03 December 2009

Scenes from a Tapping: Upland's 23-Year-Old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel Aged Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout

That's a mouthful of title.

Where: Shallos Restaurant (8811 Hardegan Street, Indianapolis, IN)

Who: Shallos Beer Guy Doug (and the rest of the staff), who've been treating south side patrons to a fantastic beer selection for far longer than we at HBG have been in the business of reviewing beer.

What: Upland's Bourbon Barrel Aged Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout - a stout aged on 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels. Shallos secured only a 6th barrel of the beer, so it'll go extremely quick. Luckily there's plenty of other fantastic selections to go around.

When: Tapped 11/03/09, until supplies last.

Why: Upland's regular Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout is a fantastic beer by itself, but the addition of oak aging gives it a full oaky finish. A+ stuff from Bloomington's finest.

Also worth noting: Shallos tap list is overwhelming as usual: New Albanian Elector Imperial Red, Dogfish India Brown and 60 Minute, Bell's Two Hearted and Oberon, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA, Warsteiner Dunkel, Breckenridge 471 IPA and Oatmeal Stout, Founders Breakfast Stout, Porter, and Pale, Left Hand Milk Stout and Warrior IPA, New Belgium Fat Tire, Stone Arrogant Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada Celebration, and a bottle list that no one in the city can touch.


  1. Shallos really is a gold standard!

    Doug and everyone there ROCKS!

  2. Lame. I live on the South Side and hardly ever go to Shallos, mainly because just like tonight, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S ON TAP! They really need to put their tap list online and update it daily. It's not that hard to do, they already have a website (or did as it appears down right now).

    Any way, I'm pissed I missed this tonight. Looks like I'll be heading there tomorrow after work.

  3. I hate to be that guy (the guy who says "I had this and you didn't"), but according to rumblings on twitter at 12:05 AM Thursday night, the TBK is gone already. BUT KEEP IN MIND, even if the rumors are true, there's plenty of other great beer at Shallos worth the trip.

  4. I guess that'll happen when it's going for $4.50 a pint, though.

  5. Btw, Chumley's in Broad Ripple may still have some and The Heorot is getting some Weds., though I have no clue when they'll tap it. Regular Teddy Bear Kisses will be up for grabs, and I'll let people know who gets that.

    You can always make a trip to the brewery, too. I know for a fact there are reserves of both versions of the beer that have yet to be tapped.