15 May 2009

Random Beer Roundup - What'll you have? RBR edition

As you may know, there are nine Knights of the Beer Roundtable here. One third of them will be out of town, out of state, out of country, out of this hemisphere!

In the meantime, the other half dozen of us will hold down the fort. Things may be so screwed up, proving how much we need them. Or you may not notice a thing, in which case, we'll know that we can axe the three of them.

I'm kinda hoping for the latter. That'll show those globe trotting bastards!

A quick reminder, we are still looking for volunteers for the Indiana Microbrewers Festival on July 18th. Details here. We have 1/3 to 1/2 of the slots filled. In just one week. Apparently people like beer!

Remember, if you have anything you want to share with HBG for the blue ribbon winning RBR, drop us an email at hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com. On with the show!

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

Monday, May 11th - Sunday, May 17th: American Craft Beer Week

Monday, May 11th - Sunday, May 17th, noon-8pm at Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora:

Open all week. Regular beer lineup - Blonde Ale, Mild Ale, Wit, Stout, Cherry Ale.
Monday, May 11th, 7p at Old Town Ale House in Fishers:
Stone Levitation Celebration; no cover

Saturday, May 16th, noon-8pm at Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora:
Open House - in addition to the regular beer lineup, IPA and Coconut Porter; complimentary food and drawings for small prizes.

Saturday, May 16th at Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington:
UpCup judging and ceremony.

Saturday, May 16, 1p-3p at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis:
Beer tasting, Magic Hat

More Fun After American Craft Beer Week

Monday, May 18, 5p-7p at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis:
Beer tasting, Clipper City Brewing

Monday, May 18, 5p at Adobo Grill in Indianapolis:
Roundtable at the bar, $2.50 pints night

Monday, May 18th at http://www.brewersofindianaguild.com/:
Indiana Microbrewers Festival tickets go on sale, online only.

Thursday, May 21st, 6-8pm, at Big Red Liquors in downtown Bloomington:
Free Beer Tasting

Saturday, May 23, 1p-3p at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis:
Beer tasting, Sam Adams

Wednesday, June 3rd:
A beer event to be announced soon. Stay tuned to our Twitters for details!

Saturday, June 6th, 3-7pm at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
4th Annual Keg Liquors Fest of Ale, 30 + breweries, 3 craft beer distributors, 2 wine distributors and over 100 different craft and import beers to sample. http://www.kegliquors.com/festofale.htm for more details.

Saturday, June 13th, 5-10pm at Upland Brewing in Bloomington:
Radfest beer festival, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. See details below under "What's Brewing"

Monday, June 22nd at Beer Sellar in Indianapolis:
Big Bell's Brewing tapping, a record breaking 30 different Bell's beers on tap at once.

Friday, July 17th at Optimist Park in Indianapolis:
Brewers of Indiana Guild VIP Dinner

Saturday, July 18th at Optimist Park in Indianaplis:
14th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival

Saturday, August 22nd:
A beer event to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

What's Brewing
Price and availability are subject to change

From Adam at Crown Brewing in Crown Point:

In recognition of American Craft Beer Week, through the 17th, Crown Brewing is offering $3 pints.
From Scott at Upland Brewing in Bloomington:

Upland Brewing Co. is happy to announce the first ever Upland RadFest at the Upland Brewery at 350 W. 11th St. in Bloomington, IN.

RadFest celebrates the release of Upland’s newest year-round beer, Rad Red Amber Ale, and also premieres other locally brewed Indiana beers. Half the proceeds will be donated to the Brewers of Indiana Guild.

WHEN: June 13th from 5pm to 10pm.

HOW MUCH: $20 in advance or $25 at the door, free meal ticket at the door if you dress RAD! (Rad is whatever you make of it. Ewoks, Magnum PI, ninjas and robots are pretty rad to us.) The most raddest outfit will win an Upland T-shirt of choice and a $50 gift card for the Upland Tap Room.

Admission includes a custom beer glass, samples of great Indiana craft beers, and mind-blowing rock n’ roll. Bread and pretzels will be provided at no cost, and hamburgers and brats will be available for purchase.

Breweries confirmed so far: Brugge, Lafayette Brewing, Sun King Brewing, and Shoreline Brewing.

At the Bar
Price and availability are subject to change

From John at The Legend Irvington Cafe in Indianapolis:

Nothing but craft beers on tap at The Legend in Irvington.
Three Floyds Robert the Bruce Scottish Style Ale
Pyramid Brewing Hefe-weizen
Breckenridge Brewery 471 IPA
Bluegrass Brewing Jefferson Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout.

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse with locations around Indiana:

Weekly Drink Specials Reminder:
Sunday & Monday: $5 Import/Microbrew Draughts 24oz MUG CLUB REFILLS (must purchase mug)
Tuesday: $3 12oz Select Microbrew/Import Bottles & $7 48oz San Adams Draught Pitchers
Wednesday: $7 48oz Import/Microbrew Draught Pitchers
Thursday: $2.50 Pint Night - see our list of beers
Other drink specials for the non-craft beer drinkers. See our website.

Carry Out
Price and availability are subject to change

From Greg at Cavalier Distributing in Indianapolis:

The 2009 release Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale has made it to Indiana in both bottles and draft! This Old Ale style beer is absolutely amazing and is great now or to lay down for awhile. Seek it out at your local retail stores or bars that support Founders throughout the year!

Great Divide Belgica Belgian Style IPA: This is the 5th new beer from Great Divide so far in 2009. The Belgica is a wonderful balance between the fruity and spiciness of the Belgian yeast and the bitterness and floral aromas of the American hops. This is a very limited early summer seasonal, so get it while you can.

2009 He'Brew Rejewvinator: Rejewvinator is a hybird beer, half dopplebock and half belgian dubbel. This is the year of the date, so this year's Rejewvinator is brewed with dates. It is a big, malty sweet beer with a wonderful taste profile. Limited release.

Three Sergeants Ale is a new beer to the Indiana market, being released this week. Created by 3 ex-sergeants in the military, 3 Sergeants Ale is a light Ale full of flavor and perfect for summer and 4th of July!

Two Brothers 12 pk Variety Packs: The Ebel's brothers have put together a wonderful sampler pack of some of their best creations containing a mix of both everyday beers and special releases.

News, Reviews, and Gossip

NABC's Roger Baylor writes about fighting for better beer in his Mug Shots column for LEO.

Neal Taflinger reviews the craft beer dinner at Spencer's Stadium Tavern last week, featuring Sun King's Clay Robinson and Chef JJ Boston.

Follow NABC's Bank Street Brewhouse equipment installation at The Potable Curmudgeon.


  1. My bad...with work and rushing out to hit the Sun King Open House, I didn't get info out to Jason.

    The Magic Hat tasting has been moved up an hour: 12-2 p.m. tomorrow.

    Here's what's new!:
    -BFM Bon Chien Grand Cru Cab 26 Magnums
    -Great Divide Belgica IPA (both in six-packs AND 1/6 barrels)
    -Barley Island Beastie Barrel Porter*

    * Really, you should try this beer if you haven't. The bourbon came out really well, better than the Stout.

    Also have some great craft beer kegs and semi-craft beer kegs to please everyone's palate!

  2. I really like the "look for us here" feature!

  3. I've been real curious about the Bells event at the Beer Sellar--- at last count, Bells doesnt have that many offerings... some old classics? new releases?

  4. Pure speculation, but I'd guess they'll pump up the numbers with a couple vintage beers, a couple firkins and maybe a couple small batch things that would normally only be at the Eccentric Cafe.