02 October 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The I Thought I Remembered You Saying You Wanted to Express Yourself Edition

Hello and welcome to another edition of the RBR. Welcome home from GABF if you were able to go, and congrats to Brugge and Barley Island for bringing home some medals!

I am happy to see some great beers newly available around the State. I can't wait to crack open a few from Boulevard, Bruery, and Hair of the Dog - plus, Java Stout from Bell's is back! Hooray!

I hope the weather is nice this weekend. I'll be spending Saturday enjoying Kings Island for the first time. I also hope my friends don't mind a detour beer run - not that we need more beer, but you know, whatever.

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, get your flair. This is the Random Beer Roundup.

Hoosier Beer Calendar

Events are subject to change

Friday, October 2nd - 10th at NABC's Public House & Pizzeria: Sandkerwa continues. See the lineup here.

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

Saturday - Sunday, October 3rd - 4th at NABC Bank Street Brewhouse: Fringe Festival

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)

Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm at the Fireside Grill in Indianapolis: A Dinner with Magic Hat. RSVP (Required), 317-823-1000 | $35.00 PER PERSON | INCLUDES TAX AND GRATUITY

Thursday - Friday, October 15th and 16th at Big Red Liquors in Bloomington: Big Red Beer Fest

Starting Friday, October 16th at Rich O's Public House: Lupulin Hop Festival

Sunday, October 18th from 12-5pm at Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville: Oktoberfest

Monday, October 19th at 6:30pm at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville: Oktoberfest Beer Tasting. $30/person. RSVP (more info below)

Saturday, October 24th from 1-6 p.m. at the Horizon Convention Center, Muncie: Muncie Brewfest

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

Coming soon: AleGate, A Tailgate for Nothing. Want more info? Send us an email to knights@hoosierbeergeek.com.

What's Brewing

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 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

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!

Around Indiana:

Upland will be pouring beer at the following events:

Big Red Beer Fest (Bloomington) Oct. 15-16
Trader’s Point Oktoberfest: (Zionsville) Oct. 18
Muncie Brewfest (Muncie) Oct. 24
Festival of the Falls (Bloomington) Oct. 24

At the Bar

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse (various locations):
New Beers Coming To Scotty's Brewhouse Oct 5, 2009:

Muncie Location:

Sam Adams Octoberfest
Upland Dragonfly India Pale Ale
Upland Rad Red
Magic Hat Black Howell
Stella Artois
Dogfish Head 60 Minute India Pale Ale
Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale
Sun King Bitter Druid Extra Special Bitter
Bell’s Third Coast
Stone Ruination India Pale Ale

Bloomington Location:

Sam Adams Octoberfest
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Dogfish Head 60 Min India Pale Ale
Bell’s Best Brown

Brooklyn Lager
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

West Lafayette Location:

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
Brooklyn Brown

Sam Adams Octoberfest
Bell’s Porter
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Three Floyd’s Robert the Bruce
Sun King Bitter Druid Extra Special Bitter
Rogue HazelNut Nectar Brown

Downtown Indianapolis Location:

Sam Adams Octoberfest
Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale
Sun King Bitter Druid Extra Special Bitter
Bell’s Porter
Three Floyd’s Gumballhead
Stone Levitation

Left Hand Milk Stout
Flying Dog Gonzo Porter
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
BI Dirty Helen
Abita Jockamo India Pale Ale
Founder’s Red Rye
Shiner Bock
Lakefront New Grist

North Side Indianapolis Location:

Sam Adams Octoberfest
Stone Levitation
Three Floyd’s Alpha King
Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale

Shiner Bock
Goose Island Harvest Ale
Three Floyd’s Robert the Bruce
Red Hook Longhammer India Pale Ale

From Dave at Magic Hat Brewing Co:
Fireside Grill Host Beer Dinner - Featuring 5 Different Beers from Magic Hat Brewing Company

Join us Tuesday, October 13 at the Fireside Grill at
11705 Fox Road, Indianapolis, IN


The night’s menu will include...
Lucky Kat (an additional beer not included the Night of the Living Dead Variety 12-Pak) will be offered as a greeting drink without food pairing
1st Course, bacon wrapped scallop paired with Circus Boy
2nd Course, spicy butternut soup paired with Roxy Rolles
3rd Course, 8 oz beef sirloin and mashed potatoes paired with #9
4th Course, Chocolate Cake paired with the fall Odd Notion, a Chocolate Belgian Stout special to the Night of the Living Dead Variety 12-Pak

From Beth and Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville invites you to our Oktoberfest Beer Tasting on Monday, October 19 at 6:30 PM.

The six course German-inspired menu will feature Stout Short Ribs, Kolsch Fondue, German Meatballs, and much more, with six perfectly paired beers.

$30 per person, this includes tax and tip. Call 317-733-8755 for reservations and information.

Carry Out

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

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Hair of the Dog Adam
Hair of the Dog Fred
Vintage Stone Russian Imperial Stout (2003 - 2006)
Vintage Stone Old Guardian (2004 - 2006)
Bruery Orchard White
Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse
Bruery Saison Rue
Bruery Autumn Maple
Boulevard Doublewide IPA
Boulevard Sixth Glass Quad
Boulevard Long Strange Tripel
Boulevard Saison
Boulevard Saison Brett
Rogue Maierfest
Three Floyds Munsterfest
Witches Brew
Primator Dopplebock
Southern Tier Pumking
Sierra Nevada Harvest Estate Ale
Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale
New Belgium Hoptober
Castelain Blonde Biere de Garde
Breckenridge Autumn Ale

From Patrick at Crown Liquors:
Boulevard - Saison, Long Strange Trip, Double Wide IPA, Saison-Brett, and Looking Glass.

Hair of the Dog - Adam and Fred.

Returning Bell's items - Double Cream, Third Coast Old, Java Stout, Cherry Stout, and Best Brown. Bell's Best Brown (5 Liter Cans are a new item this year).

Also, I want to mention Dirty Helen from Barley Island just won the 2009 GABF Gold Medal!

The Bruery - Orchard White, Berliner Weiss, Saison Rue, Autumn Maple

Founders Harvest Ale

Vintage Stone while supplies last.
03-08 verticals of Vertical Epic
Old Guardian 04-06
VE 05

Van Steinberg Witches Brew 9% triple

Two Brothers Heavy Handed Fresh Hopped IPA

Distribution News, Reviews, and Gossip

From Matt at World Class Beverages:
Bell's has begun to send their line up of Fall Releases down to Indiana. This week we received:
Best Brown, now also in 5 Liter cans as well as 6 Packs
Double Cream Stout
Third Coast Old Ale
Cherry Stout
Java Stout, back this year after taking 2008 off

We should see Rye Stout next week, and the return of Expedition Stout the week after.

No, we don't know yet about Batch 9000, before everyone asks, but we can't wait for it either!

Also, congrats to Ted Miller and Brugge for his GABF medals for Diamond Kings and Bad Kitty, and to Jeff Eaton and Barley Island for their Gold for Dirty Helen Brown, as well as all the other brewers and breweries represented in Indiana by World Class for theirs!

From Mat and Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
Congrats to all the [GABF] medal winners listed below that are proudly distributed by Cavalier Distributing in Indiana !

Category: 8, Rye Beer, 21 Entries
Bronze: Hoss, Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category: 10 Session Beer, 27 Entries
Bronze: Bam Biere, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, MI

Category: 13 Out of Category – Traditionally Brewed Beer, 82 Entries
Silver: Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY - We distribute the German Version!

Category: 22 Smoked Beer, 43 Entries
Gold: Smokejumper, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO

Category: 31 Style Lager, 25 Entries
Bronze: Clipper City Marzhon Vienna Lager, Clipper Brewing Co., Baltimore, MD

Category: 75 Imperial Stout, 56 Entries
Silver: Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category: 78 Barley Wine Style Ale, 54 Entries
Bronze: Old Ruffian Barley Wine, Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, CO

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