21 May 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The TFN2 Edition

Hey there. How's American Craft Beer Week been treating you? I was lucky enough to be able to share in good company and try the Schlafly APA cask and the Bell's Expedition cask at MacNiven's as well as a few other awesome beers and events this week. How about you? Don't beer yourselves out too much though, we want to see you on Saturday for the Tailgate for Nothing! We look forward to seeing some new faces from the Indy Beer Meetup Group as well as old friends.

Not only is it American Craft Beer Week, but it is also Bike to Work Week. Many of the Knights in the group enjoy both - but for one, it has not worked out so well. Please send good vibes to our fellow Knight, Chris, who suffered two broken arms as well as a bunch of scrapes and bruises following a bicycle vs. truck accident on Wednesday night. We hope the two broken arms don't keep him from drinking some good beer! Beer is like pain medication, right?

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. 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

What's Brewing

From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
Suzie's Sweet Stout

Suzie's Sweet Stout is an oatmeal/milk stout created by Howard County Homebrewer Larry Barnhart. It won Best In Show at the Indiana State Fair Brewer's Cup Homebrew Competition. We had Larry come in and brew his recipe at our brewery to show our appreciation and support for the local craft beer/homebrew culture. We are celebrating American Craft Beer Week this week, with the release of this delicious craft beer collaboration from Half Moon brewer John Templet and homebrewer extraordinaire Larry Barnhart.

ABV=5.25% O.G.=1.062 IBU=17

From New Albanian Brewing Co in New Albany:
Jared Williamson, brewer of 'Specialties, Seasonals and Experimentals' at our Grant Line brewery, reports that brewing of the remaining two beers in our special series of World Cup Beers - one for each of the US team's first round matches - was completed this week. Brews in this series draw on ingredients from the lands the competing teams represent, USA v. England, USA v. Slovenia and USA v. Algeria.

For US v. England on June 12 we'll have an English Ordinary Bitter brewed with extraordinary American hops. Jared calls the Ordinary the "lightest and most 'sessionable' of Bitters."

A French / Belgian Style Biere de Garde will be our accompaniment for June 23rd's USA v. Algeria match. This brew will employ a Belgian pale malt, Biscuit Malt, Special B hops, US Golding leaf hops in the mash, Ginger, Cinnamon and an Apricot extract of Jared's concoction infused in the boil.

Our first World Cup Special, brewed to be enjoyed with the game between the US and Slovenia on June 18, was casked last week and was brewed with two European malts, Bohemian Pilsener and Vienna, two American, Carapils and White Wheat, and was dry-hopped with Slovenian grown Styrian Goldings.

From Cari and Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:
Monday, June 14, 6:30 pm - Beer & Wine Dinner at Pizzology featuring Upland Brewing Co. and Italian wines from Crossroad Vintners

Reception at 6:30 pm, with crudites, Preservation Pilsner and Prosecco.

Dinner at 7:00 pm with four courses paired each with an Upland beer and Italian wine.

More details to come once the menu is finalized. All of the courses will be dishes you will not find on the regular Pizzology menu. Neal Brown and Co. will be putting together a great menu for us.

Cost is $60 plus tax and tip. Seats are limited to 35. Please contact (317) 844-2550 for reservations.


Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA is being packaged next week. Ask your favorite bartender or liquor store when this bountifully bitter new brew will be taking flight...


Get your fill of the Uplands in Madison, IN this weekend at the Ohio River Valley Folk Festival. We'll be pouring Wheat Ale, Dragonfly IPA, Helios Pale Ale, Rad Red, and Nut Hugger Brown Ale all weekend long! Visit uplandbeer.com for more info.

At the Bar

From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
Beer is an elusive thing, it's here, and then it's there and then sometimes it's gone....

Last Beer night with Tom they did the Great Divide Brewing Company and it was good.

We are excited to tell you that the Bloomington Brewing Company is going to start self-distribution to the Indy Market in the very near future...in addition to them having added taps at Lennie's so that they number like 15 or 16 now...that's two beer engines and two nitro taps doncha' know?

Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge and that will change shortly to BBC Nitro Stout, we were fortunate to get two 1/6ths of Hapoon's Leviathan which is a nice big IPA this year....We step up to Boulder's Looking Glass series with Mojo Risen (a 10% dbl IPA), for the tasty and smooth Sun King Cream Ale (which at 5%+ is deceptively benign) and we also are offering Two-Heartedfrom Bell's to round it out. In the wings we have from People's in Lafayette their IPA I think it is Tyrennea or something of the sort.

Look for the BBC Beers at Scotty's Brewhouse, or you could check with the BBC Facebook page I would imagine.
Carry Out

From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
Here is the latest from Keg Liquors in Clarksville:

New Belgium - Skinny Dip (Colorado)
Bell's - Oberon 5 Liter mini-kegs! (Michigan)
Founders - Curmudgeon Old Ale(Michigan)
Sunner - Kolsch(Germany)
Dogfish Head - Squall IPA (Delaware)
Tucher - Kristall Weizen (Germany)


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 Eric at 21st Amendment in Broad Ripple:
Check out our totally revamped beer section as you get ready for TFN2. We've got plenty of Bell's Oberon 5L Mini Keg's as well as a new high end canned beer section headlined by Sun King cans. If you're looking to impress for the DIPA contest, we have a limited amount of Dogfish Head Squall. Don't forget we always have other great DIPA's such as, Harpoon Leviathon, Great Divide Hercules and Boulevard Double-Wide.

From Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
Tyranena Stone Tepee
Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA
Tyranena Honey Beach
Tyranena Mix Packs
Boulevard Rye on Rye
New Holland Mole Ocho and Envious
Bells Oberon 5L Mini Kegs (Special Salvador Dali pkg!)
Unibroue 6% Sampler (Includes "The Raftman" barrel aged on lee's. Not availiable in US outside of this package!)
Two Brothers Dog Days of Summer

Join us every Thursday from 6-8pm at our downtown Bloomington location for a FREE beer tasting!

From Josh at United Package Liquors on Countyline & Meridian (Southside)
New items in stock-

Bell’s Oberon 5 liter mini kegs
Boulevard Rye on Rye
Rogue John John Juniper
Hoppin’ Frog Barrel aged BORIS
*FRESH*<>& Sunlight Cream

From the Distributors:

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution
We have a ton of new beers and packages in just in time for Craft Beer Week!!

Clipper City Barrel Aged Below Decks Barley Wine!! 1st time ever release!! Available in 22oz bottles only. Extremely limited and allocated to top Clipper City accounts only.
Clipper City Red Sky at Night Saison is in stock for the season!
Cottleigh Golden Sea Hawk Premium Best Bitter, Barn Owl Premium Ale, Tawney Owl Bitter & Beers of Prey Mix Packs are officially available!!
Mendocino Summer Blonde Ale is in stock for the season!

Shmaltz Coney Island Variety Packs are a brand new package available now!! They are 12pk, 12oz variety packs of all 3 everyday Coney Island Beers (Albino Python, Sword Swallower & CI Lager) plus Mermaid Rye Pilsner, which is available in these Variety Packs only!

Shmaltz He'Brew RIPA on Rye is He'Brew's RIPA Double Rye IPA aged in Sazerac 6 year Rye Whiskey Barrels for over 3 months!! There are only a few cases of this in the state allocated to the top HeBrew RIPA accounts, so make sure to get some if you can find it!

There is a limited edition FIFA World Cup Weihenstephaner Gift Set including 3 bottles of Weihestephaner and a limited edition FIFA World Cup Glass!! These are a limited, one-time only run, so grab some and get ready for USA vs England.

Just in time for the race, we have a beer from Tomas Scheckter's family & 2 ciders now available in cans!!

Tomas & Jody Scheckter present
Laverstoke Park Organic English Ale & Lager just in time for the race!! Laverstoke Park Organic beers are produced with grains from Jody Scheckter's Laverstoke Park Farms. The logo was on Tomas Scheckter's Indy Car and will be again this year! Both the Lager & Ale come in 16.9oz bottles.

Blackthorn Cider is now available in 4pk, 16.9 oz CANS!!

Williams Sir Perry Pear Cider is now available in the market and comes in 4pk, 16.9 oz CANS as well.

News around the web:

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

A great article about craft beer in cans from Mike at STLHops.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.


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:


  1. So tonight I ran into some scrawny, goatee'd hooligan at Chumley's, and the guy kept yapping away as I was trying to enjoy some tasty Founders El Diablo Del Noche. He even followed me over to Brugge, and proceeded to order the same delicious beer I was drinking, Pooka! I think he said his name was Rog or Barney, or something lame like that. Stay clear if this character if he approaches you. I mean, what kind of individual denies a overweight young women begging for a dollar, just so she can buy a slice of pizza?!? Shifty I tell you. Shifty...

  2. Probably should have called the cops, that guy sounds dangerous.