19 November 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The I'm Ready to Tailgate Edition

This time of year always flies by. It seems like the month between Halloween and Thanksgiving goes by so fast. It's going to be Christmas before we know it and I hope Santa brings me beer. Anyway, let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we? The Roundup will still go on as usual next Friday.

I am ready for a tailgate. How about you? I can't wait to celebrate nothing! Hope to see you this weekend!

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

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)

Thursday, November 26th: Enjoy a brew for Thanksgiving!

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

What's Brewing

From John at Half Moon Brewing Co. in Kokomo:

Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery now has a full service bar to compliment the 10 house brews. On the horizon is Oatmeal Stout and the Kokomonster. Look for these new seasonal beers to be released in the next 2-4 weeks.

Join us on Sundays for the NFL. We have all games every Sunday on 16 large screen plasma and lcd tv's.

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 Co. 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.

From the handpull, we'll be dispensing Weeping Hog IPA. We'll also be releasing our Alpha Acid Test control beer, Alpha 60, on Saturday.

Don't miss our Alpha Acid Test set for Saturday, 11/21, from 2 - 5 pm! A limited number of tickets remain. Get yours today!

From Jerry at the Rock Bottom Brewery - Downtown in Indianapolis:
Here’s what I have on my specialty taps, along with Hefeweizen for the seasonal wheat and Hoosier Ma is an Oatmeal Stout.

Pumpkin Smasher Ale - Spicy, earthy and chewy ale. It’s like pumpkin pie in a glass…with booze!
ABV 5.3%
IBU 28

Harvest Mild - A very light yet complex English Brown ale with slight sweet and chocolate flavors and an earthy hop character.
ABV 3.6%
IBU 15

Buffalo Gold - A very refreshing and crisp Blonde Ale with a beautiful golden color.

ABV 5.7%
IBU 35

Blitzen Ale - ‘Tis the season! A Belgian Wit beefed up for the season with honey malt for depth and all the traditional spices.
ABV 6.4%
IBU 20
From Andrew at Oaken Barrel in Greenwood:
OBBC update. Our award-winning Pumpkin Ale supply is dwindling, so come on in for one last pint, and we are releasing our American Nut Brown Ale today 11/20. The nutty character is paired well with a compliment of Simcoe hops for flavor. Very tasty fall beer!

Tickets are now available for Harvest Fest on Monday, December 7th. We will be celebrating a late Thanksgiving with great food and a bonus keg of Apple Buzz. The tickets will be limited to 60. With Apple Buzz involved, the tickets will go fast!

At the Bar

From Nick at Deano's Vino in Fountain Square:
I have Cream Ale, Pale Ale, and the last keg of Black IPA from Sun King on draft this weekend.

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse in Various Locations:
Magic Hat Winter Howl draught is now available at the 96th Street Scotty’s Brewhouse!

Scotty’s Brewhouse Muncie now carries Sun King Saison de Taffy on draught!

Carry Out

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Here is the latest from Keg Liquors in Clarksville:

Boulder - Never Summer Ale (Colorado)
Boulder - Killer Penguin Barleywine (Colorado)
Breckenridge - Christmas Ale (Colorado)
Bluegrass Brewing Company - Rye 75 (Kentucky)
Bluegrass Brewing Company - Heine Brothers Coffee Stout (Kentucky)
Two Brothers - Heavier Handed IPA (Illinois)
Almar Orchards - JK's Solstice Cider (Michigan)
Thirsty Dog - 12 Dogs of Christmas (Ohio)
Magic Hat - Winter Howl (Vermont)
aChouffe - N'Ice Chouffe (Belgium)
Blaugies - La Moneuse Special Winter (Belgium)
De Ranke - Père Noël (Belgium)
Delirium - Noel (Belgium)
Fantome - De Noel (Belgium)
Kerkom - Winterkoninkske (Belgium)
La Rulles - Cuvée Meilleurs Veoux (Belgium)
Scaldis - Noel (Belgium)
St Feuillien - Cuvée de Noël (Belgium)
Mikkeller - Santa's Little Helper (Denmark)
Mikkeller - To/From (Denmark)
Gales - Christmas Ale (Vintage 2001) (England)
Baladin - Noel du Baladin (Italy)
Olfabrikken - Jule Ale (Denmark)
Weltenburger - Kloster Winter-Traum (Germany)
Innstadt - d´Innstaade Wintersud (Germany)
Ridgeway - Reindeer's Revolt (England)
Jolly Pumpkin - Noel de Calabaza (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:
New items in stock

Brewdog/Stone Bashah- Black Belgian style DIPA
Stone Double bastard
Clipper City Heavy Seas Yule tide Belgian style Tripel
Great Divide Oak aged Yeti Imperial stout
Bell's Two Hearted 5-liter cans
Bell's Christmas ale Goose Island Christmas ale

From Sam at BW3's (Downtown Indianapolis):
I cannot believe that it is Thanksgiving time already. What better way to kick off the Holidays than with a giant beer from Unibroue. La Terrible will be on draft once DFH Punkin runs out. Should be Friday or early next week. Updates should be found on World Class' Twitter feed. Rest of the tap selection is as follows:

Founders Reds Rye (Will be something new next week)
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Bells Double Cream Stout
Bells Two Hearted
Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
Three Floyds Gumballhead
Dogfish Head 90 Minute
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
Sierra Nevada Anniversary
Upland Bad Elmers Porter

From Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
Magic Hat Winter Lager
Sierra Nevada Estate
3 Floyd's Broo Doo
Breckenridge 471 Extra ESB
Breckenridge 471 Mighty Brown
Breckenridge 471 Porter
New Belgium 2 Below
Blue Moon Full Moon
New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin
Bells Christmas Ale

As always, we have a free beer tasting every Thursday from 6-8pm at our downtown Bloomington location.

Distribution News

From Bob Mack at World Class Beverages:
Hopping Frog Fresh Frog Raw Hop IPA will be coming to Indiana, but only 15 cases will be coming. We’re the only distributor outside of northeast Ohio (Hoppin Frog is in Akron) to get any. It just got bottled this week and we happened to be picking up an order this week, so we won the draw on Fresh Frog, which is made with Centennial hops flown in from the west coast just for this beer.

I got so excited about Centennial hops that I completely forgot that Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged BORIS the Crusher is coming on the same shipment that has the Fresh Hop beer! There will be about 60 cases of it (I think), so there should be enough to get around!

Both beers are on Beer Spy now and we’ll update the sales history as we sell them.

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
2009 Stone Double Bastard is finally in Indiana!! Yes, 22oz Bottles, 3 Liter Bottles & a very limited amount of draft arrived mid-week and has started making its way out to good Stone accounts across the state! As always, this vintage is extremely limited, so make sure to snag some while it's available.

Two Brother Brewing Company's Heavier Handed Imperial Wet-Hopped IPA
is making its debut this week. Heavier Handed is a brand new addition to Two Brother's Artisan Series of beers, and is an imperial version of Heavy Handed IPA. It weighs in at 9+% abv, 85+ IBUs & is aged in French Oak Foudres. We received a very limited amount of cases & kegs for Indiana, so this beer will only be available for a short time.

Clipper City's Yule Tide Ale
is the newest addition to the Heavy Seas Mutiny Series of beers by Clipper City. Yule Tide is a belgian-style Tripel weighing in at 10% making it a perfect imperial winter warmer! As with all of the Mutiny Series if beers, the Yule Tide is sure to please and a must try.

Corsendonk Gift Packs
are in stock for the year. One gift pack features Corsendonk Abbey Pale & Brown Ale 750 MLs w/a glass and the other is a Christmas Gift Pack featuring Corsendonk Christmas & glassware.

Broughton Brewery Gift Packs
are in stock featuring Broughton's wonderful line of Scottish Ales. This is the first time for these Gift Packs and there is a very limited number of them, so make a point to try one if you can find it!

Hey Ohio State fans....Buckeye Beer is in Indiana!! Oh yes, this retro brew from Ohio is finally available in Indiana after much anticipation. It is available in 12pks and will be hitting shelves starting this week....just in time for the stretch run of the college football season.

Several Cavalier tastings featuring the "Wine For Dummies" wine collection and select craft beers are coming up in the next week. Tastings are scheduled at the following locations & times:
Payless LQ 96th & College----Friday 11/20----4:30 - 6:30 pm
Payless LQ 86th & Ditch----Tuesday 11/24----5 - 7 pm
Payless LQ Carmel Dr.----Wednesday 11/25----5 - 7 pm

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

Beers for the tasting:

Nogne O Brewery Barley Wine Batch 100
Brewdog Punk IPA
Unibroue Trois Pistoles
Tilburg Dutch Brown Ale
Castelain Blonde Biere de Garde
Bells Christmas Ale
Founders Old Curmudgean Ale
Upland Winter Warmer
Two Brothers Brewing Moaten Flemish Red Ale



  1. I was only able to attend the TGN at the start and the finish. What a great event. I don’t think that there was a better collection of beer being consumed at this time anywhere else in the universe. Will there be a TFN2 this year on do we wait till next year?

    Mark S.

  2. My wife and I were also only able to attend the TGN for a few minutes. Had many errands to attend to. This was our first meeting with the group. What a great time! You all made us feel right at home. Thanks so much. We will certainly be trying to attend more gatherings.
    Jim & Kate Kirk

  3. i have one word for you:


    or is that 2?