28 August 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The It's My Party and I'll Drink Beer if I Want To Edition

Thank you to everyone who attended, helped, and donated to the Third Anniversary party. We had a great time and we already can't wait for HBG 4!

I am really looking forward to a couple things from the Roundup. First, next weekend (9/4) is a Lambic by the glass event at Rich O's in New Albany. This is making me thirsty just thinking about it. We talk about going there just about every weekend, but for some reason or another, we almost never get around to it. Next weekend, however, I think that I will make an extra effort. Second, Lafayette Brewing Co. has a Java Porter, and if you know only one thing about me, it's probably that I love coffee beer. What are your plans for the weekend?

If you have any news, reviews, info, etc., to share for our next Random Beer Roundup, contact us at hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com.

So, go support a local brewpub. This is the Random Beer Roundup.

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

Thursday, September 3rd at 7pm at the Old Town Ale House in Fishers: Tapping a firkin of Sun King IPA

Friday, Sept 4 at Rich O's in New Albany: Lambic by the Glass

Saturday, September 5th from Noon - 4pm at Crown Liquors in Noblesville: Beer Bash to benefit Riley Hospital. Tickets available at all Crown Liquor stores, $20 in advance and $25 DOE.

Thursday, September 10th 2009, Micro Brew Night at Zing - All Micro Draft Pints and all Bottled Micro Beer are only $2!

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 12th at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington: Hillbilly Haiku American Music Festival.

Monday, September 14th at 6:30 at Patricks Kitchen and Drinks: Tapas with a Twist - $45/person Menu and more information here.

Bob O. and crew have more news and events over at Indiana Beer.

What's Brewing

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co in Lafayette:
On tap at LBC: Ouiatenon Wit; Prophet's Rock Pale Ale; East Side Bitter; Piper's Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Eighty-Five; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout and our latest release, Collaboration Java Porter.

The release of our new specialty beer, Collaboration Java Porter, officially hit the taps on Thursday, August 27. This coffee-infused brew is the product of joint effort between LBC brewmaster, Greg Emig, and local coffee merchant, Jerry Kalal, of K. Dees Coffee. "We were looking for the right blend of coffee that would complement the flavors of a porter. Jerry's intimate knowledge of various coffee varieties, growing conditions and roasting methods made the process both fun and educational," commented Emig. The pair choose Killer Beans Brazilian Bombshell blend for the brew. Produced from the highest grade Brazilian shade grown beans, this organic coffee is deep-bodied with rich caramel flavors and a smoky finish that beautifully enhance the caramel and light roast flavors of our delicious porter.
From Kwang at Oaken Barrel in Greenwood:
Cream Ale is on tap!!
From Jerry at Rock Bottom Downtown:
In addition to our core beers we have Happy Pils, a nice hoppy Czech Pils, Vienna Lager, and by the weekend Hop Bomb IPA.
From Clay at Sun King Brewing in Downtown Indianapolis:
Tasting room (if you can call it a room) starts next week and will be open Thurs. 5-7, Fri. 3-7, and Sat 1-4. We will be doing tours every half hour and people will be able to sample our beers and buy to-go growlers or kegs.

We also have a Cask Conditioned Firkin Tapping at the Old Town Ale House on Thursday @ 7 p.m. It will be the First Waltz Imperial Rye IPA and Dave and I will both be there.

Lastly, we are doing a beer tasting at the Art Bank on Mass Ave. for their First Friday event and will have 4 beers on hand for people to sample.

Oh! and our Oktoberfest comes out on September 10th

At the Bar

From Matt and Elizabeth at Old Town Ale House in Fishers:
Join us at the Old Town Ale House on September 3rd as we tap a firkin of Sun King IPA. We'll tap at 7 p.m. No cover, big fun, great beer.
From Dustin at Spencer's Stadium Tavern in Indianapolis:
On Tap:

Old Style
Victory Prima Pils
Sun King Alt
Two Hearted
Schlafly Hefeweizen
Rogue Captain Sig
Sun King Pale Ale
Brooklyn Brown

Carry Out

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
- Fantome Pissenlit
- Fantome Saison
- Cantillon Gueuze
- Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis
- Struise Pannpot Reserva
- Weissenoher Bonator
- Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere

And here is our Augtoberfest lineup:
- Hofbrau Oktoberfest
- Bell’s Oktoberfest
- Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
- Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin
- Sam Adams Octoberfest
- Spaten Oktoberfest
- Weihenstephaner Festbier
- Schlafly Oktoberfest
- Left Hand Oktoberfest
- Leinenkugel Oktoberfest
- Heavy Seas Prosit Imperial Oktoberfest
- Avery The Kaiser
- Clipper City MarzHon
- Saranac Pumpkin
- Saranac Octoberfest
- Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest
- Michigan Brewing Screaming Pumpkin Ale
From Mike at Crown Liquors in Noblesville:
Haand Odin's Tripple, Nils Oscar Rok Porter, Dieu De Ciel Rigor Mortis, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Girardin Geuze, St Bernardus Abt 12 going on sale next week and Breakfast Stout coming soon! See ya when I get back from Germany! Cheers!

Distribution News, Reviews, and Gossip

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
Hofbrau Oktoberfest is in for this year in both 6pks and 5 Liter Mini kegs! Now you can enjoy this wonderful traditional German Oktoberfest beer in more way than one. The mini kegs are very limited, so they'll be gone soon.

Sprecher Oktoberfest is in stock as well in 4pk / 16oz bottles! Sprecher makes a great domestic Oktoberfest and is always highly anticipated each year. Enjoy!!

27 August 2009

Beer Diary #15 - Jim | Yes, Michigan!

Date: 20 August 2009
Location: New Holland Brewing Company
Holland, Michigan

My wife and I are vacationing on the Western Michigan coast. We are staying in Saugatuck/Douglas, known as the "Art Coast of Michigan" due to its high concentration of artists. The towns of Saugatuck and Douglas are nestled on opposite sides of Kalamazoo Lake and are less than a mile away from Lake Michigan's eastern shore. If you've ever been to Nashville, Indiana, that town should give you an idea of what Saugatuck and Douglas are like, except I'd say that the two Michigan towns aren't as rustic as Nashville and have the bonus of nearby beaches. Suffice it to say that the towns offer a great place to have a mellow, relaxing vacation with plenty of things to do if you wish to do more than just lie on the beach. Highly recommended if you're looking to chill and not go bankrupt with vacation expenses.

On the hunt for good beer, we decide to drive about 20 minutes north up the Blue Star Highway to Holland, known for the world famous Dutch Village, Hope College, and New Holland Brewing Company. New Holland's pub is located in downtown Holland on Eighth Street, which is Holland's main drag and a block away from the Hope College campus. On this Thursday evening, downtown Holland is a vibrant place. Hope students are returning for the fall semester, and Eighth Street is packed with people watching street performers, to whom the city turns over the downtown area every Thursday night during the summer months.

Those of you who came to our second anniversary party at Brugge Brasserie might remember that we had New Holland's Dragon's Milk Ale on tap. That was a damn good beer, so I know that good things are in store at the pub. As far as brewpubs go, New Holland has sort of a classic brewpub vibe, with a pressed tin ceiling and exposed brick walls.

We settle in at the granite-topped bar. Because I want to experience as many New Holland beers as I can without getting plowed, I order a beer flight. The flight consists of six four-ounce pours. The great thing about New Holland's beer flight is that you're not restricted to certain beers; you can order any beer from their extensive beer menu. I decide to order two "mainstay" beers--Mad Hatter IPA and The Poet Oatmeal Stout--three high-gravity beers--Night Tripper Imperial Stout, Black Tulip Trippel, and Brother Jacob Dubbel--and one of their "specialty" beers--Copper Pot Vienna Lager.

My quick thoughts on each beer--

Mad Hatter IPA. Has an orange-brown color with a frothy white head. Heavy on the citrus and pine in the nose and the flavor. As far as American IPAs go, this one is of the dry variety, not the malty variety. A pleasing beer that is on the sessionable end of American IPAs.

The Poet Oatmeal Stout. I'm eager to try New Holland's contribution to my second-favorite style of Stout (the first being Imperial Stout). Dark brown with surprisingly very little head. Very smoky in character, with coffee notes in the nose and flavor. Not as sweet as other Oatmeal Stouts I've had. A good beer, but a bit too smoky for my liking.

Night Tripper Imperial Stout. Midnight black with a small tan head that fades quickly. Nose is full of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cherry. Flavor and mouthfeel are phenomenal--silky in the mouth, with the dark chocolate and cherry notes dominating. The alcohol is hidden very well. This beer takes a place among the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had (no joke, folks). The lovely wife, who does not drink much beer but digs Stouts, dubs the Night Tripper "amazing." Unfortunately, this beer is released by New Holland only during Mardi Gras season, so there is none for me to take home in the bottle. In hindsight, I should have taken home a growler.

Black Tulip Trippel. Cloudy golden color. Nose ruled by clove, banana, and apple. Wonderful full but slippery mouthfeel. Flavor is a bonanza of spice, bananas, and Belgian candi sugar. Quite sweet for a Trippel, which is just to my liking. An outstanding representation of the style, and yes, there is a bottle of it available for me to take home.

Brother Jacob Dubbel. Dark brown with a slight reddish tint and a smallish tan head with a bit of staying power. Nose reminds me of nutmeg and sugar cookies, with a hint of Belgian funk. Mouthfeel is chewy. Flavor is slightly spicy, with caramelized sugar and biscuit notes filling out the taste profile. Another excellent representation of the style.

Copper Pot Vienna Lager. I'm a sucker for Vienna Lagers. They really satisfy my palate with their butterscotch notes and roasted malt character. After cleansing my palate with some tortilla chips, I try the Copper Pot and find it to be outstanding. It pours with a gold-orange hue. Nose is bread-like with a faint presence of fruity hops. And as expected, I get butterscotch out of this with a slightly sweet, malty back. A very easy-drinking beer and one that I could drink a lot of.

25 August 2009

Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Toasts HBG3

One of the things you missed if you weren't able to attend our party was a special video specifically prepared by the folks at Dogfish Head for the event. The folks at World Class Beverages worked with DFH to set the whole thing up. To say it was a pleasant surprise would be an understatement.

Here's a link to the video for our email/rss readers

Our thanks go out to Sam and Mariah at Dogfish Head, and to the folks at WCB for their efforts.

Really Random Beer Roundup - French Mike Versus Clayton Edition

Bonjour. All of us at zee Hoosier Beer Geek feel a treemendous debt to Clayton and Dave and all at zee Sun King, and een order to finally eleviate zee gigantic weight - a masseeve and unbearable burden, een fact - I've agreed to run - just zees once - a special Sun King only Randome Beer Roundup.

Au contraire! I'm am only teezing zee Sun Kings. But, alas..

Clayton wants to let you all know that these things are happening zis week. From Zee Sun King Brewery:
Firefly Wheat Tapping - Wednesday, 6:00 pm @ Binkley's

4 Beer Tapping - Thursday 6:00 p.m. @ The Lockerbie Pub - That's right. The Lockerbie added 4 lines just to put our beer on tap! Beaucoup Sun King!
C'est bon, no? So go out - allez! Seek out zee Sun Kings, and tell them that French Mike has zent you.

Au revoir!

24 August 2009

HBG3: Crowd shots

Consider this the B roll.



HBG3: From the Lens of (French) Mike

RB Brewer's Dinner - Summer '09

For the most recent Rock Bottom brewer's dinner, the menu took a departure from heavier dishes and went for a lighter approach that featured sea bass as the main entree.

The first course featured Oysters Rockefeller. The Rock Bottom take on this famous dish included cream cheese, bacon, and green onions. This dish was paired with Happy Pils, a hopped-up interpretation of the standard Pilsner.

The beer: Very clean aroma with a hint of lemon and citrusy hops. Very pleasant hop character is a welcome variation on the traditional Pilsner style. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit compliment a peppery hop bitterness and create an enjoyable sweetness. A great summer beer.

Why it worked: It's nice to see an oyster pairing that isn't stout. The cream cheese does a nice job of overpowering the sweetness of the beer, revealing a more distinct hop presence. The bitterness of the hops, in turn, cleans the palate very well.

The second course was a soup course of a chilled gazpacho that had a nice spicy kick. The Altbier used for the Microbrewer's Festival Replicale was paired with this course.

The beer: Cocoa and sweet, roasted brown malts dominated the nose. Malt soda, coffee, pine, and lavender created an interesting flavor profile that combined typical Alt malt flavor with an interesting floral aspect.

Why it worked: A pale ale would be the assumed pairing for a spicy dish, but the sweetness of the Alt did an excellent job of subduing the heat. The mouthfeel of the beer increased in its creaminess when paired with this dish.

For the main course, a Sea Bass filet was seared and topped with a fruit salsa of cantaloupe, strawberries, papaya, and honeydew melon. All of this was served with a cheddar polenta cake. The beer to accompany this dish was this year's American Dream IPA.

The beer: Dry pine hops overwhelmed the aroma and the American Dream IPA has the taste aspects to back it up. In addition to pine, grapefruit finds its way into the bitter profile. Honey and sugar cane comes across as a sweet compliment to create a very balanced and sufficiently hoppy IPA.

Why it worked: The fish was light enough to play a neutral role in the pairing of this dish. The fruit salsa was the pairing's strong suit. The bitterness of the hops were calmed and the honey-like sweetness of the IPA flourished with the combination of fruits.

For dessert, blueberries were mixed into a classic creme brulee. Hoosier Ma Stout played the part of the dessert beer - this incarnation featured Coffee malts.

The beer: The nose on this stout was very sweet and rich, with elements of coffee, dark chocolate, and chocolate milk. An interesting agave nectar style sweetness is found in the flavor profile, along with cocoa, milk, and oak.

Why it worked: The blueberries were practically lost in the richness of this dish until paired with the stout. The sweetness of the beer helped relax the sweetness of the creme brulee and brought out both the blueberries in the dish and coffee in the beer. Together they created a delicious blueberry milk stout. Someone should make that beer.

Thank You

We'd like to thank everyone involved with our HBG3 third anniversary roundtable event at Sun King. From all the folks at Sun King, to Chef JJ and his staff, to the pourers, everyone that donated beer, our friends at World Class Beverages and Cavalier Distributing, Sam and Mariah Calagione at Dogfish Head, and last but certainly not least our guests - we thank you.

We were quite happy with how things went off, but our events are an ongoing process - so if you have thoughts, suggestions, or even complaints, we'd love to hear them for the next time around. Leave us a comment! Hopefully these events will only get better with time.

Thanks again!

Jason, Jim, Mike, Matt, Gina, Rod, Jess, Chris, and Matt
The Hoosier Beer Geek Knights of the Beer Roundtable

21 August 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The Is it the Weekend Yet? Edition

Congratulations to our friends, Brent and Emily, who will be getting married instead of coming to the party. I guess you guys are off the hook for this one! We'll miss the whole TPB crew!

Are you tired of hearing about the Hoosier Beer Geek Third Anniversary Party? Well, we are tired of waiting for it, but we'll all have to make it a little bit longer and then we'll be back to regularly scheduled programming. We sincerely appreciate everyone's support and we thank you for joining us for the past three years on this craft beer journey.

If you have any news, reviews, info, etc. to share for our next Random Beer Roundup, contact us at hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com.

So, raise your glass and make a toast, this is the Random Beer Roundup.

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

Saturday, August 22nd from 10am - 8pm: WAMM(wine, art, music, microbrew)fest (*that's wammfest.com, wammfest.org is an entirely different party) in Greenwood. Oaken Barrel, Upland, and Barley Island will represent Indiana breweries. $10 day of tickets.

Saturday, August 22nd - 6pm:
The Hoosier Beer Geek 3rd Anniversary Party, Sun King Brewing Co. Tickets are sold out! Thanks to all who are coming, we look forward to seeing you there!

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

From Cari at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:
This week Upland released our most recent seasonal: Oktoberfest! This traditional Bavarian-style malty lager has just a hint of sweetness and a nice amber hue. ABV: 6.8%, 16.5 IBU, 15.8 Starting Gravity. It is available on draught and in bottles. First place in town to get it is the Fox & Hound in Carmel with more places to come. Keep an eye out for it in your favorite liquor store, bar or restaurant.

If you live on the southside and don't have anything going on this Saturday (*ha ha, Cari), August 22, join us at Craig Park for WAMM Fest. Enjoy great local music and local food, even local beer and wine. Upland, Oaken Barrel, and Barley Island will all be there. More details at http://www.wammfest.com

Also, I'll be at HBG3 with our signature Wheat Ale and Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout. Hope to see you there!

From Mike at Granite City Brewing in Carmel:
Granite City will tap our Oktoberfest Sept. 28 at our Mug Club Party. The complimentary buffet is for Mug Club members and 1 guest.

At the Bar

From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
Big News around here is that we have a keg of Dreadnaught on tap right now......$7.50 for a 12oz glass.......cya!

From Lauren at Scottys Brewhouse:
Be on the lookout for Sam Adams Octoberfest which is coming to all locations soon!

From Sam at Buffalo Wild Wings Downtown:
I wanted to let HBG know that we (Bdubs) will have Moloko on draft for any pre or after party ventures that people wanted to make. We will do full pints for $7ish. Also, here is the rest of our draft lineup for interested people:

Dogfish Head 90 and Black and Blue
Three Floyds Alpha King, Gumballhead, and Moloko (to be tapped Saturday)
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
Dark Horse One
Founders Reds Rye and a tad bit of Imperial Stout
Abita Turbodog
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Fat Tire
Bells Oberon and Two Hearted

Distribution News, Reviews, and Gossip

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
A new offering in the Imperial Mutiny Series of beers from Clipper City was released in very limited quantities for the first time this week. Clipper City Prosit is an Imperial Oktoberfest weighing in at 10% abv! It's a very limited, annual release and available only in 22oz bottles. It will be gone soon, so get it now while it's still available.

Clipper City's MarzHon
Oktoberfest/Marzen-style beer made its annual return to Indiana this week as well. This beer absolutely disappeared last year, and will most likely do the same this year.

There are two special release Left Hand beers popping up on draft in craft beer bars across the state. The first is the 400 LB Monkey IPA, a special release American IPA available only in very limited quantities on draft at this point. It's a traditional IPA with a generous hop profile, balanced in true Left Hand style by a strong malt back bone. The other is a CO home-brewer's winning recipe in a Pro Am that she was then able to brew at Left Hand called Chocolate Starfish. Chocolate Starfish is a strong, complex American Brown Ale. The aroma features subdued malt characteristics reminiscent of cola, roasted coffee, and chewy raisins. The flavor is slightly sweet, with rich malt characteristics, including chocolate, coffee, and slight smoke flavors. This maltiness stems from the use of a mix of English pale malt, melanoidin-rich malt and specialty malt, including chocolate malt. The sweetness is balanced by bitterness from hops and roasted malt. There is a slightly flowery and minty hop flavor from the use of Golding and Fuggle hops. The finish is slightly dry and roasty. Only a few kegs of this hit the state, so try it if you can find it!!

You will finally start to see more Jolly Pumpkin available in Indiana! With a more steady supply of Jolly Pumpkin, we should start to see more styles of it available more often. If you aren't familiar with Jolly Pumpkin, they are a small, artisan brewery in Dexter, MI. Jolly Pumpkin specializes in ceative, complex beers brewed using open-fermentation, oak-aging and bottle conditioning. They brew some of the most complex, ecclectic beers and are a must try if you have yet to experience their wonderful creations. www.jollypumpkin.com

Boulder Brew Co. Looking Glass Cold Hop Ale
was released this week and should be in most craft beer locations by this weekend. For those of you who haven't tried this, it's an amazing "British-style" Pale Ale that is released once a year and available on a very limited basis.

Shipyard Pumpkin
is back again!! This is always one of the most popular Pumpkin Pumpkin beers every year and it's back...enjoy!

Great Divide
has released both Hercules Double IPA & Yeti Imperial Stout in 4pks. Up to this point these two beers have only been available in 22oz bottles, but you will soon be able to find them in 4pks as well if you desire.

19 August 2009

HBG3 Directions and Final Details

Now that the event is officially sold out*, those of you with tickets are probably curious about the logistics of this little shindig. Those of you without tickets have to suffer through this little exercise and have hopefully reserved the next 12 months on your calendars for future HBG events.

Everyone who has purchased a ticket. The ticket gets you a tasting glass and beer will only be poured in tasting glasses. Since the regular tickets have sold out, we're considering the DD tickets sold out as well. We know our readers have enough respect to not abuse the DD system like some people do at beer festivals, but just to be safe we've turned off ticket sales. If you don't have a ticket and you're not on the Will Call list, we can't let you in. We were totally serious about that "no day of sales" thing.

Sun King Brewing Company
135 N. College Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Keep in mind College is a one-way, northbound street downtown.

Saturday, August 22
6PM - ???

We'll continue the party until one of three things happen:

  • We legally have to stop pouring beer

  • We run out of beer

  • The good folks at Sun King kick us out

  • Secret underground* Sun King Brewery

    5-courses of food provided by Chef JJ and the Backyard Grill Orchestra. We're going to keep this fairly informal, so there will be food stations strategically positioned. This is a party, not a formal dinner. Pairing is encouraged.

    When you enter you'll receive a a commemorative 12oz tasting glass - which we'll pour a bit short since you'll probably be walking around. You'll also receive a punch card or tickets or tokens or shillings good for FOUR Sun King beers of your choice and FOUR guest beers of your choice. On top of that, you're welcome to sample all of the guest beers without your punch card. We encourage everyone to sample everything and use your punch card on the beers you like the most. Obviously when a beer runs out, it's done forever, so get your favorites in first. In summary, you're getting 8 half-pints plus however many samples you want.

    If for some reason that's not enough beer, the brewery ninjas at Sun King will be selling additional pours of their beer and growlers of Sun King beer to take home.

    Beer comes out of these

    Because it's our birthday! Let's party!

    *Two tickets remaining as of 3PM Sold out as of 3:30PM
    *Sun King is not underground.

    HBG 3 Details: Guest Beer #13 and the Hosts' Lineup

    The lack of comments lately either means you're overwhelmed or that you're not attending HBG3. In any case, we soldier on.

    First off, a bit of unfortunate news. Due to some unforeseen complications, Brugge will not be providing beer for our event. In any case, we thank them them for the interest and continued friendship, and we'll catch up with Ted and company again soon. Maybe for a breakfast?

    The good news is that we've got something else in Brugge's place.

    This morning we recieved the following email from Mat Gerdenich at Cavalier:
    Watching the line up develop on the website and looking at current inventory and thought maybe a half brl of Cerise from Founders might be a good fit for this Saturday.
    Yes, please.

    Despite our love for all that Founders does, we haven't yet reviewed Cerise. Founders says:
    You’ll have a soft spot for this one. Using only fresh Michigan tart cherries, this beauty tantalizes with intense flavors combined with a no hesitation malt bill. Adding fresh cherries at five separate stages of fermentation achieves the ultimate balance between tartness and sweetness.

    6.5% ABV
    15 IBU
    We've all sampled this beer before and we know it'll be an excellent addition to the lineup.

    * * * * *

    Of course guest beer 13 isn't the end of the lineup... we've still got a list of beers from Sun King.

    (Lineup subject to possible changes)

    Sunlight Cream Ale

    Sunlight Cream Ale is our most approachable beer and is a great introduction to the world of Craft Beer. Cream ale is one of the earliest styles of American beer, but was virtually wiped out by American lager brewers.

    Our Cream Ale is an all malt beer. Only the finest quality barley, wheat, and oats are used to give this beer its smooth malt profile, which is delicately balanced with American hops and a cool fermentation to give this beer a crisp, clean finish.

    ABV: 5.3%
    IBU’s: 20

    Bitter Druid ESB

    The Bitter Druid ESB is a new twist on an old favorite. Our Americanized ESB blends American two-row pale malt with choice British specialty malts to create a rich malt start that is followed by a crisp, American hop finish. This beer is a wonderful gateway to the world of hops due to its delicate balance and rich array of flavors.

    ABV: 5.8%
    IBU’s: 43

    Wee Mac Brown

    Wee Mac is a Scottish style Brown Ale. Fermented at cooler than normal temperatures to mimic the climate of Scotland, Wee Nessie is an easy drinking brown ale that is both smooth and malty with caramel and chocolate tones. Hops are used sparingly in this beer and serve only to help balance the sweetness of the malt.

    ABV: 5.4%
    IBU’s: 23

    Osiris Pale Ale

    Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive American Pale and is not meant for the timid. Crafted by our brewers for our brewers, Osiris blends three choice varieties of American hops to create a spicy, citrus hop punch that is sure to satisfy any hop head. Every batch of Osiris is dry-hopped towards the end of fermentation for maximum hop flavor, aroma, and character.

    ABV: 5.6%
    IBU’s: 50

    Das Boot Alt

    Das Boot Alt is a traditional German Brown Ale that is fermented cool, which creates a clean malt profile and smooth, easy-drinking beer.

    This beer is part of the Replicale project by The Brewers of Indiana Guild that is headed up by Sun King’s own Dave Colt. Every year Dave creates a recipe that is then brewed by any Indiana brewery that wants to participate. Replicale showcases the vast nuances that are created by individual breweries due to their particular style.

    ABV: 5.8%
    IBU’s: 32

    Firefly Wheat

    A unique and complex take on Belgian Wheat Beer. Firefly utilizes a special yeast that imparts fruity and spicy notes to the beer, which compliments the character of the wheat malt. Firefly is unfiltered and crafted from the finest quality American malts, which creates a delightful drinking experience.

    ABV: 5.2%
    IBU’s: 13

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    Rumor has it that we might also be seeing Sun King's Saison de Taffy, Belgian Dark, Imperial IPA, and a firkin of something.

    So what's left? Tomorrow we'll have photos of the location, directions, tips, and anything else we can thing of to roundup the event info.

    I think we have less than 10 tickets left right now. There will be no day-of tickets for the event. You knew that already.

    HBG Throwback - Lost notes from the craft beer breakfast

    Since we're well on our way to selling out our next awesome beer event, this seems like a good time to revisit the great times we had at the HBG Craft Beer Breakfast earlier this year. We provided the attendees with notecards and asked them to take notes on the beers so that we could post them to the site. Unfortunately, most people didn't participate. Hopefully this will change for the third anniversary party, where we will definitely be calling on all of you to help us again. Perhaps these gems should be used as inspiration...









    Buy your tickets here to join in the fun before it's too late and the event sells out!

    And remember, there are no day-of sales!!