08 October 2010

Random Beer Roundup - The Forum Addition Edition

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A few tickets remain (only at the Best Chocolate in Town on Mass Ave.) for our Beer and Chocolate event on October 20th.  It's going to be a fun event with proceeds going to a great cause!

Also, our 3rd Tailgate for Nothing is on October 23rd.  Bring food and beer to share!

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:
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:
A smooth, medium bodied, copper colored Marzen Style Lager, dominated by a sweet and biscuit-like maltiness coming from the Vienna and Munich Malts. It is nicely balanced with German Tettnanger hops, and finishes dry, crisp and clean. Come celebrate Oktoberfest with us at the Half Moon Brewery for as long as this one lasts!

ABV=6.0% O.G.=1.058 IBU=30

Buy your tickets at the Half Moon for this weekends KOKOFEST!!! We are blocking off the street behind the Half Moon and throwing a party!!! Complete with Craft Beers, Bands on Stage, and Food!!
From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
On tap at Lafayette Brewing this weekend: Star City Lager; Prophet's Rock Pale Ale; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Eighty-Five; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout; Phoenix Strong Ale; and Hunters Moon Pale Ale. We'll be releasing our Oktoberfest this Saturday in conjunction with the Lafayette Oktoberfest held downtown on Main St. Look for LBC beers at the Oktoberfest Beer Garden at 9th & Main streets, as well.

On a packaging note: We received TTB approval for labels for 22 oz. bombers of Star City Lager, Star City Dark and Eighty-Five. Look for the Star City Lager and Eighty-Five to be available by mid-November from the brewery.

From Roger at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
This week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, NABC's Bank Street Brewhouse in downtown New Albany will host our third annual Fringe Fest of Art, Music, Beer and Food, as the booth days of Harvest Homecoming provide counterpoint a block away.


Note that during these three days, as with most of downtown New Albany, it isn't business as usual at BSB. The customary parking area is used for music and beer drinking, and while the usual seating area and patio are open as usual, Chef Josh Lehman is not preparing the same menu as other times. Instead:

Duck Leg & Beans
Duck Fat Fringe Fries
Vegetarian Green Chile
... and a few nightly specials to mix it up a bit

The full lineup of NABC's locally brewed craft beers will be pouring at one time or another, with daily releases. If you'll be spending time in the fest area for music, you may wish to bring a camp chair of some sort.

Next week/weekend, during Lupulin Land, three new NABCs will debut:

From Andrew at Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Indianapolis/Fishers:
Oktober-Feast 2010 (Limited to 40 guests)
October 16th, 2010, 4:30 - 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 Jerry at Rock Bottom Downtown:
Hop Bomb is back! Pumpkin Ale tapping 10/14 @ 6pm.

From Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:

Upland Tap Party at the Louisville Beer Store: Louisville, KY. Fri, Oct. 8, 5pm-12am.
8 Upland beers will be on draught, including Double Dragonfly, Komodo Dragonfly, Oktoberfest, and Preservation Pilsner. DJ Bundy K. Brown will be providing some tunes to go with you beer!

Sahara Mart (east) Tasting: Bloomington, IN. Sat., Oct. 9, 12-4pm.
Stop by Sahara Mart's east side location on 3rd St.to try beer and wine from near and far. Everything being sampled is available in the store, so you can go in afterward to take home your favorites!

Brown County Breakdown Pre-party: Brown County State Park. Sat., Oct. 9, 6-9pm.
We're supporting our friends at the Brown County Breakdown by pouring beer at a pre-party in Brown County State Park the night before the ride. The party is open to riders only, but it's not too late to register.

Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest: Zionsville, IN. Sat., Oct. 9, 6:30-11:30 pm.
The St. Alphonsus Knights of Columbus are hosting their inaugural Oktoberfest outside of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church. The beer tent will feature Upland Oktoberfest to complement the German-style food being served, and the Alpine Express Band will provide entertainment in the outdoor biergarten. Prost!

Fickle Peach Birthday Bash: Muncie, IN. Sat. Oct. 9, 6-11pm.
As part of their five-day birthday celebration, the Fickle Peach in Muncie is tapping a firkin of Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA. Be there to try this uniquely dark, bitter concoction.

Big Red Beer Festival: Bloomington, IN. Thur., Oct 14 - Fri., Oct. 15. 6-9pm each night.
Big Red Liquor's annual beer blowout. Three hours of unlimited sampling from breweries just down the street and across the globe.

Kahn's North Grand Opening: Indianapolis, IN. Sat., Oct 16. 1-4pm.
Stop by the new Kahn's location at 86th and Township Line Road to try several styles of Upland beer!

Beer and Chocolate pairing at Ball & Biscuit: Indianapolis, IN. Wed., Oct. 20. 6:30-9pm.
Six beers, four of them from Upland, paired with six varieties of chocolate. Admission is $15, and proceeds benefit Second Helpings.

Flight of the Dragonflies at the Indy Tasting Room : Indianapolis, IN. Thurs., Oct 21. Evening.
Dragonfly IPA, Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA, and Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA will all be on tap at once! In the spirit of the season, come dressed in a costume and you may win a prize!

Teddy's Burger Joint Grand Opening: Indianapolis, IN. Fri, Oct. 22, 6-7pm.
To help celebrate the grand opening of Teddy's Burger Joint, we're sampling beer and giving out some neat stuff.

Muncie Brewfest: Muncie, IN. Sat, Oct. 23. 2-6pm.
Dozens of great beers for the sampling at the 2nd annual Muncie Brewfest. Muncie is head brewer Caleb Staton's hometown, so he'll be bringing something special...

The Lord of the Wings: An Upland Brewing Trilogy: The Fickle Peach, Muncie, IN. Sat., Oct. 23. 8-11:30pm.
As part of their post Muncie Brewfest VIP party, the Fickle Peach is tapping Dragonfly IPA, Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA, and Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA. When you buy your tickets for Muncie Brewfest, select the Beer Geek Package to experience this epic trilogy.

3D-fly Tapping at Scotty's Downtown: Indianapolis, IN. Wed., Oct. 27. 6-10pm.
Scotty's Downtown Indy location will be tapping in Dragonfly, Double Dragonfly, and Komodo Dragonfly!

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:
On tap now at Patrick's.....Hoptimus from New Albanian Brewing, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout on a nitro tap, Sun King Oktoberfest, Bell's Amber, and Victory Brewing Hop Wallop!

We are hosting our third Oktoberfest here and will be open on Monday Oct 18th at night for a 6 beer, 8 food item sampling of chef prepared German food. Only $35 for advance tickets....$45 day of if there are any spots available.

Call us at 733-8755 for more details.
From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse:
New seasonal menu was released at all Scotty's Brewhouse locations and Scotty's Lakehouse

3 Floyd's Dreadnaught now available at Scotty's Brewhouse in Muncie
Spaten Oktoberfest now available at Scotty's Brewhouse in Bloomington
Bell's 3rd Coast Old Ale now available at Scotty's Brewhouse in West Lafayette
Left Hand Oktoberfest now available at Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown Indianapolis
Morland Old Speckled Hen and Crown Brown now available at Scotty's Brewhouse Northside Indianapolis

Carry Out
From Greg at Big Red Liquors (Downtown) in Bloomington:
New this week:

*Left Hand Warrior IPA
*Mad River John Barleycorn
*Bell's Best Brown and Expedition Stout back in stock!
*Sierra Nevada Estate Perhaps absence makes the heart grow fonder, but this seems even better this time around! Made with organic hops and barley grown right at the brewery in Chico, CA!
*Porterhouse Brewing Co Beers including:
Porterhouse Red
Wrasslers XXXX Stout
Oyster Stout --made with real oysters, no kidding!!

Need a fun item for your next get together? We carry a selection of 5 Liter Keg cans!
Bells Oberon
Kostritzer Schwatzbier
Paulaner Hefe
Spaten Lager
New Castle
Heineken and Heineken Light

Don't forget to buy your tickets for Big Red Liquor's 18th Annual Beer Fest!!

Thursday Oct 14th and Friday Oct 15th, 6-9pm at the Bloomington Convention Center. Over 250 different beers to sample!! Proceeds benefit The Bloomington Boys and Girls Club, Martha's House and Middle Way House! Tickets available at your Local Big Red Liquors store!

From Jeremy at Big Red Liquors (E. 3rd St.) in Bloomington:
Bell's Hell Hath No Fury
Boulevard Single-Wide IPA 
Hot 6 pack prices on:
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Sierra Nevada Torpedo

***Big Red Liquors MillerCoors Beer Fest***
*Less than a week 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 & Selling Fast!
*Get yours at you local Big Red Liquors location>

From Big Red Liquors (College Mall Rd.) in Bloomington:
Fall is our favorite beer time, the richness of the brewers' efforts really shine.

Some of our new beers (but not all!) are...

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury (for a limited time!) a cross between a dubbel and a stout that has to be tasted to believed

Just Released! Upland Komodo Dragonfly, their IPA cross-fertilized as a schwarzbier

Left Hand Twin Sisters Double IPA, one huge malty Imperial/double IPA

Sierra Nevada Estate, totally organic, cool, but also fresh hopped from SN's farm

Moa 5 Hop, New Zealand beer with a quintuple of our favorite ingredient

Two Brothers Bitter End, a pale, session style beer

And going fast, Dogfish Punkin Ale!

If you're reading this, you'd like to try 250 beers in your lifetime. You can do just that at the Big Red Miller/Coors Beerfest taking place October 14 and 15 in Bloomington.

6pm to 9pm each evening, all monies benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Fair warning, come early because it sells out!

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

2007 Samichlaus 3 ltr !!!
Kasteel Rouge
Hoppin Frog Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin

and the Seasonal return of Bell's Best Brown, Java Stout, and Expedition Stout

Friday's tasting (3pm-7pm) will feature Kasteel Rouge, Goose Island Demolition and Night Stalker, and the Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin. Hope to see you then!

From Patrick at Crown Liquors in Carmel:
Tasting this Friday featuring Napa Smith Brewery.  From 3-7 we will be sampling 3 new brews to the state.

Head brewer Don Barkley formally of Mendocino Brewing Co. and New Albion Brewery (1978) has relocated to Napa California where he has crafted some truly great brews.  The brews are best when paired with food but great without.  On the bottom of the 4-packs include ideal food pairings.  Unfortunately no food offered at this tasting...

Beers offered for tasting:

Lost Dog Red Ale
From Todd at Keg Liquors in Clarksville:
From Josh at United Package Liquors (Countyline & Meridian):
A few new items in stock-

Three Floyds Broo Doo
Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Harvest wet hop ale
Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Bell's Cherry Stout
Bell's Expedition Stout
Bell's Hell hath no fury
Bell's Third Coast Old ale
Magic Hat Hex
Abita Harvest pecan

From the Distributors

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:

Left Hand Warrior IPA, a wet-hopped harvest IPA, just hit the Indiana market this week. Very limited, very tasty! Available in 22oz bottles.

Mendocino Imperial Stout is a new release in Mendocino's Imperial Collection, in Indiana for the first time! Available in 4pks.

Sunday is 10/10/10, so make sure to look out next week for Stone Vertical Epic 10-10-10. It will be more limited than ever, so grab it if you can find it....


10/08 - Craft Beer Tasting @ Delock's in Dyer, 4 - 6 pm

10/11 - Mad River John Barleycorn Barleywine Vertical Tasting, Featuring Vintages '06 (GABF Gold Winner) - '10, & other Mad River Brews w/Brewery Rep @ Kahn's Fine Wines on Keystone Ave, 4 - 6 pm

10/11 - Shallos Fall Beer Tasting @ Shallos Brewhouse, 8 - 10 pm.
Featuring Mikkeller, Mad River, Shmaltz & several more....

10/12 - Mad River John Barleycorn Barleywine Vertical Tasting, Featuring Vintages '06 (GABF Gold Winner) - '10, & other Mad River Brews w/Brewery Rep @ Crown Liquors 62nd & Allisonville, 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

10/13 - Founders Beer Dinner @ Monon Food Co. in Broad Ripple, starting @ 6 pm

10/13 - Left Hand Beer Dinner @ Sonka's Irish Pub in Terre Haute, starting @ 6 pm.

10/14 - 15 Big Red Beer Fest in Bloomington, 6 - 9 pm both nights.

10/15 - Craft Beer Tasting @ Liquor Stop in Highland, 4 - 6 pm.

Upcoming Events

From Rita Kohn, author, True Brew:

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