08 April 2011

Random Beer Roundup - The Festivals are a' Coming Edition

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

We've had a boatload of content go up in the last day or two, so here is a recap if you've missed something:

Minor Leagues, Major Brews - just in time for the Indians' home opener, Jason provides some details on what's brewing out at the minor league ballparks this year.

Three Floyds/Sun King 3 Kings and House Bill 1132 - Jason recaps what has been going on with this bill and Mike provides the second part of the interview with Barnaby.

KOTBR #124 - In Tribute - Brugge and Upland beers featured in this roundtable.

Some upcoming events (not listed below) for your calendar...

Saturday 4/23 - Some gals (and guys) will be brewing an all-grain batch of IPA at Great Fermentations.  Join us!

Saturday, 5/7 - HBG's Tailgate for Nothing 4 - Get your tail over to the Sun King parking lot anytime after 11am.  Bring chairs, bring food and beer to share.  This is always a good time and everyone who wants to share good food and beer are welcome.

Saturday - 6/4 - Bloomington Craft Beer Festival - Tickets on sale Monday.

Saturday - 7/16 - Brewers of Indiana Guild Microbrewers Festival - Tickets on sale in May

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 Darren at Bier Brewery in Indianapolis:
Here's what we have for April 8th:
ESB - Special K(kolsch) - Weizengoot(hefe) - PDG Pale- Spring Marzen - Belgian Pale - 4 Banger Amber - Belgianfruitwheatsomethinoranother(hint of peach)

Here's what we have for April 15th:
Dred Brown - Cream d'Kolsch - Roggenschnizzle - Oranjunkle - Witbier(as authentic as it gits) - Belgianfruitwheatsomethinoranother(sweet cherry & blackberry)

From Clay at Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis:
Spring is here and we couldn't be happier! We've got fun stuff going on at the brewery every Thursday in April plus a very special Tapping at Victory Field to celebrate the 125th year of Baseball in Indianapolis... Our legislative efforts with 3 Floyds are moving forward, but of course you probably already read about that on Hoosier Beer Geek, if not you can do so here.

1887 Tapping at Victory Field
Saturday, April 9th 6:30 p.m.
Reserved Seating available in Captains Cove
Tickets available online at: www.indyindians.com

12 on 13 - Chatham Tap Mass Ave.
Wednesday, April 13th - 11 a.m. - Close
Sun King Takes over Chatham's Taps for the ENTIRE DAY!

Indiana Landmarks Wit Tapping
Thursday, April 14th
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Tasting Room
Food from The Local Eatery and Pub
Music from John Martin & Gary Watson

3 Kings Tapping
Thursday, April 21st
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Tasting Room
Food & Music: TBA

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.
Full list here: www.sunkingbrewing.com/events_%26_Tappings.html

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 11th: Cigar and Whiskey Tasting. Buy your tickets at the bar. Also $3 Pint Night on 48 of our drafts.
April 18th: Bloomington Brewing tapping party starting at 8 pm
April 25th: Goose Island Experience. We will be giving away a $50 prize package that includes a meal, beer and a tour of the brewery in Chicago. We will be featuring $3 pints of Goose Island 312, Summertime, and IPA. Also $6.50 glasses of Matilda, Pepe Nero, and Fleur.
May 3rd: Flat 12 Tapping Party
May 4th: Sun King Tapping Party
May 5th: Upland Tapping Party
May 6th: Three Floyds Tapping Party
May 7th: Beer Sellar Goes Local. Upwards of 50 Indiana Drafts for the day. More details are still to come.
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 Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:
Oh boy,
Number one is that we are having a lot of fun with Indiana beers lately...Sun King Mai Bock will arrive for us on Friday, currently we have on tap Flat 12 Half cycle, People's Aberrant Amber, Founder's Double Trouble, North Coast's Old Rasputin Imperial Stout on Nitro, and Tank 7 from boulevard Brewing (a Saison).

From the Liquor Stores
From Joe at Crown Liquors:
Thanks to those of you who were good sports about my little prank last week, haha! We are having an extra big tasting this week because my birthday is on Sunday!

On Friday, April 8th, from 5-8PM we will be sampling:

OAKEN BARREL - Alabaster Wit (Belgian-Style White Ale) (New!)
ST. FEUILLIEN - Saison (New!)
NEW BELGIUM - Lips of Faith: Dunkelweiss (New!)

...And a few beers from OSKAR BLUES (Gubna and Ten Fidy!!!) courtesy of Pat and several vintage surprises from my personal cellar! You'll just have to come in to find out...

All new brews this week include:

BELL'S - Oberon (So stop asking...Haha!)
UERIGE - Sticke, Doppelbock
JW LEES - Manchester Star
LIEFMANS - Cuvee Brut, Goudenbond (New Lambics/Sours!!)
ROGUE - Brutal IPA
FLYING DOG - Raging Bitch
3 FLOYDS - Arctic Panzer Wolf (More in Stock, Limited!)
VICTORY - Headwaters Pale Ale, Whirlwind Wit
BROOKLYN - Summer Ale
From the Distributors/Reps
From Greg at Cavalier Distributing
4/18    Boulder Beer Feature Night at Old Chicago Evansville
4/22    WiseGuys Tasting, Merrillville, 5-7
4/28    Chalet 3 Tasting, Elkhart, 6-8
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

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.

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. Anyone know what the details are for the Bloomington Craft Beer Fest on June 4th? Tickets on sale Monday and I can't find any info at all about it...where do the tickets go on sale, cost, etc?

  2. Details are getting firmed up for the festival. Originally tickets were scheduled to go up on Monday, but it looks like it will be on Friday of this week instead. You will be able to find more information as we learn it here and also on the Brewers Guild site.

  3. And...now to make a liar of me...Tickets will be on sale as originally anticipated, on Monday. More information will be available soon.