25 September 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The Is There Some Beer Event Going On Or Something? Edition

So there's a beer festival going on a few states west of here. I thought I would be ok missing it this year. As it turns out, I'm a little sad about not going. Fortunately, I get to live vicariously through Rod and Jess. They were smart enough to go and will be bringing back some goodies. This mistake will not happen again next year, I am certain.

If there is something coming up that is not listed, we would love to hear about it! News, reviews, info, etc., to share for our next Random Beer Roundup can be submitted to hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com. So, keep dreaming. This is the Random Beer Roundup.

Hoosier Beer Calendar

Events are subject to change

Thursday, September 24th at New Albanian Brewing Co (Public House) - Sandkerwa (see details below)

Friday, September 24th from 5pm - 12pm at the Lake County Fairgrounds - Pumpkin Bash. Food, BEER, 4 Live Bands and More

Friday, September 24th, 6:30 pm at McCormick and Schmick's - Oktoberfest Beer Dinner - 6 courses, $40 tax and gratuity included. RSVP at McCormick and Schmick's.

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, September 26th at Opti-Park in Broad Ripple: Festivale to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets: $40/Advance, $50/DOE

Saturday, September 26th from 4 - 7 pm at Bridge Liquors in New Albany: Ales for Tails Tasting.

Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 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

Friday & Saturday, October 2nd & 3rd, 6pm - ?, and Sunday, October 4th, noon - 6pm at the Blue Heron at Blackthorn, 5440 W. Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, IN 46628: Moser's Traditional Oktoberfest. Tickets $5 advance/$6 door For more information call Moser's Austrian Cafe at 574-654-0086

Thursday, October 8th from 5 -8 p.m. at Agio in Indianapolis: Ales for Adoptable Tales - a microbrew and hors d’oeuvre pairing benefiting the Humane Society of Indianapolis. $50 in 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.

Saturday, October 10th at Upland in Bloomington: Schwarz Tag event and Schwarz release (see details below)

Monday, November 9th at Upland in Bloomington: Winter Warmer Release

What's Brewing

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.

From Clay at Sun King Brewing in Downtown Indianapolis:
Friday, October 2nd @ 7:00 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 Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
On tap this weekend at Lafayette Brewing Co.:

Ouiatenon Wit Bier, Prophet's Rock Pale Ale, East Side Bitter, Tippecanoe Common Ale, Eighty-Five, Black Angus Oatmeal Stout, Collaboration Java Porter and I Am An American IPA. We're also pouring Weeping Hog IPA from the hand pull.

From Jerry at Rock Bottom in Downtown Indianapolis:
Check out all the lagers and German styles! Maybe an Oktoberfest theme??

From John at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
Sandkerwa starting September 24 (at the Public House):

Opening weekend lineup is here:

From Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:

Currently on tap (in addition to our year-around beer selection)

Oktoberfest -A Bavarian-style lager with a rich, amber hue and a malty sweetness. All-German malts with rare German hops are used to make it authentic in style. The crisp, hop finish tops off this delicious brew. Our best-selling seasonal. Available in bottles and draught. 6.8% ABV, 16.5 IBUs, 15.8 Starting Gravity

Weizenbock - A powerful dark wheat beer in the German tradition. Draught only, limited availability. 7.5% ABV

Double Dragonfly IPA - The big brother of our Dragonfly IPA. The IBUs in this brew pack a powerful punch (not to mention the ABV), but likes its little sibling, the Double Dragonfly is very well balanced by a strong malt character. 9.1% ABV, 80+ IBUs, 21.0 Staring Gravity

Upcoming beers

Schwarz (black lager) -Release: Oct. 10 - Our German-style schwarzbier, or black lager, is dark in color; but you shouldn’t always believe your eyes, as it is unexpectedly light in body. This brew has very light hints of chocolate and coffee from the dark malt, making it perfect for the fall and winter months. Available in bottles and draught. New for 2009. 5.0% ABV, 25.3 IBUs, 12.0 Starting Gravity

Winter Warmer - Release: Nov. 9 - A barleywine with a very dark color achieved through a long boil. The finest British and American malts are used to create a large malt character. Rich fruit flavors and aromas are balanced by a hoppy taste and lingering finish. Silver Award Winner 2008 World Beer Cup “Old Ale” category. Available in bottles and draught. 9.0%ABV, 46.7 IBUs, 20.4 Starting Gravity

Upland Events

Lotus Festival - Upland will be pouring beer outside the tent at 4th and Grant St. on Sept. 25th and 26th. If you can’t make it to Denver for the weekend, there are still good times and good beer to be found in Bloomington.

Festivale - You’ll also be able to find Upland at Festivale in Indianapolis on Sept. 26th

Schwarz Tag - Join us October 10th for live music and the release of our German-style schwarzbier. A portion of the proceeds go to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center—and one of the exotic felines will even be joining us for part of the event!

From Mike at Granite City Brewing Co. in Carmel:

Granite City taps Oktoberfest Mon. Sept. 28 at our Mug Club party. The beer is available to the public at 5pm. There is a complimentary buffet for Mug Club members and 1 guest. Live polka music starting at 5:00.

At the Bar

From Sam at Buffalo Wild Wings in Indianapolis:
On tap:

Stone Arrogant Bastard
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale
Sam Adams Imperial White
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout
Dogfish Head 90 Minute
Bells Oberon and Two Hearted
Three Floyds Alpha King and Gumball Head
Founders Reds Rye

From Elizabeth at Old Town Ale House in Fishers:
Here's what's on tap at the Old Town Ale House this week:

Founders Pale Ale..........4
Original Sin..........4
Berghoff Blonde..........4
Bells Oktoberfest..........4
Dark Horse Rod..........4
Sun King Rye IPA..........5
Stone Smoked Porter..........5
Victory Prima Pils..........5
Left Hand 400lb Monkey..........5
Left Hand Milk Stout..........5
Bells Oberon..........5
Bells Two Hearted..........6
Avery Hog Heaven..........6
Stone Levitation..........6
Sun King ESB..........6
Flying Dog Gonzo Porter..........7
G.I. Matilda..........7
G.I. Imperial Brown...........7
Boulder Cold Hop..........7***
Three Floyds Moloko..........7***

(*** Items not offered for "pint night" pricing)

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse (various locations):
Scotty's Brewhouse is rolling out a new menu at all locations on October 5, 2009! Come check it out!

Carry Out

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

Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest Ale
Founders Breakfast Stout
Thomas Hardys Ale
Konings Hoeven Dubbel

From Anita at Great Fermentations in Broad Ripple:
Beginning Brewing Classes
Wednesday, Oct. 7th @ 6 PM
Sunday, Oct. 18th @ 1 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 11th @ 6 PM
Sunday, Nov. 22nd @ 1 PM

Distribution News, Reviews, and Gossip

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From Matt at World Class Beverages:
McCormick and Schmick's is having an Oktoberfest Beer Dinner Friday night, 6:30 pm. 6 courses, paired with Spaten Oktoberfest, Bell's Octoberfest, Flying Dog Tire Bite Kolsch, Ayinger Celebrator, Schlafly #15 Dunkelweisse, and Franziskaner Hefe weisse. $40 tax and gratuity included, contact McCormick and Schmick's for reservations.

Also Friday is the Rathskeller's annual Oktoberfest celebration. Tons of beer, music from Polka Boy, fun for everyone.

Boulevard arrived in Indiana this week, and should begin to show up in stores next week. Available will be the 750 ml Smokestack series Long Strange Trip, Double Wide IPA, and Saison Brett.
(***no word yet about when we'll be seeing their regular lineup)

From Mat and Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
Cooking with Beer - http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art63508.asp

The October issue of Men’s Journal recently released the Top 25 beers in America, and highlighted 5 of the 25 as best in certain categories. Left Hand had the best Pilsner, in their opinion.

Ales for Tails Tasting @ Bridge Liquors in New Albany this Saturday (9/26) from 4 - 7 pm.

Festive Ale this Saturday (9/26) at Optimist Park in Broad Ripple from 3 - 7pm.

Congrats to Scott Wise of Scotty’s on being named Restaurateur of the year by the Indiana Restaurant Association!!

Two Brothers Brewing Co. Heavy Handed IPA just hit the state this week!! This is the annual fresh hop treat from the brothers that always siginifies the changing of the seasons and a celebration of hops. As always, this beer is very limited and will only be available in limited quantities for a short period.

Mad River Brewing Company is releasing their 3rd new seasonal release in 2009 with The Mad Belgian Ale. The Mad Belgian is a belgian style golden ale with a west coast influence. It is a must try, so get one while it's available.

Original Sin has released a Pear Cider to go along with their incredible Apple Cider. Original Sin has fast become the preferred hard cider among those who have had the opportunity to try it, and this Pear Cider has been a highly anticipated new addition. It will be available all year, so try some asap.

A new line of Dessert Wines & Meads from Chaucer's Cellars will be hitting store shelves soon. Chaucer's Cellars is located on California's Central Coast and they are know for producing their renowned dessert wines made with a variety of different fruits. Keep your eye out, these are perfect for the season!!