06 August 2008

Random Beer Roundup - First Date Edition

A tip of the Magic Hat - Magic Hat will soon have distribution in Indiana. How soon? Word is kegs of #9 are currently en route. If you're not familiar with #9, it would probably be best described as an apricot pale ale. Should be a nice addition to your current choices for summer beers.

This epic just got vertical-er - Stone's Vertical Epic 08-08-08 should be showing up in New Albany and Bloomington Wednesday, Indy on Thursday and Friday and the rest of the state next week. Feel free to save it until 12-12-12 or not. Also if you homebrew you'll notice that link I posted has recipes for all of the Vertical Epics. Good luck trying to replicate their work! If you're curious what they've brewed up this time:
"The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish!"
Free beer again? - Rock Bottom is tapping their Happy Pils both Downtown and at College Park on Thursday at 6PM. What better way to pre-drink our party than with some free beer at Rock Bottom? At least that's my plan. Jerry will be brewing up an Imperial Pilsner similar to last year's and I have no idea what Liz will be doing because I live downtown. Typical tapping party details, free beer and appetizer bar from 6-6:30.

More like Mass Ave Beer Shop - Apparently Mass Ave Wine Shop is going to be growing a deli. Wait, that's not beer related? Maybe I forgot to mention that you can buy beer and wine in the store and consume it in the deli. Oh, and they have a decent beer selection. See, now it's beer related.

As if we need to say it again - Someone said something about Brugge hosting our 2nd anniversary party this Thursday from 8 until Ted kicks us all out because one of you thought it would be funny to make your own beer crepe. I hear they're putting on special guest taps just for us. Actually it's more for you guys because we can't drink all this beer ourselves.


or can we?


  1. The email from College Park described it as:

    Here are the specs for this years brew:
    OG: 12 Plato
    Original gravity (OG) usually refers to the density of wort, unfermented beer, usually expressed as a ratio to the density of water. The density is closely related to the amount of fermentable sugar dissolved in the wort, and thus predicts the likely strength of the finished beer.
    ABV: 5%
    Alcohol by volume (ABV) is an indication of how much alcohol (expressed as a percentage) is included in an alcoholic beverage. This measurement is assumed as the world standard. Another way of specifying the amount of alcohol is alcoholic proof. An "alcoholic proof" is roughly twice the alcohol by volume.
    IBU: 40
    The International Bitterness Units scale, or simply IBU scale, provides a measure of the bitterness of beer, which is provided by the hops used during brewing.
    Malt: Pilsner malt, Vienna, Carafoam
    Hops: Perle, Sterling

  2. Thanks merle! Apparently my spam filter caught this most recent tapping email, so here are the details on the Imperial Pilsner downtown. I wonder if it's possible for me to get on both lists...

    OG: degrees Plato -14.1
    ABV: 6%
    IBU: 45

    Malt: German Pilsner malt, Munich malt, Canadian Wheat

    Hops: German Noble Hops