04 September 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The Pools are Closed and Schools are Open Edition

This highly anticipated long weekend is almost here! I can almost taste the mouth-puckering goodness of those Lambics already. Hopefully there will be some left by the time we get there!

There are a lot of events scheduled this month in the Indiana beer community. 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, pucker up, this is the Random Beer Roundup.

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

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: 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.

Thursday, September 17th at Chef JJ's Back Yard in Broad Ripple: GABF Preview Party with Sun King - $75 for food and brew.

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).

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)

What's Brewing

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co in Lafayette:
On tap at Lafayette Brewing Co. this weekend: Ouiatenon Wit Bier; Prophet's Rock Pale Ale; East Side Bitter; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Eighty-Five; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout; and Collaboration Java Porter. Weeping Hog IPA is the current cask conditioned selection. We'll also be releasing our latest specialty beer, I Am An American IPA, on Saturday. The IAAA IPA is best described as the bastard stepchild of our Tippecanoe Common Ale and our Eighty-Five. Plenty of pale and a touch of crystal malt produce just enough body to support the 75 ibus worth of Chinook hops that we used to bitter and dry hop the brew. Resinous pine and citrus aromas blast out of this hoppy ale. ABV 5.9% IBUs 75

More things will be hopping around LBC and Lafayette, in general, this weekend. In addition to the kickoff game of Purdue's football season, two highly successful festivals will be combining efforts in downtown Lafayette as Mosey Thru Layflats hits the town. The day begins with Layflats free arts and music festival at Tapawingo Park on the Levee in West Lafayette. At 6 pm, the festivities will move across the river to the Mosey Down Main street fair on Main Street. There will be several stages for live music and kiosks of arts & craft vendors and local food vendors the length of Main St. Folks can even purchase a 1-liter or 1/2-gallon growler from LBC and mosey down the street with it! For late-night fun, Layflats continues with live music at 8 downtown venues accessible via the purchase of a wristband for only 5 bucks. The late-night line-up at LBC consists of Rick DeSutter & the Clutter; Double A Daddies; Ben Ezra; and The Millers (of America's Got Talent fame). If you're football fan, a music lover, or just enjoy a good festival atmosphere, Lafayette is a good bet for big fun this weekend!

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

- A new Brewing Supply store recently opened in Crown Point:

Kennywood Brewing Supply
3 N Court St
Crown Point, IN 46307

From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
Wee Heavy
O.G.=1.077 ABV=7.85% IBU=19

From Clay at Sun King Brewing in Downtown Indianapolis:
Our Oktoberfest comes out on September 10th. Tasting room will be open Thurs. 5-7, Fri. 3-7, and Sat 1-4. We will be doing tours and people will be able to sample our beers and buy to-go growlers or kegs.
From Mad Anthony Brewing in Fort Wayne:
- All Mad Anthony locations will be open this Labor Day and as we do every Monday we will be serving half price pints of MadBrew.

- Join Mad Anthony and the Brewers of Indiana Guild Saturday Sept 19th for our annual Octobeerfest. The beer festival which is held in the Mad Anthony Brewing Co's parking lot in Fort Wayne will offer samples of over 40 Indiana Microbrews as well as beers from the Fort Wayne Homebrew Club, and Belmont Beverage. Tickets are $25.00 in advance or $30.00 on the day of the event. The price of admission includes a complimentary tasting glass with unlimited beer samples from 2pm -6pm, a free t-shirt for the first 300 paid guest, and live music by The Melissa Neels Band. Food will be offered for sale by Shigs In Pit Competition BBQ Team. Tickets are now available at all Mad Anthony locations, Don Hall's Guesthouse, The Bike Depot, & Belmont Beverage Liquor Stores.

These fine breweries will be in attendance: Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Lafayette Brewing, Broadripple Brewing, Brugge Brasserie, Sun King Brewery, Rock Bottom (Downtown Indy) Rock Bottom (North), Shoreline Brewing Co, Upland Brewing Co, Barley Island Brewing Co, Fort Wayne Homebrewers, Belmont Beverage and more

- On Saturday, Sept. 26th enjoy a gourmet meal in the midst of nature's bounty, prepared by "locavore" chef Jennifer Disler using sustainably raised meats and vegetables from J.L. Hawkins Family Farm, North Manchester, IN, River Ridge Farm, Laketon,IN Winger's Sugarbush N. Manchester IN and more. Each course will be expertly paired with locally hand-crafted beers from Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Limited tickets @$75.00/plate. Advance tickets only. Reserve your tickets at www.HOPECSA.org or call 260.982.4961
From Kwang at Oaken Barrel in Greenwood:
Seasonals on Tap: Cream Ale and Weizen-Bock

The Weizen-Bock is on tap. This wheat beer is the last of our “Summer of Wheat” series, and it is a great one. Best way to describe it is double Uberweizen. Maltier than our traditional wheat beer with twice the clove and banana flavors.

At the Bar

From Matt and Elizabeth at Old Town Ale House in Fishers:
Join us Thursday, September 10th at 7 p.m. We'll taste a great selection of reserve brew from GI. $10 per person at the door includes beer and free appetizers.
From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse (multiple locations):
$5 Microbrew Draughts 24oz MUG CLUB REFILLS (must purchase mug)

$7 48oz Sam Adams Draught Pitchers
$3 12oz Select Microbrew Bottles

$7 48oz Microbrew Draught Pitchers

$2.50 Pint Night (List of Beers)

$5 Microbrew Draught 24oz Mug Club Refills (must purchase mug)

Carry Out

From Great Fermentations in Indianapolis:
There's a grain sale going on now! Sale ends September 15th.
From Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
Victory Festbier
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Upland Oktoberfest
Goose Island Harvest Ale
Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale & Oktoberfest
Bells Oktoberfest
Buffalo Bill Pumpkin Ale
Schlafly Oktoberfest
Clipper City Imperial Oktoberfest & regular Oktoberfest
Flying Dog Oktoberfest
Shipyard Pumpkin
Sprecher Oktoberfest
Harpoon Oktoberfest
Leinenkugel Oktoberfest
Left Hand Oktoberfest
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest
Hofbrau Oktoberfest
Spaten Oktoberfest
Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Original Sin Cider
Harpoon Cider
3 Floyd's Moloko Stout

And as always don't forget about our FREE beer tasting every Thursday from 6-8pm at our downtown Bloomington location.

Distribution News, Reviews, and Gossip

From Mat at Cavalier Distribution:
The biggest news is that Greg Blackman (Cavalier Sales Manager) and his wife Kristi had baby boy this week!

New beer in this week:

Mendocino Autumn Lager - new to Indiana this year
Coney Island Freektoberfest - Blood Red Lager at 6.66% ABV
Kingway from China - new to Indiana
Siagon from Vietnam - New to Indiana
Breckenridge Lucky U IPA - kegs only to start with
Founders Breakfast Stout - Kegs only to start with
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Weizen - limited amount
Great Divide Yeti & Hercules now available in 4 packs of 12 oz bottles - Big Beer in small bottles - Still available in 22s as well
Strusie - Very very very limited amount of Black Albert, Pannapot & Strusie Mikkeller IPA arrived and has been allocated

Lots of goodies from Brew Dog
Brew Dog Devine Rebel - Mikkeller Brew Dog collaboration beer
Brew Dog Dogma - new to Indiana
For those who enjoy beer aged in Whiskey Casks -
Brew Dog Paradox Port Dundas aged Imperial Stout - new to Indiana
Brew Dog Paradox Isle of Arran aged Imperial Stout - new to Indiana
Brew Dog Paradox Smokehead aged Imperial Stout - new to Indiana
We also have Hard Core IPA, Punk IPA and Rip Tide Stout back in stock

We sold out of the Hofbrau Oktoberfest 5 liter mini kegs already! They went fast. Still have plenty of 6 packs in the warehouse!

Left Hand 400 pound Monkey IPA is on tap at the Old Town Ale House in Fishers!

The Stone 09-09-09 arrived at the warehouse on Thursday and is ready to be allocated next week! We received less cases than last year so it may be harder to find this year. We also got some kegs of the 09-09-09 for the 1st time ever!

Also look for a limited amount of cases and kegs of Cali Belgique IPA to pop up soon as a limited amount of it arrived on the Stone truck yesterday as well.

From Meagan at World Class Beverages:
- Saranac is now available through World Class Beverages. Below is an image of the Matt Brewing company which supplies Saranac. WCB will carry the following brands: Octoberfest, Pale Ale, Pumpkin, Trail Mix, Pomegranate Wheat and 12 Beers A Falling!

- Victory V-12 now available!

Amber, aromatic strong ale...

Our vintage-dated, Belgian-style specialty ale, offered in corked 25.4 oz. bottles, is a sensation in subtlety.

Heady with a aromatic fruity start and taste, this amber ale features hints of pear and apricot in its well-nuanced flavor. The initial impression of fruitiness concludes in a refreshing dryness that begs you to sip again. Be fore-warned, this ale is immense as it registers 12% abv.

Malts: imported German malts
Hops: Styrian Goldings & Tettnanger whole flowers
Alcohol by Vol: over 12.0%

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