29 May 2009

Random Beer Roundup - My eyes! My eyes! edition

Yes, the image above looks like crap. Yes, I did it on purpose. Yes, I'm hoping to destroy Mike's eyesight.

For those of you in on the joke, this is hilarious. For those of you who aren't, I'm sorry. But its over now. And the latest in the craft beer world is coming your way.

Remember, if you have anything you want to share with HBG, drop us an email at hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com. Focus people! It's time for Random Beer Roundup!

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

Friday, May 29th, 4:30-6:30pm at Parti Pak Liquors in Indianapolis:
Free Beer Tasting featuring Boulder, Founders, Mendocino & Two Brothers Brewing Co.

Saturday, May 30th, 9:30am at Brugge Brasserie in Indianapolis:
The end of the English Club Football season is upon us with the most important trophy to be decided this week. And the best place in town to watch is upstairs at Brugge.

FA Cup Final
Saturday, May 30 @ 10:00AM
From Wembley Chelsea v. Everton

A special Steak, Egg, and Frites breakfast will be available for $12.95.
Doors open at 09:30. No reservations.

Wednesday, June 3rd:
Mystery Roundtable Event *SOLD OUT*. Stay tuned to our Twitters for future Mystery Roundtable Events!

Monday, June 1, 5-7p at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis:

Wedensday, June 3rd, 5-7pm at Mad Anthony's in Ft. Wayne:
Summer Daze wheat tapping w/ complimentary food

Thursday, June 4th, 6-8pm, at Big Red Liquors in downtown Bloomington:
Free Beer Tasting

Thursday, June 4th, 6pm, at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Indianapolis:
Bottom’s Up Kolsch tapping

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.

Monday, June 8, 5-7p at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis:
Sierra Nevada, featuring Kellerweis, Southern Hemisphere and Summerfest Lager

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

Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th at Crown Brewing in Crown Point:
Summerfest: Live Music, food, bean bag tourney, bounce/jump houses and "some of the best beer money can buy."

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.

Saturday, June 27th on Mass Ave in Indianapolis:
Indy Brew Ha-Ha

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!

Saturday, September 12th, from 7-10pm at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend:
Zoo Brew, beer tasting event, tickets on sale August 1, $30 in advance; more info here.

What's Brewing
Price and availability are subject to change

From Jerry at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Indianapolis:
Bottom’s Up Kolsch tapping on Thursday the 4th at 6 pm. It’s slightly malty sweet with a great bone dry finish!

Other beers:
Seasonal Wheat
South German Wheat Ale.
Banana aroma, citrus and clove flavors
Hops: Mt. Hood Malts: Canadian Pale, Winter Wheat
ABV. 5.3% O.G. 12°

Hoosier Ma Stout
Milk Stout
sweet and creamy. Udderly delicious!
Hops: Golding Malts: English Pale, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Rolled Oats
ABV. 4.6% O.G. 13.8°

Sweet and bready malt flavor with a spicy hop finish. It’s Lagericious!
Hops: German Noble Malts: English Pale, Munich malts
ABV. 7.6% O.G. 16.6°

Naughty Pappy
Strong Scotch Ale
aged 1 year in a 20 year old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrel.
Hops: Willamette Malts: English Pale, Crystal, Chocolate
ABV. 9.5% O.G. 20.2°

German Black Lager
Roasty and smooth.
Hops: Mt. Hood Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Carafa
ABV. 5.4% O.G. 12.7°

Belgian Farmhouse Ale with a tart, refreshing taste and fruity aroma.
Hops: Golding Malts: English Pale, Summer Wheat, Munich
ABV. 6.2% O.G. 14°

At the Bar
Price and availability are subject to change

From Dean at Deano's Vino in Indianapolis:
Nick's Beer Chalkboard:

On Draft at Press Time: Kronenbourg 1664 Lager, Bell's Oberon Summer Wheat, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.

Harpoon Leviathan
Victory HopDevil
Spaten Dunkel
Pyramid Apricot Ale
Fat Tire Belgium
Three Floyd's Brian Boru
Three Floyd's Gumballhead
Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus

(Don't forget the $3.50 drafts & $13 pitchers every Monday & Thursday!)

Carry Out
Price and availability are subject to change

From Kirk at Mr. G's Liquors in Noblesville:
New this week

Mendocino Summer White Ale $8.99/6pk
Mendocino White Hawk IPA $8.99/6pk
Sergeants American Ale $8.99/6pk
Boulder Flashback Anniversary $10.99/6pk
From Cari at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis:
New/Back In This Week:
Brooklyn Local 1 & 2
Rochefort 8
Green's Amber, Dubbel and Tripel - Belgian Gluten-Free Beers
BFM Bon Chien Trousseau #5
Stiegl Radler - 50% Austrian Lager, 50% Lemon Soda
Boulder Flashback Anniversary Ale - Brown IPA
Left Hand St. Vrain Tripel - Now in new packaging
Mendocino Summer White Belgian Wit Style
Chang Thai Lager

News, Reviews, and Gossip
From Greg at Cavalier Distributing in Indianapolis:
Boulder Brewing Company is celebrating is 30th Anniversary with a special 30th Annivesary brew!! The Boulder Looking Glass Flashback Anniversary Ale is being released this week and will be in stores and bars around the state before long. The Flashback is a Brown IPA and has the malt backbone of a Brown Ale with the strong hop presence of an IPA. It's already selling like wildfire, so get yours asap.

Left Hand St. Vrain Belgian Style Tripel is being released to select accounts throughout the state. St. Vrain is truly a masterpiece and a wonderful Tripel exhibiting huge depth of flavor and wonderful balance. It's part of Left Hand's Big Mo series and is only released every other year. Make sure to pick up some 2009 St. Vrain at your local supporters of Left Hand Brewing Company!
From Mat at Cavalier Distributing in Indianapolis:
Information about the upcoming Stone's 13th Anniversary Ale.
A quick reminder, we are still looking for volunteers for the Indiana Microbrewers Festival on July 18th. Details here. We have forty-four volunteers so far; we have room for more.

New Albanian Brewing Company's Roger Baylor writes about beer and baseball for LEO Weekly.

From Rick at Pints for Prostates:
Pints for Prostates, a campaign that uses the universal language of beer to encourage men to take charge of their health, is expanding its presence in 2009. The grassroots effort will appear at more than 20 events during the year and is increasing its pro bono advertising blitz to reach more people.

“Pints for Prostates is just a year old, but the campaign is starting to gain traction. We’re being contacted by people who want to help out by hosting events, donating ad space and getting involved in other ways,” said Rick Lyke, a 48-year-old Charlotte, N.C., marketing executive and drinks journalist who had successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008. “The fact is that nearly 4,000 men a week in the U.S. hear the words ‘you have prostate cancer.’ The key for these guys is detecting the disease in its early stages when treatment is nearly 100 percent successful. That’s what Pints for Prostates is all about.”

In its first year Pints for Prostates reached approximately 25 million people through a combination of donated advertising, news articles, appearances at beer festivals, and coverage on websites and blogs. The campaign’s goal is generating awareness for PSA testing and regular checkups so that men can detect the illness before it has progressed.

All funds generated by Pints for Prostates benefit the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, a 501(c)3 charity that works to support, educate and advocate for men with prostate cancer and their families. Us TOO was founded in 1990 and has a network of more than 300 local chapter support groups that help men dealing with the disease.

So far in 2009, Pints for Prostates has already held two events each in North Carolina and South Carolina, and one event each in California and Illinois. In the coming months the group has confirmed participation in the following events:

June7th: The Great Flanagan’s Beer Festival, Louisville, Kentucky.
June 20th: Green Dragon Bistro Brewpub, 928 SE 9th Ave., Portland, Ore.
June 20th: Rogue Ales Public House, 748 SW Bay Blvd., Newport, Ore.
June 20th: Eugene City Brewery, 844 Olive St., Eugene, Ore.
June 20th: Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah, Wash.
June 20th: Rogue Ales Public House, 637 Union St., San Francisco, Calif.
June 20th: Hub City Brewing Co., 11352 40th St., Stanley, Iowa
June 21st: Falls Tap Room, 5009 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, N.C.
June 25th: Thirsty Thursday, Visalia Rawhide, Recreation Park, Visalia, Calif.
July 2nd: Rogue Ales Public House, 100 39th St. (Pier 39), Astoria, Ore.
July 23rd-26th: Oregon Brewers Festival, Tom McCall Park, Portland, Ore.
July 24th: Rogue Distillery & Public House, 1339 NW Flanders, Portland, Ore.
Sept. 17th: The Pub at Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 24th-26th: Great American Beer Festival, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colo.
Oct 2nd: World Beer Festival, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.

Additional events are being booked and information will be listed shortly at www.ustoo.org/pints. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

“The growth of Pints for Prostates has been encouraging to watch,” said Thomas Kirk, President and CEO of Us TOO International, which is based in Downers Grove, Ill. “Our mission and program goal is to educate and empower men and their family members so men and their loved ones can take an active role in their health care. We are able to reach a whole new group of men with a critical health message. The more men we reach, the more lives will be saved.”
From Mat at Cavalier Distributing in Indianapolis:
From George at Phoenix Brands about Thomas Hardy Ale:
A rumor about Thomas Hardy's Ale being discontinued is beginning to
spread so we want to set the record straight. O'Hanlon's Brewing Co.
Ltd. has informed us that they will no longer brew Hardy's effective
immediately, even though we had an order pending with them. This is a
breach of our license agreement with them, and consequently we are
terminating that agreement.

We are in the process of interviewing other brewers to brew Hardy's and
Royal Oak Pale Ale but, given the time involved in that process and in
brewing Hardy's, it's quite likely that there will not be a 2009
vintage. And, obviously, no more 2008.

We will update you on the status of both brands at the earliest opportunity.
From Ralph at Hop Union:
Did get a few good links that you can follow to see the hail damage in the hop fields around the Hallertauer. Some were completely destroyed, but others only partial and of course others escaped any damage. Pretty crazy pictures, but this kind of thing happens in the hop world. At this time, I am not very worried about availability, but more news to come. My preliminary report was 4,000 hectares affected with 2,000 destroyed. Have seen hail damage here in Yakima on occasion. Does a pretty good job of making a mess out of what it falls on.

Read more here and here.


  1. Rod and I drove through the hop fields in Germany on our way from Munich last week - it's quite the spectacle to see driving through there.

    It's a shame that the crops were ruined. :(

  2. I fixed your crappy look for us here logo. Yes I said crappy. Crappy. Crap.

  3. I hope your diseased eye balls fall out of your head and into your beer and you drink them because you couldn't see what you were drinking and then choke on them and die!


  4. C'mon guys show some respect for the hops. Mike won't be able to drink his eyeballs without beer.