11 March 2011

Random Beer Roundup - The Snakes are Driving me Crazy Edition

Top o' the mornin' to ya.  If you are gearing up to celebrate St. Patty's Day in Indianapolis, you may be interested in Jason's article in Metromix this week.

Tailgate for Nothing 4 has been set and reset and will now take place on May 7th (same place and time as always).  Really, it was the only option.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  We hope you can join us.

Don't forget to start your drinking an hour early on Saturday night, for you will lose one as Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday.  

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 Noah at Brugge Brasserie in Indianapolis:
Brugge Pilsner is on!

From Andrew at Ram Brewery in Indianapolis/Fishers:

Shenanigan’s Irish Coffee
On March 17th, your RAM Restaurant and Brewery has just what St. Patrick would want on his big day. Not only will we have the malty overtones of Ole St. Mick’s Irish Red on tap, but we are also going to release Shenanigan’s Irish Coffee, which blends our seasonal Irish Red with a pleasant dose of Hubbard and Craven’s locally roasted coffee beans. This bombshell will be tapped at both locations at 1 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, and it will be for a limited time only. (In house only - no growlers) Enjoy!

RAM Small Ale Competition
Thank you to all of our entrants! We are excited to announce that we received 47 entries from 35 different brewers or brewing groups. There are going to be a lot of great beers to taste, and it will be a hard choice for our elite judging panel. Keep an eye out in early April to find out who gets to brew their beer with us.

On Tap Now – Downtown
Ole St. Mick’s Irish Red – caramel, toffee, and a hint of roast
Batch 999 In Hops We Trust – huge American hops

On Tap Now – Fishers
Blue Pride Pilsner – Traditional German Lager (Almost Gone L)
Ole St. Mick’s Irish Red – caramel, toffee, and a hint of roast
Batch 999 In Hops We Trust – huge American hops

From Lauren at Thr3e Wise Men Brewery in Indianapolis:
 St. Patrick's Day
When: March 17, 2011 5:00pm to Midnight

Where: Thr3e Wise Men Brewery

What: There will be a $5 cover. $4 Pints of Bunny Blonde, Centennial Martyr Double IPA, Golden Zoe IPA and Two Lucy's Blackberry Wheat. A new brew called Saint Slaters Irish Stout will be available inside Thr3e Wise Men.

Sam King will take the stage at 5:30-6:30 and The Last Goodyear take stage at 7:00pm

Bagpipers from 10:30pm to 11:00pm
From Charles at Upland Brewery in Bloomington/Indianapolis:
Upland's Blackberry and Cherry Lambics will be available for online reservation beginning at noon on Wednesday, March 16th. Just visit uplandbeer.com and follow the link on the the reservations page. Due to limited supply, reservations will be limited to one bottle of each style per person. Each bottle is $20 + tax.

You'll be able to pick up your bottles from our Bloomington Tap Room or Indy Tasting Room from March 29th through April 12th. That's right, unlike previous releases, you'll be able to choose whether to pick up your Lambics in Indianapolis or Bloomington!

As before, someone else can pick up your bottles for you, but they must show a copy of your ID.

There is no set time that reservations will close - we'll keep it open until we run out. But don't wait too long. Reservations closed after only 18 hours last time, and we have even fewer bottles this go-around...

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

Three Floyds Brian Boru
Bells Third Coast Beer
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
Oaken Barrel Indiana Amber
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Kentucky Bourbon Ale
Boulevard Irish Ale
Avery IPA
Coming Soon:
Three Floyds Artic Panzer Wolf- Imperial IPA 9%

New Albanian Hoptimus-Imperial IPA 10.7%

Upcoming Events
March 17th
Opening at 11 A.M. Pitchers $7/ 8 / 9 Live Music at 10pm 
April 11th
Cigar and Whiskey Tasting. $3 pints. 
April 18th
Bloomington Brewing Company Tapping Party 
May 7th
Beer Sellar Goes Local 50 different Indiana Beers on site. More details to come soon!
From Corrie at Goose the Market in Indianapolis:
New on the shelves at the Goose...

Oregon's Wandering Aengus is using the silver apples of the moon and the golden apples of the sun for its latest limited release ciders: one oak-aged and dry, another of exclusively tart, crisp Wicksons.

Six years ago, Hildegard discovered how hoppy life can be when she brewed the first Belgium-style IPA. What does that mean exactly? And who is HIldegard? Ask Urthel.

In a 12th century structure with an Italian goddess in the courtyard and brewing ingredients fresh from the castle's kitchen garden...yup, that's how the Thornbridge brewers craft their British beers, including Jaipur, an IPA worthy of the Italian goddess on the bottle.
From Tomlinson Tap Room (City Market) in Indianapolis: 
Most recent tap list here.  Also, next week is a food and beer pairing  featuring Big Woods Brewing Co. on March 15th.  Tickets are $25.  More information here
From the Stores
From Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
New at Big Red Liquors Downtown:

Founders Imperial Stout- Limited Supply!
Upland Ard Ri- Imperial Red Ale from local Bloomington Brewery! Keith's Favorite!
Tyranena Down and Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Two Brothers Long Haul Session Ale and Resistance IPA- These beers are in
TwoBrothers J Series and aged in French Oak Foudres.
Abita Strawberry Harvest
Point Einbock Maibock Helles Bier
Harpoon Levaithon Series Quad
New Belgium La Folie- Sour style ale! Not for everyone, but certaintly unique!
Mendocino Birds of Prey Mix Packs

Now Back in Stock: 
Flying Dog Ragin' B*tch
Darwin Flag Porter
Skull Splitter Scottish Ale

Just in time for St Patricks Day:

3 Floyds Brian Boru
Harpoon Celtic Ale
Schlafly Irish Extra Stout

Don't forget, we have beer tastings every Thursday night from 6-8pm!

Visit Big Red Liquors on Facebook to get the latest beer news, as well as the first word on new and special releases!

From the Distributors/Reps
From Greg at Cavalier Distribution in Indianapolis:
Cavalier Items Now Available

The Bruery Saison de Lente 750 ML - Limited Spring Seasonal Release

Corsendonk Pale & Brown Ale 4pks - Corsendonk now available in both 750 MLs & 4pks now

Daleside Old Leg Over 16.9 oz - New to the market, very limited

Mad Anthony #3 Irish Red Ale - Draft Only, Limited Seasonal

Moorehouse Blonde Bitch & Witches Brew 16.9 oz

New Albanian Elector Imperial Red 22 oz Btls - First NABC offering in a bottle!!

Thirsty Dog Irish Setter Red Ale 6pks - Limited Spring Seasonal

Wandering Aengus Wickson Single-Varietal Cider & Oaked Dry Cider 16.9oz Btls - Both very limited special release ciders

Upcoming Cavalier Events:

3/17 Pikk's Tavern Mead Tasting, Valpo, 5-6

3/18 Union St. Liquors New Product Tasting, Mishawaka, 4-6

3/19 Godfather's Charity Tasting, Valpo, 5-6:30

3/23 54 Main Bistro Boulder Beer Dinner, Hobart, 6:30-9

3/24 Chalet 1 Tasting, Middlebury, 3-5

3/25 WiseGuys Cider Tasting, Merrillville, 5-7

3/31 Chalet 7 Tasting, Elkhart, 4-6

4/22 WiseGuys Tasting, Merrillville 5-7

4/28 Chalet 3 Tasting, Goshen, 6-8

4/29 Pikk's Tavern Founder's Beer Dinner w/ John Host, Valpo, 6:30

5/7 St. John Wine and Spirits New Day Tasting, St. John's, 2-4

5/11 54 Main Bistro New Day Dinner, Hobart, 6:30

5/21 Illiana Mayfest, Crown Point
Upcoming Events
WHO: Chef JJ’s Back Yard, Sun King Brewing Co., GrayBull Wines
WHAT: Chef JJ’s Eggfest
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., May 14
WHERE: Chef JJ’s Back Yard, 1040 Broad Ripple Ave., (317) 602-3828, ChefJJs.com.
COST: $25 per person, children 12 and younger free

Located in the parking lot that surrounds his private dining and event facility, Chef JJ’s Back Yard, Chef JJ’s Eggfest will feature food grilled by 30 teams on 30 different Big Green Eggs, an Iron Chef-style grilling challenge, Fresh•Local•Beer, and organic wine. Also, Sun King will tap a seasonal beer at the event!

JJ’s Back Yard will also offer egg-cellent discounts on Big Green Egg grills and accessories. Tickets are only $25 per person and include unlimited food and one drink ticket for adults of legal drinking age. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free of charge and there will be a play area for kids.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.chefjjs.com/home/culinary-experience/egg-fest/.
Yep, Yelp Drinks! Yes, We Do!

The first ever "Bar Week" in Indy is here! From April 4th - 10th, participating bars are offering up a menu of your favorite lascivious and liberating libations at 50% off! Open to all, from open to close!
7 Days. 7 Bars. 7 events! Each night of the week, Yelp will be hosting an event open to the public!

Brew Bracket Introduces Live Tasting Tournament Featuring Local Craft Beers on April 17th; 400 Hoosiers to Vote for Best IPA in Indiana

Tickets and additional information here


  1. Then there is also some beer that comes out next week I think it's something like... KBS

  2. yep. Sure does. Can't wait to try some!