahn's Sour and Funk Sampling at Kahn's (Keystone Ave)  
Wednesday, April 30th 6:30pm Sun King Brewers Dinner at King David's Dogs 



Flat 12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis
BlueMile Extra Pale Ale Release:
The big day has finally arrived. Join us today at 4pm as we celebrate the tapping of our collaboration with BlueMile. We’ve dubbed it The Official Beer of the Finisher’s Tent. Curious how this collaboration came about? Check out the story here. And while the tapping is exciting enough, that’s not all we’re doing today. If you’re able to sneak away from work, please feel free to join BlueMile co-founder Ashley Johnson for a quick jog from the brewery (about 2 miles) to the circle at 3:30. We’ll tap the beer at 4, chat a bit, pass out some swag and generally have a good time. See you then!

Indy Eleven Opening Match:
This Saturday is another exciting day for not only us, but our partners Indy Eleven. It is their first game in their first season, and we couldn’t be any more excited. Come join us in celebrating, supporting and of course cheering on the first North American Soccer League in Indy. Oh, and be sure to stock up on a couple of Flat 12 bullets (plastic bottles-no glass allowed) for all of your tailgating festivities. Details for the game here. Want more Indy Eleven? Check out some of their Kick Off events here.

NUVO’s Best of Indy:
It’s that time of year again. If you like what we’re doing here is your chance to let us know! This year NUVO decided to mix things up a bit. Instead, of giving you a list to choose from, they’ve added one more step in the process to help find out who really is the Best of Indy. For the first time, you will have the opportunity to nominate your favorite brewery, beer, beer selection, etc. to be in the running for 2014′s Best of Indy. Want to nominate us? Click here for more details and your chance to vote.

Keep a look out on:
· Bloomington- Bloomington Craft Beer Fest is this Saturday. Curious about what we have up our sleeve? Brewer, Rob Caputo, has been tweeting out hints for the last few weeks. But if those haven’t given it away, we will release our plans tomorrow. Stay tuned!
· Indy- Next week is unofficially Tap Takeover Week for us. We have not one but two tap takeovers. First up is at 20 Tap (April 16th), where we will take over a whopping 10 taps. Next is at 86th Street Pub (April 17th), where we will have a mini tap takeover for Shine Showcase.

RSSIn The Taproom




Tin Man Brewing in Evansville


We will be at Players Pub in Bloomington for Bloomington Craft Beer Week on Friday, April 11th. We will have Alloy APA and Rosenweiss on tap.
https://www.facebook.com/events/314864951995533/

On Saturday after the festival we will be at Max’s Place along with Bloomington Brewing Co. for a Kill the Keg.
https://www.facebook.com/events/690093457694474/




Upland Beer Bloomington and Indianapolis
Friday, April 11th - Vinyl Tap Rye Pale Ale, a beer made in honor of Record Store Day, will be ready for draft release in mid-April. Upland has partnered with Landlocked Music to donate 10% of sales from Vinyl tap in Bloomington to Lotus Blossoms Education and Arts Foundation, and with LUNA Music to donate 10% of sales from Vinyl Tap in Indianapolis to Second Helpings, a local food rescue organization. This draft-only beer will be on tap at all Upland locations on Friday April 11th and at select bars and restaurants across Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Chicago in the following weeks. It will also be available at Landlocked and LUNA on Record Store Day, April 19th, for customers to enjoy while browsing the vinyl and CD releases that are made exclusively for independent record stores to offer on this day.
Saturday, April 19th - Maibock will be on tap at all Upland locations on Saturday April 19th. This beer is brewed to celebrate the arrival of spring and is full-bodied with a sturdy German hop profile, giving it an inherent spiciness that leads to a crisp, dry finish and a pleased drinker. Maibock is a very small batch beer and consequently is not distributed and will only be available at Upland locations in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN.
The release of Maibock marks the start of the annual Maifest party at the Upland Brew Pub at 350 W. 11th St. in Bloomington. All day April 19th the Brew Pub will be serving an all-German menu featuring hard-to-pronounce items such as Hasenpfeffer, Schnitzel, and Spatzle. Starting at4:30, free live music will be added to the celebration! There will be plenty of bands, beers, delicious food, singing, dancing, and glass-clinking, so sticking around all day is recommended. Costumes are encouraged, although the most flashy dresser is usually one of the staff!
UpCup Homebrewing Competion: June 7th, 2014 at 3:00pm - 7th annual UpCup homebrewing competition will be hosted at the Upland production facility at 4060 Profile Pkwy in Bloomington on June 7th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. BJCP judges, professional brewers, and other brewing industry professionals will judge all entries, and the winner will receive the UpCup trophy and all the benefits that come with it. The winning recipe will be brewed by Upland brewers, featured on tap at all Upland locations, and entered in the 2014 Pro-Am competition at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Awards are given to second and third place as well. Entries may be dropped off at any Upland location or shipped to the production brewery and must be received by May 31st.
For full contest rules and event details, please see the Upland blog at http://uplandbeer.com/7th-annual-upcup-homebrewing-competition-and-aha-rally/.




Cutters Brewing Company in Avon


On Friday, 4/11, Knobstone Pale Ale will be tapped at Upstairs and The Alley Bar.Also on Friday, Yogi's will be tapping Half Court IPA, Monon Wheat, and Cherry Empire Imperial Stout. There will also be a tapping at The Atlas Bar Friday.
The brewery will operate under normal hours this week, 1-5 Saturday/Sunday and open until 6 during the week. Currently on tap: Lost River Blonde, Monon Wheat, Half Court IPA, Floyd's Folly Scottish Ale, Empire Imperial Stout, Pentagon Porter, Bank Robber Belgian Brown, Rye on the Scarecrow Double Rye IPA, Knobstone Pale Ale, Redline Amber, and General Brown's Sour Brown Ale.



Bars, Restaurants, Carryout, & Distributors

Shoefly Public House:
We'll be hosting a Tax Day Tapping party w/ Taxman Brewing (brews TBD) on Friday 4/18 starting at 7pm. We'll have 2 lines downstairs & a third upstairs.


Goose The Market
New on the Goose shelves...
Don Quixote's nightmare in a bottle: dreamy Moulins d'Ascq Ambrée, a certified organic Flemish pale ale.

Underground brew: Sierra Nevada's Kellerweiss is in the Goose cellar (how appropriate)

Punny and now portable: New Day Meadery's ciders in bottles!

Thirsty before the next Random Beer Roundup? Check Goose the Market's facebook & twitter feeds for weekly #BeerHaul announcements.


Books & Brews In Indianapolis
News:
Books & Brews will have new hours effective Monday the 7th. We will now be open until 10pm Monday through Thursday and 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

NEW BREWS:
Shogun Soba Ale (5.1%, 23 IBU) - Our Soba Ale is an amber ale brewed with buckwheat, giving it a salty-sweetness that we think could have calmed the feudal Japan chronicled in the James Clavell classic.

Hop’s Cradle DIPA (7.2%, 85 IBU, on Nitro) - There may be no cradle, but the hops are easy to find in this double-IPA named by one of our Kickstarter backers. Heaping additions of Centennial and Cascade hops highlight this tasty concoction.

Daytime Events:
Weekdays from 12pm-1pm is Kid’s Story Time - come on by and huddle up with a few stories from books in our children’s section. We will have games and other activities for the whole family, too! Coming soon: kid’s arts & crafts and music classes.

Saturday at 10:30am is Kid’s Book Club
Saturday at 1:00pm is our first author event featuring Terence Faherty

Nightly Events:
4/11 - Live Music from Jeremy Vogt and Jon Martin from 8pm-10pm
4/12 - Food Truck Saturday Night - Cutie Pie’s Pizza from 6pm-9pm  (http://www.cutiepiespizza.com/) followed by a staff-led MarioKart Tournament from 10pm-12pm

For more information check out our website at www.booksnbrews.com or give me a call at the store 317-288-5136
Follow us on:Facebook - www.facebook.com/booksnbrewsTwitter - https://twitter.com/BooksBrewsTumblr - booksnbrews.tumblr.com


Yogi's Bar & Grill in Bloomington:

Bloomington Craft Beer Week (@BTownBeerWeek) begins on Sunday and runs through Saturday.

We are converting most of our 58 draft handles to Indiana craft beers for the week

We will feature different breweries daily and have additional specials to celebrate this event

Follow us on Twitter (@yogisgrillbar) and on Facebook (Yogi's Grill and Bar) for special announcements, specials and goings on during this week

Don't forget, Dyngus Day is April 21 from 11 am!




Patrick's Kitchen  in Zionsville
April 26th we're celebrating "Kings Day" (Netherlands holiday...check out this link to get a better idea.)
http://www.iamsterdam.com/en-GB/experience/kings-day/all-about-kings-day-in-amsterdam

We will be featuring 4 Big Belgian Beers...La Trappe Quad, their Witte, Isidor, and Urthel's Hop-it!
In addition we have some interesting bottles, live music throughout the day, and a fabulous locally famous magician..Marc Lehmann. We are moving the party outdoors onto the patio and gonna have some big fun!
Right now we are pouring Bloomington Brewing Company Ruby Bloom amber, Bell's Oberon, Bier's Cascadian Light, FFF Man O'Awe, Flat-12 Half cycle, KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, Liefman's Goudenband (at $5 for 8oz even)..Sun King's Dopplebock, Taxman's Tripelle, and La Trappe Quad.
Waiting in the wings there is Chinookalicious from Bier, Sun King's Naptown Brown, and their Big Iron Barleywine...as well as BBC's Quarryman's Pale and FFF Dreadnaught.



Starlight Distribution, LLC 
From Josh:
April 22nd6:00pm Join us at Mass. Avenue Pub on April 22nd for the tapping of a special keg of Italy's Brewfist Brewing and Oklahoma's Prairie Artisan Ales collaboration beer Spaghetti Western! We are very excited to have received a keg of this very special beer. It is an Coffee Chocolate Imperial Stout weighing it at 8.7%.

This will also be the premier of Brewfist in the Indiana market so we will also be tapping a keg of their Terminal Pale Ale, an awesome session-able pale ale weighing in at a mere 3.7% and hopped with Citra and Summer hops.
Bottles of Brewfist's Heimdall Galaxy Saison will also be available that night!
From Prairie we will also be bringing out a special keg of their Prairie Weiss, a Berliner Weisse style ale and some bottles Prairie/Evil Twin Bible Belt. 
April 30th, 5:30pm - We have scheduled our first big kid tap takeover event! It will be held April 30th at Twenty Tap on College Ave, starts at 5:30 PM! W e will be tapping a very special keg of Bible Belt, the much anticipated collaboration between Prairie Artisan Ales and Evil Twin Brewing . This beer is a big over the top imperial stout that combines Prairie's Bomb! and Evil Twin's Even More Jesus stouts resulting in a bold, smokey, and spicy love child! In addition to this we will Also be tapping Prairie's Prairie Ale, their classic saison which is fermented with ale and wine yeasts as well as Brett. But wait there's more! We will also tap Evil Twin's Freudian Slip Barley wine. This hoppy version of the style has an ego almost as big as the flavor it packs! You wont want to miss this event as we only got 2 kegs of Bible Belt for the whole state so this could be your only chance to try it on draft!
Bible Belt bottles are rolling out into the state as we speak, look for them at better beer establishments across the state. While you're scouring the shelves for Bible Belt, keep your eyes peeled for Grassroots Arctic Soiree, we got a limited amount of this one but its really worth searching for. If you aren't familiar with Grassroots its the love child of 2 of the top breweries in the country (Hill Farmstead and Anchorage) and this specific brew is fermented in oak tanks with Brett, lime juice, and hibiscus.



Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple:
  • As always we have 21 ever evolving lines so check out our lineup soon!



Lino's Coffee in Speedway:
Upcoming events at Lino's Coffee:
https://www.facebook.com/LinosSpeedwayIndiana/events
Friday, Apr. 11 - Mead & Cider Tasting with New Day Meadery
Friday, April 18 - Cutter's Brewing Pint Night for the People's Race Car
Friday, April 25 - Bloomington Brewing Co. Pint Night
Friday, May 2 - Flat 12 Pint Night

All start times are 5:30PM.


Beer & Fundraising Events



Brews & Boutiques
Thursday, April 24th
6 - 9 pm
The Bier Brewery


Indiana Girls Pint Out & theCityMoms have joined forces to plan a night of fashion and beer at The Bier Brewery.

We've lined up quite a list of fashion trucks and vendors to pepper you with some fun spring things, wardrobe staples and styles, including:

retro 101
ellen & elvin
Genie's Closet
Bizzy's Mobile Boutique
Boho Pretty
GrowlerGirls
TheBrickShirtHouse
GIFIHZDesigns

This list will continue to grow as the event nears. Also joining us to show off some stylish spring 'dos will be The Beauty Lounge of Carmel.

Hungry? Perfect. Our friends at Scratchtruck will have you covered.

Bring friends, your wallet {credit cards will be accepted!}, your appetite and your fun-lovin self to this unique event.

We will also have a number of giveaways throughout the evening that will require you to have a Twitter account. Follow @thecitymoms and @INgirlspintout on Twitter to get started!

This event is open to the public so grab a girlfriend {or 2 or 3…} and swing on over for an evening of brews & boutiques!


And MORE from Girls Pint Out!
Beer Education: The Making of Green Tea Kolsch
Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.
Tuesday, April 15th
6:30-9 pm

You may have been on a brewery tour before, but this one is different! Scotty's Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company's special tapping for April will be their Green Tea Honey Kolsch - and head brewer Keely Thomlinson will be walking us through the process of how that particular beer is made.

The fun doesn't stop there! After the tour, we'll be sampling through some of the 3WM line-up to talk about the hops that are used in each and difficulties in finding and buying hops in an ever growing craft beer market.
But wait...there is more! We'll be making a VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT at the event. Bonus: pints are only $2.50 on Tuesdays. You really don't want to miss this!

RSVP here



Bloomington Craft Beer Festival in Bloomington


April 12th, 4:00-7:00pm
An impressive array of Indiana craft beer (150+ selections) served in an awe-inspiring venue make Bloomington Craft Beer Festival the midwest’s must-attend spring festival. Live music makes it lively, and great local food (available for purchase) makes it delicious too!
General Admission 4:00 to 7:00, $35. GA tickets are available at Big Red Liquors (all Bloomington stores, but call ahead for availability) or online.

Early Bird 3:00 (one hour early!) to 7:00. EB tickets are available online only.

Designated Driver $10. DD tickets are available online or at the gate (the only tickets sold at the gate). DDs may enter with their parties, whether GA or early gate.
- See more at: http://www.brewersofindianaguild.com/events/details/bloomington-craft-beer-festival1#sthash.SNIHulmS.dpuf



Upland Brewing Company Sour + Wild + Funk Fest

Tickets for the third annual Upland Brewing Company Sour + Wild + Funk Fest are on sale now at www.uplandsourfest.eventbrite.com. This year's festival will take place Saturday, May 17th from 2pm-6pm at the historic Indianapolis City Market, preceded by a VIP Sour lecture and private tasting from 12:30-1:30pm, and with a Secret Barrel Society members-only party to follow in the building's catacombs from 7pm-9pm. For more information on our Secret Barrel Society, check out secretbarrelsociety.comVIP tickets can be purchased for $75, and will include VIP lecture, lanyard, commemorative T-shirt, swag bag and access to the VIP lounge including food and private bathrooms.

General Admission tickets are $45 and include light snacks, with the City Market's artisans open to sell heavier fare throughout the festival. General Admission attendees will also have the option to buy a T-shirt on the website during ticket purchase for an additional $15. Cutters Brewing in Bloomington



Anderson Brewfest


Hello Brewers and Craft Beer Connoisseurs!
We would like to invite you to the inaugural Anderson Brew Fest!

When: June 7th from 1pm-5pm
Where: Anderson Town Center Plaza


Tickets are available online via Eventbrite: http://www.andersonbrewfest.com/
$30 Now-June 7th, $10 Sober Driver

We still have room for some local craft brewers to showcase their best brews! We're also looking for sponsors. Please email shanna@andersonbrewfest.com for more information. And be watching the website for updates. You can also check out our Facebook page for up to date information: https://www.facebook.com/AndersonBrewFest



Sun King Brewing Fifth Anniversary party:

June 28th, Grapefruit Jungle tapping! Live music, great beer and food...get your tickets now! 






Master of Beer Appreciation classes Booking summer classes now!
Beer MBA Classes - More Than Just a Tasting
This is a unique opportunity for people at all knowledge levels to learn more about the World's Classic Beer Styles. As we sample each beer, we'll briefly discuss its origin, history and what makes it unique. This is a fun experience. Don't miss it!
  • Designed for Everyone (must be 21 years of age)
  • Flexible Schedule - Take Any Class in Any Order (after attending a Class 1)
  • Take All 3 Classes and Get Your "MBA Certificate"
Only $50 per 3-hr Class (includes free samples of all beers)
Discounts available: Sign up for all 3 classes for $135 total
Call for group discounts
Beer Vacations Follow the link to learn more, new trips added!
Guided Beer Vacations to Belgium and Germany!

Take a Dream Trip to Belgium or Germany where nearly everything is planned and coordinated for you! Visit the Famous Breweries and the Best Beer Bars in the World, all led and guided by Ron Smith, a recognized Beer Expert that will help explain even more about the legendary beer styles, history and cultures.
Learn more now!
Belgium 2014 - Brussels, Brugge and Antwerp!
Germany 2015 - Munich, Bavaria and Bamberg!
Learn more below and be sure to sign-up for our email list so we can notify you of our upcoming trips and classes. For any additional information, don't hesitate to contact us atBeerMBA@MarketWiseSolutions.com or call 317-564-4898 and ask for Ron Smith.

08 April 2014

Great Lakes Brewing Chillwave DIPA



I'm going to start this by talking about one of my favorite breweries that we can't get here in Indiana. If you have traveled to any state that touches Indiana, there is a good chance you've either bought or seen beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Cleveland, Ohio.

I'm a big fan of Great Lakes Brewing.  They don't really make a bad beer in their core lineup. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is one of the best porters available anywhere, Burning River Pale Ale is a beautiful example of an American Pale Ale, and their Dortmunder Gold Lager is an example of why a well-made lager is truly an art and certainly isn't anything anyone should be calling fizzy or yellow. They make an exceptional lineup of seasonal beers including Chillwave, Nosferatu, Blackout Stout, and the much loved Christmas Ale. I am also a huge fan of their price point. Most any place I've seen their beer it is usually $8.99 a sixer or less in some places. World class beer in multiple styles for $8.99 a sixpack. That is for another post coming soon.

The funny thing about Great Lakes Brewing is that they are not available here in central Indiana.  They are the 20th largest craft brewery in the US and will brew nearly 145,000 barrels of beer this year, and their beers are not available in central Indiana. You can find them northern Indiana, but not here. We used to get them a number of years ago, but due to some type of issue between the distributor and the brewery we consumers really lose out here. I heard the story from the distributor side and from the brewery staff a few years ago. They are both on different sides of the spectrum and the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. You can find them in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. No love for central Indiana though. As you can tell I'm not happy we do not get beer from this fantastic brewery right next door to Indiana.

I was in Ohio recently and picked up a four pack of this DIPA for $9.99. You may have had this beer under a different name last year. It used to be called Alchemy Hour, but was changed to Chillwave due to a trademark issue with the Craft Brew Alliance. The beer is named for the very hard conditions that people go through to catch a few waves on the Great Lakes.

This beer is made with Mosaic hops, Nugget hops, and big malt body of honey malt.   love Mosaic hops and I'm seeking out beers made with them. I think that this hop could be one of the next big waves of hops that people ask for in the spirit of Citra hops. Mosaic is the much cooler child of Simcoe and Nugget without the cat pee notes of Simcoe. Mosaic produces a beer with big notes of mango, citrus rind, pine, and tropical fruit. If you like your IPAs on the fruitier side, this is a hop you want to seek out.

The Stats:

Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.4%
Hop profile: Mosaic and Nugget
Nose: Mango, pineapple and tangerine notes greet your nose with a sweet malt scent trying to get your attention, but has a hard time though the dominating tropical fruit notes.
Flavor: The flavor matches the nose with initial flavors of mangoes and pineapples and candied fruit flavors. It isn't cloying or overly sweet, but the malt body is able to stand up to the big hop profile.
Overall: Another winner from Great Lakes. One of the best examples you will find of what you could consider a somewhat balanced DIPA.

If you see this beer in your travels to all areas not Indiana this is a great pick up.

Cheers!

Matt

07 April 2014

HBG's April Pint Night | Thursday, April 24, Tomlinson Tap Room, 5pm

We're looking forward to this month's HBG Pint Night because we're featuring a beer especially brewed for the coming of warmer weather (and damn, we need warmer weather after that bastard of a winter). We honored this beer last December as our Beer of the Year for 2013. And we're not featuring just one version of this beer; we're featuring four versions of it, along with a bonus beer that the brewery in question is bringing along.

The beers we're talking about are Bloomington Brewing Company's 10-Speed Hoppy Wheat, which was our 2013 Beer of the Year, and the brewery's Bière de Mars.



So join us at the Tomlinson Tap Room in the City Market (222 East Market Street, 317.423.2337) at 5pm1 on Thursday, April 24. Along with Bière de Mars, BBC will bring the following versions of 10-Speed: regular 10-Speed, pineapple 10-Speed, vanilla 10-Speed, and coconut 10-Speed. Pint prices to be announced soon. The beers as described by the brewery:

10-Speed: Slightly hazy and golden-hued, 10-Speed packs piney aromas, subtle tropical fruit nuances and a nice crisp finish. This American-style wheat offers a nice hop punch yet is still light and refreshing enough for a warm summer day.

ABV 5.4%; IBU 34.

Bière de Mars: Springtime brings revival. Doors are thrown open and scents of a blossoming world greet us. We want a refreshing beer to drink along with it. Welcome, Bière de Mars.

With roots in Northern France, Bière de Mars is an offshoot of a style known as Bière de Garde, brewed in early spring, then stored in cool places for consumption throughout the warm summer months.

The Bière de Mars style is meant to be consumed immediately, as freshly as possible. You’ll see why.

The nose greets with aromas of sweet honey, peppercorn and tangerine. Medium-light bodied with bold malt running throughout and peppery spice returning on the tongue. Tettnanger hops develop a nice, earthy and floral flavor and a pleasant, dry finish.

Sounds like the perfect beer to wrap up the days of winter in hopes of a warm spring.

ABV 6.2%; IBU 9.




What is the purpose of Pint Night?  To feature a flavorful beer at a reasonable price and, if you're interested in learning, to educate you about the particular beer on tap. So come on out and enjoy some great beer and conversation.

Finally, congratulations to BBC for finally offering their Rooftop IPA in bottles. And if you're down in Bloomington this week for Bloomington Craft Beer Week, don't miss BBC's events during the week.





1 All beers will actually be tapped at 2pm, but the event doesn't officially start until 5pm.