27 May 2011

Random Beer Roundup - The 100th Running Edition

A round of applause to Jason for holding up the Roundup fort last week.  Looked like it was a fun week here for American Craft Beer Week.  Hope you found yourself with some great beer.

What does it say when you get back from vacation and you're ready for the long weekend? I think I miss New Orleans a little bit already. I highly recommend the Royal Street Inn in New Orleans if you get a chance to stay there. They only have three or four rooms, but they are really, really nice. Plus they give you tokens for a drink every night you stay and they have a nice selection of local beer. I do not, however, recommend the International Beer House on Bourbon Street. They did have a nice selection, but we could have bought a six pack (at the liquor store a block away) with what we paid for one beer. Live and learn, I suppose.

Hey, have you gotten your tickets for the first annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival or Microbrewers' Festival?  They are on sale here.

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

From the Breweries

From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
Applebottom ESB (Seasonal)
The Applebottom ESB (Extra Special Bitter) is an English-style beer with a soft aroma of hops and caramel malts. It's amber in color, has a medium bodied mouthfeel with medium-high hop bitterness, and a background of caramel and biscuity malt flavors. A great session beer for people that enjoy hops.

OG=1.052 ABV=5.25% IBU=45
From Jerry at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Downtown Indianapolis:
Hello! I've got the usual suspects as well as:

Belgian Red Ale- malty sweet and fruity
Goat Toppler Maibock- perfect to style
and...Hop Bomb is back!!!

From Clay at Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis:
Warm weather is finally here and we have a slew of new beers for your enjoyment! Firefly Wheat has been making its way onto taps around the city and will be available throughout June and July around town and in the Tasting Room. Fistful of Hops should make it through this week in the Tasting Room and is on tap in a number of bars/restaurants. Popcorn Pilsner, crafted with 300 pounds of locally grown heirloom popcorn, is coming out in July to quench your thirst on a hot summer day and A Few Hops More, the sequel / Imperial IPA version of the aforementioned Fistful of Hops is bubbling away in the fermenter!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, May 28th 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Big Car Service Center (38th & Lafayette Rd.)
Sun King, New Day Meadery, Fat Sammies & the DEBUT of Chris Eley's Smoking Goose all courtesy of YELP!
To attend you MUST REGISTER & RSVP on Yelp at www.yelp.com/events/indianapolis-the-yelp-500

Popcorn Pilsner Tapping
Thursday, June 2nd 6:35 p.m.
Victory Field - Captain's Cove
Tickets for Captain's Cove available here.

Bloomington Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, June 4th

A Few Hops More Tapping
Thursday, June 9th 6:00-9:00 p.m.
IN the Tasting Room
Food from Mabel on the Move & Music from Woody Pines

Indieana Hadicraft Exchange
Saturday, June 11th 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Harrison Center for the Arts - 1505 N. Delaware St.
Local Artists, Local Music & Fresh•Local•Beer

From Cari at Upland Brewery in Bloomington/Indianapolis:
I'm tasting some of our beers at the Trader's Point Creamery Green Market this Friday, May 27, 4-8 pm. Get some locally produced products, grab some dinner, and sample some of our tasty beers Friday night!

I'm also doing a tasting on Monday, May 30, 1-4 at Fresh Market Broad Ripple. We'll be sampling many of our everyday beers and our latest seasonal, Nut Hugger Brown Ale.

At the Bars and Restaurants

From Patrick at the Patrick’s Kitchen in Zionsville:
Latest news is we picked up a 1/2bbl of sun King's "fist full of Hops" and everyone is really enjoying it.
From Don at Puccini's Smiling Teeth, various locations:
Puccini's, locally owned and operated, has been in business for more than 20 years. Recently, we've been changing things up - we joined that newfangled twitter thing, added a gluten free menu, and now we're focusing on our beer list, featuring local and craft brews to pair with our pizza. We also added a gluten free option for our friends with special dietary needs.

We thought you might be interested in another local place to pair good food with tasty beers. Here's more info on our beer menu. Hope you come and check us out sometime soon!
Carry Out
From John at Crown Liquors in Fishers:
This week at Crown Liquors #20 in Fishers, we are going to have a beer tasting celebrating the track and memorial day weekend. Im going to have five different options in cans. We will have Brooklyn Summer Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Southern Star Blonde Bombshell, Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale and Twisted Tea.
From Patrick at Crown Liquors in Downtown Indianapolis:
We have lots of tastings happening on Friday May 27th:

At our US 31 S. Location:

We will be sampling:
Wild Turkey American Honey Whiskey from 4-6PM
Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Mix from 5-7PM

The Craft Beer Tasting will be at the normal time, from 5-8PM and will be featuring:

BOULEVARD - Two Jokers Double Wit (Imperial Belgian-Style Wit Beer) (New!)
DARKHORSE - Boffo Brown Ale
MAGNER'S - Hard Cider
and a few other out-of-state specialities/surprises...

New Brewkis this week include:

BRASSERIE DES FRANCHES-MONTAGNES (BFM) - Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2010, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru 2010 (Oak Aged Sour/Wild Ales!)

At our Downtown Location (at the corner of Delaware and Ohio)
"Beer Geek Race Day Can Tasting" featuring:

SOUTHERN STAR - Pine Belt Pale Ale Can
SOUTHERN STAR - Bombshell Blonde Can
BROOKLYN - Lager Can
BROOKLYN - Summer Can
SUN KING - Sunlight Cream Ale Can (Sun King Rep will be here to pour and talk about the beers too!)
SUN KING - Osiris Pale Ale Can
SUN KING - Wee Mac Scottish Ale Can
BELL'S - Oberon Mini-Kegs on Sale for $17.84, Normal Price 20.99

Also, tickets for the INDIANA MICROBREWERS FESTIVAL are now available at some CROWN LIQUORS locations! The festival is on Saturday, July 16th from 3-7PM. We are carrying the GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS, they are $40 and allow unlimited sampling for four hours!
(NOTE: We are NOT selling the VIP or DESIGNATED DRIVER tickets, Sorry! These can be purchased here.)

I hope to see you there!
From the Distributors
From Greg at Cavalier Distributing:

Birrificio Baladin Al-iksir, Isaac, Nora, Super Baladin & Wayan: Now available everyday!

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2010 & Grand Cru (Aged in Rum Barrels): Extremely limited release, allocated.

Coney Island 12pk Variety Packs: Mix Pack 12oz btls of Albino Python, Coney Lager, Mermaid Pils & Sword Swallower; Seasonal Release, Limited.

De Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe Mere & Jan de Lichte: Now available everyday!

Lakefront Cherry Lager: Seasonal Release, Limited.


5/27 - Cavalier Seasonal Craft Beer Tasting @ A-1 Liquors on 52nd St. ; 4 - 6pm

6/02 - People's Brewing Co. Tasting @ Fox & Hound Castleton; 4 - 6pm

6/07 - Monthly Cavalier Craft Beer Tasting @ Birdy's; 6 - 8pm; $10

6/16 - Father's Day Tasting @ Chalet

6/30 - Cavalier Craft Beer Tasting @ Chalet 3 in Elkhart; 4-6
Upcoming Events:
Are you ready to tap into the Indiana beer scene? Look no further than the Phoenix Theatre’s 16th annual Brew-Ha-Ha Saturday June 25, 2011. Brew-Ha-Ha is an annual Indianapolis event with more than 20 Indiana microbreweries, you’re sure to find one that tickles your taste buds just right. Go ahead – try to taste them all. Though we certainly do not encourage this, and no such prize exists for accomplishing the feat, you’re sure to have a great time chugging away. What goes good with a stellar brew? Why, food and live music of course! With unlimited tastes of over 50 beers on tap, an abundance of food and melodious tunes in the air, the Brew-Ha-Ha is sure to please. The event is held rain or shine! The fun begins at 3pm and goes until 7pm. Cost is $25 presale at www.phoenixtheatre.org or $30 the day of the event. For the courageous few who will attempt to sample all the delicious brews, $10 will cover your designated driver. Remember, cash only accepted the day of the event and you must be 21 or over to attend. Come toss a few back that were made right here in Indiana! And like we always say – FEAR NO BEER!

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