24 June 2011

Random Beer Roundup

We've been pretty quiet this week, obviously.  But we've been gathering information and drinking, of course.  Look for some new posts on Black Market, La Revolucion and a couple new brewery updates soon.

Looks like beautiful weather for Brew Ha-Ha on Saturday, but you may need your umbrella for later in the evening.

If you happen to catch this week's Metromix, you'll see a familiar face in the Top Tweeps section.  Nice work, Mike!

Other quick bits this week: Jared from New Albanian is going to work for Schlafly in St. Louis.  We're sad to lose him in Indiana, but we are happy it is to such a great place.  You can read more about this and other NABC happenings at the Potable Curmudgeon.

If you have been procrastinating, entries for the Brewers Cup are due by 7:00 TODAY (Friday).  They can be dropped off at Sun King.

Indiana Craft Beer Week is coming!  July 10 - 16th ending with the 16th Annual Microbrewers Festival (tickets are on sale, btw).  

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

From the Breweries
From Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette:
On tap this weekend at Lafayette Brewing Co.: Star City Lager; East Side Bitter; Pipers' Pride Scottish Ale; Tippecanoe Common Ale; Black Angus Oatmeal Stout; Eighty-Five American Ale; and our latest seasonal release: Oatis Brown. Oatis is a Northern English-style brown ale with a twist: We added a hearty dose of rolled oats to the mash to give this brew a nice creamy mouthfeel and a boost in octane. Malty and smooth with a deceiving alcohol content. 6.4% ABV 28 IBU

And coming Monday, June 27, we will be releasing our newest menu. Look for the return of a couple of old favorites and the addition of some exciting new ones, including our tender and tasty Hickory Smoked Wings; a delicious Smoked Brisket Sandwich; our mega-veggie infused My Big Fat Greek Pita and much more.

From Andrew at Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Indianapolis/Fishers:
$5.99 Growler fills every day until the end of July!
The warm weather is telling us the season for outdoor fun has arrived. There is no better way to enjoy your barbecues, family gatherings, and weekend get-aways than to be accompanied by your favorite RAM beer on-the-go. Stop by either RAM location until the end of July, and you can pick up any of our house beers in the convenient, 64 oz. carry-out growler for only $5.99 per refill.

There is nothing that goes better with that sun tan than a local craft brew from the RAM!

Seasonals are $6.99 per fill. No growler fills in Fishers on Sunday.

Now on Tap
Spring Fever – Light, blonde ale infused with Jasmine and Lemon Peel
Bill’s Bettor – Nutty malt with a light body and dry finish
Barefoot Wit – tart and refreshing with additions of Orange Peel, Coriander, and Chamomile
Batch 1000 Easy Rye-der – big and balanced flavor of pilsner malt, noble hops, and rye

On the Horizon
JR’s Cucumber – Cucumber-infused Blonde Ale

Carry Out
From Patrick at Crown Liquors in Downtown Indianapolis:
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.)
From Joe at Crown Liquors (US 31 S.) in Indianapolis:
Tomorrow, Friday June 24th, from 6-8 PM we will sampling:

BOULDER - Hoopla Pale Ale (New!)
NEW HOLLAND - Black Hatter (Black IPA) (New!)
ST. FEUILLIEN - Brune (Belgian Brown Ale)

New Brews this week include:

NEW HOLLAND - Farmhouse Hatter (Belgian IPA) (New!)
HANSSENS - Oudbeitje (Sour Lambic with Strawberries)
GREAT DIVIDE - Rumble (Restocked!)
GRADO PLATO - WeizenTea (Wheat Beer with Tea) (New!)
SCHLAFLY - Irish-Style Extra Stout (Vintage!)
CROWN VALLEY - Black Cabin Smoked Ale

From the Distributors
From Greg at Cavalier Distributing:

-Boulder Beer Hoopla Pale Ale: Collaboration beer with Kyle Hollingsworth from The String Cheese Incident, brewed especially for the festival season. Limited special release; 22oz bottles & Draft.

-Great Divide Belgian Yeti: Yeti Imperial Stout brewed w/a Belgian yeast; Limited special release; available in 22oz bottles & Draft.

-NABC / De Struise Naughty Girl Blonde IPA: Collaboration Belgian-style IPA between New Albanian Brewing Co. & De Struise Brouwers; Extremely limited; 22oz bottles.

-Two Brothers Hop Juice: 2011 Release; Imperial/Double IPA; Limited seasonal release; 22oz bottles & Draft.

The following Italian brews are now available:

-Birrificio Almond '22 Farrotta (Specialty Spelt Brew); Pink IPA (Italian IPA w/Pink Peppercorn); & Torbata (Peat Smoked Ale): All available in 375 ML bottles.

-Birrificio Grado Plato Chocarrubica (Coffee Oatmeal Stout); Kukumerla (Strong Ale); Strada San Felice (Chestnut Ale) & Weizen Tea: All available in 16.9oz flip top bottles.

-Birrificio Italiano Cassissona (Sparkling Cassiss) & La Fleurette (Original): Both available in 750 ML bottles.


-6/24 - Wiseguys Tasting, Merrillville, 5 - 7.

-6/30 - Cavalier Craft Beer Tasting @ Chalet 3 in Elkhart; 4-6

-7/05 - Monthly Cavalier Tasting @ Birdy's, 6 - 8, $10

-7/13 - NABC / Sun King / 3 Floyds Beer Dinner @ Binkley's, 6pm, more details to come....

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!

The Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup is one of the largest competitions in the country. We have two separate divisions, Homebrew and Professional. We had 961 entries last year and are hoping to break 1000 in 2011. All of our judges are BJCP qualified.

Best of Show homebrewer will get the opportunity to brew the winning recipe at the Broad Ripple Brewpub, and Homebrewer of the Year will receive a Blichmann Boilermaker brew pot. Homebrew Club of the Year will receive a traveling trophy, banner, and bragging rights. MECA has won the Homebrew Club of the Year trophy three years in a row, so let’s see if a different club can take the trophy from them this year.

In the Professional Division, the Champion Brewery will receive a large trophy sponsored by the Brewers of Indiana Guild.

Entries are now open so it’s time to get your beer to Sun King for this year’s Brewers’ Cup. This web site is your source for the official rules and interactive, printable bottle tags/labels. Entries may be shipped (UPS preferred) to Sun King, 135 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, or hand carried. The tasting room at Sun King is very busy on Fridays and Saturdays, so we will have a couple of volunteers holding State Fair signs to direct you to the east side of the building (once in the parking lot, go north around the building to the east side). After dropping off your entries, you can go in the front door and pick up a growler or three. For business hours call Sun King (317-602-3702) or visit their web site. Entries will close at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Craft beer festival coming to New Haven this summer

June 1, 2011 – New Haven, Indiana – The Trion Tavern is proud to announce its 1st
Annual “Brew Haven” Summer Craft Beer Festival. On Saturday, August 6, 2011, northeast
Indiana’s newest craft beer festival will be held in downtown New Haven, Indiana. From
2pm to 6pm, attendees will have the opportunity to taste dozens of different beers. The
festival tent will be located on Main Street just east of Broadway along the north side of
Trion Tavern.

Numerous craft breweries will be on hand to pour samples of their beers. The growing list
of participants already includes: Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, Indiana), Goose
Island Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois) and New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado)
and Five Star Distributing.

Advance tickets cost $25 and include: unlimited samples, a souvenir tasting glass, food
and water. Tickets can be purchased at Trion Tavern or through www.triontavern.com. A
limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event for $30. Designated driver tickets
will also be available for $5. A portion of the proceeds will go to the New Haven Downtown
Improvement District. This will be a smoke-free event both under the tent and inside the

Trion Tavern is located at 503 Broadway in downtown New Haven, Indiana. “The Trion”
features the greatest selection of distinctive craft beers in the area with 58 different taps
and dozens of bottled beers. Many of the brews are regional, some of them rare, and all
are carefully chosen for their distinctiveness in order to provide the widest possible range
of styles for any palette. Owner and operator Greg Jacquay proudly provides a friendly,
authentic atmosphere with a unique, handcrafted bar as its centerpiece. Trion Tavern has a
full menu and a separate family room.

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