05 March 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The Bus to Gravity Head Edition

Happy Friday! I'm looking so forward to this weekend that I can hardly speak...so I won't.

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

Saturday, March 6th: KOTBR100 Bus Trip to New Albany

Sunday, March 7th at 9 Irish Brothers St. Rd. 38 East in Lafayette from 2-5pm: World Beer Tasting Event - $40 per ticket (limit 50). More details below.

Saturday, March 27th - Hoosier Beer Geek's Craft Beer Meal Before Lunch at Brugge Brasserie. Tickets on sale very soon.

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

What's Brewing

From Roger at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
I was going to give you a Gravity Head update, but I've fallen and I can't get up. Damned curious for a Newtonian fest.
From Andrew at Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. in Greenwood:
Nitro Stout and Java Stout on now! For those keeping their eyes on the horizon, we have a Scottish 80/- coming on next and a California Common in the fermenter. Tasty brews at OBBC!
From Jon at Powerhouse in Columbus:
Power House has 1436 Dark Wheat on tap and we'll have Two Dave's IPA on soon. We will have live music from Rick Malito on St. Patrick's Day.

From Billy at Broad Ripple Brewpub in Indianapolis:
$3 pints on Mondays. Look for more events in the coming months culminating in our Birthday Bash on the big day.

From Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:
Upland Brewing Co. is proud to present Infinite Wisdom Weekend. To celebrate the release of our Infinite Wisdom Tripel, we are hosting an art show at our Bloomington Banquet Hall on March 26th, featuring the works of Norton Wisdom. Norton is a world renowned artist, good friend of the brewery, and the creator of our Infinite Wisdom Tripel label art (along withDantalion and Double Dragonfly). The exhibition starts at 7pm, and there is no charge for entry. Prints will be available for purchase.

Infinite Wisdom Weekend continues at Jake's Nightclub in Bloomington the following night, Sat. Mar. 27th. Wisdom paints all his work to music, and beginning at 7pm, he'll be working to the sounds of Zion Crossroads and Chicago's premier progressive bluegrass band, Cornmeal. Tickets for the concert are $10 in advance and $12 day of. They will soon be available online at uplandbeer.com, and at Upland's Bloomington Tap Room, Indy Tasting Room, and Jake's Nightclub.

We want to thank everyone for their interest and excitement about our upcoming sours release. Online reservations for these very limited-release beers went fast - way faster than we ever imagined, actually. We're sorry that everyone wasn't able to make it on the list. Had we known how fast the reservations would go, we would have done a few things differently, but ultimately there just aren't enough sours in this release to go around. But, we plan on making a much larger release late this summer or early in the fall, so all hope is not lost!

Upland will be pouring beer at Wine to Water in Greenfield on Saturday, March 6th, in support of developing clean water sources in Africa. Check out Wine to Water's Facebook page.

We're sponsoring a concert at Booney's in Avon on St. Patty's Day. Helios Pale Ale will be on special to help everyone into the holiday spirit.

At the Bar

From Nick at Naptown Restaurant and Wine Bar in Fountain Square:
Naptown has the Cream Dream 2: the Electric Boogaloo, Red Rye PA, and the Sunlight Cream Ale on draft this week. Plus on Thursday we're selling pints for $3.00 and HALF PRICE SANDWICHES, we will also have DJ Dicky Fox there spinning that night. So hope to see you guys soon!!
Carry Out

From Corrie at Goose the Market in Indianapolis:
New in the cellar at Goose the Market...
As we emerge from the cave of Hoosier February, a little Saison de Lente from The Bruery will help our pupils adjust to all this sunshine. The light spice and a touch of refreshing hoppiness bring the light to this golden farmhouse ale.

Stone's latest batch of Old Guardian Barley Wine is new to the cellar, but for the lucky few, a stash of last year's vintage is up for grabs.

Two Brothers' latest Bare Tree Weiss Wine is a strong wheat ale that's layered with complexity now but suitable for aging, too (just like me).

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Fantome - Hiver (Belgium)

From Josh at the United Package Liquor Store at County Line & Meridian (Southside Indianapolis):
New beers in stock-

Three Floyds Behemoth barleywine
Three Floyds Dreadnaught
Rogue RIS 7oz
Rogue John John (Dead Guy aged in Dead Guy whiskey barrels)
Stone Old Guardian 2010 (still have a few '09!)
Upland Ard Ri
New Belgium Mighty Arrow
Boulder Mojo Risin'
Dogfish Head Aprihop

Beer on sale-

All Goose Island 6 packs $6.98

From the Distributors:

Man O Man a lot of beer arrived at the Cavalier IN warehouse this week!
Stone Brewing Co.:
2010 Release of Old Guardian Barley Wine - 11.1% this year - This is a hefty beer with copious amounts of barley, and boat loads of bittering and aroma hops. If you decide to enjoy this fresh, you will find this beer to be over the top in every way, and will be the only beer your mouth will taste during your beer session. Like-a-fine-a-wine, this beer gets better with age.

Two Brothers:
Two Brothers Monarch Wit is their anniversary ale brewed with unmalted wheat and a touch of oats for a light body and crisp, refreshing finish. It is then spiced with coriander and orange peel giving this Belgian-style White Beer it's traditional citrus aroma and flavor.

Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss 2009 Vintage bottled 375ml champagne splits with a cork finish again this year, it is a beautiful package. Also, the smaller size bottle will make it easier to drink the whole thing, since the alcohol is around 11.5%. “With in every bare tree lives the promise of a new life”

Clipper City:
Clipper City has a new website. Take a peek!
Clipper City Latest Release from the Mutiny Series - Siren Noire Imperial Chocoulate Stout. Approx. 8% ABV An English style imperial stout, fermented and flavored with imported Belgian chocolate nibs. Smooth and easy drinking. Named for the Sirens who lured seafarers off course and ultimately to their demise. The all new Clipper Fleet is in stock which features award winning classic beer styles focused on quality and drinkablilty. The Clipper Fleet beers are all under 6%.
Classic Lager - Approx 5% ABV Pale in color and brewed with 100% malt and German noble hops making it well structured and refreshing. Perfect with Maryland steamed crabs and shrimp.
Gold Ale - Approx 4.5% ABV Deep gold in color with floral and spicy hop aromas. Brewed with pale, carmel, and Munich malts balanced with Cascade, Centennial and Hersbrucker hops. Well rounded, fruity and complex. Pairs well with salads, mild cheeses and pulled pork BBQ.
Marzen - (formerly packaged as MarzHon as a fall seasonal) Now available year round - Amber in color with a rich, toasty malt flavor with a slightly sweet finish. Pairs well will sausage, pizza and pit beef. GABF Medal winner 4 consecutive years since 2006 as Clipper City MärzHon.
Pale Ale - Approx. 4.75% ABV Amber in color with a nice earthy hop aroma. Distinctly British in character with a firm malt character and a crisp, angular hop finish. Pairs well with burgers, chili and spicy foods. Also look for a summer Ale out later this year!
Great Divide:
Hoss Rye Lager 2009 - GABF Bronze (now a year round beer) - Based on the Marzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer. 6.2% ABV
Claymore Scotch Ale - (now a year round beer) - Named for a medieval Scottish sword, Claymore Scotch Ale is our tribute to the legendary “Wee Heavy” beers of Scotland. This malty, deep-ruby beauty features lots of caramel sweetness, a reserved hop profile, and a subtle warming character. Unlike its namesake, this beer only requires one hand, but it’ll still make you feel like nobility. 7.7% ABV
Colette - (spring Seasonal) - is our homage to the beers that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Colette is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats - a beer as refreshing as it is complex. 7.3% ABV
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti - (special limited release ) - is a new addition to the Yeti clan. A generous infusion of espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast. 9.5% ABV
Boulder Beer:
Flashback Ale - (now a year round beer) An India Brown Ale. Citrusy with a prominent hop aroma, finishes clean, crisp and dry with dark roasted flavors from the biscuit and chocolate malts perfectly complementing the bountiful cascades. Grains: Belgian biscuit malt, Chocolate malt, pale malt, Gambrinus honey malt. Hops: Five additions of cascade hops
Left Hand:
400 Pound Monkey - “The name comes from our VP of Brewing Ops, Joe Schiraldi, getting frustrated with poor brewing techniques one day,” says VP of Operations, Chris Lennert. “He got roiled up and said ‘any monkey can throw 400 pounds of hops in a kettle!’ We thought it was a good name for our English-style IPA, having a bit of fun along the way.” The main hop used in the beer, Boadicea, is a new hop variety that is allegedly the only one in the world that is resistant to aphids, those pesky little mites that wreak havoc on hop crops.
Good Juju – (now in 6 packs as a spring & summer seasonal) "A little Juju voodoo - fresh ginger kisses the lithe body, copulating with the hop in this pale ale ancestor. Emancipate yourself from the dead of winter, none but the vernal equinox can free the light. A refreshing frivolity. Hey mon. Shuccha fwangaa! Better a witch doctor than a trouble maker. Quit yor' bitchin' an' get to witchin'." Good Juju is available through July.
That is all for now. Needless to say it has been a traffic jam on our loading dock this week.
From Ryan:
World Beer Tasting Event
Sunday, March 7, 2010
All proceeds benefit the Blue Knight Auction!

Join Master Brewer and Nationally Certified Beer Judge John Blichmann & Doug Granlund for a World Beer Tasting Tour at 9 Irish Brothers St. Rd. 38 East

2 - 5pm
$40 per ticket (limit 50)

Sample 12 of the world's classic beers plus a Doug & John homebrew!
Learn how to pair food & beer
Enjoy a 4 course lunch
Receive a commemorative hand etched glass by Doug Granlund

Call Chris Goellner at 474-7500 for more information or mail your $40 to purchase your ticket by 3/1/10 to: Lafayette Catholic School Development Office at 2410 South 9th Street Lafayette, Indiana 47909

Don't forget to designate a driver!
From the Internets:

From Twitter:

shallos Tomorrow night @ 6:00 we are tapping Great Divide's Yeti: oak aged imperial espresso stout .. Don't miss out it won't last long.

PeoplesBrew FREE T-Shirt Giveaway contest on FRIDAY, March 5th! Details & Hints forthcoming!! Check back in the Morning...maybe... http://bit.ly/b6xM7n

BruggeBrasserie Artemis 2 IPA on @ 4. Bad Kitty making an encore as well!

barleyisland Avail at Broad Ripple: $5 tix to NUVO's 20th Anniversary party at Talbott Street w/ Rev. Peyton's BDB, Leisure Kings, A2'd, & More!

barleyisland Now on tap in Noblesville: wheat, pale, brown, IPA, oatmeal stout, java stout, and the belgian wit. We also have... http://bit.ly/bhQz4h


  1. I would also submit that this weekend a mere 2 hours drive to the east for many of us is Bockfest 2010. Heading there tomorrow myself. If it is as good as last year, it will be a great time. http://www.bockfest.hamptonarchitects.com/bockfest_main.htm

  2. I like the steadily growing aggregation of Twitter updates in the Roundup.

  3. Generik - Thanks for the bockfest update. Someday we'll make it out there.