26 March 2010

Random Beer Roundup - Spend the Morning Drinking Edition

How's it going today? I am looking forward to a little KBS tonight at Shallo's and of course, the spectacularly awesome Craft Beer Meal Before Lunch tomorrow morning at Brugge. We hope you were able to get your tickets because there won't be any at the door. Besides, where else will you get to try 2 bacon beers? Nowhere. Probably.

Sun King is getting their cans delivered TODAY! They are beautifully done and we can't wait to see them around town.

Best of luck to those taking the BJCP exam tomorrow.

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

Friday, March 26th at Shallo's - KBS tapping about 5 pm.

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 (presale only, no day-of tickets).

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

Friday, April 9th at McCormick & Schmick's (110 N. Illinois St., 631-9500): Beer dinner featuring Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. (50 Airport Pkwy., Greenwood, 887-2287). Five courses include beer & cheddar soup, stuffed quail, and braised pork, all paired with Oaken Barrel beers. $40. Call 631-9500 for reservations beginning April 2.

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

Saturday, May 22nd at the Lake County Fairgrounds Industrial Building: Illiana Mayfest (more info below)

More events can be found on the Indiana Beer Calendar

What's Brewing

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:
Help us celebrate the release of our Infinite Wisdom Tripel on Saturday, March 27th. It's going to be an awesome combination of art, music, and hand-crafted, limited release Belgian-style ale. Check out the details at uplandbeer.com. Here's a day-plan for you: Drop in at the brewery between 3 and 5 for a tour, have a sampler flight, grab some dinner at one of Bloomington's awesome restaurants, and then head over to Jake's for the show. Sound good? I think so.
From Dan at The Ram Brewery, locations Downtown and Northside:
Saturday, March 27th from 12:00 to 4:30 at the RAM Downtown:

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

At the Bar

From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
Sun King Irish Dry Stout, Sun King Cream Dream II...Electric Boogaloo..., Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Founders Double Trouble, and Stone Ruination..

We had our Indiana Brews Beer Dinner on Monday 3/22, it was sold out and we had beers from the Bloomington Brewing company there as well..they have 15 taps down there these days as well as a new brewer name of Eilleen Martin!
Carry Out
From Corrie at Goose the Market in Indianapolis:
New in the cellar at Goose the Market...

The Minnesotans be fermenting unfiltered apple wine with Belgian Trappist yeast, donchano, eh? Come in for a bottle of Crispin's The Saint Cider, eh.

We could tell you about Upland's latest tripel release, but you already know given your Infinite Wisdom.

We apri-ciate Dogfish Head's latest apri-oachable IPA for the apri-opriate additions of apri-cots. Their latest Aprihop is hoppy, subtly fruity, and apri-pos for toasting spring.
From William at the Crown Liquors store downtown:
New this week at Crown Wine and Spirits- Ohio and Delaware - Downtown Indy

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA (very limited)
Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout (very limited)
Hoppin' Frog Hop Dam Triple IPA (very limited)
Baudelaire Ale Absurd Rye Tripple and iO Saison (from Jolly Pumpkin)
Clipper City Heavy Seas Pale Ale
and the return of Two Brothers Cane & Ebel and Scaldis Triple

Friday's tasting (3pm-7pm) will feature Heavy Seas Siren Noire Chocolate Stout, Ommegang Abbey Dubbel,
and Crispin Honey Crisp Cider!
From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Dark Horse - Scotty Karate Scotch Ale (Michigan)
Dark Horse - Plead the Fifth Stout
Dark Horse - Double Crooked Tree IPA
Rogue - XS Imperial Stout
Back in 7oz bottles! (Oregon)
Val-Dieu - Triple
Jolly Pumpkin - Madrugada Obscura
Hoppin Frog - Hop Master
Hoppin Frog - Hop Dam Triple IPA
Victory - St. Boisterous
Sprecher - Hefe Weiss
Apis - Kurpiowski Royal Mead
St. Bernardus - Wit
Zywiec - Lager
Saku - Originaal
Jamaica - Stout
From Jake at the United Package Liquor store in Broad Ripple:
KBS(very limited quantity)
Three Floyds Behemoth Barley wine
Stone Sublimely self-righteous and Old Guardian
Heavy Seas Siren Noire
Great Divide Yeti and Hercules Bombers

From the Distributors:

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
New in this week:

Clipper City Big DIPA Double IPA just arrived and will be hitting stores & bars across the state. Big DIPA is triple hopped (the original triple hop) with 5 pounds of Hops per barrel during the brewing process. It has a solid malt backbone as well resulting in a well-balance double IPA weighing in at 10.6% abv. This is a limited release beer, so get some while it's fresh and available!!
From Krystle at World Class Beverages:
Oberon official release on March 29th! The Beer Sellar is having a release party starting at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate - check out the Facebook link for more info: http://ow.ly/1q2Vq

New beer to hit the market in the upcoming months or just recently out! Check our Beer Spy to find out if they are out yet, or where to get them closest to you.

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat 12 oz cans
Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit Brooklyn Dark Matter Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree Dogfish Head Black and Blue
Harpoon Single Hop ESB (next in their 100 barrel series)
Hoppin’ Frog Hop Dam Triple IPA Unibroue Quelque Chose
Trip Opportunities
From Ron Smith:

Guided Beer Vacations to Belgium and Germany!

Now through the end of April (about the next 5 weeks) is the timeframe where I need to get firm commitments from people. You can read about my Belgium Trip here (http://www.beermba.com/belgium-beer-vacations.php) and my Germany Trip here (http://www.beermba.com/germany-beer-vacations.php). There is also some general information here (http://www.beermba.com/beer-vacations.php). These are great trips designed to maximize the enjoyment of beer lovers that want to see these parts of the world without all the stress, planning, etc. While being primarily beer-focused, we also break it up and visit many of the usual tourist sites as well. Thus, even non-beer lovers will really enjoy them, but the true beer lover will be in heaven on these trips.
Save the Date:
Illiana Mayfest on Saturday, May 22nd at the Lake County Fairgrounds Industrial Building
Come out to Crown Point's 1st annual Craft Beer Festival. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. At least thirteen breweries, our local homebrew club and a few distributors will be participating. You get to try all the beers at your leisure during the 4 hour event. See how beer is made, talk to brewmasters and drink delicious beer.

Here is the confirmed list for Illiana Mayfest so far: Two Brothers, Rock Bottom, Crown Brewing, Figure 8, Brickworks, Lafayette, Mishawaka, Half Acre, Brickstone, Flossmoor Station, Shoreline, Backroads and Harrison's. We will also have some homebrew clubs, distributors and food vendors.

Tickets are now available at Crown, Figure 8, Brickworks, Shoreline and Half Acre.
News around the web:

IBJ has an article about a new distribution company, Pelican Brands LLP: http://www.ibj.com/local-beverage-entrepreneur-retrenches-with-new-venture/PARAMS/article/18880

Rita Kohn's upcoming book, True Brew, is available for pre-order from Amazon.com.


  1. Remember bacon beer fans, with only 5 tickets still available on Tuesday, there can only be 5 or fewer available today. The only way you can obtain those tickets is to purchase them at Brugge today!

    Then again, maybe it's already sold out. It couldn't hurt to hit Broad Ripple tonight to find out!

  2. There are a ton of places in Indy tapping their Oberon on Monday, including, in no order, bot Scotty's Brewhouse locations, Ale Emporium, Moon Dog, Chumley's, Barley Island Broad Ripple, BW-3 Downtown, Macniven's, Mass Ave Pub, Fox and Hound Castleton, Champps Keystone, Chatham Tap, Shallos, Old Pro's Table, Old Point Tavern, and more!!