11 September 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The Calendar is Overflowing Edition

Looking for a way to support beer in Indiana next week? Just pick a day--you should be able to find something to do, I think. I'm a little sad that summer is over. It seems it is here a short time while winter drags on and on. Anyone else with me? No? Just me then? That's ok.

If there is something coming up that is not listed, we would love to hear about it! If you have any news, reviews, info, etc., to share for our next Random Beer Roundup, contact us at hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com.

So, do something fun this week; this is the Random Beer Roundup.

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

Friday, September 11th at the Rathskeller: Annual event to support the Indianapolis Fire Department and remember and honor the victims of 9/11

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 MacNivens in Indianapolis: Tapping - Sun King Oktoberfest

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

Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 at Alcatraz Brewing Co: Tapping - India Brown Lager

Tuesday, September 15th at 6:00 at Chatham Tap: Tapping - Sun King Oktoberfest & Saison De Taffy

Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 at Chef JJ's Back Yard in Broad Ripple: GABF Preview Party with Sun King - $75 for food and brew. Use Promo Code GABF to get tickets at $55 (a $20 savings!)

Friday, September 18th at 6:30 at the Aristocrat in Broad Ripple: Sun King Tapping Party

Saturday, September 19th at Mad Anthony Brewing in Fort Wayne: Octobeerfest. $25 in advance and $30 DOE.

Saturday, September 19th from 1 - 5 PM (CST) at Back Road Brewery in LaPorte: Fall Fest, ages 21+ only, $20 to sample beers from Back Road, Shore Line Brewery (Michigan City), Crown Brewery (Crown Point), The Livery Brewery (Benton Harbor MI), and Three Floyds Brewery (Munster).

Tuesday, September 22nd at Old Town Ale House: Tapping - Sun King 1st Waltz Imperial Rye Pale

Saturday, September 26th at Crown Brewing: Crown Challenge Pro-Am Competition (see details below)

Saturday, September 26th at Mad Anthony Brewing in Fort Wayne: Beer Dinner - Limited tickets @$75.00/plate. Advance tickets only. Reserve your tickets at www.HOPECSA.org or call 260.982.4961
(See details below)

Saturday, October 3rd at 6:00 at Broad Ripple Tavern: 6 Sun King Beers on Tap - $25 includes beer and food.

Saturday, October 3rd from 2-5 at the Rathskeller Biergarten in Indianapolis: Ale Yeah!, a microbrew festival to benefit Giving Sum - Cost: $25 in advance , $30 DOE

Thursday, October 8th from 5 -8 at Agio in Indianapolis: Ales for Adoptable Tales - a microbrew and hors d’oeuvre pairing benefiting the Humane Society of Indianapolis $50 advance / $75 DOE. Purchase a VIP wristband for an additional $20 and enjoy the VIP Patio area featuring special food and more beverages. Wristbands may be purchased at the same time as advance registration or at the event.

What's Brewing

From Skip at Alcatraz in Downtown, Indianapolis:
Back in April Omar Castrellon, the head brewer, brewed an India Brown Lager that we will be tapping on Tuesday Sept. 15th at 6:30. It is a 6% ABV beer made with Galena and Cascade hops. The base malt is Idapils and includes Simpson's chocolate malt along with an aromatic malt. Very tasty!

From Adam at Crown Brewing in Crown Point:
- Crown Brewing in Crown Point will be having its 1st ever Crown Challenge Pro-Am Competition on September 26th.

The Crown Challenge is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition and provides an opportunity to have your homemade beer evaluated by BJCP (www.bjcp.org) ranked judges and/or judges with experience in evaluating beers. The winning beer across all categories (Best of Show) will have the opportunity to be scaled up and brewed in Crown Brewing’s 7-bbl system. Beers placing first, second, and third in each flight will also be recognized.

The competition will be held on Saturday, September 26th at the Crown Brewery (www.crownbrewing.com), in Crown Point, Indiana. Judging will take place in two sessions (9am-NOON and 1pm-4pm). Winners of each category and Best of Show will be announced at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the competition. Entrants and a guest are invited to attend the awards ceremony, which will follow the conclusion of the Best of Show judging, or as soon as possible after 5pm. Entrants and guests wishing to attend the ceremony will register upon arrival at Crown Brewing on the day of the competition. Everyone attending the awards ceremony will be given a raffle ticket for a free chance to win door prizes.

An Oktoberfest event is scheduled to take place at Crown Brewing after the Challenge.

Drop off Locations

Crown Brewing
211 S East St
Crown Point, IN 46307

Alternative Drop Off:
Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits
5341 N. Keystone
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 251-9463

- Also On Tap: Crown Light

From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
MILF-n-Honey-Wheat Ale
A very delicate and refreshing Honey Wheat Ale. This beer has a sweet honey aroma and taste with a crisp, refreshing wheat beer finish.
O.G.=1.055 ABV=5.8% IBU=15

ODB Wheat Ale
This beer is a melding (bastardization?) of two classic styles that will please the adventurous hop lover in each of you. It’s a generously hopped and hearty wheat beer made with red wheat and spicy German hops. A rich wheat character accompanies it’s full body giving way to a dry spiciness created by the early additions
of the hops.
O.G.=1.061 ABV=6.1% IBU=76

The Off-Kilter Wee Heavy
This Strong Scotch Ale is a rich, thick, and malty brew with low hop levels and a high alcohol level. It’s a sweet and toasty beer that will warm you from the inside out. Just as the cooler weather of fall arrives, so does the “Wee Heavy”. You don't have to be "off-kilter" to try this one, but you will certainly walk away a bit "off-kilter" by the time you're done. If you happen to be a Scotsman wearing more traditional attire, then "off-kilter" may take on a whole new meaning!
O.G.=1.077 ABV=7.85% IBU=19

From Clay at Sun King Brewing in Downtown Indianapolis:
Tuesday, September 15th @ 6:00 p.m. • Chatham Tap • Dual Tapping • Oktoberfest & Saison de Taffy

Thursday, Sept.17th @ 6 p.m. • GABF Dinner w/ Cheff JJ • $55 w/ Promo Code: GABF - 6 courses of food paired with all 6 Sun King's GABF entries

Appetizer: Sunlight Cream Ale served along side a grilled baguette with a blood orange infused olive oil

First course: Firefly Wheat paired with wild greens, smoked triple brie and peach vinaigrette

Second course: Bitter Druid ESB paired with grilled tiger prawns and citrus risotto

Third Course: Osiris Pale Ale paired with a spiced rubbed Indiana pork tenderloin along side locally grown vegetables drizzled with aged balsamic

Fourth course: Imperial IPA (Alpha King entry) served with a slow cook prime rib, roasted fingerling potatoes, fresh horseradish and smoked creamy sauce

Dessert: Tipping Point Belgian Strong Ale paired with a double chocolate bread pudding topped with a Rainier cherry reduction

Tuesday, September 22nd • Old Town Ale House • 1st Waltz Imperial Rye Pale Tapping / Old Town Ale House 1st Anniversary

Saturday, October 3rd @ 6:00 p.m. • Broadripple Tavern • 6 SUN KING BEERS ON TAP AT ONCE • Help decide which beer goes on tap • $25 includes food and beer
From Kwang at Oaken Barrel in Greenwood:
Our second annual Oaktoberfest is just few weeks away! Tickets have been
selling at brisk, come get yours before the limited tickets sell out.

From the Broad Ripple Brewpub:
Red Bird Mild is now on tap

At the Bar

From Sam at Buffalo Wild Wings in Indianapolis:
Thank goodness that football is back. Go Penn State!!! For all you Colts fans, Buffalo Wild Wings Downtown Indy should be your go to destination for good beer before and after the game. Here is a current draft list:

Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Founders Reds Rye
Dogfish Head 90 Minute
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout
Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale
Sam Adams Imperial White
Bell's Oberon
Bell's Two Hearted
Three Floyds Alpha King
Three Floyds Gumball Head

Hopefully in the next couple of days we will have Arrogant Bastard back as well.

From Dustin at Spencer's Stadium Tavern in Indianapolis:
On Tap:

Old Style
Victory Prima Pils
Sun King Octoberfest
Bell's Oberon
Schlafly Hefe
Left Hand Milk Stout
Sun King Pale
Brooklyn Brown

From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
Bell's Amber, gaffel Kolsch, with a Witterke Double Brown ale coming in behind that, Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale, Hop Wallop and Dragonfly IPA....still waiting on our next keg of Dreadnaught

Distribution News, Reviews, and Gossip

From our old pal and retired Knight, Chris:

Event: Ale Yeah, a microbrew festival to benefit Giving Sum
When: Saturday, October 3rd
Where: Rathskeller biergarten
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $25 in advance , $30 day of

Entertainment: You can taste over 30 different microbrews while listening to one of Indianapolis favorite bands, Zannadoo. There will be raffles and information on how you can get involved in the community. Your ticket covers all tasting for the duration of the event.

This is a truly fun time and the money raised from this event will help Giving Sum expand and make an even stronger impact in the community as we move forward. With the amount of people that were there last year for a first year event we are expecting a sell out so buy your tickets early. You can buy your tickets online at www.givingsum.org . Just print out the receipt and we will have your name at will call for the event.

Swapping spit with Sam Calagione? Um, yes please. Thank you.

From Anthony in Ohio:
I know this is not exactly Hoosier but just over at University of Cincinnati is hosting Greg Koch and a Stone event at Catskellar. More details here.

Sunday Sept 20, 4-8, with food pairings

From Mat at Cavalier Distribution:


On Friday 9/11, Be sure to stop by the Rathskeller to help support the Indianapolis Fire Department and remember and honor the victims of 9/11. This has been an annual event since 2002, the 1st anniversary of 9/11 and has raised over $107,000 for the Indianapolis Metro Fire Department Bereavement Fund.

New beer

Founders Breakfast Stout - An "S LOAD" of Founders Breakfast Stout arrived at the Cavalier warehouse on Thursday!!! We processed very quickly and a bunch O cases of it will be delivered to North Indianapolis on Friday with the rest of the State to get deliveries next week! There is even MORE of this delectable brew coming form Founders between now and the end of the year! So drink up and stock up as there should be plenty for all to get thier fill. Remember you cannot drink beer all day unless you start in the morning!

Stone Vertical Epic 09-09-09 - Arrived in time for this weeks release in limited quantities (not as much as last year) and allocated deliveries have been made all week and will continue next week! Good news - some half barrel kegs of 09-09-09 came in as well! Stay tuned for details about where those will be tapped!

Stone Cali Belgique IPA - Is the everyday Stone IPA produced with a Belgian yeast strain. A very limited (less than the 09-09-09) amount of cases and kegs arrived with the Vertical Epic and allocations are being delivered with the 09-09-09

Erdinger Oktoberfest - Also arrived this week!

Coney Island Freaktoberfest - "Gimmicky or Good? Both" You gotta love the Blood Red color and the 6.66% ABV! This beer is flying out of the warehouse! Mass quantities are being delivered to to Nippers in Carmel and to the Alley Cat in Broadripple on Friday so seek out a bottle and see what all the fuss is about!

More Beer

Hebrew Rejewvenator - We were able to score the last bit of it for Indiana so drink up now!

Gone Beer

Clipper City Prosit - An Imperial O fest beer out of the Mutiny Fleet is completely sold out of the warehouse! The Corner Wine Bar / The Wellington will be delivered the very last case in 2009 on Friday. So get it while you can! What ever is out there in the Bars and Liquor Stores is it until next year! The Imperial Pumpkin should be coming soon! Release your inner Pirate - ARGHHHHHH!

Michigan Brewing Screaming Pumpkin and Boulder Cold Hop are also all gone from the warehouse! So get them while you can! What ever is out there in the Bars and Liquor stores is it until next year as well!

1 comment:

  1. Didn't see it posted, but Goose Island Sofie has finally hit Indy. Not as tasty as Juliet, but still a top notch Belgian offering from GI.
    I thought it was even better after 6+ months in the bottle.