09 October 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The Rain's Not Stopping Edition

Last weekend's trip to Kings Island was a great time and I even got a Jungle Jim's trip in on the way. I picked up some delicious offerings, including a couple coffee beers. I'm so happy that it's that time again and I would love nothing more than to see those styles offered year-round (Sun King's Java Mac is tasting great, btw). Anyway, I talk about coffee beer a lot so I'll shut up now.

Next week, Mike and I will be in southern Michigan on a much needed vacation. We're hoping to check out a few brewpubs and bars on our journey. We've got a few stops planned (Founder's, Hopcat, Bell's, Big Rock Chop House, and Kuhnhenn's for sure) Anything else we shouldn't miss? The roundup next week should go on without a hitch, hopefully.

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, grab your umbrella. This is the Random Beer Roundup.

Hoosier Beer Calendar

Events are subject to change

Friday, October 2nd - 10th at NABC's Public House & Pizzeria in New Albany: Sandkerwa is still going strong (more details below).

Saturday, October 3rd-4, 6th-10th at NABC's Bank Street Brewhouse in New Albany: Fringe Festival

Saturday, October 10th at the Lafayette Brewing Co in Lafayette: Join the Circle City Socialites and the Lafayette Brawlin' Dolls at their afterparty following their bout.

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

Monday, October 12th from 7-9 pm at Shallos in Greenwood: Beer Tasting $18 Advance / $25 DOE (more 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

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.

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 Mike and Roger at New Albanian Pizzeria and Pub in New Albany:
Sandkerwa is still going strong with Mahrs Lager, Weissenohe Monk's Fest, Kulmbacher Weiss, along with four gravity kegs this weekend. We'll also keep a couple stateside fall seasonals pouring, currently Pyramid Juggernaut and Three Floyds Munsterfest, but look for Rogue Maierfest and Two Brothers Pumpkin to be appearing this weekend or early next week.

From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
Half Moon Octoberfest on tap!
O.G.=1.061 ABV=6.05% IBU=31

Double IPA coming soon!!!
O.G.=1.080 ABV=8.4% IBU=113

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):
Come check out Scotty's new seasonal menu and new brews! (Different brews available at all 5 Scotty's Brewhouse locations)

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.

From Sam at Buffalo Wild Wings Downtown Indianapolis:
I promise this time, Schlafly Pumpkin is almost gone. Coming soon will be either Bells Java Stout, Expo Stout, or Double Cream Stout. Also coming soon is Robert the Bruce. We also just tapped Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA.

Also on tap:

Arrogant Bastard
Gumballhead and Alpha King
90 Minute
Two Hearted and a bit of Oberon
Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale
Spaten Dunkel
Founders Reds Rye

Finally, we will be tapping our Sierra Nevada Estate the middle of this coming week (Wednesday). It is only 1/6 barrel so get it while it lasts.

From our friends at The Legend in Irvington:
New at The Legend in Irvington for the fall in bottles:

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Wychwood Hobgoblin Dark English Ale
Shipyard Pumkinhead Ale
Darwin Original Flag Porter
Two Brothers Heavy Handed Fresh Hop Ipa

Still on tap:

Bells Oberon (for those who can't get enough)
Three Floyds Robert the Bruce Scottish Ale
Bluegrass Brewing Jefferson Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
Two Brothers Cane & Ebel Red Rye Ale

Plus all our other bottled craft and micro brews

Come and enjoy

From Doug at Shallos in Greenwood:
A beer tasting on Monday, October 12th: $18 Advance/$25 DOE. Some beers that will be available for tasting:

Stone Vertical Epic 09-09-09
Stone Smoked Vanilla Porter (if the keg lasts)
Sierra Nevada Estate
Three Floyds Gorch Fock
Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout
Left Hand Widdershins
Left Hand Goosinator
Left Hand Rye Bock Lager

Carry Out

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 our friends at Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
Saranac Octoberfest
Saranac Pale Ale
Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA
Victory Helios -Belgian Farmhouse Ale
Sam Adams Octoberfest in a 22oz bottle
Clipper City Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Boulevard Saison
Boulevard Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale
Boulevard Double Wind IPA
Boulevard Long Strange Tripel
Samuel Smith Stingo -Ale aged in oak casks for over 1yr.
Struise/Mikkeller Double IPA

Also, our 17th Annual Beer Fest will be Thursday and Friday October 15th and 16th, 6-9pm. There will be 200+ beers available. Come join us!

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Founders Harvest Ale
Great Divide Fresh Hop
Two Brothers Heavy Handed
Bells Best Brown 5 Liter Cans
Great Divide Tripel

From our friends at Mr. G's in Noblesville:
Boulevard Double IPA
Boulevard 6th Glass
Boulevard Saison
Boulevard Long Strange Tripel
Boulevard Saison Brett All 750ml @ $7.99 each

Founders Harvest Ale $9.99 4 pack
Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale 22 oz $7.99

Distribution News, Reviews, and Gossip

From Mat and Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
We have a ton of new & special release beers in for this week's RBR, enjoy...

The Bruery
has made it's way to the Hoosier state! The Bruery is a small craft brewery in Orange County, California specializing in unfiltered, unpastuerized, bottle-conditioned beers. Every one of their beers undergoes secondary fermentation and continues to mature in the bottle over time. Please check or their website at www.thebruery.com and check out their ratings on-line for more info. These are the first 4 styles to hit the state with a promise of many more to come: The Bruery Orchard White, Saison Rue, Berliner Weiss (limited) & Autumn Maple brewed w/Yams & Maple Syrup (very limited)!!

Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest & Pumpkin Ale
are here and available in bottles for the first time ever! The Barktoberfest is Thirsty Dog's tribute to Oktoberfest Marzen style beers and the Pumpkin Ale is make from 4 different styles of 100% Ohio grown Pumpkins. Both of these beers are limited, so get some soon.

Clipper City Imperial Pumpkin Ale
has been released for the first time ever this year! Weighing in at 10% abv, this is not an everyday Pumpkin beer, it's a pumpkin explosion!

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin
is the second of two new Imperial Pumpkin Ales to hit this year. Both Clipper City & Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin are very limited and will go fast as this is the first year of their release. We are already sold out of Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin for the year, so whatever is out there is all there is left...get it now while you can!!

Great Divide Belgian Tripel Ale
has been released for the first time ever this week!! This is the 8th new beer from Great Divide this year, and has been highly anticipated. Fresh off being awarded multiple medals at the GABF, GD comes out with yet another new, wondeful special release beer! We have already sold out of this year's batch of GD Tripel, so if you can find, make sure to buy some or wait until next year.

Fruli Belgian Strawberry Beer is a new beer hitting the state as well. Produced using a centuries old brewing process, Fruli is a premium white Belgian beer brewed with coriander, orange peel & blended with fruit juice. For fruit beer enthusiasts, this is a must try!!


Limited quantities of Founder's Harvest Ale are hitting good Founders accounts for the first time this year. This is Founder's annual tribute to the hop harvest, produced with copious amount of fresh, wet hops. This wet-hopped ale is always a wonderful treat and as always is extremely limited.

Great Divide Fresh Hop
is out as well in 22oz bottles. Fresh off multiple medals at the GABF, Fresh Hop is he next in the line of wonderful GD special release beers. GD Fresh Hop Pale Ale is a fantastic fresh hopped beer brewed with wet hops flown in overnight from the Pacific Northwest. We are already sold out of all of this year's GD Fresh Hop Pale Ale, so it you can find it, buy it now while it's still available!

Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA
is the 3rd in our series of fresh/wet-hopped beers to be released over the last couple weeks. Heavy Handed is brewed with hops harvested within 24 hours of the brewing process creating a fresh, hoppy beer balanced well with a strong malt backbone. Two Bros produces multiple batches of HH as well, so keep looking out for the next batch with all new hop varietals. ENJOY!!

Chaucer's Cellars
Meads & Dessert Wines are back. Located in California's Central Coast, Chaucer's Cellars has made a name for itself creating renowned Dessert Wines perfect for any celebration or everyday occasion. The following styles are available now with more to come: Chaucer's Mead, Pomegranate, Olallieberry & Raspberry Wines.

Upcoming Tastings:

Victory Liquors 10th & Raceway Rd. ; Friday 10/09/09 5-7pm ; Wine and Beer
Shallos Fall Tasting on Monday 10/12, 7 - 9 pm.
Big Red Beer Fest, Bloomington, IN ; Thursday & Friday 10/15/09 & 10/16/09
UPL (United Package Liquors) Camby--KY Ave South of 465 ; Tuesday 10/20/09, 4:30-6:30pm ; Fall Seasonals
UPL (United Package Liquors) 96th & Olio ; Thursday 10/22/09 5-7pm; Fall Seasonals
Midwest Beer Fest in Muncie, Saturday 10/24 @ 1 - 6pm @ Horizon Convention Center.


http://www.mensjournal.com/top-five-beer-towns - good plug for Two Brothers Cane & Ebel


  1. Gina,

    You should check out Jolly Pumpkin Brewery while in Michigan. I have adored everything of theirs that I have tried and would love to hear some first hand accounts from the Knights. Madrugada Obscura in praticular was delightful.

  2. Martin,

    I know the Dexter facility is closed right now, and I think that is the closest one on our route.

    Thanks for the reminder, I'll check again.

  3. Oh hooray, I see the one in Ann Arbor. Check!

    Thanks again Martin!

  4. pretty excited to try upland's black lager / Schwarz...

    and re: upland, I saw their license went through for the Broad Ripple location - please let us know if you can drum up any details about when they might open!

  5. If you haven't finish up your Michigan tour... If your route includes Bell's in Kalamazoo and a few in Grand Rapids, swing over to the coast and hit The Livery in Benton Harbor. Great place...big selection. Be sure to ask for the history and tour of the place. It was a horse livery back in the day!

  6. Walter,

    We wanted very much to head over there, but our time didn't allow. We've heard a lot of great things about them!

    We are hoping to do a trip along the coast that will include Livery, New Holland, up north to Short's and a few others sometime soon.