01 April 2011

Random Beer Roundup - The April Showers Edition

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

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

Saturday - 7/16 - Brewers of Indiana Guild Microbrewers Festival

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 Andrew at Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Indianapolis(Downtown/Fishers):
Come by our downtown location to try our newest seasonal, Glacier Peak Pale Ale. This American Pale pours as a light-bodied, thirst-quenching American Pale Ale. The thin, dry mouthfeel is complimented kindly by the citrus dry-hop flavor and aroma, which leads to the perfect beer for the first few lawn projects of the spring. Available in Fishers soon.

On Tap Now – Downtown
Ole St. Mick’s Irish Red – caramel, toffee, and a hint of roast
Glacier Peak Pale Ale – Flavorful Citrus dry-hop

On Tap Now – Fishers
Aries American Wheat – light with a crisp hop character (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 Clay at Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis:
We've got a LOT going on around the brewery these days. Our new brewhouse is up and running. Our collaboration with 3 Floyds was dry hopped this week and we're working out the details for its release. Regardless of when, it will only be available in our Tasting Room and at their Pub because the beer was brewed to shed light on an issue 3 Floyds is facing currently and one day we will face too. According to Indiana law, a small brewer can operate a pub or tasting room until they reach 20,000 bbls. Therefore by the best estimate, 3 Floyds will be forced to close their pub sometime in November unless our efforts in the Legislature are successful!

On another note, we've got a lot of seasonal beers on the horizon... Mai Bock will be released Friday, April 1st at the Rathskeller and then on Saturday in the Tasting Room. Our Inaugural Indianapolis Indians seasonal beer, named 1887 in honor of the 125th anniversary of baseball in Indianapolis, will be released on Saturday night of Opening Weekend! The tapping will take place in the brand new Captains Cove, which is a full service bar area in left field and features reserved seating and table service. We just brewed Indiana Landmarks Wit in honor of the Indiana Landmarks Societies new home just up the way on Central Ave. It will be tapped at Sun Kin on Thursday, April 14th. We'll also be tapping Batch 333: The Velvet Fog sometime in the near future!

Events & Tappings:

Mai Bock Tapping
Rathskeller Restaurant
Friday, April 1st at 8:30 p.m.
Live Music by the Twin Cats

Bike to the Ballpark w/ Indy COG
Opening Day at Victory Field
Thursday, April 7th, 2010
Ride leaves Sun King at 5:30 sharp
Led by Mayor Ballard, who is throwing out the first pitch!

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

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

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 the Liquor Stores
From Joe at Crown Liquors:
Here is this week's update... I'm afraid we did not receive any new beer this week - But it just means that there will be more new stuff next week!

However, we are still doing a beer tasting from 5PM-???... A special surprise tasting! You'll just have to stop in and see what it is!
Hope to see you there!
From the Distributors/Reps
From Greg at Cavalier Distributing:
New in Cavalier Warehouse:
Berghoff Solstice Wit:  Spring & Summer seasonal
Clipper City Holy Sheet Uber Abbey Ale:  Limited seasonal release, 22 oz btls
Left Hand TNT: Weizen Dopplebock style, New Big Mo Release, Extremely limited & allocated, 22oz & draft.
North Coast La Merle Saison & Brother Thelonious Abbey Ale now available in 375 ML cork & caged splits!
St. Feullien Brune & Saison:  New year around items, 750 ML's!
Uerige Sticke & Dopple Sticke now available year around!
Upcoming Cavalier Events:

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

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

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