13 November 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The Busy Edition

It's been a super-busy, but fun week! This city has really stepped up their beer events lately and I am looking forward to doing more of them through Sunday. I hope you've had a good week as well, and that you've found some good beer to drink along the way.

Don't forget to enter to win tickets for the Alpha Acid event at Lafayette Brewing Co. on November 21st. We wish we could be there!

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

Tuesday, November 17th - Sunday, November 22nd at New Albanian's Bank Street Brewhouse: Official Grand Opening celebration

Tuesday, November 17th from 6 - 8 pm at Alcatraz in Indianapolis: tapping - Cherry Stout, a milk stout with over 250lbs of cherries.

Thursday, November 19th at Casler's Kitchen in Fishers: Sun King Brewers Dinner (more below)

Friday, November 20th at Radio Radio in Fountain Square: Tonic Ball to benefit Second Helpings.

Saturday, November 21st at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette: Alpha Acid Test (more below)

Saturday, November 21st: Hoosier Beer Geek's Tailgate for Nothing, a publicly advertised yet still somehow secret no freeloaders BYO everything craft beer tailgate for any 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.

Sunday, November 22nd at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie: Indiana Public Radio’s 3rd annual All Beers Considered beer & cheese tasting (more below)

December 3rd from 5 to 8 PM at Keg Liquors in Clarksville: 5th Annual Holiday Insanity Beer Tasting

What's Brewing

From Clayton at Sun King Brewing:
Thursday, November 19th - 7:00 p.m. @ Casler's Kitchen - Brewer's Dinner: 4 Courses prepared by Casler's Chef, Craig Baker, prepared with and paired with Sun King Beer. Contact Casler's Kitchen for details.

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co in Lafayette:
alpha acid test
Saturday, November 21
2 pm to 5 pm, Tickets $20

Can you pass the Alpha Acid Test? We brewed a 60 IBU ale with one hop addition at 60 minutes in the kettle. After fermentation and maturation, we're going to rack this beer into 10 kegs and firkins and dry hop each individual vessel with a different hop variety (technically, 1 control beer and 9 different hop varieties). In an open tasting format, we'll sample the resulting brews to discern the subtleties of each individual hop variety. Sort of an IPA Extravaganza utilizing some familiar and some not-so-familiar hop varieties. Also included in the price of admission: commemorative tasting glass, raffles of LBC merchandise and munchies from our pizza kitchen. Don't miss this unique tasting experience! A limited number of tickets are on sale now.

On tap at Lafayette Brewing this weekend:

Ouiatenon Wit Bier; Prophet's Rock Pale Ale; East Side Bitter; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Eighty-Five; and Black Angus Oatmeal Stout. We are also pouring Weeping Hog IPA from the handpull.

Live entertainment on LBC's 2nd floor:

Saturday, November 14: Lubriphonic w/ Bailout Revival 9 pm; $5 cover

Don't forget to get your tickets for the Alpha Acid Test (Nov. 21). They're going fast!

From Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:

Upland will be donating beer for the reception following the release of the movie Coal Country (http://www.coalcountrythemovie.com/). The movie is being shown at the Buskirk Chumley Theater in Bloomington, and the reception is being held next door at the Farm. We are also donating beer to Tonic Ball (a fundraising event for Second Helpings, http://www.secondhelpings.org/events-and-calendar/28) on Nov. 20.

At the Bar

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse in Various Locations:
Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown Indy is now pouring Goose Island Matilda!
Coming soon to Scotty's Brewhouse North Side - Magic Hat Winter Howl!

Carry Out

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Great Divide - Oak Aged Yeti (Colorado)
Shipyard - Prelude (Maine)
De Ranke - Père Noël (Belgium
Left Hand - Fade to Black (Colorado)
Stone/Brewdog - Bashah (Scotland)
Bell's - Winter White (Michigan)

5th Annual Holiday Insanity Beer Tasting at Keg Liquors

December 3rd from 5 – 8 PM

Another of our great traditions, we conclude the year’s beer tasting schedule with a bang. Featuring Holiday and Seasonal beers from around the world. Last year's tasting included over 21 different beers to sample. More details will be forthcoming as this one shapes up.

From Josh at United Package Liquors at County Line and Meridian:
Founders Backwoods Bastard & Breakfast Stout
Sierra Nevada Celebration, Harvest ale & Estate Harvest Ale
Boulder Obovoid Oak aged Oatmeal Stout & Never Summer Winter Warmer
Three Floyds Broodoo (almost gone) & Alpha Klaus
Clipper City Winter Storm
Bell's Winter White, Java Stout & Best Brown
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Hair of the Dog Adam & Fred (limited quantities)
Sam Smith Winter Welcome & Yorkshire stingo
Hebrew Jewbelation 13 Bar Mitzva

From Sam at BW3's (Downtown Indianapolis):
Few new beers this week. Unfortunately Dreadnaught has already come and gone. Here is our tap list as of now:

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
Founders Reds Rye

Stone Arrogant Bastard

Bells Double Cream Stout

Bells Two Hearted

Three Floyds Gumballhead

Three Floyds Robert the Bruce

Dogfish Head 90 Minute

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

Barley Island Dirty Helen

Upland Bad Elmer's Porter
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Some good beers to be had before the Colts vs Patriots game on Sunday.

Distribution News

From Bob Mack at World Class Beverages:

World Class Beer Spy is now listing the Monarch craft brands including Sierra, Upland, Magic Hat, Pyramid, New Belgium and Sam Adams.

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:

Berghoff Winter Ale is in stock and is a brand new style this year! It's a dark, strong ale with strong chocolate & caramel notes. It's a departure from past Berghoff Winter Ales and a much stronger, heartier ale for the cold winter months.

Boulder Beer Looking Glass 2009 Killer Penguin Barley Wine, Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout & Never Summer Ale are all available in limited quantities. The Killer Penguin & Obovoid are very limited, so make sure to grab some while they're available.
A very limited run of Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout has hit the state. There is a very limited number of cases and when it's gone, it's gone for the year. Get it now while it's here!

JK's Solstice Organic Hard Cider is making its debut in Indiana. The everyday JK's Scrumpy Cider has fast become a hit across the state, and the Solstice is quickly doing the same. This is a limited seasonal release that only comes out once a year, and a must try for any fan of JK's or hard cider in general.

Lakefront Holiday Spice is in stock for the year! There is much, much less of this than in years past, so it won't be around long. Holiday Spice is a hearty, bold spiced winter warmer, perfect for cold winter nights.

Left Hand Fade to Black is a brand new winter seasonal from Left Hand. The Snowbound Ale is no more, and the Fade to Black has officially taken its place. Each year the style will change, and this year's is a Foreign Export Stout. We received a limited, one-time run of this, so grab it while it's available. The packaging is incredible and reflects Left Hand's new direction in labels.
Stone Brewing Co. & Brew Dog have collaborated to create a masterpiece one-time, special release beer. Stone / Brew Dog Bashah is a Black Belgian Style Double IPA and a wonderful marriage between these two extreme breweries. Aside from Stone 13th Anniversary, it's the hoppiest beer Stone has ever brewed! We received a very limited quantity, so do your best to find some at retailers who support Stone & Brew Dog throughout the year! Make sure to pick up and try some Brew Dog beers as well if you haven't already, they are incredible....Stone doesn't collaborate with just anyone!!

Abbaye de St. Martin is renowned for making incredible Belgian ales. We have 3 everyday styles available, a Tripel, Brune & Blonde Ale. All three come in 4pks and are must trys!! There is also a very, very limited number of St. Martin Cuvee de Noel cases lingering around for the holidays at select locations as well.

Be patient all lovers of North Coast, Cavalier will be bringing North Coast Beers to a large part of the state here very soon. The timeline is not yet established, but stay tuned for more details...

Other News
Indiana Public Radio’s 3rd annual All Beers Considered beer & cheese tasting

Here are the basics:
November 22nd, 2-5pm
Cornerstone Center for the Arts, (Downtown Muncie)
Admission is $17, $15 for IPR members
Reservations are due by Wednesday Nov 18

To rsvp, email iprmembers@bsu.edu or call 800.646.1812
All proceeds benefit Indiana Public Radio



  1. I recently purchased the Southern Tier Pale sampler here in Indy. Any idea if Southern Tier is truly coming to Indiana or if I was lucky and it was a fluke?


  2. i bought two southern tier bombers last week. i think they're here to stay.

  3. grabbed some of left hand's 'fade to black' at payless off 96th & I69... very good stuff, especially as it warmed a bit. they've dubbed it an "export" stout (a name I'm familiar with from guinness, but I couldn't help but wonder about how that label might or might not vary from "imperial" stouts - ?).

    worth checking out!


  4. 250 lbs of cherries in the Alcatraz Cherry Stout? Why I do believe I will check that out tonight!