30 July 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The Beery Edition

HBG 4th Anniversary tickets are on sale now.

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! Work for an establishment that serves craft beer? We want to hear from you too!

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

What's Brewing

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
On tap at Lafayette Brewing this weekend: Star City Lager; Prophet's Rock Pale Ale; East Side Bitter; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Eighty-Five; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout; and our current specialty beer, I Am An American IPA.

From Roger at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
Offloading some inventory:

Also, on Tuesday my 50th birthday beer goes briefly on tap at BSB on Tuesday, August 3 (my birthday). When the notion first was offered that a beer might be brewed for the occasion of my 50th, Grant Line brewer Jared Williamson immediately grinned and said he'd take care of it because he knows my preferences. The result is Ancient Rage, a Smoked Baltic Porter. The name is (a) a self-deprecating knock at my staus as elder (not as old as John Hill, though -- no one is) and (b) a play on words in honor of Ancient Age Bourbon, of which our newsletter editor Michael wrote: "Ancient Age ... a favored tipple of the Publican's misspent youth." Yeah, well, maybe I drank more whisky back then than beer, but I got over it. AR doesn't have the strength of Solidarity, surely the finest beer not to win a medal at the State Fair. It's 6% abv, and suitably contrarian for my palate. Two of the kegs go on tap at BSB on Tuesday, with the rest being held until fall for a bit of aging.
From Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. in Greenwood:
Monday, August 2nd, 6:00 P.M., OB will be tapping the award winning beers from the 2010 Indiana Brewers Cup in the Brewhouse, plus a few surprises.

From Andrew at The Ram in Indianapolis/Fishers:
Next week is GenCon 2010 in Indianapolis! Come downtown to The RAM for the festivities to enjoy our week-long GenCon menu which includes Blackbane’s Ghost Pale Ale and Rasheth’s Red IPA while featuring a GenCon exclusive seasonal brew, Primal Porter! This beer will sell out quickly, so get it while it’s around!

On August 10th at 6:30 pm at our Fishers location, we will be doing a small-batch release of the 2010 Indiana Replicale, a Munich Dunkel. There will only be one keg of this beer available at this time, so be sure to join us for the tapping. Once the keg runs dry, the beer may be gone, but the good times will carry on.

On August 18th at 6 pm at our Downtown location, we will be releasing our Aries American Wheat to the public. This beer features the finest wheat and barley with true American citrus hops. It makes for a tasty summer pint to go with the hot Indiana weather.

From Liz at Rock Bottom - College Park in Indianapolis:
On Saturday, there will be a hog roast at Midwest Sports Complex (7509 New Augusta Road, Indianapolis IN , 46268). 12 noon -night. Family friendly event, food plate $10, beer $5.

From Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:
Upland will be sampling brews at Taste of the Grapevine in Louisville, KY this Saturday (July 31). Join us for a great night of wine, beer, bourbon and food.

Coming down to Jasper for Strassenfest? Find us Saturday, August 7th 10am-4pm at the Fischer Farms tent party! 124 3rd Ave, Jasper, IN.

Registration for Tour de Upland (30 hours of road cycling, camping, BBQ, and craft beer) is only $65 on or before Aug 1, $75 on or before Aug 12, and $85 on the 13th and 14th. You're smart enough to figure out when to register.

Tickets for Todd Snider Live - part of the Hillbilly Haiku Americana Music Series - on Sept. 3rd are on sale at Upland's Bloomington and Indy locations and online at buskirkchumley.org. The concert is outdoors on our Bloomington brewery grounds. There's a $5 discount if you buy your tickets in advance, and all proceeds benefit Sycamore Land Trust. Join us for this celebration of nature, community, music, and beer!
At the Bar

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse:
All Scotty's Brewhouse Locations Now Have Brand New Drink Menus!
Carry Out

From Eric at 21st Amendment in Broad Ripple:
In honor of the extreme heat we've been experiencing, I'm going to keep my section short and only talk about two extreme beers that we're lucky enough to have on our shelves:

1.) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot: We have this beer available still because I was able to find a couple of stray cases of this gem buried in our system. This beer is a massive Barley Wine with a bigger hop load than most Double IPA's. I think it's a beautiful high-gravity beer to drink now but it ages as well as any beer I've ever had. Consider yourself lucky if you've ever had a vertical tasting with multiple vintages of Bigfoot.

2.)Dogfish Head World Wide Stout: At 18% ABV this is one of the world's strongest beers. This beer really showed me the talent that Dogfish puts into every recipe. The beer exhibits roasted, toasted malts and really shows the balance you can get with a high alcohol beer. Yes, you can seek out the ultra-high ABV/ultra expensive beers put out by Brew Dog, but instead of drinking "beer concentrate," I'd rather have a wonderful beer made the old-fashioned way.

Happy drinking Beer Fans!

From Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
New items:

Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - From their commercial description, "Plenty of malty sweetness provides a backdrop for earthy, floral English and American hops, while French and American oak round off the edges and provide a touch of vanilla."
Sierra Nevada Tumbler -This is their new fall seasonal beer, an "Autumn Brown Ale." This beer is very balanced -it starts off with a slight bitter chocolate maltiness and finishes with a well rounded fruity hop. It very smooth and definitely quaffable.

On sale:

Upland Pale 6pks $6.99, normally $7.99
Stella Artois & Hoegaarden 12pks $12.99, normally $16.99
Moosehead & Moosehead Light 12pk bottles and cans $9.99, normally $11.99
Sam Adams 12pks $12.99, normally $14.99

Also, don't forget about our weekly beer tasting at our downtown Bloomington location:

August 5 we will be sampling the Spaten family of beers.
August 12 we will be trying a selection of different ciders (we have 21 ciders currently in stock!)

From Patrick at Crown Liquors:
New Holland beers will now be readily available in Indianapolis now thanks to Zink distributing. Great brews!

We brought in for now:
The Poet Oatmeal Stout
Dragons Milk Stout

Definitely more to come...

Also Porterhouse Oyster Stout 11.2 oz.

Tasting this Friday:

3 Floyds Gorch Fock
New Holland Dragons Milk
Two Brothers Resistance IPA

Beers from Lindemans and Bell's

From Twitter

beermba: Indiana Homebrewers and Craft Beer Enthusiasts - We need volunteers to staff the Brewers booth at the IN State Fair - Email Ron for details.

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