17 December 2009

Random Beer Roundup - The Yuletide Edition

Happy Friday and Happy Holidays! On behalf of all of the Knights, we wish you and yours the very best! The Roundup will take a holiday break next week but will return for the New Year.

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

Friday, December 18th at Crown Liquors Downtown Indy: Grand Opening (More details below)

Saturday, January 30th at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis: 2010 Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest

Friday, February 26th at Rich O's Public House in New Albany: Gravity Head begins!

What's Brewing

From Roger at New Albanian Brewing Co in New Albany:
This year the Pizzeria/Public House, which is always closed on Sunday, will observe these holiday hours:

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Day, Dec. 25th - Closed
Saturday, Dec. 26th - Closed

New Year's Eve, Dec. 31st - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
New Year's Day, Jan. 1 - Closed
Open again on Saturday, January 2

Gravity Head begins Friday, February 26!

From Andrew at Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. in Greenwood:
Two new seasonals on at the OBBC this week. Monday, we tapped a Schwarzbier, and tomorrow we will be tapping our Epiphany Belgian Tripel. Also, keep an eye out for an American Barleywine and a Nitro Oatmeal Stout in the next couple months.

From Jon at Power House Brewing Co. in Columbus:
Dec. 27, (my birthday) we will be having "Hank Haggard" live at Power House Brewing Co.'s Columbus Bar.

At the Bar

From Sam at BW3's (Downtown Indianapolis):
Dogfish/Sierra Nevada Life & Limb (Almost gone!!!)
New Albanian Elector (Just Tapped)
Boulevard Wheat
Upland Bad Elmers Porter
Founders Breakfast Stout
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Dogfish Head 90 Minute
Bells Double Cream Stout
Bells Two Hearted
Three Floyds Gumballhead
Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Barley Island Dirty Helen
From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
We had a wonderful attendance for our Holiday Party...sampled a bunch of Boulevard Beers...75 people came....Currently on tap is Bell's Rye Stout, 3 Floyds Alpha King Pale, Sun King Osiris Pale, and Brooklyn IPA, lastly there is New Albanian Elector Red IPA.

Heavy on Pales??? Who said so? On deck are some other winners as well. More to follow. January 7th we will initiate "Thursdays with Tom"...Tom Marine, a local beer geek is going to come over and talk as well as sample beers with our regular guests...invitation only, so call and see if we have room.

Oh yeah,.....sales are up 20% over last year, and guest counts are up 30%....Thank you to all and to all a good night!

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse in various locations:
New menus coming January 5 at all Scotty's Brewhouse Locations! Founder's Pale Ale is now on draught at our 96th St. Indianapolis Location! Open till 10pm on Christmas Eve at our 96th St. Indianapolis Location!

Carry Out

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

Dogfish Head - Midas Touch (Delaware)
Dogfish Head - World Wide Stout (Delaware)
Three Floyds - Black Sun Stout (Indiana)
Founder's - Imperial Stout (Michigan)
Delirium - Noel (Belgium)
Boulevard - Bourbon Barreled Quad (Missouri)
Boulevard - Harvest Dance Wheat Wine (Missouri)
Bells - Sparkling Ale (Michigan)
Bruery - Rogbrod (California)
Fullers - Vintage Ale 2009 (England)
From Corrie at Goose the Market in Indianapolis:
News from the cellar at Goose the Market...

Augustiner Edelstoff...that gets easier to say the more beer you have, but there's no mistake about how easy this beer is to drink. This German is a little nutty with plenty of malts and toastiness.
Two Brothers Cane and Ebel...we brought this one back for its balance of vanilla and hops. It's not as sweet as it sounds (just like that first apple, Dad).
Dupont Foret Organic Saison...from Belgium with organic love: a little fruit, a little spice, a little tart, a little malt
Saldis Noel...In Belgium, if you ask for a stocking stuffer, they'll hand you a nipper of Scaldis Noel. Okay, we're not actually sure that that's true, but the festive label and the cute size (8.5 oz) are perfect for hanging by the chimney with care...not to mention it's a beer with brilliant taste perfect for this time of year.

From Patrick at Crown Liquors Downtown Indianapolis (Ohio & Delaware):
We are having the official grand opening from 3- 7 PM. We will be offering many beers for tasting as well as over 70 wines and liquor. Door prizes, raffle for free goods, and food compliments of Barcelona restaurant and others. I wouldn't miss it!

New Beers that arrived yesterday:

Boulevard Barrel aged Quad & Harvest Wheat Wine (allocated)
Three Floyds Black Sun Saranac Winter Variety pack The Bruery Rugbrod Left Hand Widdershins Barleywine
Fullers Vintage Ale

Distribution News

From Greg at Cavalier Distributing:
Founders 2009 Imperial Stout is hitting select stores and bars starting this week. Brewed with 10 varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk yet complex and rich in body. Founders Imperial Stout is a beer to be enjoyed at cellar temperature now and for many years to come. It weighs in at 10.5% abv and a perfect elixir for the cold of winter. This year's run is even more limited than in years past, so try to find it and snatch it up now before it's all gone!!

The Bruery Rugbrod is making its way to select stores this week. Rugbrod is a traditional Jule Bryg-Style Dark Rye Ale. It's a deep auburn, robust Danish-style ale with spicy rye notes balance by sweet caramel malts. Perfect for this time of year, make sure to grab some asap and try this wonderful, unique ale.

Fuller's 2009 Vintage Ale is finally here!! Fullers Vintage Ale is the result of a former head brewer's goal of creating the quintessential Barley Wine that improves with age. This is a big, robust Barley Wine meant for cellaring. Each bottle comes in its own individual numbered box and is extremely limited. Only a small amount arrives in the states and once we are out, we are out until the next Vintage Ale we get in. It's been a long time since the Fullers Vintage Ale has been available in Indiana and this is sure to go fast, so get it while it's available!

We are proud to release a special, limited run of Shoreline Brewery 2007 Barrel Age Series of beers. Sam ages each of these wonderful beers for a full year in the barrels before bottling. This vintage has had time to mature and is drinking fantastic right now. The following 8 Barrel-Aged styles are available at very select locations:Sum Nug IPA, 3 Sum Double IPA, Discombobulation Celebration Ale, Smokestack Porter, Lost Sailor Imperial Stout, Big Bella Heavy Scotch Ale, Curse the Goat Doppebock (1 aged in Bourbon & 1 aged in Rye Barrels). These beers are extremely limited and rare, so if you can find them get them before they're gone!! Keep your eyes peeled for several more Shoreline Beers available through Cavalier coming in 2010!!!!

Nogne-O Brewery came strong this winter with 2 incredible collaboration brews and a fantastic Winter Seasonal Brew of their own:

Nogne-O / Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales / Stone Brew Co. Special Holiday Ale
is a collaboration between 3 pioneers and trail-blazers in the craft beer industry. These 3 incredible Breweries teamed up to brew a Special Holiday Ale just for all the little beer geeks in the world this Holiday Season. Brewed with chestnuts, white sage, juniper berries & caraway seeds, this is a complex wonderful beer melding the unique artisty of all 3 phenomenal breweries.

Nogne-O / Mikkeller Tyttebaer is a lambic ale fermented with wild yeast, bacterias & Tyttebaer. Tyttebaer is the Danish & Norwegian name for the lingonberry. The result is a bitter-tart flavor with moderate funkiness and a red color. This is a wild ale meant for those with wild tastes....

Nogne-O Winter Ale
is a dark ale brewed especially for the Holiday Season. It is rich, sweet and complex with strong caramel and malt flavors. A true sweet strong ale made specifically for the Holiday months.

All 3 of these Nogne-O Beers are extremely rare and highly allocated. Everything that hit Indiana this year is already out in the market at select stores so try to find some and get it soon while it's still available.

Make sure to grab yourself some warming Christmas / Holiday & Winter Seasonal Craft or Import Beers for the upcoming Holiday festivities. We have several wonderful domestic craft and import seasonals available along with some incredible Holiday Beer Gift Sets. Support GOOD beer this Holiday!! Nothing is better than enjoying some wonderful winter beer during these cold months!!


  1. Will this years winterfest be like last years where each person will receive 10 drink tokens? Or will it be similar to others where it is unlimited to a certain extent?

  2. If you happen to look back at the first batch of details we released on the winterfest, you'll see that Brewers of Indiana Guild President Ted Miller was nice enough to stop by and provide just the answer you're looking for. Ted said "Yes, we have eliminated tokens. And it is in a new bldg. We hope that we have adequately addressed our space issues and there will be plenty of room to enjoy the fest."

    We hope you'll stop by often, as we'll continue rolling out details as they are confirmed.