01 October 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The First October Edition

October has started and it is shaping up to be one busy month!

Upcoming this month for us is a beer and chocolate event at Ball & Biscuit featuring some outstanding truffles from the Best Chocolate in Town and some equally outstanding beer.  Also this month (10/23) is our Tailgate for Nothing 3 where we invite everyone to bring some food and beer to share.  

There are events happening this weekend all over Indiana starting with a 'True Brew' book signing tonight at the Indiana Humanities Council, Saturday is the Valpo Brewfest in Valparaiso, and events are continuing to happen in Southern Indiana throughout the weekend for Louisville Craft Beer Week.  So, no matter what part of the state you are in, you aren't far from a delicious beverage!

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! 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 Skip at Alcatraz Brewing Co. in Indiananpolis:
The Alcatraz is having our Fall Brewers Dinner on Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm. Cost is $40 and the menu is below. RSVP @ 317-488-1230 or e-mail bryanwood@alcatrazbrewing.com 
First Course:
Paired with our Weiss Guy Wheat
Spinach Salad Served with diced Prosciutto and Goat cheese with a Red Wine Vinaigrette.

Second Course:
Paired with our Searchlight Golden Ale
Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Mushrooms; Fresh Mushrooms stuffed with crab meat and wrapped in applewood Smoked Bacon.

Third Course:
Paired with our Rock Bock
Blood orange Cherry Glazed Duck Breast; Seared Duck Breast Glazed with a Blood Orange and cherry Glaze served with Wild rice and Brussels sprout.

Forth Course:
Paired with our American Red
Peach Streusel Tartlet; A peach Halve Macerated in our American Red Beer in a tartlet shell with Creme Anglaise and baked with a Streusel topping.
From Dan at Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora:
The Great Crescent Brewery will be hosting 2 events in October: 
October 2 we will be open from 10am to 10 pm with beer available by the glass - IPA, Coconut Porter, Dark Lager, and Blonde Ale will be available for $3/pint. We will also have pulled pork sandwiches/chips and soft drinks. We have an area in the warehouse set up with our 1933 (repeal of Prohibition) bar set up with inside seating.

October 29 and 30 we will host an event for Main Street Aurora - "6th Annual Horror, History and Hauntings" starting at 6 pm in the Great Crescent Brewery. Food will be served as a catered dinner with beer available by the glass for $3/pint. Soft drinks will also be served. This is an "Over-21" event.
From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
Half Moon Octoberfest on tap Thurday, Oct. 7th!!

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
On tap at Lafayette Brewing this weekend: Star City Lager; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Eighty-Five; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout; Star City Dark Lager; Phoenix Strong Ale and set for release this Saturday, Hunters Moon Pale Ale.

The LBC staff will be at this weekend's Feast of the Hunters Moon festival in rural West Lafayette. We'll be conducting our annual 18th century re-enactment brew (brewing over an open fire) and operating the Colonial Tavern in which we sell Hunters Moon Pale Ale and Tippecanoe Common Ale. If your looking for something interesting to do this weekend, be sure to visit the Feast- great sights, smells, food and, of course, fine LBC ales. We'll also be sending our brewer, Matt Williams, up north for the first-ever Valpo Brewfest, running Saturday, 1-5 pm, in downtown Valpo. Stop by & say "hi" to Matt if you happen to be attending the festival.

From New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
Obviously on our end, it's all about Louisville Craft Beer Week:

From Andrew at Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Indianapolis/Fishers:
Oktober-Feast 2010 (Limited to 40 guests)
October 16th, 2010 - The RAM Downtown would like to welcome you to dine with Head Brewer Andrew Castner and Head Chef Steven Anderson for the inaugural presentation of Oktober-Feast 2010! Steven and Andrew will serve and discuss a multiple course tasting event celebrating all of the wonderful flavors of Fall. This top-notch menu will feature a delicate Carmelized Onion Tart with Smokey Bleu Cheese, Walnuts, and Sage, an entrée of Braised Osso Bucco with Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes followed by a delectable apple Tarte Tatin for dessert. These three fantastic courses will be paired with our tantalizing Fall beer favorites including Pie’d Piper Pumpkin Ale, Big Horn Oktoberfest, and the pre-release of our next seasonal, NUTorious Brown Ale. This event will be priced at $35 per ticket, and the tickets will be limited to the first 40 who make reservations. Call (317-955-9900) or stop by the RAM Downtown to reserve your spot before it’s too late.

On Tap Now – Aries American Wheat and Pie’d Piper Pumpkin Ale

On the Horizon – NUTorious Brown Ale and Blue Pride German Pilsner.

From Cari  at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:
Find Cari on the Radio as a Guest Host Saturday on 90.1 WFYI - Blues House Party with Matthew Socey from 8-10 pm, Saturday, Oct. 2

At the Bar

From Jeffery T at the Good Beer Show in Muncie (on behalf of the Fickle Peach):
Tap List:

Oct 5th
Founder's Breakfast Stout A+
Three Floyds' Alpha King A
Bell's Brewing Le Batteur of the Jazz series

Oct 6th
Three Floyds' Apocalypse Cow A-
Bell's Brewing Sparkling Ale B+
Bell's Brewing Le Pianiste 2nd in Jazz series

Oct 7th
Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout A+
Founder's Nemesis A- 2010
Three Floyds' Dreadnaught
BBC's Mephistopheles Metamorphosis B- Tripel Cellared 5 years
BBC's Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout B+
Stone's Ruination IPA A
Boulevard's Tank #7 Farmhouse Ale A-
Left Hand's Imperial Stout B+
Jolly Pumpkin's Luciernaga, The Firefly A-
La Trappe's Quad Koningshoeven A- Cellared one year
Bell's Brewing Le Contrebassiste 3rd in the Jazz series

Should any of those run dry, we will then tap...
Founder's Old Curmudgeon B+
Founder's Devil Dancer A-
Founder's El Diablo Del Noche A-
Founder's Backwoods Bastard A- (Cellared one year. Mmmm!)

And finally, Upland will provide a firkin of Caleb's choice that will be tapped on Saturday the 9th.

Thanks, we hope to see as many beer geeks/lovers as possible!

From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
We are having our Oktoberfest beer sampling on Oct 18th at 630 pm. We will have 6 craft beers to sample along with excellent quality German food items like Saurbraten, Rouladen, house-made pretzels and 5 other choices...$35 tickets in advance and $45 at the door if there are any left on the day of...It has always been a sellout and we have about 35 tickets remaining.....Call us at 317-733-8755 to buy them over the phone if you like.

We have North Coast's Old Rasputin Imperial Stout on Nitro (10% abv.), Sun King's Oktoberfest, Bell's Oktoberfest, Victory Brewing Hop Wallop, and Sun King's Chinookie!!

The Chinookie is probably going to blow by Friday, so we will be replacing it with New Albanian Hoptimus 10% abv.)...
In bottles we have added from Clipper City's Mutiny Series a Weizen Dopplebock 22oz bombers(10% abv.)...as a Ukranian fellow commented, "it's goot bier"!...Other Oktoberfest offerings include Spaten and Paulaner Salvator (it's a dopplebock)...We're having some fun remaking the beer list for the winter.

Wednesday is our day to push out our overstocked or discontinued beers and so we always have a $3 pour and some fabulous deals....

Carry Out
From Jeremy at Big Red Liquors (E. 3rd St., Bloomington):
New this week:

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Stella Artois w/ Chalice
Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale - Certified Organic, Limited Quantities!

12 pack Deals:

***Big Red Liquors MillerCoors Beer Fest***
*Only 2 weeks away! Thursday Oct. 14th & Friday Oct. 15th 6-9pm
*Over 250 different beers to sample

Proceeds benefit:
The Bloomington Boys & Girls Club
Martha's House
Middle Way House

Tickets now available at your local Big Red Liquors location.

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

Mad River John Barleycorn Barleywine
Ommegang Cup 'o Kyndnes
Paulaner Wiesn Bier - 1 liter can w/ Wiesn mug
Bell's Hell Hath No Fury (limited)

and a collection of meads from New Day Meadery: Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Plum, and Dry.

Friday's tasting (3pm-7pm): Come taste (and smell!) what different hop varieties contribute to a beer. Compare what you like, what you don't, and learn something new! We will be tasting 6 single hopped brews by Mikkeller from Belgium. We will have freshly dried hops (some that we grew as well!) for you to look, feel, and smell, then compare to a brew made with only those hops. Hope to see you then!

From Patrick at Crown Liquors in Carmel:
Oktoberfest tasting at Crown Carmel.
Location: West Carmel Drive and Meridian Street.

Featured Brews:
Upland Octoberfest
3 Floyd's Munsterfest
Dogfishhead Punkin
Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Also, we will revisit Bell's Oberon to show it still tastes as delicious as it did months ago. We will also offer 5-liter kegs for 10% off $17.99 (Regularly $21.99). Great pickup for the weekend!!
From the Distributors

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
New to the market:

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier is in stock and making it's way out to stores & bars!!

2010 Mad River John Barleycorn Barleywine just arrived this week and will be available in limited quantities for a limited time only! One of Mad River's mulitple GABF honors was a Gold Medal in the Aged Beer Category with '06 John Barelycorn, so grab some to try now and some to age!!

Upcoming Cavalier Events:

10/01 - Mikkeller / Single Hop Tasting @ Crown Lq Downtown Indy starting @ 3pm.
10/05 - Fall Seasonal Beer Tasting @ Birdy's in Indy, 6 - 8pm
10/07 - Fall Seasonal Beer Tasting @ United Fine Wines & Spirits in Geist, 5 - 7pm
10/08 - Craft Beer Tasting @ Delock's in Dyer, 4 - 6pm
10/13 - Founders Beer Dinner @ Monon Food Co. in Broad Ripple, starting @ 6pm
10/15 - Craft Beer Tasting @ Liquor Stop in Highland, 4 - 6pm.

Upcoming Events

From Rita Kohn, author, True Brew:

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