12 February 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The I Heart Beer Edition

Love is in the air! But more importantly is the sweet smell of beer. I hope my Valentine is bringing me something delicious like Founders Nemesis or Batch 9000 for Valentines Day.

And speaking of good Valentine's Day gifts...have you bought your bus tickets for the trip to New Albany yet? If you're thinking about it, don't delay! We've still got some spaces open, but tickets have been steadily been going.

On a side note...you may want to dust off that twitter account if you haven't been using it or start one up because we hear that is where @3floyds will be sending info about Golden Tickets for Dark Lord Day. (I suspect that we'll try to keep you posted as well.)

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

Thursday, February 18th at Imbibe in Fountain Square: Come drink with us for no reason whatsoever.

Tuesday, February 23rd at Rock Bottom Downtown Indianpolis: Brewer's Dinner - Call for Reservations.

Thursday, February 25th at R Bistro on Mass Ave in Indianapolis • Brewer's Dinner • 6:30 p.m. • 6 Course Dinner prepared with / paired with Sun King Beer

Friday, February 26th at New Albanian Public House in New Albany: Gravity Head begins! The most recent list is here.

Saturday, March 6th: KOTBR100 Bus Trip to New Albany - Tickets are available NOW!

March, Dates TBA - Craft Beer Breakfast

April 24th at Three Floyds Brewery in Munster - Dark Lord Release

What's Brewing

From Charles at Upland in Bloomington:

Upland Sours Release: We're releasing a very small quantity of lambics, along with a limited-release sour specialty, Dantalion Dark Wild Ale, through our Bloomington Tap Room in March. Reservations will begin in mid February. Visit http://www.uplandbeer.com to sign up for Upland's online newsletter to be the first to know when reservations open. A description of Dantalion can be found here.

Upland is teaming up with Capriole Farmstead, FARM Bloomington, and Wonderlab (Bloomington) to host Cheers! The Science of Beer and Cheese Saturday Feb. 13. We'll be pouring Wheat Ale, Dragonfly IPA, Bad Elmer's Porter, and Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA, and there will be several great cheese pairings to complement them. All proceeds benefit Wonderlab. visit Wonderlab's website for details.

At the Bar

From Nick at Naptown Restaurant and Wine Bar in Fountain Square:
We have Sunlight Cream Ale, Crab Apple Wit, and the Java Stout on draft from Sun King at Naptown Restaurant and Wine Bar this week.
From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse in various locations:
New Belgium Ranger IPA on tap at Scotty's Brewhouse North Side Indianapolis and Downtown Indianapolis this week.
From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
On tap we have Gaffel Kolsch, Elector Red IPA, Victory Hop Wallop, Bell's HopSlam, and Sun King Pale Ale. Our Thursdays with Tom has been a big hit and this week we are doing Three Floyds Beers.

Carry Out

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

Hair of the Dog - Adam(Oregon)
Hair of the Dog - Fred (Oregon)
Hair of the Dog - Ruth (Oregon)
Founders - Nemesis 2009 (Michigan)
Eel River - Acai Berry Wheat (California)
BrewDog - Rip Tide Stout (Scotland)
Southern Star - Bombshell Blonde (Texas)

From Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
Founders Nemesis
North Coast Brother Thelonious 4pk
North Coast Le Merle Saison
Schlafly Pilsner
Schlafly Grand Cru
Schlafly Quad
Schlafly Tripel
Stegmaier Porter
Stegmaier Amber Lager
Stegmaier Gold
Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout
Schneider Aventinus Eisbock
JK Scrumpy Organic Cider
From Corrie at Goose the Market in Indianapolis:
News from the cellar at Goose the Market...
Yes, the Goose still bleeds blue, but we love a good party as much as the next pony. So we've stocked the cellar with a few Crescent City craft brews to toast Mardi Gras: Abita Turbodog, Jockamo IPA, and Mardi Gras Boch plus Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager. Grab a six pack or mix and match from singles.
Does it send mixed messages to give your Valentine Bell's Two Hearted Ale? Stop by the Goose to get that one for yourself and grab a bottle of Etienne Dupont's Cidre Brouche Brut for your cheri. Nine different types of apples are hand-harvested and fermented with their skins for this sophisticated, delicious cider. With a cork like champagne, it's festive but not fussy and perfect for knights (OTBR?) in shining armour.
From Josh at United Package Liquors at County Line & Meridian in Indianapolis (Southside):
Some new items in stock:

Founders Nemesis (very limited quantity)
Bell's batch 9000 (very limited quantity)
Bell's Consecrator dopplebock
New Belgium Ranger IPA
Sam Adams Noble Pils
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine 2010
Sierra Nevada Glissade bock
Sierra Nevada Stout
Upland Komodo black IPA
Heavy seas Holy Sheet abbey ale
Boulevard Harvest dance wheatwine

From the Distributors:

From Krystle at World Class Beverages:
Congratulations to our sales team and newly Certified Cicerones, Matt Johnson, Matt Clapesattle, Andrew Maxson, and Jason Dow!

Keep your eyes peeled for a new product coming in from Harpoon soon, details to come soon but this is a 100 barrel series, and we are looking very forward to getting it in come March! Very limited quantities available, so make sure to stay tuned for more.

Just received Dark Horse Too Creamed Stout, Blueberry Stout, and Fore Smoked Stout… as always, find them near you on our website at www.worldclassbeverges.com Beer Spy!!!

If you went to Winterfest and had the opportunity to try the Vanilla Java Porter or Voodooator Dopplebock, we have limited quantities now available. If you missed out on getting to try the Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Stout and don’t want to buy a 6-pack until you’ve tried it, they are in the newest World Class Original Tasters for you.

If you know a craft lover and aren’t sure what to get them… variety packs are always a great way to go. Here are a few of our suppliers that you can easily find on our website’s Beer Spy to find their variety packs nearest to you: Abita, Boulevard, Flying Dog, Harpoon, Chimay, Saranac, Southhampton, Spaten, Unibroue.. and many more!

Cheer to all, and have a safe and Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
We have several special / seasonal beers in stock to keep you warm thru the end of winter:
We have a few incredible Double/Imperial IPA's, Boulder Mojo Risin' & Founders Double Trouble. You can find both on draft and in bottles throughout the state and good craft beer establishments. There is limited quantities of each. We also have had an extremely limited run of New Albanian Hoptimus on draft only in select locations that support NABC. Make sure to get your hop fix!!

Breckenridge Pandora's Bock is out in both bottles and on draft as well. Pandora's is a tasty, malty bock beer signifying the impending arrival of spring. We have already sold through most of this year's inventory, so get it while you still can!

Clipper City Holy Sheet Uber Abbey Ale is back, but in a new package!! Holy Sheet is the 9% Belgian style Abbey Ale, that used to be available during the late summer/early spring in 6pks only. It is now part of the "Mutiny Series" of Clipper City beers and comes in 22oz bottles. This is a much better package for a beer of its strength. Same fantastic liquid, just a new package.

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is back along with the rest of the North Coast line!! After a bit of a drought, we have your North Coast back in stock, fresh and ready to go!

Shmaltz Coney Island Human Blockhead is out for it's second tour. HB is a dopplebock style of beer, weighing in at 10% abv and tasting wonderful! Make sure to get some of this limited run while it's available!

Two Brothers Northwinds Imperial Stout is back in a very limited quantity. This Imperial Stout is drinking incredible this year, and is one of the best deals in a 6pk that you will find!! Northwinds is a must try every year!!

We also are proud to introduce a brand new 100% Organic brewery to the Indiana market:
Eel River Brewing Co. was the 1st USDA Certified Organic Brewery in the US!! They are among the greenest of breweries and are out of Fortuna, CA. Eel River has a wonderful everyday line of organic 6pk beers including an Acai Berry Wheat Ale, Amber Ale, Cali Gold Ale, IPA & Porter, all of which are very good. They also have 2 high gravity beers in 22oz bottles, the Raven Imperial Stout & Triple Exhultation Old Ale!! All of these beers are very good on their own merits and the fact that they are 100% organic is a plus. Eel River is making its way into good craft beer establishments now, so pick up some and try it soon, enjoy!

Make sure to get out and keep supporting good craft beer during these cold months and keep buying Winter beer too while there's still snow on the ground!!
Information about a Three Floyds/Half Acre Collaboration here.


  1. So...I have to share my Nemesis story. Was on the hunt for Nemesis all day today. I was all over the city looking for Nemesis. Got some at Kahns, Crown, and continued looking. Ended up at the UPL in Speedway because I was told at another location that they had a case. Walked in and had someone confirm that they did get a case. The man then grabbed two bottles and told me $9.99. He then followed up by saying that I would have to pick out another Founders product to buy on top of the 2 bottles.

    He then told me that it was $9.99 a bottle!!!

    I was shocked. The cheapest I could have made it out with the Nemesis would have been $30. All I wanted was two bottles and to call it a night. Needless to say I am going to have a hard time giving UPL, at least that location, any more of my business.


  2. That is a terrible story. I got mine at a UPL on the southside from Josh. He is a good man and thorough.

    I didn't have to buy anything else either.

  3. My experience at UPL in Speedway was completely different. I shelled out $25 for an entire 4-pack, no other purchase required. That was today, lucky me.

  4. I believe that it happened because I posted up on here and BA. I went in the next day to get the managers name so that could make UPL corporate aware of what the store was doing. It was then that I saw they had lowered the price and got rid of the other purchase requirement. Still didn't buy any.