12 December 2008

Random Beer Roundup - HBG snubbed by Heisman Trophy committee Edition

I don't know if you have heard about the controversy or not, but the Heisman Trophy committee did not invite Hoosier Beer Geek to New York for the pomp and circumstance on Saturday. It is really disappointing, because we really feel that we should be in contention.

In spite of this insult, we will continue on with our weekly Random Beer Roundup. Because we are just THAT dedicated. So saddle up, cuz here we go...

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All-American Andrew Lewis at the Brass Monkey gives us an update:
15 gallons of Brass Monkey dry hopped Double Down Brown Ale will go on tap at Half Moon this Friday evening.
The Old Town Ale House sends in this play:
New on Draft... MadRiver John Barleycorn, Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA, Harpoon IPA

Growlers are coming soon as well as a tasting series in January!
Goal Line Gabriel at Goose the Market chimes in:
The Goose has supplemented our beer-filled stockings with the following brews:
Affligem Noel
De Koninck Winter Koninck
Rogue Ales Santa's Reserve
Rogue Ales Yellow Snow
Atwater Block Brewing Winter Bock
Brewing Black Chocolate Stout
Spaten Optimator
Touchdown Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville sent us this...
Here's a few new things:
· Upland Winter Warmer
· Brooklyn Winter Ale (Scotch Ale)
· Alba Ebulum
· Alba Grozet
· 3 Floyds Gorch Fock (GABF Winning Helles Lager)
· Acme California Pale Ale
· Two Brother’s Northwind Stout (now is 6 packs!)
· Two Brother’s Hop Juice
· Jever Pilsner
· Left Hand Warrior IPA
· Affligem Double
· Sam Adams Winter Classic Sample 12 Pack
· Keg Liquors Holiday Sampler 12 pack (12 different holiday & winter beers)

We are also holding our 4th Annual Holiday Insanity Beer Tasting featuring 23 different holiday and winter beers, with representatives from World Class Beverages, Cavalier Distributing, and Schlafly Brews on Wednesday, December 17th from 5 - 8 PM
Smashmouth Mike at J. Gumbo's gives us the latest:
J.Gumbo's is adding Left Hand Milk Stout to the lineup Thurs. for the homestretch. We are closing Dec. 28 after the post-Colts Game rush. $2.50 pints until they're all dry. Growlers filled 12/27 at negotiable prices. Further details to follow.
Fellow Knight Chris intercepted this rumor that he heard about the coming-soon Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown:
I heard that waiters, bartenders, etc. are already training for a Scotty's opening on Jan. 6th. If anybody has been near that building recently (right near Fogo de Chao), that's a little surprising to hear -- since it's all torn to hell right now -- but apparently the ground floor retail space for Scotty's will be done shortly. Scotty's has a pretty decent beer menu to begin with, but there are some rumblings that with the closing of J. Gumbo's, they might bump up the beer standards at the downtown location to grab that high-end beer market. Fingers crossed.

Future home of Scotty's Brewhouse is "torn to hell"

Cheerleader Cari at Kahn's updates us on a ton of upcoming happenings:
First of all, I got a call last week and we were able to get another run of Sierra Nevada Harvest 24 oz. bottles, probably the last bit. We're going to run them on special for $4.99 each, down from $5.99, starting Tuesday, Dec. 16. We have other specials too that are part of our ad that week, so keep an eye out.

Secondly, our regularly scheduled Monday Night Beer Tasting will be Porters and Stouts with Ryan from Cavalier, so come out and join us from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, December 15.

Last but certainly not least, we have a special second beer tasting on Thursday, December 18 from 5-7 p.m. We are featuring Oaken Barrel and Andrew Castner, one of the resident brewers, for this complimentary tasting, including their winter seasonal Epiphany, a Belgian-style Abbey Ale. Andrew Castner and Mark Havens, both of Oaken Barrel, recently were named 2008 Indiana Craft Brewers of the Year, and have been named "Best Brewpub in Indy" by Indianapolis Monthly.

Kahn's will also have special pricing for all Oaken Barrel beers that evening, $8.99 (was $10.99) for their regular selection and $9.49 (was $10.49) for Epiphany Abbey Ale depending on availability.
Ted-who-will-not-get-a-football-nickname-because-he-prefers-the-football-we-call-soccer-to-the-football-we-call-football at Brugge Brasserie updates us on their tap list:
Alpha King
Gorsch Foch
Ommegang Stout
Monks Cafe Sour Red
Bell's Third Coast Old Ale (really old - like a

Thunder Monkey coming soon!!
I'm REALLY disappointed that he didn't get Chelada on tap.

Goalline John at the Legend Irvington Cafe updates us on the latest additions to their bottled beer menu:
Christmas Beers:
Breckenridge Christmas Ale $4
Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of
Christmas Ale $5
Great Divide Hibernation Ale $4.50

Indiana Beer:
Warbird T-6 Red Ale $4
Mad Anthony Ol’ Woody Pale $4

Additions to Beer List:
Hoegaarden Bier Blanc $4
Red Hook ESB $3
Left Hand Brewery Milk Stout $5
Butte Creek Organic Pale Ale $5
Lakefront Brewing Eastside Dark Lager $4
Blackthorn English Dry Cider $5
MVP Mat at Cavalier Distributing updates:
A very limited quantity of Left Hand Smoke Jumper arrived late this week! Should be hitting the shelves of the top Left Hand stores next week.

Many of Christmas / Winter beers from the long list sent to the Hoosier Beer Geeks recently are low or out of stock! It is time to stock up. While you are stocking up for the Holidays be sure to load up on plenty of Hebrew beer for Hanukkah especially the Jewbelation 12!
That is all we have at this roundup. And don't feel bad for us, dear readers. No we won't be hoisting the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. But we'll probably be hoisting a couple of beers. And doesn't that make all of us the REAL winners?


  1. I see what you did there with the trophy.

  2. When J. Gumbo's says that they are closing, do they mean permanently or is it just to signal the end of their recession buster special?

  3. It means no more J Gumbos. It's really too bad, since Mike DeWeese is really passionate about good beer. He always had something unique on tap.

  4. hello all! scotty here (owner of the brewhouse). before you slam me too much, i know it is a shame we don't make our own and that is my goal. it will happen in the next few years. secondly, mike deweese is a good friend of mine and it is a shame they are closing. thirdly, we do have a pretty decent selection of draught beer (i'm a self-described hop-head). check out our website to see our current selection here: http://www.scottysbrewhouse.com/menu.asp?PageIndex=437

    before you yell at me about our prices, you will love our new specials that start when we open downtown on january 5. click here to see those: http://www.scottysbrewhouse.com/images/uploads/drinkspecials2/

    finally, if some of the beer geek squad would like an invite to our pre-opening to get a taste/look around, send me an email. i'll get you on the list: swise@scottysbrewhouse.com.

    all my best,

  5. We've been hearing rumblings of the closing for quite a while now, but we didn't want to say anything until it was absolutely confirmed by Mike.

    Between Mike's beer cellar inventory going on sale and the fact that there was hardly ever an even 25% of capacity crowd in there, I think the writing has been on the wall for a while. Despite Mike's best efforts (and even a concept change), the thing never really took flight.

    That's unfortunate - I we all liked both the restaurant concepts and menus plenty, and the beer was always good. We'll be sad to see it go. And I think our readers will too - despite the fact that I (stupidly) forgot to list it in the Best Beer Bar category on the readers survey, J. Gumbo's has had pretty good write-in support so far.

  6. I've enjoyed Gumbo's a few times now since I started working downtown. Saw Mike hanging the official closing signs this evening while I was having a Brugge White and a bowl of Voodoo Chicken.

    Hoping to go a few more times before the end days.

  7. You really kind of hurt my feelings by not giving me a football nickname. I do love the football we call soccer, but I also am quite fond of the football that we play with our hands. I'd suggest:

    Crazy Kegs

  8. I will definitely miss J. Gumbos as well.

    Good round up - I'm making my last rounds at all my old haunts, J. Gumbos, The Rathskeller, Brugge, Broad Ripple Brew Pub...only got misty eyed at The Rathskeller. I am so bummed I'll be missing the new Scotty's downtown. Guess I'll have to come back and visit. ;)

  9. Tamre, you know you're going to be our out-of-state beer supplier, don't you?

  10. Sorry to hear J Gumbo's is closing. I salivated over the beer selection but absolutely will not patronize smoking establishments. There are plenty of great beer places that are smoke free!