04 February 2011

Random Beer Roundup - The Ice and Snow Blow Edition

Thanks to all who made this Winterfest the best one yet!  If you saw the folks who were filming, you can check out a promo for what will be airing here.  Great to see all the familiar faces!

We were thrilled with how the event ran this year.  We hope everyone in attendance had a great time and we look forward to seeing  you all in the summer (Tickets will go on sale in May).

If you didn't make it to Winterfest to try the Replicale (Ackerman's Imperial Double Stout, affectionately dubbed AIDS by the KOTBR), you'll get another shot to sample them side by side at the Tomlinson Tap Room on Wednesday, February 23rd.  You can read more about the event and the recipe here.

Also I know you will all be excited to know that the Ed Hardy beers are in.  Um, wtf?  Oh, beer...sometimes you win, sometimes you don't.

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

From the Brewers:

From Dan and Lani at Great Crescent in Aurora:
We are heading to Monticello on Feb 10th for the first can run. We'll have more info when we return to the brewery, hopefully with pictures. We will be canning a variety of our beers to start with, but it looks like Dark Lager will be ready in the conditioning tank about the time the cans have arrived and canning machine has been through its final operational checks. We will can other styles from kegs that we are setting aside for that purpose.

From Greg at Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
On tap at Lafayette Brewing Co. 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 Star City Lager. There's also rumors of some Hop Rocket 85 hitting the taps by the weekend. Next seasonal: Marley's VSOP set for release on Saturday, February 12.

On the bottling front, we now have a very limited number of bombers of Big Boris Barleywine 2010. They are available only from the brewery and are priced at $8.95 + tax

From New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
NABCieged Winds Down ...
Current Taps, as of Thursday, February 3:

Abby's Dubbel, Belgian Brown Ale
Abzug, Central European Cellarman's Beer
Beaks Best, American Bitter
Bob's Old 15-B, Robust Brown Porter
Community Dark, Dark Mild Ale
ConeSmoker, Smoked Ale
Elector, Imperial Red Ale
ELI, El Lambicus Infector
Elsa von Horizon, Imperial Pilsner
Hoptimus, Imperial IPA
Le Diable Blonde, Belgian Tripel
Mt. Lee, California Common
Oaked Ancient Rage, Smoked Baltic Porter
Saison de Houblon
Samurai, Japanese Common
Sour Rye, Belgian Strong Ale
Tunnel Vision, Belgian Rye Wit

From Andrew at Ram Brewery in Indianapolis/Fishers:

In Hops We Trust, is ready for its grand release! Brewed with heavy doses of American hops, this Imperial IPA at 8.6% ABV and 147 IBUs is going to scream with citrus and herbal hop flavor. In an attempt to thank all who are responsible for this momentous occasion, we are going to host double tappings (that’s right – two) starting with Wednesday, February 9th at 7 p.m. at our Downtown Indy location. As a food pairing, Chef Steven Anderson will be featuring an Indian specialty, Chicken Tikka Masala, while it lasts. We will also be celebrating with our Northside friends on February 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the Fishers location. Fishers Chef David Blair has selected the Zesty Buffalo Chicken Salad, Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger as great pairings with this monster seasonal beer.

RAM Small Ale Competition

We would like to challenge you, the Homebrewer, to brew the best Small Ale that you can create!   Check out https://sites.google.com/site/ramsmallale/ for more details.

On Tap Now – Both Locations 
Blue Pride Pilsner – Traditional German Lager
Ole St. Mick’s Irish Red – caramel, toffee, and a hint of roast
Coo Coo for Cocoa Stout – Rich, decadent Chocolate Stout

From Upland Brewing Company  in Bloomington/Indianapolis:
Both Upland locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 7th

At the Bar

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse in various locations:
People’s Mr. Brown now available at Scotty’s Brewhouse West Lafayette
Left Hand Milk Stout now available at Scotty's Brewhouse North Side Indy

From Martin at Tavern on South in Indianapolis:
Hope everyone enjoyed Winterfest because i sure did. I would have to say my favorites were Sun King Walking on the Sun, Cuvee de Sun King, and Mad Anthony's Barleywine. We have enjoyed everyone who has been dining with us during devour downtown and since the weather has been so bad we are going to extend it to at least next Wednesday Feb. 9. Here is our current tap list....

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale
Sun King Grapefruit Jungle
Bells Hopslam
Bells Amber
Upland Komodo Dragonfly
Flat 12 Porter
Goose Island Matilda
Goose Island Pepe Nero
People's Mr. Brown
New Albanian Beak's Best
Boulevard Single Wide IPA

Coming Soon
Flat 12 Amber
Upland Preservation Pilsner
Beer for two bombers

From the Stores

From Joe at Crown Liquors (US 31 S.) in Indianapolis:
I apologize for missing the update last week - it was a crazy end of the week as Pat and I toured the Cavalier Friday evening (and missed the tasting) and with Winterfest on Saturday. Glad to see at least a few of you made it out to Winterfest - I think this may have been the best one so far! The Indiana Beer Scene continues to grow and grow and they are crafting some amazing brews in the process. There were several entries this year that were incredible - Let's hope it's a sign of greater things to come!

On Friday Febuary 4th, from 5-8PM we will be tasting:

NORTH COAST - La Merle Saison
HEAVY SEAS - Black Cannon Black IPA (New!)
HEAVY SEAS - Siren Noire Chocolate Imperial Stout(New!)

Recent new brews include:

CARACOLE - Nostradamus (Strong Belgian Brown Ale)
DE DOLLE - Special Extra Export Stout
DIEU DU CIEL - Solstice d'Hiver Barleywine
GREAT DIVIDE - Grand Cru (New!)
KASTEEL - Donker (Strong Belgian Brown Ale)
OKOCIM - Porter>
ROGUE - John John Juniper (Only a few left...)
SHORELINE - Big Bella Heavy Scotch Ale
TYRANENA - Shaggin' In the Woods (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale) (New!)
UPLAND - Double Dragonfly IIPA

From Great Fermentations in Indianapolis:
New Beer Kits!
This month we are premiering three exciting new beer making kits from Brewers Best. Each of these kits fills a void in our current lineup.

English Bitter
Whisky Barrel Stout
Milk Stout

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

Three Floyds - Behemoth Barleywine (Indiana)
Brooklyn Brewery - Local 2 (New York)
Shiner - Double Wheat 102 (Texas)
New Belgium - Mighty Arrow (Colorado)
Rogue - Chatoe Rogue Creek Ale (Oregon)
Great Divide - Tripel (Colorado)
Orkney - Dark Island (Scotland)
La Trappe - Tripel (Belgium)
Hitachino Nest - Real Ginger Ale (Japan)
Clipper City - Heavy Seas Siren Noir (Maryland)
Thornbridge - Jaipur (England)
Great Divide - Grand Cru (Colorado)
Clipper City - Heavy Seas Black Cannon (Maryland)
Upland - Schwarz (Indiana)
Rust Belt - Coke Oven Stout (Ohio)
Lindemans - Faro (Belgium)
Brewdog - Tokio (Scotland)  

From the Distributors/Reps

From Greg at Cavalier Distribution in Indianapolis:
New In Stock:

Boulder Mojo Risin' Double IPA: Special release, limited, 4pks & draft

Clipper City Heavy Seas Black Cannon IPA: Black IPA-style, Seasonal release, 6pks & draft

Clipper City Heavy Seas Siren Noire: Imperial Chocolate Stout, limited Special Release, 22oz & draft

Ed Hardy Beers: Premium & Light, 2/12/12 cans

Great Divide Grand Cru Special release, 1st ever release, very limited, 22oz btls & draft, 11%abv.

Sprecher Red Apple Soda: New soda

Stevens Point Einbock: Spring seasonal release, 6pks

Tyranena BGW Shaggin' in the Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale: Special release, very limited, 4pks


02/11 - Arnold's Tavern Craft Beer Tasting ; 8-10pm

02/19 - Mr. G's, New Day Mead Tasting, 4:30 - 6:30

02/22 - Mass Ave Wine Shoppe, New Day Mead Tasting, 5:30 - 7:00

02/26 - Parti Pak Lq, New Day Mead Tasting, 4:30 - 6:30

03/01 - Birdy's Monthly Craft Beer Tasting; 6 - 8pm ; $10

03/04 - Parti Pak Lq, Spring Beer Tasting, 4:30 - 6:30

03/08 - Monon Food Co. Beer Dinner featuring Left Hand Brewing Co; 6pm ; Price $25

03/09 - Barley Island Broad Ripple Brewery Night featuring Founders Brewing Co. & Special Tapping; 7pm


  1. I think you left out the 2 in 23 in the first paragraph.

    "sample them side by side at the Tomlinson Tap Room on Wednesday, February 3rd."

    Thanks for the updates as always.

  2. indeed! Thanks for the catch!