07 January 2011

Random Beer Roundup - The Welcome 2011 Edition

Happy New Year!  Hope your holidays were beer filled and spectacular. Next week marks the opening of Indianapolis' newest brewery, Thr3e Wise Men. They are holding VIP openings on Friday and Saturday for those with invites and will be open to the public shortly thereafter.

What else has been going on or is upcoming?  Flat 12 has opened and you can read more about them from Jason here.  We popped the first bottle of (my first) homebrew (a coffee stout collaboration with my friend, Amy C.).  Colts are in the Playoffs.  Bell's Hopslam returns next week.  Bitches Brew meets on Saturday at 1, downtown at Tavern on South, for any interested ladies.  Life is good.

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 Indianapolis:
Announcing a "Name That Beer" contest. I have a Strong Scotch Ale that will be tapped in about a month, but it needs a name. It can be Alcatraz Prison related (like his Conjugal Visit Hefeweizen) or not, but be creative. The winner will win dinner for 2 at The Alcatraz along with other prizes. Please send your ideas to indy@alcatrazbrewing.com

From Roger at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
NABC Pizzeria & Public House has gone smokeless.

That's right: As of Monday, January 3, NABC's original Pizzeria & Public
House location (3312 Plaza Drive in New Albany; a.k.a. Sportstime Pizza and Rich O's Public House for the old-timers) is a smoke-free workplace, except for Rauchbier, Smoked Porter and other smoky beer treats.

Gravity Head begins February 25.
From Andrew at Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Indianapolis/Fishers:
$5.99 Growlers in January
A growler from RAM goes perfectly with your NFL playoff games! For January only, both RAM locations are offering $5.99 growler fills all day every day (except Sundays in Fishers – seasonal price may vary). Bigger, Better, Fresher!

On the Horizon
Batch #999 has a name! In Hops We Trust will be an Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV and 90 IBU’s that is planned for a late February release. Keep an eye out for celebration plans to mark this momentous occasion.

On Tap Now – Both Locations
Blue Pride Pilsner – Traditional German Lager
Dry-Hop Delusions – Brown IPA with herbal and citrus dry-hop notes
Coo Coo for Cocoa Stout – Decadent Cocoa flavor on top of a deep, dark Stout

From Charles at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington:
Schwarz Black Lager is being packaged this week and will be on its way to you early next week. Look for it on draught and in six-packs!

At the Bar
From Jordan at the Beer Sellar in Indianapolis:
New at Beer Sellar this week:

Coming Monday January 10th at 6 pm BELLS HOPSLAM will be released. So come enjoy a glass while the supplies last. Also being released on Monday is Bells Batch 10,000.
For this Bells Event we will also feature Bells Amber, Porter, Two Hearted, Oarsmen, Pale Ale, Winter White, Best Brown, and Double Cream Stout. These 8 will be on special for $3 a glass and $13 for a pitcher. If you buy a pitcher you get to keep the glass. (while supplies last). We also will have some bottle of the 25th Anniversary Ale and Oracle.

New Belgium Brewery:  2 Below Dry hopping during fermentation creates a floral nose with a hint of pepper and spicy, subtle undertones

Lips of Faith Sahti Ale -a traditional rye ale brewed with juniper, our Sahti Ale is a hazy amber ale with a sturdy mouth feel and a crisp and lively Finnish.

Sierra Nevada:  Bigfoot Ale a dense, fruity bouquet, an intense flavor palate and a deep reddish-brown color.

Boulevard Brewing:  Tank 7 Farmhouse ale- a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.
From Stuart at MacNiven's in Indianapolis:
Just tapped at MacNiven's:

Ommegang 3 Philosophers Quadrupel Ale
Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitro Tap
Brooklyn Winter Scottish Ale

Still on tap...
Goose Island Dominique Belgian-Style Sour
From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
On tap currently is Sun King Batch 222, Bloomington Brewing Company's Java Porter on the Nitro tap, Three Floyds Alpha King, Dogfish/Three Floyd's collaboration called Poppa Skull...very limited availability and here on draft....we also are pouring Rogue's Yellow Snow....WooHoo!
On deck we have waiting a keg of Dreadnaught, a keg of Mojo Rising, and a keg of BBC's Amber Ale..."Ruby Bloom".
From Martin at Tavern on South in Indianapolis:
Current Tap List
Sun King Cream Ale
Sun King Cowbell Porter (Just A Little Bit Left)
Sun King Golden Princess
Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
New Albanian Beaks Best
Founders Dirty Bastard
Peoples Pilsner
Upland Komodo Dragon Black Ipa
Bells Amber
Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen Tripel Ipa
New Holland Mad Hatter Ipa
Goose Island Mild Winter

Bells Hopslam
Goose Island Pepe Neros

We have been getting great feedback this first month and are looking forward to hosting special tapping's and beer dinners in the future. We will be constantly rotating out a few lines with beers that are fun and different. We look forward this year to Flat 12 & Triton Brewing as well as the continued success of Sun King, Barley Island, Oaken Barrel, and all the Indiana Breweries in giving us the best local and fresh beer available.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are offering all of our Indiana beers whether it be bottle or draft for $4.00
Wednesdays is our Pint Night where most pints are $3.75. excludes Houblon Chouffe 
Also our winter hours are the following:
Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Kitchen Bar open til 10pm
Friday 11am-10pm Kitchen Bar open til 11pm
Saturday 4pm-10pm Kitchen Bar open til 11pm
Sunday 4pm-9pm Kitchen Bar open til 10pm
Carry Out
From Joe at Crown Liquors (U.S. 31 South) in Greenwood:
Hope you've had a great holiday and New Year so far - Thanks for those of you who made it out to the blowout tasting last week and helped make it a big success! Hopefully the positive response will allow us to be able to do bigger tastings more often. If you missed the blowout tasting, I won't rub it in too much - but you missed some great brews! Bell's Hopslam will be out next week, there is a tapping party for it on January 10, from 6-10PM at the Beer Sellar in Castleton. They are tapping both Hopslam and Bell's Batch 10,000 at 6 - Hope to see you there!

The tasting this week will be back to Friday, January 7th, from 5-8PM and will feature:

Goose Island - Fleur Belgian-Style Wild Ale
Ayinger - Weizenbock
Leinenkugel's - Big Eddy Imperial Stout

We have recieved all kinds of new beers over the past two weeks or so, including:

Avery - Hog Heaven, Mephistopheles
Bayrischer - Berliner Weisse
Boulder - Mojo IPA
Dogfish - Burton Baton, Old School Barleywine
Dr. Fritz - 1809 Berliner Weisse
Eggenberger - Urbock 23*
Gulden Draak - Vintage
Great Divide - Beligica Belgian-Style IPA
Hanssen's - Oudbeitje, Oude Geuze
Kasteel - Triple
Lindeman's - Faro
Nogne Ø - Dark Horizon, Red Horizon
Schlafly - Dry-Hopped APA
Schlenkerla - Smoked Doppelbock
Shoreline - Discombobulation Ale '08, Lost Sailor Imperial Stout '08
Thornbridge - Kipling Pale Ale
Victory - Old Horizontal
Williams Bros. - Historic Ales of Scotland 4-Pack

P.S. - Don't forget we still have tickets to the Indiana Brewer's Guild Winterfest which is on Saturday, January 29th. The tickets are $35 per person. Don't miss out on this great annual event! More info at indianabeerfest.com

Na Zdorovie!

From Josh at United Package Liquors (Countyline & Meridian) in Greenwood:
New beer in stock-

Upland Sours (only a few bottles left)
North Coast Old Stock 2009 Cellar Reserve
New Holland Blue Sunday Sour
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head Poppa Skull
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
Great Divide Espresso Oak aged Yeti

From the Distributors/Reps:
From Greg at Cavalier Distribution:
New Releases:

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA 2011 is officially released this week in Indiana! We sold almost our entire first run of DT this first week we had it, so grab it where you can find it!

Great Divide Belgica Belgian IPA & Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti are now in stock now in very limited quantities.

North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve, '09 Old Stock aged in Boubon Barrels for 21 mos, is allocated and available in extremely limited accounts & quantities.

Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss '10 Vintage was officially released last week, extremely limited, less than 20 cs in the state!!

Welcome Back Some Legends:

Darwin Flag Porter is back available in Indiana again!

Orkney Skull Splitter, Red MacGregor, Dark Island Stout & Dragon Head Stout are all back and available in IN again!!

Williams Brothers: Froach Heather Ale, Alba Scots Pine Ale, Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale, Kelpie & Grozet Gooseberry Wheat Ale all back as well!!

Upcoming Cavalier Events:

1/12 Cider Tasting at Down To Earth, Granger, 4-6

1/13 Craft Beer Tasting, Chalet 1, Middlebury, 3-5

1/14 Barley Wine Tasting, Wiseguys, Merrillville, 5-7

1/26 Craft Beer Tasting, Chalet 7, Elkhart, 4-6

1/27 Craft Beer Tasting, Chalet 3, Elkhart, 4-6

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