30 January 2009

Random Beer Roundup - There's football this week, I guess we'll drink craft beer

Apparently there's a football game this weekend. I don't really care. My team isn't in it. So personally, I'm looking past the Super Bowl. Two weeks from today, pitchers and catchers report to Arizona for Cubs spring training. I look forward to the start of another Chicago Cubs season. Because the eventual let down and disappointment to come just makes my bitter beers taste more bittery. Being a sports fan is stupid.

Being a beer fan, however, is not. And based on the recent Winterfest, we are not alone. We had 2,800 people attend, which unfortunately was capacity for us. We did have to turn away some walk-up ticket sales. That sucks worse than being a Cubs fan. There was a lot learned from this first Winterfest, some things that need to be addressed. But overall, a great success and a fun time. And next year will be even better. So thanks to all who attended. And a huge thanks to all of my volunteers. You can see pictures from Winterfest here.

It is time for the weekly Random Beer Roundup. Remember, if you have any beer news you want to share, drop us a line at hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com. On with the show...

Beer Events:
From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen in Zionsville:
Join us for a great evening for beer lovers! Patrick's invites you to our INDIANA BREWS beer tasting, Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 PM. We will have three appetizers, two entrees, and dessert, all perfectly paired with six Indiana microbrews.
From Cari at Kahn's in Indianapolis:
Monday Night Tasting featuring Mishawaka Brewing Company, 5-7 p.m.
From John at Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
Don't forget about our free beer tasting every Thursday from 6-8pm!
And mark your calendar for a Beer Geek Breakfast (or Beer Geek BreakFest) at Brugge Brasserie in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 14th. More details to come.

News and Rumors:
Neal at L'Explorator restaurant in Indianapolis announced he is closing on January 31st. What does that mean for the 2009 Indiana Craft Beer and Food Symposium? Good question. We'll let you know as soon as we do.

Check out The Beer Spot for information on the Dogfish Head/Three Floyd's collaboration: Popskull

From Bob at Indiana Beer:
WLFI TV in Lafayette ran a story about 2 bills in the works; Election Day sales and Sunday brewpub growler sales. Even with the hiatus of alcohol laws this year, these may pass. The story has interviews with 4 liquor store managers and Greg Emig (of Lafayette Brewing Company).

Now on the shelf:
Price and availability are subject to change

From Mat at Cavalier Distributing in Indianapolis:
The Winter Beer Fest was CRAZY! What a great turnout! What a great event! Although we ran out of a lot of things (Stone 11th keg blew in less than 2 hours - WOOOOOOOOOO - we really were fortunate that Stone released that keg from their cellar for cold Hoosiers!) I am proud to say that the Cavalier crew did not run out completely. We were pouring beer till they turned off the lights!

Just before the single largest snow fall to hit Indianapolis in the past 13 years fell, an 18 wheeler form Boulder CO made it to our warehouse with the 2009 release of Mojo Risin on it! Look for it in 4 packs, bombers and kegs! See list below for those who pre ordered kegs:

Crown Liquors
Rich O's
Columbus Bar
Patrick's Kitchen
` Black Sparrow
Old Town Ale House
Constant Spring

What a great time to be a HOP Head!!!!! You got your Boulder Mojo Risin, Founders Double Trouble & Hop Slam all available! I heard talk of being able to take the Pepsi challenge between all three at the Old Town Ale House some time soon! Stay tuned for more details on that.

Also on a sad note Breckenridge 471 IPA & ESB prices will be increasing next week. So buy up now! The reality is these Big Breckenridge Beers have been under valued for what they are for quite sometime and this is just market correction. I know reality sucks.
From Cari at Kahn's in Indianapolis:
New This Week:
- Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
- Sierra Nevada ESB
- De Dolle Stille Nacht 2008
- Two Brothers The Bitter End
- Breckenridge Pandora's Bock
- Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale

On Special (begins Monday, February 2):
- Breckenridge Christmas Ale $5.99/6 pack
- A Chouffe Brewery (750 ml) : Mc, Houblon, and La = $6.99, N'Ice = $7.99
- Whitbread English Pale Ale $6.99/6-pack
From John at Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
Here are the latest new items at Big Red Liquors:

Two Brothers Cane & Ebel
Coney Island Blockhead
Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Founder's Double Trouble
Buffalo Bill Blueberry Oatmeal Stout
Magic Hat No. 9

Now on tap:
Price and availability are subject to change

From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
The KokoMonster is coming!!!!
Stay tuned to find out when.
Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
WHATEVER WEDNESDAY: we are discounting the heck out of some of our beers on Wednesday, so check us out!

Carlow O'hara's Irish Stout
Great Divide Hibernation Ale (A Winter Warmer 6oz. pour)
Bell's HopSlam----------Back for a limited time only!!
Bell's Two-Hearted IPA
Gaffel Kolsch

Tilburg Dutch Brown Ale
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Brown Ale
Avery 14'er ESB Ale
Clipper City Winter Storm Imperial ESB
Boon Framboise Lambic
Bass Pale Ale
Victory Brewing Hop Devil
Clipper City Loose Cannon Hop 3
Looking Glass Cold Hop British Style Ale
Two Bros. Heavy Handed IPA (fresh hops)
Breckenridge 471 IPA (Small Batch)
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Mad River Steelhead Double IPA
Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale
Left Hand Milk Stout
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Dixie Brewery Blackened Voodoo Lager
Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale
Duvel Belgian Golden Ale
Bosteel Tripel Karmeleit
Stella Artois

Boulder Obovoid Empirical Stout (Oak Aged)
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style
Avery Salvation Belgian Style Golden Ale
Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale
Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA
Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
Stone Brewing Smoked Porter
LaChouffe Belgian Blonde
McChouffe Belgian Artisanal Brown Ale
Ommegang Hennepin Saison Farmhouse Ale

Three Floyds Gumball Head Wheat
Celis Belgian White Ale
Blue Moon Belgian Style
Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
Shock top White Ale
Our man on the scene Chris reports on Zing's taps:
When we were in Zing on Wednesday they had THAT DAY removed Bud Light on draft and replaced it with.....Brugge White! How awesome is that? If every bar in the city did that, we'd be living in a better world.

This is what Zing's got on tap now:

Brugge White
Alpha King
Bell's Best Brown
Blue Moon
Sam Adams Winter Lager

Not too shabby. I just need to convince them that they don't need Blue Moon if they've got Brugge White....


  1. Is it just me or does it seem like every beer bar in the city has Hopslam this year? I seem to remember only 3 or 4 bars got it last year.

  2. Mike...I think I just said that, you unoriginal piece of...

    Chris...yeah, but oddly enough, I haven't had a single drop yet. Which surprises me.

  3. I hope the growler thing passes. Sunday sales of growlers would be pro-Indiana brewers for sure.
    Don't worry Jason, I've had at least part of your share of Hopslam.