07 October 2011

Random Beer Roundup - The Award Winning Edition

Congratulations to the breweries that took home medals in last weekends Great American Beer Festival.  Sun King killed it out there with an amazing 8 medals in the competition, plus 3rd place in the Alpha King Challenge held at Falling Rock Taproom.

Silver, Popcorn Pilsner
Bronze, Johan the Barleywine
Gold, Buffalo Slumber
Gold, Ring of Dingle
Gold, Java Mac
Gold, Wee Muckle
Silver, Wee Pogue
Silver, BBJ (Bourbon Barrel Johan)

Brugge (Bronze, Super Kitty Fantastico), Three Floyds (Silver, Munsterfest), and Rock Bottom College Park* (Silver, Naughty Scot) also walked away with some hardware.  Awesome work, Indiana!

*Rock Bottom winnings get counted to Colorado, where their headquarters are located.

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

From the Brewers
From Bob at Flat12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis:

 Upcoming events at the Flat12 brewery include: 
Second Friday with Brian Deer and Tad Armstrong (music) 10/14
Chew on This: Indiana Humanities on Prohibition (Taste and Talk) 10/18

Brew Bracket (Beer Tournament), October 8, Fairgrounds
Porter Perfect Pint, October 15th, Porter, Indiana

From Roger at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
It's Fringe Fest in New Albany:

And, we're shipping pretty much all of the ThunderFoot to Cavalier for sale in Indiana.

From Andrew at Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Indianapolis/Fishers:

Hello All! Our "All Hops go to Heaven" tapping set for 10/6 is being delayed until next Thursday (10/13). Because of this, we will release this IPA along with "Amber Waves Farmhouse Ale" simultaneously at both locations. Chris will be hosting the tapping at our downtown location at 6:30 p.m., and I will be at the Fishers location for a 6 p.m. start time. We hope to see you there!

"All Hops Go to Heaven" "All Hops go to Heaven" is a bold American IPA with prominent fruity hop flavor enhanced by a supportive malt backbone.
Amber Waves Farmhouse Ale
RAM brewer Chris Knott has created a tasty Belgian ale for your enjoyment. This classic farmhouse ale known as a "Saison" showcases fruity and spicy notes from the yeast balanced by a floral character from the hefty noble hop additions. 

From Clay at Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis:

Upcoming Events:

1st Friday at the Harrison Center
Friday, October 7th  5-9 p.m.
Fresh•Local•Beer & Local Art

Trader's Point Oktoberfest
Saturday, Oct. 8th  Noon-7 p.m.
Trader's Point Creamery
Polka Boy will be playing and the Sun King Truck will be on hand pouring Fresh•Local•Beer

Big Green Bistro Brewer's Dinner at Sun King
Wednesday, October 12th  7-9:30 p.m.
4 Courses paired with Fresh•Local•Beer - $40 

Sun King Takes Over Flatwater
Thursday, October 13th - 5:00 p.m.
We'll be loading up their draft lines with all sorts of treats!

El Gallo Negro Tapping
Thursday, October 27th 6-9 p.m.
Sun King Tasting Room
Food from Big Green Bistro / Music TBA

From Ryan at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. In Broad Ripple:
Thr3e Wise Men has a new seasonal beer, Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest, come by and watch the game on Monday night and get it for $1 off our normal price.

From Mike at Triton Brewing Company in Indianapolis:

In addition to Triton's first collaboration with Flat 12, Victory Lane Milk Stout, we are tapping the last of our year-round beers this weekend, Railsplitter IPA. 
Guest Taps:
Harpoon Leviathan
Goose Island Pere Jacques
Three Floyds Pride & Joy
Bell's Double Cream Stout
Founder's Cerise
Rivertown Helles
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Flat 12 Pogues Run Porter

At Bars and Restaurants
From Jordan at Beer Sellar in Castleton:
New On Tap as of 10/6/11
Flat 12 Joe Brahma
Bloomington Brewing Equinox IPA
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin
Tyranena Rockys Revenge
Flying Dog Gonzo
Coming Soon
Bells Hopsoulation
Peoples Space Cowboy
Three Floyds Broo Doo
Boulevard Collaboration 2
October 24th
Beer Sellar Welcomes Fountain Square Brewery
Come try 2 of Foutain Squares Brewing Beers
More details to come soon.

From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville:

Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville invites you to our annual Oktoberfest beer tasting at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 24th. Come enjoy our take on German food--three appetizers, two entrees, two sides, and Beth's Black Forest Torte for dessert--with perfectly paired craft-brewed beers. Tickets $35 in advance, $45 at the door.
Call 733-8755 for more info.
At the moment we are pouring Sun King Grapefruit Jungle, People's Pils, Sun King Oktoberfest, Stone Ruination, and oh yeah, another keg of Dreadnaught has found it's way to our cooler....mmm,mmm...imagine that. 
From Ryan at Scotty's Brewhouse in various locations:

Come by Scotty’s Brewhouse on 96th street and enjoy our new rotating tap Sun King Nelson Replicale for only $3.50 a pint on Thursday evening.

Scotty’s Brewhouse has just tapped a new rotating tap, People’s Space Cowboy IPA. You can get it for $6.00 for an 8oz. pour everyday of the week.

Join us at Scotty’s Lakehouse on Wednesday evenings for $9.00 pitchers of our Indiana draft beers. Check out our website for our current list www.scottyslakehouse.com.

From Tavern on South in Indianapolis:
Goose Island Beer Dinner has been moved to Monday October 17th. (Call for Details)

For Carry-out
From Josh at Payless Liquors on 135 in Greenwood:
New beers in stock,
Founders Harvest ale
He'Brew Genesis 15:15
Hofbrau Oktoberfest 5L mini kegs
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest ale
Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest ale
Bell's Java Stout, Cherry Stout & Third Coast Old ale
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Southampton Pumpkin ale
Hoppin' Frog Doris the Destroyer
Three Floyds Broo Doo

From Jason at Tuxedo Park Brewers Supply in Fountain Square:
5th Annual Tuxedo Park Brewers Fauxtoberfest!
October 8, 2011 | 4:00pm to Midnight
This is THE annual fall customer appreciation event.  Bring your Lederhosen and St Pauli Girl outfits.  We'll have a brew competition for our shop customers, along with some samples of our custom kits and favorites, including a unique 2011 local hop Harvest Ale.  There will be food from Claus' Market and Smokehouse on Shelby and musical acts to fill the evening with folksy acoustic sounds.
Pre-order a glass on-line for this annual fall Oktoberfest ritual for $23.36 ($25 incl. tax) to obtain your custom pint glass and all the food and samples you wish.  Samples are provided. No beer will be sold at this event.  Fauxtoberfest! is held at our shop, located one block south of the fountain off the alley along at 1139 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN.  Check out the store location map for more directional info.

MONK Chili Bowl 2011!Time:    Saturday, November 12 · 5:00pm – 8:00pm Location:  Big Car Gallery in Fountain Square Think ahead to November. What comes to mind? There's a chill in the air, football on the tv... Now think of food. Chili. Beer. That's just about all you need. 
So let's combine them. The Chili Bowl is a club-sponsored competition to produce both, a beer with chili [peppers] in it and a chili made with THAT beer.  The results will be presented at Big Car Gallery on November 12.  The event will have limited tickets available to the public for $10...proceeds directly support future MONK activities, tastings and products.  If this sounds like you, head over theMONK facebook event page (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=227225227329688) and post a comment so the organizers will know you would like to purchase tickets – exact method of public ticketing is still TBD.
From Jake at United Package Liquors on County Line Rd
New in Stock:
Southern Tier Jah-va
Southern Tier Oat
Southern Tier Pumking
Southern Tier Harvest
Shipyard Pumpkinhead
Two Brothers J Series Atom Smasher Oktoberfest
Southampton Pumpkin Ale
Boulevard Collaboration #2 White IPA
Boulevard Chocolate Ale

Limited Quantities:
Upland Raspberry Lambic
Upland Persimmon Lambic
Upland Kiwi Lambic
Upland Dantalian

Founders CBS will be released Tuesday 10/11/2011 (Highly Limited)

From the Distributors/Reps:
From Jen at Cavalier Distribution:
Great Divide Hibernation - English Style Old Ale; limited seasonal release; 6 packs and draft
Left Hand Fade to Black - Chili Pepper Porter; limited seasonal release; 6 packs and draft
Founders Harvest - Wet Hopped Ale; limited seaosonal release; 4 packs and draft
Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) - Imperial Stout; extremely limited release; 750ml only
Hebrew Genesis 15:15 - Harvest Barleywine aged in Sazerac barrels Rye Whiskey Barrels; limited release; 22oz bottles and draft
Monon Food Co/North Coast Brewing Co Dinner ; 10/12/11 ; 6pm
Birdy's Monthly Beer Tasting ; 11/1/11 ; 6pm-8pm ; $10
Monon Food Co/People's Brewing Co ; 11/16/11 ; 6pm
Birdy's Monthly Beer Tasting ; 12/6/11 ; 6pm-8pm ; $10
NABC Special Tapping at The Sinking Ship ; 12/14/11 ; 7pm
10/15 - Porter Perfect Pint Festival  1-5pm
11/5 - Fiddler's Hearth thebeerisgood.com Tap Takeover; South Bend (ALL DAY)
10/13-10/14 - Big Red Beer Fest; 6-9pm both nights; $30 Thursday and $35 Friday
10/8 - Crown Liquors Nobelsville Grand Re-Opening; 1-4pm

From Steve at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co:
Join Sierra Nevada's Brew Master Steve Dresler at Binkley’s on Wednesday, October 12th  to talk about his beers. The party starts at 7pm.  On tap that night will be 8 special brews from Sierra Nevada. They include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, Tumbler Brown Ale, Kellerweis Hefe Weizen, Estate Homegrown Fresh Hop IPA, Northern Hemisphere Fresh Hop IPA, Ovila Saison, and our collaboration with Dogfish Head, Life and Limb (brewed with Birch & Maple syrup).  Enjoy pints of Sierra Nevada brew and talk with Brew Master Steve Dresler. Get there early, as supplies of specialty beers are limited!

Upcoming Events:

 Brew Bracket is back!
The tournament of craft brews returns to the Indiana State Fairgrounds this fall, with an event featuring Stouts on the afternoon of Saturday, October 8th. Come join us to taste 16 different Indiana Stouts and vote for your favorites in a blind, head-to-head comparison.
Tickets are available at www.brewbracket.com ($35 participant and $7 for DD). Only 400 tickets will be sold.

True Brew at the Lawrenceburg Public Library


  1. We'll the little faith I had in GABF medals has now been thrown out the window.

  2. Where can we find the cavalier distributions beer?

  3. Kathleen,

    I am not sure what you are asking.

  4. Anonymous - You should probably write the Brewers Association a letter detailing your concern. I think they would be very interested in your opinion.

    Kathleen - Hit up @CavalierBeerIN on twitter. He'll help you find liquor stores or bars carrying a specific brand you're looking for.

  5. anonymous, go fuck yourself.

  6. My comments reflect only my opinion and not that of the entire group.

  7. What Mike said

    Also, congrats to the winners

  8. I can understand someone not liking a particular brewery's beer. But if you're going to criticize a brewery, be constructive about it. Don't be a jerk.