12 March 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The Craft Beer Meal Before Lunch Tickets are on Sale Edition

There is a lot of good information in the Roundup this week. If you aren't seeing your favorite craft beer place listed, let em know that you'd like to see them in the Roundup.

We had a fantastic time last weekend at the New Albanian Brewing Co. We thank everyone who came along with us and we sincerely hope you had fun. If you weren't able to make it, our next event will be at Brugge Brasserie on March 27th. Last years' event was pretty damned spectacular, and I think this one is shaping up nicely. We hope to see you there.

Have a super weekend and a great St. Patrick's Day next week!

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, March 16th at 6pm at Alcatraz Brewery - Tapping of Irish American Red

Saturday, March 20th at the Ram Brewery, Northside: Bourbon Barrel Series Tapping (6 Bourbon Barrel aged beers)

Monday, March 22nd at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville: "Indiana Brews!" beer tasting (More info below)

Wednesday, March 24th @ 6:30 p.m. at Siam Square in Fountain Square: Sun King Beer Dinner - SOLD OUT

Friday, March 26th at Upland's Banquet Hall - Infinite Wisdom Tripel release and weekend events (More information below).

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

Saturday, March 27th at the Ram Brewery, Downtown: Bourbon Barrel Series Tapping (6 Bourbon Barrel aged beers)

Tuesday, March 30th @ 6:30 p.m. at Binkley's Beer Dinner in Broad Ripple: Sun King Beer Dinner

Wednesday, March 31st @ 6:30 p.m. at The Chatham Tap: Sun King Extravaganza

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

More events can be found on the Indiana Beer Calendar

What's Brewing

From Skip at Alcatraz Brewing in Downtown Indianapolis:
I wanted to let you know about a tapping we are having at The Alcatraz on March 16th at 6pm. We will be tapping sort of a hybrid beer....an Irish American Red made with Galena and Crystal hops. This beer has an IBU rating of 40 and is perfect for the St. Patty's Day celebration.

Also, as a reminder, on Friday's Alcatraz has $3 pints all day.

From John at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
Last week we shipped 5 kegs of Solidarity Baltic Porter to Cavalier Distributing.

Traditionally, we only release this beer once a year and while we are debating brewing it more frequently, this is it for now.

Here's where it's going (1 keg to each location):

Gerst Haus, Evansville
Heorot, Muncie
Scotty's, Downtown Indianapolis
Brugge Brasserie, Broad Ripple, Indianapolis
Barley Island, Broad Ripple, Indianapolis

Solidarity Baltic Porter

"Solidarity or Death"
In the 1980’s, the Solidarity trade union movement in Poland sought and achieved an end to the official Communist Party’s hegemony over the workers’ movement. We tip our hats to the activists with Solidarity, a robust reminder of Baltic foresight in activism and strong beer.

Malts: Simpson Golden Promise, Special Pale, Simpson Aromatic, CaraPils, Simpson Dark Crystal, Simpson Chocolate, Simpson Black

Hops: German Perle, two additions (one at each end of the boil)
Yeast: Garage Brewery Frisco Lager
Color: 26 degree SRM (or, almost black)
ABV: 8.5%
IBU: 18

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
On tap at LBC this weekend:

Ouiatenon Wit Bier
Prophet's Rock Pale Ale
East Side Bitter
Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale
Tippecanoe Common Ale
Black Angus Oatmeal Stout and
Marley's VSOP

For St. Patty's Day, LBC will release our annual batch of Digby's Irish Stout. This classic dry stout is available only in a cask-conditioned version and is served in a collectible pint glass. Buy the glass filled for only $5 and refills are only $3.50! We'll also be offering traditional Irish themed food specials all day, including: Corned Beef & Cabbage and Beef & Barley Soup. Things will kick up a notch in the evening as we welcome roving bagpipers in the restaurant, and then present our annual St. Patrick's Day benefit show hosted by The Bailout Revival. Proceeds from the show benefit the United Way of Tippecanoe County.

Remember to celebrate St. Patty's Day responsibly: Just Say "NO" to Green Beer!
From Clayton at Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis:
Things here at Sun King are progressing at our standard pace, which is full speed ahead! Our canning line has been installed and we waiting on delivery of printed cans, as well as our four new fermenters, so that we can roll out Sunlight Cream Ale and Osiris Pale Ale in 16 oz. CANS! The artwork is in the final stages at Ball and somewhere in the next two weeks I get to drive to Monticello, IN to see the first cans come off the line and give approval for them to run the full lot, which is 75,000 cans of each style. I'll keep you posted as to our progress and the actual date that folks can expect to see Sun King Cans in Bars, Restaurants and Package Stores...

We have a ton of new beers coming out in anticipation of Spring! Our St. Patrick's Day Beer, Ring of Dingle: Irish Dry Stout is already flowing at various places around town, www.sunkingbrewing.com/On_Tap.html has all the details of what's On Tap and where. Orange Blossom Special, an unfiltered wheat beer that is heavily hopped with Summit and Cascades, will be available in the Tasting Room this week. Dominator Dopplebock will be available in the next week or so and our latest in our continually rotating series of big, hoppy IPA/IIPAs will be out in about three weeks. We are trying to work on a Mai Bock and will continue to pump out fresh new flavors for the people of Indianapolis (and beyond) to enjoy...

We also have some great events planned for the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages, www.sunkingbrewing.com and of course The Random Beer Round Up for up to date info.

Siam Square Beer Dinner - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 24th @ 6:30 p.m.
4 Courses of delicious Thai Cuisine, each paired with Sun King Beer
$35 per person
info@siamsquare.com for reservations and/or more details

Binkley's Beer Dinner
Tuesday, March 30th @ 6:30 p.m.
5 Courses designed by Binkley's Chef, Aaron Cook, each paired with Sun King Beer
$40 per person
317-722-8888 for reservations and/or more details

Sun King Extravaganza at The Chatham Tap
Wednesday, March 31st @ 6:30 p.m.
12 Sun King Beers On Tap at Once
New Beers and Old Favorites from our Private Stash!

From Jon at Powerhouse in Columbus:
We will have live music from Rick Malito on St. Patrick's Day.

From Billy at Broad Ripple Brewpub in Indianapolis:
As part of our on going 20th year celebration leading up to our birthday bash on November 14th, we're inviting people to go to our website, Broadripplebrewpub.com, and vote for beers we've had on in the past that they would like to see back again. We'll be tapping the top six vote getters, one a month, starting in May.

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 with Dantalion and Double Dragonfly). The exhibition starts at 7pm, and there is no charge for entry. Prints will be available for purchase.

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'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.

From Dan at The Ram Brewery, locations Downtown and Northside:
Just letting you know RAM in Fishers will be tapping six barrel aged beers on Saturday March 20th from 12:00 to 4:30 including:

Woodford Reserve Barrel
Buttface Amber Ale
Total Disorder Porter
Scottish Ale
Irish Stout

Jack Daniels Barrel
Breakfast Stout

Jameson Irish Whiskey Barrel
Irish Red Ale

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel
Cream Ale

If you cant make it to Fishers on the 20th they'll be throwing the same party at the Downtown RAM on Saturday March 27th from 12:00 to 4:30.

At the Bar

From Nick at Naptown Restaurant and Wine Bar in Fountain Square:
Right now we have Cream Dream 2; Electric Boogaloo, Sunlight Cream Ale, and Poff the Magic Dragon; Red Rye IPA on draft at Naptown Restaurant and Wine bar.

From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
Monday March 22 at 6:30 PM

Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville invites you to our annual "Indiana Brews!" beer tasting. The buffet dinner includes three appetizers, two entrees, and dessert, with 12 beers to sample, featuring Indiana microbreweries. $35 per person, includes tax and tip, advance reservations required. Don't miss this fun evening of great food and great beers! Call 733-8755 for more info.
From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse (various locations):
People's German Pilsner is on at Scotty's Brewhouse North Side!
Sun King Wee Mac and Upland Wheat are now available at Scotty's Brewhouse Muncie!

From Robert at Pizzology in Carmel:
Pizzology Beer list for this week

Left Hand Polestar Pilsner
Original Sin Hard Apple Cider
Great Divide Hades
Michigan City Celis White
Three Floyds Gumball Head
Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat
Warbird Thunderbolt Wheat
Mad Anthony Auburn Lager
Stone Pale
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Great Divide Hibernation
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
Founders Centennial IPA
Three Floyds Alpha King
He'Brew Messiah Bold
Left Hand Milk Stout
Bison Chocolate Stout

Brugge Triple
Sun King Irish Dry Stout (Wee Mac as back up)
Upland Wheat (Preservation Pilsner as back up)
Founders Red Rye (Breckenridge Avalanche Ale as back up)

Carry Out

From Corrie at Goose the Market in Indianapolis:
New at Goose the Market...
There once was a drinker so weak
On St. Paddy's green beer she would seek
Now her friends tell her
"Go to the Goose cellar!"
She's becoming a proud Hoosier beer geek.

A little Irish ditty to go along with some Irish-inspired ales from Indiana and abroad now at the Goose.

Rogue Kell's Irish Lager
: smooth until the crisp, tart finish
Upland Ard Ri: big imperial style of subtle sweetness & heavy hops
Three Floyds Brian Boru: rich red ale with toffee and citrus
From Anita at Great Fermentations in Broad Ripple:
Learn to homebrew at Great Fermentations of Indiana on Sunday, March 14th at 1 PM. Sign up online at www.greatfermentations.com

Let us help you make great fermentations!

5127 East 65th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220



Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 11-7 PM
Saturday 10-6 PM
Sunday 12-3:59 (and not a minute later)

From William at the Crown Liquors store downtown:
New this week at Crown Wine and Spirits- Ohio and Delaware - Downtown Indy

Rubus Lamponi
Dolii Raptor
Bran Reserva
Podge Burgundy Cask
T’Smisje Grand Reserva
T’Smisje Great Reserva(Cognac Cask)
BFM Bon Chien Vin Jaune
BFM Cuvee Du 7eme
iQhilika Fig Mead and Coffee Mead
Hofstetten Austrian Barleywine
Speciaal Endejaar
De Dolle Stille Nacht
Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss
Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti
Great Divide Colette
Clipper City Heavy Seas Siren Noire Chocolate Stout
Left Hand 400lb. Monkey
Boulevard Smokestack Series Dark Truth Stout and Rye-on-Rye
Boulevard 6ers- Boss Tom's Golden Bock, Unfiltered Wheat, Pale Ale,
and Single-Wide IPA

Friday's tasting (3pm-7pm) will feature an assortment of these Boulevard Beers!

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Here is the latest from Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Hofbrau - Maibock (Germany)
Boulevard - Dark Truth Stout (Missouri)
Boulevard - Rye on Rye (Missouri)
Rogue - John John Ale (Oregon)
Crispin - The Saint Cider (Minnesota)
Crispin - Honey Crisp Cider (Minnesota)
Left Hand - 400 Pound Monkey IPA (Colorado)
Clipper City - Heavy Seas Siren Noir (Maryland)

From the Distributors:

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
As always, we have a ton of exciting beer news to report:

Thirsty Dog Cerberus Belgian Style Trippel (4pk bottles)
Cerberus is a brand new beer from Thirsty Dog, making it's first appearance in Indiana this week! This beer is made with one grain and 4 Belgian yeasts, a deceptive golden color, and a malty palate lend complexity to this Belgian Trippel Ale. Cerberus just became available today and will make its way to store shelves and bars by next week.
ABV = 10%, IBU's = 31, OG = 23.1 P

Scaldis Blond Triple (750 ML Bottles)
The Triple is the most recent addition to the Scaldis line here in the states. At a diminutive 10.5% abv (at least by Scaldis standards) Scaldis Blonde is a Triple golden ale with Scaldis’ signature finesse and balance. It has an elegant dry character, and orchard fruit aromas of peach and orange. Refermented in the bottle, Scaldis Blonde Triple has a champagnelike sparkle. Suitable for cellaring. A very limited amount hit the state on the first load, so try to get some while you can.

New Albanian Brewing Co.
Solidarity Baltic Porter (Draft Only) Just a few kegs of this rare, special treat from NABC made it into the state over the last week. If you're lucky, you may find some on draft in a bar that is a hardcore supporter of NABC. Solidarity is a Baltic Porter weighing in at 8.5% abv. In the 1980’s, the Solidarity trade union movement in Poland sought and achieved an end to the official Communist Party’s hegemony over the workers’ movement. We tip our hats to the activists with Solidarity, a robust reminder of Baltic foresight in activism and strong beer.

New Day Meadery
We are very proud to be representing New Day Meadery from Elwood, IN! New Day is the first and only meadery in the state!! They specialize in production of honey-based wines, ranging from completely dry to dessert-style sweet wines. They are family owned & operated and use all locally produced fruit & honey in their production! You will be able to start finding New Day Wines in select locations starting this week.

We have a wide variety of their meads & ciders now available including: Dry Mead, Dry Hard Cider, Dry Peach Honey Wine, Dry Blueberry Honey Wine, Dry Red Raspberry Honey Wine, Semi-Dry Mead, Semi-Sweet Plum Honey Wine & Semi-Sweet Black Raspberry Honey Wine.

Founders KBS is officially released next week! Starting next week, you will be able to find KBS in loyal Founders establishments. As always, this is a rare, special treat meant only for the worthy Founders supporters throughout the year. Please, if you don't drink Founders the rest of the year, leave this beer to those worthy Founders lovers who really support the brewery. Also, please don't be that guy/gal and try to buy everything the store has...spread the love, beer is meant to be shared. KBS is a big Thank You to all of you loyal Founders supporters and the loyal establishments that support the brewery throughout the year. Enjoy!!

From the Internets:
From Twitter:

PeoplesBrew If your looking for growlers, we got'em... But we're refinishing the floors in the tasting room, so you'll have to... http://bit.ly/d47tku

newalbanian Bank Street's one year anniversary is Saturday, March 13. That year has taken five years off my life.

worldclass Are there too many beers in Indiana? Some brewers think so. http://ow.ly/1hdsh

uplandindy There will be a few Upland Lambics at this shindig. RT@hoosierbeergeek: HBG Meal That Comes Before Lunch tickets on sale: http://ow.ly/1h1TV

SunKingBrewing Great video about CRAFT BEER IN CANS from INC. Magazine: www.inc.com/ss/canned-beer-renaissance http://bit.ly/brUy1p

SunKingBrewing Just dropped off Samples of Sunlight & Osiris for the @IndyIndians • Keep your fingers crossed for Sun King @... http://bit.ly/b4Kxnd

BankStBrewhouse First hop addition is in the Elector. Smells of rich malt and flowers in here. It does make Democracy pointless.

LafBrew The Speaker of the House has officially signed off on SB 75- on to Mitch! Sunday carry-out for Indiana's craft brewers begins July 4!

brbrewpub Don't forget to vote for your favorite Brewpub beer from the past - www.broadripplebrewpub.com

shallos Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA ON TAP!!

shallos New on tap: Upland Black IPA, Bells Best Brown. New Bottles: Left Hand Haystack, 400 lb Monkey

brbrewpub Just in time for Paddy's Day Fineen's Auld Sod Stout, an Irish style dry stout has just gone on the handpull.

mattworldclass Welcome to IN @Boulevard_Beer 6 packs of Unfiltered Wheat, Single Wide IPA, Pale Ale, and Boss Tom Mai Bock!

SunKingBrewing Brewing a HOPPY West Coast IPA/California Common TODAY! Torn between naming it California Steamin' or Westy (after... http://bit.ly/agRPU2

uplandindy As I'm nearing 1000 followers, it's time for a contest. #1000 gets a formal tasting and swag for yourself and four of your friends!

mattworldclass Bell's Double Cream Stout on tap @ Ale Emporium!

newalbanian Hopefully 118 days until Sunday craft growler sales in Indiana. First legal Sunday? July 4. Dig it.

OakenBarrel The Brewers: Andrew, Beer Jesus, and Mark. Beer Jesus likes Indian Food...not! http://tiny.cc/q5gm2

barleyisland Remember Count Hopula Imperial IPA? Brewmaster Mike Hess has an 8 bbl batch in the fermenter in Noblesville! 23... http://bit.ly/d9WqT6

barleyisland Time for lunch and a brew from Barley Island! We still have Muscles from Brussels on tap -- should last another week or so...

newalbanian After their visit to Bank Street, the HBG bus travels to Grant Line for Gravity dosages and Newtonian hijinks.

newalbanian Normal hours at Grant Line ... Bank Street opens at 4:30 today 'cuz we're hosting the Hoosier Beer Geek bus tour before that.