05 February 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The I Know What We Should Do Today Edition

We hope your weekend was enjoyable whether you went to Winterfest or not. We learned a lot from the event and we're looking forward to summer.

Anyway, will you be watching the game on Sunday? What beverages will accompany you? Something good for the end, I hope! Enjoy your 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, February 9th at Upland Tasting Room - Girls Pint Out Event featuring Upland beer

Wednesday, February 10th from 11-Noon in the Indiana Author's Room of the State Library (315 W. Ohio St.): Learn about the Indianapolis Brewing Company, Indianapolis's oldest brewery, and its impact on local businesses and the city, including the sponsorship of a Negro League baseball team.

Thursday, February 11 at Fireside Brewhouse in Greenwood: Sun King Tapping Party • 7:30 p.m. • Osiris Pale Ale & Sunlight Cream Ale featuring a firkin of Dry-Hopped Osiris

Thursday, February 11 at Naptown Restaurant & Wine Bar in Fountain Square: Beer Tasting w/ Dave • 7:30 p.m. • Sample 6 different Sun King beers

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 Dan at Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora:

We have a new draft account in Lawrenceburg at Bourbons - 1 E. High Street. They have our Mild Ale on tap and will be adding others in time.

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing in Lafayette:
LBC Owner/Brewmaster Greg Emig will be at Barley Island Broad Ripple on Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm to participate in BI's guest brewery program. Emig will be on hand as Barley Island taps 3 different LBC brews: Tippecanoe Common Ale, Black Angus Oatmeal Stout and Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale.

We are also in discussions to release our bottled Tippecanoe Common Ale and Black Angus Oatmeal Stout at another prestigious Indy-area liquor store earlier that day. Stay tuned for details. Catch the latest news by following us on Twitter or becoming our friend on Facebook.

On tap at LBC this weekend: Ouiatenon Wit Bier; Prophet's Rock Pale Ale; East Side Bitter; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Eighty-Five; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout; andWeeping Hog IPA.

From Clayton at Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis:
Thursday, 2/11/10 • Fireside Brewhouse Tapping Party • 7:30 p.m. • Osiris Pale Ale & Sunlight Cream Ale featuring a firkin of Dry-Hopped Osiris

Thursday, 2/11/10 • Beer Tasting w/ Dave • 7:30 p.m. • Naptown Restaurant & Wine Bar (Formerly Deano's Vino) • Sample 6 different Sun King beers

Thursday, 2/25/10 • Brewer's Dinner • 6:30 p.m. • R bistro • 6 Course Dinner prepared with / paired with Sun King Beer

L' Espresso Robusto is now available in the Tasting Room and at Chatham Tap. It is Sun King's version of the Indiana Winter Replicale which is a Coffee Infused Oatmeal Stout. Naptown Brown India Brown Ale is available as of 2/05/10 in the Tasting Room and at Spencer's Stadium Tavern. It is an American Brown Ale that is aggressively hopped like and IPA and is malty, hoppy, delicious goodness! We brewed Naptown Brown in honor of our partnership with the Naptown Roller Girls, so it is appropriately sweet but bitter.

Upcoming beers include Imperial Cream Dream II: Electric Boogaloo, a 9%, 90+ IBU Imperial IPA made with Simcoe and Citra Hops. Poff the Magic Dragon, which is a Red Rye IPA named after Mark Poffenberger, who started by volunteering his time last summer while we were building out the brewery and became our first full time employee late last year. Dave and I created the grain bill and Mark chose the hops. We also have Meditator Dopplebock in the Pink Pig lagering away for release whenever we deem it ready...

Aside from actual beers, we are excited about the arrival of our Canning Line from Cask Brewing Systems which is slated to show up on February 15th. It will take us a week or so to uncrate, set up, wire, plumb and get it all ready, so we plan to begin canning before the end of the month. We won't be able to release our cans until after we receive our printed cans, but we will keep you posted as to the actual release date of Sun King in CANS...
At the Bar

From Nick at Naptown Restaurant and Wine Bar in Fountain Square:
We have the last keg of Sun King Crab Apple Wit on draft as well as the Cream ale and the pale ale.

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse in various locations:
Scotty's Lakehouse in Geist area opening on March 1st with 90% of beers on tap and in bottle are Indiana Only!

Carry Out

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Boulevard - Collaboration #1 (Missouri)
Coney Island - Human Blockhead (California)
North Coast - Old Rasputin XII Imperial Stout (California)
North Coast - Brother Thelonious (California)
Dansk Mjod - Gl. Dansk Mjød(Denmark)
Southern Tier - Choklat (New York)
Southern Tier - IPA (New York)
Southern Tier - Phin & Matts Extraordinary Ale (New York)

From Patrick at Crown Liquors in Indianapolis:
New beers this week:

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout 750 ml
Magic Hat Vinyl Lager Spring Seasonal 6 pk.
Brooklyn/Schneider Hopppen-Weisse 750 ml.
NBB Ranger IPA 22 oz.
Hair of the dog Fred, Adam, and Ruth 12 oz.
Clipper City Holy Sheet 22 oz.
North Coast PranQster, Brother Thelonious, and Old Rasputin 4 pk.
Goliath Tripel 750 ml
Cantillon Kriek 750 ml
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine and new to the state Stout 6 pk.
Boulevard/Orval Collaboration #1 Imperial Pilsner 750ml
Rogue Russian Imperial Stout 7 oz

These will be in stock as of today at the Downtown location (Ohio & Deleware) and may be at other Crown locations.

As always, we will host a beer tasting this Friday, Febuary 5th.

Thanks for the great turnout at the Winterfest! Sorry if you missed it, it was a great success!

From Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
Lots of new beers/returns of old favorites lately!
Upland Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA
Anchor Steam Bock
Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock
New Belgium Mighty Arrow Pale Ale
Abita Mardi Gras Bock

Schlafly Pilsner

Schlafly Winter ESB

Schlafly Grand Cru
Schlafly Quadrupel

Schlafly Triple

Rogue John John -
Dead Guy Ale in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels
New Belgium Ranger IPA

Clipper City Heavy Seas Holy Sheet Uber Abbey
Bells Expedition Stout
Harpoon UFO Pale Ale

Magic Hat Spring Lager

Sam Adams Noble Pils

3 Floyd's Admiral Nelson Strong Bitter

Froach Heather Ale
Wittekerke Belgian Wit

Monk's Cafe Sour Ale

Stawski Polish beer
Unibroue Sampler
All of these can be found at our downtown Bloomington Big Store at 418 N. College Ave. And as always, don't forget about our free beer tastings every Thursday from 6-8pm

From Corrie at Goose the Market in Indianapolis:

News from the cellar at Goose the Market...

Of course, the Goose is true blue (Go Colts!) but we've got a little red theme going in the cellar these days...

Kasteel Rouge: Okay, the beer has its own facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kasteel-rouge/60517416736?v=info), but sour cherries frame this brown ale with classic Belgian sophistication.
Dogfish Head Red & White: A Belgian wit fermented with pinot noir juice brings citrus at the first sip and a tart, pleasantly chewy finish. Yeah, I was sceptical, too, but it works...really interesting and delicious.
Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Ale: Woodsy (is that a word-sy?) aromas blend with sugared citrus and balancing bitter hops for a refreshing but hardly boring sip.

Then there are the other colors of the rainbow...

The folks at Etienne Dupont harvested the fruit by hand for this classy cider that's rich and tart with just a touch of those earthy, mushroom flavors. It's unfiltered, unpasteurised, and oh so French. Vive la cidre!
North Coast Brewing Company looked to the far shore for inspiration on Le Merle, a rustic Flemish-style pale ale with lots of fruit up front and a dry, peppery finish.
Breckenridge 471 ESB: From their limited small batch series, this big Scottish Ale warms us up and kicks back just enough.

From the Distributors:

From Krystle at World Class Beverages:

Hair of the Dog Adam, Fred, and Ruth are in!

We’d also like to welcome Crispin Cider aboard.. we now distribute their Light, Honey Crisp, Original, and Brut case beer. Draft beer to come soon.

Bell’s Dopplebock Consecrator and Batch 9000 is on it’s way. The Batch 9000 is warming with dark rum and dried fruit to help celebrate yet another milestone in Bell’s history, offering a wealth of flavor in its Double American Stout body. This is a unique, one-time only recipe and well suited for vintage aging. Keep an eye out for these limited releases that are coming out soon!

Check http://www.worldclassbeverages.com/ Beer Spy for more information or where to find your favorite beer that we distribute nearest to you.


  1. It doesn't look like it made it, but there is a presentation on the Indianapolis Brewing Company at the State Library, just northwest of the state capitol building next Wednesday. Here is the info:

    Indianapolis Brewing Company
    Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-noon
    Indiana Author's Room
    Learn about the Indianapolis Brewing Company, Indianapolis's oldest brewery, and its impact on local businesses and the city, including the sponsorship of a Negro League baseball team.

  2. Sorry about that. It's up now.