31 October 2008

Random Beer Roundup - Creepy Halloween + Slayer Edition

I know what you're thinking - you're thinking we've been awfully quiet this week. That's because Rodney and Chris are too busy pinching each others' butts to finish anything. And because no one seems to know how to hold on to their notes. Next week will be content-tastic. Probably.

It's Halloween, a time of the year when thoughts turn to closing your eyes, looking deep in your soul, stepping outside of yourself, and letting your mind go. I've heard that they also say it's also the time of year when frozen eyes stare deep in your mind as you die. Jeepers.

Elizadeath and Matt (a werewolf) at the Old Town Ale House (8657 E. 116th Street, Fishers, IN 46038, (317) 841-0800) with a scream from the grave:
Hi there...this week's current draft lineup...

Founder's Pale
Upland Wheat
Oaken Barrel Razz Wheat
Warbird T-6 Red Ale
Oaken Barrel Apple Buzz
Bell's Lager
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Wyder Pear Cider
Two Brother's French Country Ale
BBC Jefferson Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
Left Hand Milk Stout
Stone Smoked Porter
Brugge Tripel de "Ripple
3 Floyd's Robert the Bruce
Stone Ruination IPA
Goose Island Matilda
She Devil Pale Ale

Norrebro Skaarsgaard Porter and Chimay Grand Reserve have joined the bottle list.

Happy Halloween...we're tapping a keg of Founder's Breakfast Stout on Friday!

Matt & Elizabeth
Minion of Satan Andrew at Brass Monkey Brewing Co. (115 East Sycamore Street, Kokomo, IN, (765) 457-4659) is cooking up something in his cauldron:
We just tapped our next beer in our One & Done line. 9th Wonder is a hoppy American porter made with columbus and centennial hops. It's coming in at 6.1%

Todd of the dead at Keg Liquors (617 East Lewis and Clark Parkway, Clarksville, IN) gives us a heads up (and chops heads off) with this update from Indiana's southern edge:
Several new things down in the Southern part of the state. Keg Liquors moved into their new building at the beginning of October. We went from a 2700 square foot building to a brand new 5000 square foot building. We now have a 28 door cooler for beer and wine, including 10 doors just for craft and good imports.

New beers this week include: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Founder's Backwoods Bastard, Boulder Killer Penguin, 2008 vintage, Great Divide Hades, Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale, Breckenridge Christmas, and what seems for the first time, and almost unlimited amount of Founders Breakfast Stout. No allocation on it for the first time.

Mike Sprinkle Holy Water at Crown Liquors has an update (and a crucifix and wooden stake):
Founders Breakfast Stout is re-supplied, case stacks in our 6 main beer stores by the end of the week! Also by the end of the week Dogfish Head Theobroma, brewed with Aztec Cocoa powder and nibs w/ honey, chiles and a few other choice ingredients. Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock, more Founders Harvest. Great Divide has a couple new ones that are coming today, but forget the names. Broodoo hopefully next week. Keep your eyes peeled for my next RateBeer/Beeradvocate tasting coming in the next couple weeks.


Great Divide Fresh Hop 22oz (1st time to Indy, very limited)
Great Divide Hades (Belgian Golden Ale) new everyday sku
Great Divide Hibernation
Boulder Killer Penguin
De Dolle Oerbier Reserva '07
Triple K '03 Mags
Chouffe Mags
N'Ice Chouffe
Beer Geek Breakfast
Norrebro North Bridge Extreme
Norrebro Little Korkny Barley Wine (only case in the state!)
40th Anniversary Thomas Hardy's
Scaldis Noel nippers and 750ml Premium
Dupont Avec le Bon Voeux

Cheers and thanks!
John at the Black Sparrow Pub (223 Main St.
Lafayette, IN. 47901, and a name spooky enough to not need embellishment) with an update:
The Black Sparrow Pub will be having a Halloween Party this Friday. Beer special will be 22oz Rogue Dead Guy bottles for $5.75 (can't beat that price!). We will also have a rep from World Class Beverages (Rogue's distributor in our area) giving away Rogue gear all night. Costumes are mandatory.

No cover.

Also, new fall/winter beer bottle list was rolled out last week. (Click here to download that list.)


Draft selections right now:
Delirium Nocturnum
Founders Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Victory Prima Pilsner
Left Hand Octoberfest
Oaken Barrel Superfly IPA
2 Brothers Oh Brother! Triple
Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout
Coming Soon (this weekend or next week, whenever lines free up):
Left Hand Sawtooth
Ommegang Hennepin
Founders Red's Rye
Thirsty Dog Leg Humper Porter
Founders Breakfast Stout
A bunch of other really exciting drafts that we have allocated coming throughout the fall/winter.

John Olakowski
The Black Sparrow
Hey it's another John! This one from Big Red Liquours in Bloomington! They're attacking! Shoot!
Big Red liquors has a number of New items this week:

Boulder Single Track
Breckenridge Christmas
Great Divide Hibernation
Boulder Never Summer
Ridgeway Santa's Butt
Breckenridge Agave Wheat
Kinmount Willie
Old Jock
Black Douglas
Merlins Ale
Hebrew Jewbelation
Thomas Hardy Ale
Boulder Obovoid Empirical Stout 9 (1 cs only) Allocated item
Great Divide Fresh Hop (1 cs only) Allocated item
Boulder Killer Penguin ( 1cs only) Allocated item
Great Divide Hades Belgian style. ( 1 cs only) Allocated item
Meantime Porter
Koningshoeven Quadrupel
Boulder Never Summer

Expect to see Next week:

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
Founder's Backwoods Bastard
Founders Breakfast Stout (round two)

Also starting next week:

The Big Belgian Beer Sale is Back!!!
All Belgian beers are on sale.
Buy 6 and get 10% off.
All multi pack items count as one unit of the 6. (4pk, 6pk, 12pk are at a discounted price compared to the singles)
Stock up for the holidays or refill your cellar.
This just in from Killer Kirk at Mr. G's Liqours (Noblesville):
New this week:

Mad Anthony Auburn Lager
Mad Anthony Gabby Blonde
Mad Anthony IPA
Mad Anthony Ol Woody Pale Ale
Mad Anthony Old Fort Porter
Warbird Mustang Gold
Warbird Thunderbolt Wheat
Warbird Irish Shanty
Warbird Warhawk Pale
Warbird T-6 Red Ale
Founders Backwoods Bastard
Great Divide Hades
Great Divide Hibernation
Boulder Never Summer Ale
Achouffe N'ice Chouffe
Dubission Scaldis Noel
Dupont Les Bons Voeux
Saison Dupont Farmhouse Ale

And just got another shipment of Founders Breakfast Stout!

Mr G's
Gabriel (like the angel, except EVIL!) from The Goose (Indy) has some words of beercouragement:
The Cellar at Goose the Market has picked up the following brews:

Founder's Backwoods Bastard
Barley Island Beastie Barrel Stout
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout
Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale
Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre
Rogue Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale
St. Peter's IPA
Victory Hop Wallop
Three Floyds Broodoo Harvest Ale
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil
Broughton Black Douglas
Boulder Beer Looking Glass Never Summer
Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
We were also able to get a bit more Founder's Breakfast Stout!
This press release came to our email box from someone WE DON'T EVEN KNOW. Spooky:
Morton’s The Steakhouse Hosts Chimay Beer Tasting on November 11

Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Morton’s The Steakhouse in Indianapolis is offering a divinely delicious Chimay beer tasting event on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:00p.m. Chimay is the world-renowned Belgian ale created and brewed by Cistercian Trappist monks for more than a century at the Abbey of Scourmont in Chimay, a small town in southern Belgium. Morton’s guests will sample three different authentic Chimay ales accompanied by Morton’s Petite Filet Mignon sandwiches, Tuna Tartare Canapés, Sliced Smoked Salmon and Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake. The ticket price of $45 per person includes tax and gratuity and Morton’s will donate $5 from every ticket to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Guests will also receive a special gift – a Chimay glass goblet – as they quench their thirst for a great cause. Morton’s will offer expert tips on savoring the legendary ales, which are brewed in the monastic tradition at the Abbey and made with all-natural ingredients and water from the Abbey springs.

Please call 317-229-4700 for tickets or information. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 41 E. Washington in downtown Indianapolis. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The Chimay selections at Morton’s tasting event will include:

* Chimay Première – First introduced and brewed by the Trappist monks at Chimay in 1862, this original-recipe ale has a warm dark red color and a soft fruity taste with a slightly bitter touch.
* Chimay Grand Réserve – This dark brown ale has relatively dry taste with a caramel touch and a complex aroma.
* Chimay Cinq Cents –This golden blonde ale offers a subtle balance between softness and fresh bitterness, with a fruity aroma.

The monks of the Abbey of Scourmont at Chimay have been brewing their legendary ale since 1862. Chimay is always brewed on site at the Abbey, which guarantees its authenticity and quality. The production and distribution of Chimay Trappist beers is performed by S.A. Bières de Chimay. Chimay is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its introduction to the United States.

Morton’s is donating a portion of the event proceeds as part of its national “30 Wishes for 30 Years” campaign to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The first Morton’s steakhouse opened in Chicago in 1978 and Morton’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a fine dining leader. Through a series of special events, Morton’s has raised more than $150,000 so far to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation and its mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Here's the latest from Ron Smith. He owns a black cat:
1) Last Call for November Beer MBA Classes (November 8th, 15, 22nd). They will run from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. If you are interested, please let me know ASAP and/or go to the website and sign up (www.BeerMBA.com). So far, we have created some happy and very satisfied alumni. As people are saying, “If you like beer, even a little, then definitely make time for this course – You won’t regret it!”. I’m getting some great testimonials from attendees on these classes, and I hope to get some posted to the website soon, but overall everyone is finding them to be a lot of fun, very educational and a great value. A lot of people have been waiting for a Saturday series, so sign up ASAP before it sells out. See more info on the classes below or visit www.BeerMBA.com.

2) This Saturday, Nov 1st is National Teach-A-Friend-to-Brew Day, so to celebrate, that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Starting at 9:00 am, at my home near 116th and Michigan Rd. on Indy’s NW corner, I will start from scratch and brew a 10 gallon batch of beer. Also, there are now 3 others signed up to brew, so there will be a variety of systems being used and styles being brewed. If you have any interest in brewing, or brew already, but want to learn more, etc., this will be a great opportunity for you. There is no cost to attend, but consider bringing some beer and snacks to share. I will supply some beer to sample as well. Brew days are long, so we probably won’t finish up until around 4:00 or so. Plan to stay for the whole day if you can (and if you really want to see the whole process), or just stop in when you can. Either way, let me know if you are interested. Also, if you plan to attend, please remember to drink responsibly and/or arrange for a designated driver. This will be a fun day. Let me know.

3) Several people have asked about Gift Certificates for the Beer MBA classes. These are available and are a great idea! Consider purchasing them for the November series and giving them as an early Christmas gift. I don’t know exactly when the next series of classes will be, but they will be after the first of the year (probably Jan or Feb), so if you prefer that perfect gift for Christmas Day, this is it. I will supply you with an attractive Gift Certificate “Scroll” placed inside a capped empty beer bottle that must be opened with a bottle opener to get to (you just pay the shipping or pick it up at no additional charge from my NW Indy office). For an added effect, use this bottle to replace one of the bottles in a 6-pack of great beer and give the whole package. That way, the recipient gets something right then, as well as later (I can even help with recommendations on the beer if you wish). Let me know about this as soon as you can, since I probably won’t sell more certificates than what would fill one class.

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Bonus reading: Here's a NY Times article about Six Points Brewery in Brooklyn.


  1. What, no Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin reference?

  2. I knew i was missing something.

  3. For Crown Liquors, what is considered "our 6 main beer stores"? Thanks in advance.

  4. Good question - If I was guessing, I'd say these locations for sure:

    12480 N Meridian St
    Carmel, IN 46032
    (317) 706-0850

    7621 Us 31 S
    Indianapolis, IN 46227
    (317) 859-4690

    So there's that, if you're in a hurry. I'll send Mike an email and find out which stores he meant.

  5. The new label for Backwoods Bastard is FREAKING AWESOME!

    It's got this crazy looking old guy on it (kinda like Gandalf) that's carring an axe.

    Also list's the brew as being about 1% stronger than last years batch.

  6. Mike Sprinkle's Crown Liquors answer: "Fishers #15, Noblesville #17, Carmel #19, Allisonville 10, 31 South, 96th and Michigan will have the selections. Fishers, Carmel and 31 South will have complete list."