07 May 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The Mini Edition

Good luck to all you crazy people running the Mini tomorrow. Let us know what beer you are celebrating with!

Speaking of celebrating, don't forget your Mom on Mother's Day this Sunday. Your mom likes beer, right?

Mark your calendars for May 22nd for our Tailgate for Nothing 2. We hope you'll join us as we attempt a Double IPA double blind test. More information can be found here. We hope you'll be there!

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 tohoosierbeergeek@gmail.com. Don't see your favorite craft beer establishment? Let them know you'd like to see them here!

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

Friday, May 7th: Entries for Upcup are due

Friday, May 7th at Power House Brewing Co. in Columbus: Holy Cow Stout (firkin)

Tuesday, May 11th from 5-7 pm at Parti Pak in Greenwood: Sun King Can Release party

Friday, May 14th at 21st Amendment Broad Ripple: Sun King Can Release party

Friday, May 14th at M. Moggers in Terre Haute: Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner $25/advance

Monday, May 17th - Sunday, May 23rd - American Craft Beer Week

Tuesday, May 18th at Rock Bottom - Downtown: Brewers Dinner

Saturday, May 22nd at the Lake County Fairgrounds Industrial Building: Illiana Mayfest

Saturday, May 22nd - HBG Tailgate for Nothing 2

Saturday, June 5th at Keg Liquors in Clarksville: Fest of Ale (more info below)

Saturday, June 5th at Upland Brewery in Bloomington: Radfest

Sunday, June 13th at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Ft. Wayne: Botanical Brew & Q (more details below)

Saturday, July 10th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds: Brewer's Cup

Sunday, July 11th - July 17th - Indiana Beer Week

Saturday, July 17th at Opti Park in Broad Ripple: Indiana Microbrewers Festival (VIP Ticketsare available NOW, regular admission/DD on sale May 17th)

More news and events can be found on Indiana Beer

What's Brewing

From Roger at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
For the first time ever, NABC will have beer pouring in Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Triple-A Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds affiliate). Our Louisville wholesaler, River City Distributing, shipped four kegs of Beak's Best (American Bitter) to Centerplate, the stadium concessionaire, this week. The current homestand runs from May 6 - 13, including an 11:00 a.m. game on Wednesday, May 12, when we're planning a ballpark bash. Details to be determined, so check our Facebook early next week.

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
On tap at Lafayette Brewing this weekend: Prophet's Rock Pale Ale; East Side Bitter; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Eighty-Five; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout; How Now Brown Ale; Star City Lager and our latest release, Maifest. We've also got just a bit more cask-conditioned Digby's Irish Stout that we're dispensing from the hand pull.

On the entertainment front: On Friday, we'll host our monthly show with local improv artists, One Size Fits All. On Saturday, things will really be hoppin' around LBC! First, we've got a Friends of Bob production featuring The Holmes Brothers on our 2nd floor with an 8 pm show time. In addition, we've got the season kick-off of Mosey Down Main Street. This series of free street fairs runs from 2nd St. to 11th St. on Main and features live music, dancing, food vendors, crafts, kid's areas and much, much more! Stop by for a growler to sip while exploring the unique atmosphere that downtown Lafayette has to offer.

From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
New on tap at Half Moon:
The Slump Buster – Raspberry Cream Ale It’s been a while since the last fruit beer at Half Moon. Well, the slump is over! This raspberry cream ale is a light bodied ale flavored with lots and lots of raspberries. It has a deep raspberry red color, a wonderful raspberry aroma, and a sweet-tart fresh raspberry flavor. Bring your friends to enjoy this nice warm weather beer and who knows, you might just bust a slump of your own! O.G.=1.046 ABV=5.0% IBU=16

Coming Soon!:
Suzie's Sweet Stout - This oatmeal/milk stout was the Best In Show at last years Brewer's Cup Homebrew Competition at the Indiana State Fair. Homebrewer Larry Barnhart came to the Half Moon and brewed his outstanding Sweet Stout for us all to enjoy here in Kokomo. The release of this beer will be Thursday, May 20th as part of the American Craft Beer Week celebration. Make your plans now, this one won't last long.

From Jon at Power House Brewing in Columbus:
Friday, we will tap a Firkin of Diesel Oil Stout, cask conditioned with lactose and Simcoe hops. I'm calling it Holy Cow Stout!

From Jerry at Rock Bottom - Downtown, Indianapolis:

Brewer's Dinner May 18

From Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:

Entries for the UpCup Homebrew Competition are due Friday, May 7th. This is your chance at beer stardom, so don't forget! Visit uplandbeer.comfor details.

From Dan at RAM Brewery Downtown and Fishers:
Hey guys, as you know American Craft Beer Week is the 17th through the 23rd and both RAM locations, Downtown Indy & Fishers, will be offering $4.99 growler fills all week!

Carry Out

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Here is the latest from Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Fullers - London Pride 4 packs of 16.9oz cans (England)
New Holland - Dragon's Milk Strong Ale Now in 4 Packs! (Michigan)
Ommegang - Witte (New York)
Tyranena - Scurvy IPA (Wisconsin)

5th Annual Keg Liquors Fest of Ale, June 5th from 3 - 7 PM. 30+ Breweries, 3 Craft Beer Distributors, 4 Fine Wine Distributors, over 150 craft and import beers, wine, food, charity silent auction and beer raffle and more! http://www.kegliquors.com/fest_of_ale.html for more details

From Bill at Crown Liquors Downtown Indianapolis (Ohio and Delaware):
New this week at Crown Wine and Spirits- Ohio and Delaware - Downtown Indy

Mad River Brewing Double Dread Imperial Red
Harpoon Single Hop ESB
Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Friday's tasting (3pm-7pm) will feature an exploration of the mighty Humulus lupulus - beer hops!

From Eric at 21st Amendment in Broad Ripple:
Fresh on our shelves, Brooklyn Summer Ale. This is a light, refreshing English-style ale, similar to a bitter, designed to be enjoyed in hot weather with summer fare. In addition we still have Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, a beautiful wood aged, large brown ale, ready to drink now but happy to be aged for up to five years. Don't forget to swing by for our free beer tasting, Fridays at 5. We'll be tasting Goose Island all this month, today we'll be sampling Sophie. Come by and give it a try.
5/14 - Sun King can release party
From Kyle at Parti Pak Liquors in Greenwood:
We will be holding a tasting on the 11th of May from 5-7PM. Clay will be there from Sun King to represent them and their beers as we do our launch party for the sell of their cans.
Beer Dinners

M.Moggers in Terre Haute - Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner - May 14th. Tickets $25

Rock Bottom Downtown Indianapolis Brewers Dinner - May 18th

From the Distributors:

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
Cavalier is proud to announce that we are officially distributing People's Brewing Co. beers throughout the entire state!! We will start with two everyday offerings on draft, People's Pilsner & IPA. Both styles will be available in draft only in both 1/2 & 1/6 bbl kegs. People's Brew is already in several fine craft beer establishments in metro Indianapolis & Lafayette, and is soon to be in many more throughout the state. Support local beer and enjoy some People's Brew soon!!
News around the web:

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

Upcoming Event:

From Ben at Mad Anthony Serious Homebrewers (MASH):
Botanical Brew & Q in Fort Wayne

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory will be holding the annual Brew & Q on June 13th. Some changes to the program, the addition of some demonstrations and a live Best of Show judging will be great improvements to the event. Tickets are only $5 and include sample tickets. I'm not sure what breweries have committed at this point. I'm sure that MABC is involved, though. They're doing the barbecue.

Details: http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70:botanical-brew-a-q&catid=10:events-a-exhibitions&Itemid=1

This is the first year that the homebrew competition will be sanctioned. Registration ends on May 21st. Judging is June 12th. We will have a strong BJCP judge roster. Entries are $8 for the first entry and $4 for each additional entry. The first entry includes admission to the Conservatory's Brew & Q event on June 13th when winners will be announced and the Best of Show judging will be done as part of the activities.

Judge Registration:
Additional News:

Brugge discusses expansion plans


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