23 October 2009

Random Beer Roundup - Where's Gina Edition

Gina is out of town right now, so you're stuck with me. Normally you'd get some sort of intro here - a story, a life lesson, something - but I'll just leave you with this: I may ride a bike to work, I might eat a decent amount of vegan foods, and I consider myself pretty open minded. But I hate hippies.

(Gina will be back next week, and as always - 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.)

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

Saturday, October 24th from 1-6 p.m. at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie: Muncie Brewfest (Full details below)

Saturday, October 24th at Spencer's Stadium Tavern: The Alzheimer's Association of Indiana and Spencer's 3rd Annual Halloween Party. Costume contest, Auction, 50/50, and more. All proceeds go Directly to the Alzheimer's Association. Live Music with Fair & Square.

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.

Thursday, October 29th at Keg Liquors, Clarksville: BBC Beer Tasting, 5 - 8 PM.

Friday, October 30th at Chef JJ's Backyard: Sun King/Hell Night Beer Dinner. More details below.

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

Tuesday, November 10th at Rock Bottom Downtown Indy: Fall Harvest Brewer's Dinner (featuring HBG's very own Rod/Jess' beer as brewed by Jerry and Rodney) - Tickets are $35 per person. Call For reservations as space is limited - (317) 681-8180 (menu below)

Thursday, November 12th at Rock Bottom Downtown Indy: Blitzen Ale Winter-White Tapping - 6 pm to 6:30 pm

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: Hoosier Beer Geek's Tailgate for Nothing, a publicly advertised yet still somehow secret no freeloaders BYO everything craft beer tailgate for any old folks who consider themselves a fan of sharing great beer and good food. There's only one way to get more details - Send an email to knights@hoosierbeergeek.com.

First, this.

Muncie Brewfest Fans!

Here is the list of participating brewers and pubs. We'll have just a couple of minor changes, but they should all be additions.

Hope to see you on the 24th!

1. Founders
2. Stone
3. Three Sergeants
4. Magic Hat
5. Three Floyds
6. Brooklyn
7. Boulevard
8. BBC
9. Left Hand
10. Goose Island
11. Bells
12. Magic Hat
13. Schlafly
14. Sun King
15. Barley Island
16. Hoppin’ Frog
17. Dogfish Head
WC: Wyders, Harpoon, Dark Horse, Atwater, Abita, Southampton, Saranac, Oaken Barrel
MB: Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, New Belgium

Pub Tables:
A. MadHatter
B. Savage’s
C. Scotties Brewhouse
D. Blue Bottle

As an aside, certain Muncie-ites are now calling Muncie "Indiana's Craft Beer Capital" based on the fact that they seem to be buying more Founders, Bells, and Three Floyd's in Muncie than anywhere else in the state. Fair enough, numbers are hard to argue with.

But we'd argue that to be "Indiana's Craft Beer Capital", Muncie might first work on having at least one craft beer brewery. All those numbers prove is that you're a bunch of drunks.

In any case, a little good natured ribbing is a good thing. We wish the folks behind the Muncie Brewfest the best of luck with their event.

What's Brewing

From Clayton at Sun King Brewing:
Hell Night at Back Yard. Spicy Hot Food Fresh off The Big Green Egg paired with Sun King Beers: Sunlight Cream Ale, Chile Cream Ale, Osiris Pale Ale and El Gallo Negro - Black IPA. This will be a great night of mouth melting food paired with beers to 3 beers to accentuate the spice and one to cool it down. $35 per person, reservations required. www.chefjjs.com for details and reservations
From Kwang at Oaken Barrel:
We are offering everyone's favorite appetizer, Elephant Garlic Bread every
Wednesday. It is served with Marinara and Cheese Sauce and it's available all day for only $6.95. Also, we pair the Garlic Bread with 23 Oz. beer of your choice for only $9.95. What a bargain!
From Jerry at Rock Bottom Downtown:
Fall Harvest Brewer's Dinner
Tuesday, November 10, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm

Come join us for our Fall Harvest Brewer's Dinner. Jerry and Victor have once again put their artistic minds together and have created a delectable feast celebrating the autumn season. We will be offering four courses each paired with an accommodating beer.

The Menu Includes:

Sweet Potato Amaretto Crepes, Fall Harvest Soup, Stuffed Lamb Chops, and a Maple Pumpkin Cannoli.

Tickets are $35 per person. Call For reservations as space is limited - (317) 681-8180
Carry Out

From Todd at Keg Liquors:
New Products:
- Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
- Bells Rye Stout
- Bells Java Stout
- Bells Best Brown 6 packs and 5 liter cans
- Bells Double Cream Stout
- Avery New World Porter
- Three Floyds Broodoo
- Left Hand Warrior IPA
- Left Hand Milk Stout

October 29th - BBC Beer Tasting at Keg Liquors from 5 - 8 PM.
Join us as our friends from BBC Shelbyville Road stop in for the next in line of our "locals only" beer tastings. Brewers Jerry and Sam will be in with a great lineup of their beers, and an appearance by a Randall that we will use as a surprise infuser of one of their beers. Here is the lineup:

- Rye 75
- Professor Gesser's Mind Numbing Ale
- Luna de Miel Raspberry Mead
- Heine Brothers Coffee Stout

and a couple of surprise beers as well.
On Tap

From Dustin at Spencer's Stadium Tavern:
On Draft:
Rogue Dead Guy
Harpoon IPA
Dirty Helen Brown Ale
Gum Ball Head
Sun King Pale Ale
Two Hearted

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From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse:
Sun King is now available at Scotty's Brewhouse in Indy, Muncie and West Lafayette!
From Sam at BW3's (Downtown Indianapolis):
Things are looking good tap selection wise at the store.

Founders Reds Rye
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Bells Two Hearted
Bells Expedition Stout
Upland Bad Elmers Porter
Three Floyds Gumballhead
Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
Three Floyds Broodoo
Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale (just a little bit left)
Dogfish Head 90 Minute
New Belgium Fat Tire
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Barley Island Dirty Helen
From Greg at Cavalier Distributing:
We have a ton of new and incredibly exciting beers & news:

Cavalier Distributing is extremely proud to announce that we are bringing New Albanian Brewing Company Beers north across the Hoosier state! To start with, NABC is releasing limited amounts of Elector Imperial Red, Beak's Best American Bitter & Bob's Old 15-B Porter in draft only. You will be able to find NABC Beer on draft in select bars across the state starting this weekend. We are officially launching NABC in Muncie this weekend at the Muncie Beer Fest, Fickle Peach & Heorot!!

Left Hand Warrior IPA

New this year for Warrior is that the fresh hops are picked right in Colorado – both in the western slopes and in Left Hand's hop farm at the brewery. Cascades, Chinooks and Centennials are the freshies. They bitter with Magnum and dry-hop with Warrior. The final ABV will be 6.6% ABV with IBU’s cutting at 60. In addition to the recipe changes the Warrior has a new label this year as well. Get this while you can, because supplies are even more limited than in previous years and are going fast!!

Breckenridge Lucky U IPA has finally arrived in Indiana after much speculation & anticipation. Lucky U is brewed with 7 different hop varietals creating a wonderful hop profile. In true Breck form, this beer has a strong malt backbone to balance it out, creating a very smooth, balanced beer. Lucky U is the perfect everyday IPA and a great complement to it's big brother, 471 Double IPA.

Two Brothers Heavy Handed Fresh Hop IPA features different hops in each batch. If you want to track the hop varietals in your bottle of Heavy Handed, look the lot number up at: http://www.twobrosbrew.com/

Make a point to grab some Heavy Handed and enjoy that fresh, resiny wet-hopped taste.

The Lion Brewery in Pennsylvania is making it's way to the Hoosier state with a couple lines of award-winning beers. The Brewery produces both Stegmaier & Lions Head Beers, and several styles are now available in the state. You will start seeing both Stegmaier & Lions Head Beers hitting stores and bars in the next couple of weeks. In addition to being great beer, all of the Lion Brewing Beers are offered at a great price. Make a point to try some soon.

The Midwest Muncie Breer Fest is this Saturday at the Horizon Convention Center in Downtown Muncie from 1 - 6pm. We will be launching NABC Elector Imperial Red at the event in addition to pouring several other phenomenal beers!!

HBG reader Josh found this while out in Fountain Square:

Anyone know anything?



    it will also be on at Rock Bottom after the Brewer's Dinner for people to purchase and get sick off of.

  2. There is a little blurb about the Red Lion Grog House in today's Urban Times. It says it will feature both English and American cuisines. On the beer front, it will have 10 draft lines, 20 bottles, and a promise to keep American domestics to a minimum. It is owned by the guy who used to run Casler's Kitchen and Bar in Fishers. It is suppose to open the second week in November.

  3. Excellent info, Justin. Thanks.

  4. I'm glad to see another place opening in Fountain Square. It'll be interesting to see how they make a pub out of that space.

  5. Will they have imitation grog or the real thing when they open up?