16 July 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The Weather Looks Great Edition

Congratulations to Knights Rod and Jess on their Gold medal win from last weekends Brewers Cup. Congratulations to the rest of the homebrewers and professionals who took home medals for their beer also.

Welcome to the weekend. We hope to see you at the Microbrewer's Festival. If you go, be sure to stop by the Firkin tent near the band. At least one of us should be there at any given time. Stop by, try one of the great beers, and be sure to say hello. If you haven't had a chance to check the weather forecast for Saturday, it looks like it is going to be pretty nice. Hopefully it stays that way, but who knows?

If you have news for the next edition of the Roundup, submit it to hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com.

So, grab your Microbrewer's Festival tickets, this is the Random Beer Roundup.

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

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

Friday, July 17th at Chumley's in Broad Ripple starting at 7pm:
Indy Microbrewers Fest Kick Off (details below)

Saturday, July 18th at Optimist Park in Indianapolis:
14th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival. You can purchase tickets online here.

Tuesday, July 21st at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville at 6:30 pm:
Summer Beer Buffet - Six course beer dinner (details below)

Thursday, July 23rd at Deano's Vino in Fountain Square:
Beer Dinner with Upland - $30 for a four course meal with Upland beer pairings - RSVP by July 20

Various Dates and Locations in August - Scotty's Brewhouse Beer Dinners (Details below)

Saturday, August 22nd:
The Hoosier Beer Geek 3rd Anniversary Party, Sun King Brewing Co. Tickets are limited and can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets.

Saturday, August 22nd at Crown Brewing in Crown Point:
Crown Challenge - PRO AM Brewing Competition (Details below)

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.

Saturday, September 26th at Crown Brewing Co. in Crown Point - 2nd Annual Oktoberfest - Outdoor event, Live Music, Food, etc

What's Brewing

From our Good Friend, Ted, at Brugge in Broad Ripple/Terre Haute:

transferring Bruno today Voyageur tomorrow

*What I think Ted meant is that there is beer at Brugge and you should come and drink it.
From Matthew at Rock Bottom Brewery Downtown
On Tuesday, July 28th, we will be holding our BrewMasters Charity Golf Tournament as a fundraising event specifically for the Miracle on Washington Street. First of all, we’re looking for golfers to participate in the event! If you or anyone you know is interested in joining us for one of the best golf outings in Indianapolis, we’d love to have you! You can go to our Web site at www.rockbottom.com for more information, or download the event registration brochure at http://www.rockbottomrestaurantsinc.com/RBFoundation/1062golfbrochure.pdf.

A little about the Miracle on Washington...each year on Christmas Day, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Downtown Indianapolis holds the Miracle on Washington Street, an event designed to offer more than 500 homeless and displaced guests from Indianapolis-area shelters and non-profit organizations an extraordinary dining and holiday experience. Our honored guests are provided complimentary transportation, are seated at tables dressed in white linen tablecloths and napkins, silverware and china, and enjoy a traditional holiday meal complete with all of the trimmings. We offer gifts of warm adult and children’s clothing, children's books and toys. Professional photographers are on-hand to provide family portraits and pictures with Santa, cell phones to call loved ones, and more than 100 volunteers to make sure each guest’s needs are provided for. Our event is designed to fulfill our belief that everyone deserves a Christmas to remember.

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:

On tap: Ouiatenon Wit; Prophet's Rock Pale Ale; East Side Bitter; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Eighty-Five; Weeping Hog IPA and Black Angus Oatmeal Stout. We also have Weeping Hog IPA available on cask.

LBC is proud to announce that our Tippecanoe Common Ale has received a medal for the third consecutive year in the Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup competition. The TCA took home the bronze medal in the amber hybrid category this year after receiving 2 consecutive golds in '07 & '08. We're quite pleased with the high level of consistency we've achieved with our best-selling beer!

Hope to see a great turn-out for the Indiana Microbrewers Festival this weekend. Look for some 10-year-old Big Boris Barleywine to make an appearance along with our Tippecanoe Common Ale; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout; Eighty-Five and a firkin of Double Dry Hopped Tippecanoe Common Ale.

From Adam at Crown Brewing in Crown Point:


Crown Brewing is pleased to announce that it will be having its first ever "Crown Challenge" PRO-AM .

EVENT DATE = August 22nd

The competition is open to homebrews only.
No entries brewed with professional assistance, on professional equipment, or at a commercial brewery are eligible.

For all rules, regulation and to download a registration form, please visit, CrownBrewing.com

At the Bar

From Dustin at Spencers Stadium Tavern:
This year the brewers of Indiana decided to brew an Alt Beer. Come down to the Tavern and sample the beers side by side. Thursday July 23rd @ 7 PM. We are hoping to have between 6 and 8 beers to taste.

We are the FIRST place to have SUN KING Beer on Draft. We are currently featuring Sun King American Pale Ale. A nice session pale ale.

We also will be selling Sun King beer To Go in 1/2 Gallon Growlers.

New Growler $12

Refill $8
From Lauren at Scottys Brewhouse:
Scotty’s Brewhouse Beer Dinners ($25 Tickets in Advance)
• Tuesday, August 4: Downtown Indianapolis, 6 – 8pm - Sam Adams Brewing Company.
• Thursday, August 6: West Lafayette, 6 – 8pm – Bell’s Brewing Company.
• Tuesday, August 11: Muncie, 6 – 8pm – Magic Hat Brewing Company.
• Thursday, August 13: North Side Indianapolis, 6 – 8pm – Sun King Brewing Company.
• Monday, August 17: Bloomington, 6 – 8pm – New Belgium Brewing Company.
Each beer dinner includes an appetizer, entree, dessert, and of course brew! Log on to www.scottysbrewhouse.com for more information!
From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen in Zionsville:

Boom Boom Shrimp - Fried shrimp coated in a spicy sauce
-Victory Hop Devil-Menacingly delicious, with the powerful aromatic punch of whole flower American hops backed up by rich, German malts.

Beer Brats - Grilled and served with onions and peppers
-Spaten Dunkel-Easily drinkable with a pronounced malt palate.

Portly Pork Loin - Sliced pork loin in a luscious port/gorgonzola sauce
-Brooklyn Brown Ale-Complex malt flavor, fruity, smooth, and rich, with a caramel, chocolate, and coffee background.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms - Charbroiled and served with red wine sauce
-Belhaven Scottish Ale-Its sweet ruby mix of malt and hops pampers and primes the palate, preparing you for a smooth creamy finish.

Chicken Orzo Salad - Herb-roasted chicken breast with orzo pasta, in a light olive oil-lemon dressing.
-WITTEKERKE BELGIAN WHITE ALE-Light, crisp, and refreshing, and although the hoppy bitterness is an underlying taste, it is never dominant.

BETH'S Red Velvet Cake - Rich red devil's food cake with snowy buttercream frosting.
-westmall dubble trappist ale-Deeply malty, with a subtle and dry finish that hints at tropical fruit.
From Matt & Elizabeth at Old Town Ale House in Fishers:
We've got Beer School #2 just around the corner: Thursday , July 30th at 7 p.m. This month's topic is "IPA's" $10 includes beer & appetizers. Call 841-0800 to reserve your spot.

Here's what's on draft at the Ale House this week:

Founder’s Pale Ale ……….……………. 4
Sea Dog Blueberry Ale ………………... 4
Berghoff Blond …..…………….….…….… 4
Fat Tire.............................................4
Bell’s Two Hearted ………………….……... 5
Bell’s Oberon …………………….………... 5
Three Floyds Robert The Bruce ……..….. 5
Victory Prima Pils …………....…………… 5
Two Brothers Domaine Dupage .........….. 5
Original Sin ……………...………...………. 5
Stone Smoked Porter …….……….......…. 5
Three Floyds Pride & Joy ....................... 5
Goose Island Fleur …………………….…. 5
Stone Levitation ……………….……….…. 6
Hebrew RIPA …….………………….…...... 6
Hebrew Rejewvenator ……………………. 6
Great Divide Saison …..……..….………... 6
Boulder Flashback Anniversary Ale ........ 6
Dreadnaught IPA ..……..………….…..….. 9*
Stone IRS .……………………..….……... 10*
*excluded from Tuesday & Wed. pint night special
Carry Out

From Gabe at Goose the Market in Indianapolis:
Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA (singles)
Founders Old Curmudgeon (singles avail.)
Founders Double Trouble (singles avail.)
Great Divide 15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Clipper City Heavy Seas The Big DIPA
Brasserie Dupont Moinette Blonde
Hitachino Nest Weizen
Stone 13th Anniversary
Stone Cali-Belgie
Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Old Guardian Barleywine
Scaldis Refermentee
From Todd at Keg Liquors:
Great Divide Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti
Great Divide 15th Anniversary - Barrel aged Double IPA
Great Divide Double Wit
Shipyard Pugsley’s Signature Series XXXX IPA
From Kirk at Mr G's in Noblesville:
Great Divide 15th Anniversary 22 oz $8.99
Great Divide Chocolate Yeti 22 oz $10.99
Clipper City Big DIPA 22 oz $5.99
News, Reviews, and Gossip

From Mat at Cavalier Distribution:
Chumley’s 838 Broadripple Avenue - Indy Microbrewers Fest Kick Off, Friday, July 17

Last reminder about the 2nd annual night before the Micro brew fest at Chumley's Friday night 5 amazing kegs tapped each hour from 7 to 11! Many of the brewery reps for these kegs should be there as well!

7:00 Two Brothers Hop Juice
8:00 Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale
9:00 Hebrew Barrel aged RIPA
10:00 Founders Maple Mt. Brown
11:00 Left Hand Oak aged Imperial Stout

looking forward to warming everyone up for Saturday

Micro brew fest special keg tapping schedule

tapping at
3:00 *** He'brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA Barrel Aged 5gal keg
3:30 Great Divide 15 Ann. wood aged Dbl IPA 5 gal keg
5:30 Clipper City Big DIPA 5.2 Gal Keg ***** 5 lbs of hops per Brl - the hoppiest beer in the fest ...

3:00 *** Founders Old Curmudgeon 5 gal keg
4:00 Founders Devil Dancer 5 Gal. keg
5:00 Founders Barrel Aged Red's Rye PA5 keg
6:00 Founders KBS 5 gal keg

4:30 Two Brothers Brewing Company Oh Brother Triple 5 Keg
5:30 Two Brothers Brewing Company Cane and Eble 5 Keg

4:30 Left Hand Sawtooth Firkin *** Special tapping

*** Tapped and ready to go when gates open when they are gone they are gone

Brewery reps at the fest

Melissa Komadina, Hebrew
Dave Egbers, Founders
Mike Walters, Lefthand with the Moo Mobile
Aaron Tyrell, Stone Brewing

Be sure to stop by their tables and say hello to them.

Two Hoppiest beers at the fest

As best as I can tell the Clipper City Big DIPA (to be tapped at 5:30) at 5 pounds of hops per brl and Stone 13th Anniv Ale (on tap from the start until it is gone) at 4.5 pounds of hops per brl will be the two hoppiest beers the fest. Make sure to get a taste of both.

New in this week

A truck from Left Hand (thanks to shipping guru Eric Carter) arrived at the Cavalier warehouse today with the Sawtooth firkin for the fest as well as some goodies from Longmont, CO. New to Indiana is 6 packs of Jackmans Pale Ale and Nitro Milk Stout kegs!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Chumley's and the Fest.
Bob O. at Indianabeer has full information for World Class Beverages' Hopapalooza line-up for the festival next weekend. The list of beers is below.
Brewery Beer
21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA
Abita Brewing Jockamo IPA
Atwater Brewery Salvation IPA
Avery Brewery Hog Heaven
Avery Brewery Maharaja
Avery Brewery IPA
Bell's Brewery IPA
Boulevard Brewery Double Wide IPA
Dark Horse Brewing Double Crooked Tree IPA
Dogfish Head Brewery 120 Minute IPA
Firestone Walker Double Barrel Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Union Jack
Flying Dog Brewery Double Dog Double Pale Ale
Harpoon Brewery IPA
Harpoon Brewery Leviathan IPA
Hoppin' Frog Brewery Mean Manalishi
Lagunitas Brewing Hop Stoopid
Lost Coast Brewery Indica IPA
Ninkasi Brewing Total Domination IPA
Ninkasi Brewing Believer Double Red
North Coast Red Seal IPA
Port Brewing Wipe Out IPA
Port Brewing Hop 15
Rogue Brewing Double Dead Guy
Schlafly Brewing Export IPA
Victory Brewery Hop Wallop

Knight Chris found talks of a new Bells DIPA - The Oracle.

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