22 April 2011

Random Beer Roundup - The Chocolate Bunny Edition

****This post may be updated throughout the day.****

A big thanks to Sun King for hosting another great party last night and to Goliathon for rocking our faces off.

I am ready to do some brewing again!  I am looking forward to brewing with the awesome folks at Great Fermentations and Bitches Brew on Saturday.  We'll be starting at 11am on our all-grain IPA.  There is still room if anyone is interested in joining us.

Don't forget Tailgate for Nothing 4 on Saturday, May 7th from 11am till whenever we are done.

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 Breweries
From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
New on tap this weekend at Half Moon:

The Golden HOPpopotamus - Imperial IPA (Seasonal) Hop Heads will agree, this beer is PHAT! Hop heavy from front to back with Magnum and Falconer's Flight hops. The 50/50 blend of Marris Otter and Pale Ale malts give it it's deep golden color, full body, and mildly
malty flavor. But make no mistake, this beer is all about hops! The Falconer's Flight hops add a huge grapefruit-like aroma and flavor to go with it's persistent hop bitterness. The Golden HOPpopotamus is an Imperial IPA fit for royalty.

O.G.=1.081 ABV=8.8% IBU=107
From Andrew at Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Downtown Indianapolis/Fishers:
Tapping Postponement – April 28th
Hello Everyone - Unfortunately, we need to postpone our planned tapping parties from this Thursday the 21st to the following week. Big Horn Maibock is still going to be available at both locations starting this Thursday the 21st, and we will be tapping Spring Fever, a light ale brewed with Jasmine and Lemon Peel, at both locations next Thursday the 28th. The tapping in Fishers will still start at 6:30 p.m., and the tapping at our Downtown Indy location will take place at 7 p.m. in the Hoosier Room. Our apologies for the change in plans, but we hope to see you all next week.

RAM Small Ale Competition Winner
Congratulations to Bill Tilt from Lafayette, IN! His Ordinary Bitter, appropriately named “Bettor Bitter”, was the big winner in the 2011 RAM Small Ale Competition. Bill will be joining us in the brewery to recreate his winning recipe, so keep an eye out for his beer on tap at both RAM locations in the coming weeks.

On Tap Now – Downtown and Fishers
Ole St. Mick’s Irish Red – caramel, toffee, and a hint of roast (Almost gone L)
Glacier Peak Pale – refreshing American Pale dry-hopped with Cascade hops

On the Horizon
Big Horn Maibock – Malty German Maibock
Spring Fever – Light ale infused with Jasmine and Lemon Peel

From Clay at Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis:
Recycling Drive
Saturday, April 23rd
1:00 - 4:00 in the South Lot of Sun King
Recycling of the usual items PLUS E-waste, Batteries, etc.

Project Endure Event
Thursday, April 28th in the Tasting Room
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Food from Duos
Music from Jack Davies

Chef JJ's EGGFEST / Firefly Tapping
Saturday, May 15th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1040 Broad Ripple Ave.
$25 per person gets you unlimited sampling of food from 30 Big Green Eggs
PLUS 1 drink ticket for Sun King Beer or Graybull Organic Wines
(Children 12 & under are free)

At the Bar
From Jordan at Beer Sellar in Indianapolis:
April 25th
Goose Island Experience Tapping Event 8pm
Raffle for a $50 Experience for 2 gets you a meal, beer and a tour of the Goose Island Brewery in Chicago.
$3 Pints of 312, Summertime, IPA
$6.50 Glasses of Maltilda, Pepe Nero, Fleur

May 3rd
Flat 12 Tapping Event 8pm
Half Cycle IPA
Glazed Ham Porter

May 4th
Sun King Tapping Event 8pm
Sunlight Cream Ale
Wee Mac Scottish Ale
Osiris Pale Ale
Naptown Brown
Ring of Dingle
Mai Bock
Landmark Wit

May 5th
Upland Tapping Event 8pm
Light Wave Belgian Pale Ale
Kickback high IBU Session Beer
Winterfest Replicale Double Imperial Stout
Bourbon Barrel Ard Ri
Badder Elmers Baltic Porter
Infiite Wisdom Belgian Tripel
Ard Ri
Double Dragonfly
Preservation Pilsner
Rad Red
Nuthugger Brown Ale

May 6th
Three Floyds Tapping Event 8pm
Alpha King
Pride and Joy
Artic Panzer Wolf
Rabbid Rabbit
Topless Witch Baltic Porter

May 7th Beer Sellar goes Local 1pm - 7pm
Upwards of 50 Indiana Beers on draft.

Breweries that will have beer at the event

Sun King
Flat 12
Three Floyds
Bee Creek
Barley Island
New Albanian
Oaken Barrel
Bloomington Brewing Co
Crown Brewing
Mishawaka Brewing
From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
Beer.....Sun King dominated our taps with their Mai-Bock and Sunlight Cream Ale....Founders Double Trouble continues to wow folks, Flat 12-Half Cycle IPA is a tasty hoppy, sessionable IPA, and Bloomington's B-town Brown has been well received....Stout has been well represented by North Coasts' Old Rasputin on Nitro.

Have you heard from BoonDogglers? Newest craft beer spot serving burgers and such just next door to us.
Peace and Love shall rule the world.......

From Lauren at Scotty's Brewhouse in various locations:
Celebrate 1 Year at Scotty’s Lakehouse! We will be having a Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company Tapping Party starting at 6pm!

Scotty’s Brewhouse West Lafayette now has People’s Farmer’s Wheat and Napa Smith Organic IPA on tap!

From the Liquor Stores
From Matt at Big Red Liquors in Bloomington:
New at Big Red Liquors Downtown:

Ovila Dubbel from Sierra Nevada

Great Divide Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti

Great Divide 17th Anniversary Oake Aged Double IPA

Sam Adams Long Shot A six pack of Sam Adams Homebrew contest winners!

Tyraneana Brewers Gone Wild Series: Dirty Old Man Barrel Aged Imperial Rye Porter
WOW! If its half as good as its name is long, this is one not to miss!

Stone Cali Belgique Now year round!

New Belgium Lips of Faith Dunkel Weis Limited!

Upland Cherry and Blackberry Lambics

Boulevard Boss Toms Golden Bock

Leinenkugels Summer Shandy: The wait is over!

ShockTop Raspberry

Brooklyn Pennant Ale: You don't have to be a Dodger's fan to love this beer!

Sierra Nevada Summerfest

*Big Red would like to welcome Sun King Brewery to Bloomington! We have 4pks of their Osiris Pale, Sun Light Cream and Wee Mac Scottish! Kegs will be availiable soon!

*What do serious Homebrewers drink when they are watching the carboys? Big Red is teaming up with local home brew club, The Hop Jockeys, to help you find out!

This month's Hop Jockeys' selections:

Joshua--- Monks Cafe Sour Ale
Phil--- New Holland Mad Hatter
John--- Hoegaarden Wit
Chadd--- Unibroue La Terrible
Ryan--- Upland Helios Pale
Tim--- Pilsner Urquell

*As always, remember our weekly in store beer tastings, Thursdays 6-8pm!

*Follow Big Red Liquors on Facebook and Twitter to hear about the latest releases and specialty items!

From Joe at Crown Liquors:
A'llo Ale Allies -

It's time for a Friday update again...

This Friday, April 22nd, from 5-8PM, we will be sampling:

LAKEFRONT - India-Style Black Ale (Black IPA) (New!)
LIEFMAN'S - Fruitesse (Fruit Lambic) (New!)
LOST COAST - 8 Ball Stout
(3 L's - Look at that!)

Newski brewskis this week are as follows:

BELL'S - Oarsman
BOULEVARD - Boss Tom Golden Bock (New!), Unfiltered Wheat (16 oz. Aluminum Pints), Variety 12 Packs
BREWDOG - Paradox Smokehead
FLYING DOG - Woody Creek Wit, Raging Bitch (Back in Stock!)
GREAT DIVIDE - 17th Anniversary Wood-Aged DIPA (New and Fresh!), Colette Saison
SCHNEIDER - Gift Sets (5 Beers and a Glass)
TUCHER - Dunkelweiss
TYRANENA - Scurvy IPA, BGW: Dirty Old Man
UPLAND - Infinite Wisdom

It's not new, but the price on SAM ADAMS Noble Pils is insanely low: $5.99/6-pk and $18.99/Case!!!
From the Distributors/Reps
From Greg at Cavalier Distributing

4/22 WiseGuys Tasting, Merrillville, 5-7

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

4/28 Goose the Market, Founders Dinner / Cheese Pairing, Details TBA

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

5/07 St. John Wine and Spirits New Day Tasting, St. John's, 2-4

5/11 54 Main Bistro New Day Dinner, Hobart 6:30
From Mike at Goose Island:
Just an FYI Big John will be landing in very limited release at choice retailers around the block.. It's definitely anticipated!

Upcoming/Current 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!  Music by the Woodstove Flapjacks

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.

1 comment:

  1. Gina -- If you're going to brew, brew a Tuxedo Park Brewers kit! They are awesome! Denim Kong Rye on sale right now.