It's regrettable but true, and I can think of two main reasons why it's happened to me:
- Like all Indy craft beer drinkers, I've moved WAY local with my craft beer consumption. At best, local beer might have been 10% of the beer I consumed 5 years ago; today it's probably more than 50%. You certainly can't beat fresh, local beer, but there's a hidden snag in our Buy Local stampede around Indy: hardly anyone is producing Belgian beers, and the one that does, Brugge, doesn't sell a take-home format of their beer these days.
- Belgian beer is generally more expensive and often comes with a higher alcohol content. Those two factors combine to make me purchase it and drink it less frequently. Much as a LOVE the style, I simply don't have as many occasions to drink a 9 to 10% tripel as I do a 5.5% pale ale.
Does anybody have any thoughts on why more Belgian beer isn't being brewed in Indy? Do you wish more breweries focused on (or at least dabbled in) those styles? Is anybody else with me, wishing that there were more easy-drinking Belgian beers available in the Indy market?