We are in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan this morning getting ready to start day 2 of our little beer vacation. I always forget just how beautiful it is to see the fall leaves change. But what is more beautiful than the leaves is the number of breweries up here making really great beer. My favorite place so far has been the HopCat, a microbrewery with an extensive draft and bottle list. Since we could walk to our hotel from there (and Founders), we were able to sample more of their offerings. The HopCat has a variety of taps and bottles from several of the Michigan breweries that we won't be able to see on this trip (like Short's, the Livery, and Hideout) so it was nice to be able to sample some of their beers. The best part was that they offered 2.5 oz. samples for a $1 each.
In other news...
Rock Art Brewery is being told to stop using the name of their "Vermonster" beer by a well know energy drink maker because they claim there will be some confusion. Without similar resources to fight, they are in a lose-lose situation. Either they change the name, or they possibly lose the entire brewery fighting for it. The one thing Rock Art has is an awesome community of craft beer fans that extends far beyond Vermont.
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Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change
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 in New Albany: 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 in Muncie: Muncie Brewfest
Wednesday, October 28th at Zing: 5 Course Hoosier Beer Dinner featuring native Indiana food paired with Hoosier Craft Beers. $30/person. Reservations are limited. call 317-638-7775 for more information or to make reservations.
Friday, October 30th at the Crown Liquors in Carmel: A Goose Island Reserve tasting. More information here.
Saturday, November 7th at Payless Liquors at 96th & I-69: Beer MBA class 1
Monday, November 9th at Upland in Bloomington: Winter Warmer Release
Saturday, November 14th at Payless Liquors at 96th & I-69: Beer MBA class 2
Saturday, November 21st at Payless Liquors at 96th & I-69: Beer MBA class 3
Coming soon: AleGate, A Tailgate for Nothing. Want more info? Send us an email to email@example.com.
From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
The “Duke Of Double” IPA
O.G = 1.080 ABV = 8.4% IBU = 113
Here it is. The one that hopheads of central Indiana have been waiting
for. A Double IPA worthy of a title, not just a name. The Duke of Double
is royalty among IPA’s. It has a smooth caramel malt taste and
full-bodied mouth feel that’s buried somewhere between the fragrant aroma
and GINORMOUS flavor of American grown cascade hops. At 8.4% ABV and 113
IBU’s, the Duke Of Double could be trouble if not handled with caution.
Coming Soon: Bock
From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
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 a couple of our fall seasonals: Rejuvenator Blonde Doppelbock and Hunters Moon Pale Ale. We're also pouring Weeping Hog IPA from our beer engine.
From Andrew at Oaken Barrel in Greenwood:
The craze that surrounds our annual release, Apple Buzz, is in full swing. We have already sold half of the 28 barrels that we produced in just four days. For the unfamiliar, this beer combines wort, apple cider, and honey to make an amazingly popular beverage that pushes the envelope. Make sure people come out real soon if they want some this year.
We are having a Pumpkin Festival on October 31st from 12pm-3pm. We will be releasing this year's version of our Pumpkin Ale, which was the 2009 Indiana Brewer's Cup Best in Show beer over the summer. More details for this event to come...
From Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:
Upcoming beersWinter 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 will be pouring beer at the following events:
Muncie Brewfest (Muncie) Oct. 24
Festival of the Falls (Bloomington) Oct. 24
At the Bar
From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse (various locations):
Sun king brew is now on tap at Scotty's Brewhouse in West Lafayette, Downtown Indy and North Side Indy!
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.
From Sam at Buffalo Wild Wings Downtown Indianapolis:
Bells Expedition Stout and Two HeartedDark Horse Crooked Tree IPAThree Floyds Broodoo, Gumballhead, and Alpha King (Robert The Bruce is coming soon)Dogfish Head 90 MinuteUpland Wheat (Bad Elmers Porter is coming soon)Sierra Nevada Estate HarvestFounders Reds RyeStone Arrogant BastardThe beer selection is changing to reflect the cooler weather. Keep an eye out for more big stouts and hopefully barleywines coming soon.
From Dustin at Spencers Stadium Tavern in Indianapolis:
Victory Prima Pils
Rogue Dead Guy
Sun King Pale Ale
Sun King ???
Bell's Two Hearted
From Anita at Great Fermentations in Broad Ripple:
Beginning Brewing Classes
Sunday, Oct. 18th @ 1 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 11th @ 6 PM
Sunday, Nov. 22nd @ 1 PM
From Patrick at Crown Liquors in Carmel:
3 Floyd's Broodoo (Fresh Harvest Ale)
Lindemans Gift box (Pomme & Framboise with authentic Lindemans glass. Makes for a great gift!)
Breckenridge Lucky U
Great Divide Tripel
Great Divide Hercules and Yeti in 4 pack's
Hair of the Dog Adam & Fred while supplies last
Make sure to put in your request for vintage stone. We have verticals of Vertical Epic, Old Guardian, and Imperial Russian Stout.
In the coming weeks we will be getting new beers from Southern Tier, New Holland, and North Coast. When we get it in you will find out right here at Hoosier Beer Geek.
Distribution News, Reviews, and Gossip
From Mat at Cavalier Distribution: