02 March 2012

Random Beer Roundup - Read The Session Edition

Matt is hosting The Session #61 today.  Find his post here and find links to other posts in the comments here.

Keep your eyes open for some ticket giveaways coming up in the next few weeks!  We'll have a few pairs of tickets (including a pair of VIP tickets) for the Illiana Mayfest coming up in May.  We'll also be giving away tickets to the upcoming Brew Bracket.  Stay tuned!

Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change

From the Brewers
From Darren at Bier Brewery in Indianapolis:
Here's what the lineup looks like for this week:

SessieSpecial K - 2011 Brewers Cup Gold Medal
Scottish 60
Dubbel - 2011 Brewers Cup Gold Medal
Dred Brown
Coffee Porter
Cascadian Light Ale - 2011 Brewers Cup Silver Medal

Special Saturday Tappings at 1pm:
Wee Fatty (1 keg)
Billy Baroo (1 keg)

From Bob at Flat12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis:
Beer: Cuttlefish Cuvee, a special blend of Walkabout Pale. Tapping Friday, March 2nd.
Coming soon - Irish Amber and one other surprise.

3/1 Taste of Carmel
3/2 WFYI Indy's Wine Fest
3/2 Presenting Sponsor: JDRF Beta Cell Bash @Radio Radio
3/6 Flat 12 Tap Night at Rocky's, Jefferesonville
3/8 Flat 12 Tap Night at Hearthstone Coffee House & Pub, Fishers 
3/9 Gravity Head, Flat12 Tapping - Rich O's, New Albany
3/13 Charlestown Pizza Anniversary Party
3/14 Fiddlers Hearth (So Bend) - F12 Night
3/15 Mudsocks Grill (Fishers) - F12 Tap Night   

From Skip at Fountain Square Brewing Co. in Indianapolis:
We are tapping our “Big Nuggets” IPA this FIRST Friday in Fountain Square.  Light in color and big on hops including of course lots of dry hops.  We will have live music and Fountain Square will be full of great art.

From John at Half Moon Brewery in Kokomo:
We just released a Marzen today.  It's called March Madness Marzen Lager, and has 6.0% ABV and 22 IBU's.  We will tap an Oatmeal Stout aged in a Jack Daniels barrel on St. Patty's day.  Yum!

From Roger at New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany:
Gravity head and other info: http://potablecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/

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

Rabbit Punch Irish Red just hit the taps last night at both Fishers and Indianapolis. Starting with caramel and finishing with a pleasant roast character, this pint is perfect for the malt fans. Be sure to check it out, and while you are in there, also take a look at our other seasonals on tap right now:

Batch 1100: Monk Juice - Belgian Tripel
Aries American Wheat
Afternoon Delight  - IPA (only downtown Indy)

From Clay at Sun King Brewing Co. in Indianapolis:

We just released Grapefruit Jungle in the Tasting Room and on tap in bars/restaurants around central Indiana and cans in 4-packs of Isis: Double IPA to Liquor Stores! We've been working hard to keep a solid rotation of seasonal and specialty beers flowing and will continue to do so...

Events and Tappings:

Fri., March 2, 5 to 9 PM
Fresh•Local•Beer and First Friday at the Harrison Center for the Arts at 1505 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis.

Sat., March 3, 7 PM
Fresh•Local•Beer and the 2nd Annual Rivoli Revue to benefit the Rivoli Theatre Restoration at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis.

Wed., March 7, 7 PM
INDYCOG presents Bicycle Dreams at the Earth House Collective at 237 N. East St., Indianapolis. Tickets are $11 in advance, $15 day of the show.

Enjoy a screening of the Bicycle Dreams accompanied by Fresh•Local•Beer with all proceed going to benefit Bicycle Advocacy in Indianapolis!

Thurs., March 8, 6 PM
Ring of Dingle Tapping at Sun King Brewing Company. Featuring music by Woodstove Flapjacks and food by Circle City Spuds.

From Ryan at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis:

Join us at Thr3e Wise Men next Tuesday, March 6th for the tapping of our next seasonal beer, St. Slater’s Irish Stout! The party starts at 6pm so make sure to get here for the sample of this very tasty beer that Omar will be handing out to everyone.

From David at Triton Brewing Co. in Lawrence:
Fresh off the tapping of our Pink Ribbon Saison, Triton Brewing is moving along quite nicely!
The Fieldhouse Wheat, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber, Deadeye Stout and Railsplitter IPA are all pouring in the Tasting Room along side the Pink Ribbon Saison.
We added a brand new 40 barrel fermenter to our equipment line-up and bottling is getting very close!
Triton distribution is State-wide and you can go to tritonbrewing.com to get a complete list of our purveyors.
As always the tasting room is smoke-free and family-friendly!

At Bars and Restaurants
From Patrick at Patrick's Kitchen in Zionsville:
Sun King Dominator Dopplebock (9+% abv. be careful) 7.00 12oz
Flat-12 Milk Stout (they call it Lacto-Matic)5.25 Pint (Fountain Square Oatmeal Stout next)
Brewery Van Steenberge Piraat 10.5% abv.(A triple by strength, an IPA by history) 8.75 12oz  Cask-conditioned, wickedly rich, well rounded, and packs a punch.  Watch out!
Bell’s Amber Ale ( a classic version of a house favorite)5.25 Pint
North Coast Pranqster Belgian style Golden Ale 7.25 Pint (it’s big and tasty)
New Albanian Hoptimus Imperial IPA 6.75 12oz 10% abv
Two Brother’s Heavy Handed IPA 12oz 5.75 (Bell’s Lager of the Lakes waiting next)
People’s Brewing Mr. Brown Pint 5.25 ( a higher than normal abv. hoppy brown)
New Alabnian Yakima Rye IPA  Pint 5.75 7.5% abv.
Sun King ISIS (It’s a double version of Osiris Pale Ale) 5.75 12oz

North Coast Brother Thelonius (an Abbey style Ale) (very potent, watch out)
Dark Horse Scotty Karate (A big Scotch ale) 9.5%abv.
Spaten Optimator A nice Dopplebock
Duvel — the classic Belgian Golden Ale
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Victory Brewing Golden Monkey (Belgian style triple)9.5% abv.
Chimay Blue (9% abv. a classic and fabulous Belgian strong dark ale) at $9.25, a bargain.

Celis White (a classic Belgian style wit)
Celis Grand Cru
Hoegaarden (An original Belgian wit)

From Eddie at Sahm's Place in Indianapolis:
Weekly Specials:
Mon: $4.50 imperial craft pints
Tues: $3.50 craft brewery sponsored trivia pint night
Wed: Darts & Crafts with $2.50 craft drafts and $5 beer flights
Thurs: $3.50 craft pint night and $3.50 craft bottles & cans
Fri: $13 craft pitchers
New taps this weekend:
Bier brewery Dred brown and seasonals
Barley Island Dirty Helen
Upland Wheat Ale
Sun King Zaius
Sun King Isis
Sun King MDB
We will be having a St. Patricks Day craft beer celebration with all authentic Irish food, great american made beers in the mold of Irish classics, free party supplies for everyone, and a great list of dance party tunes.
From Ryan at Scotty's Brewhouse in Various Locations:
Scotty’s Brewhouse Bloomington is now pouring Bell’s Hopslam! As everyone knows you cannot go wrong wanting a pint of this very amazing beer. We are serving pints everyday of the week for $7!   
Scotty’s Brewhouse West Lafayette has just tapped a keg of People’s Hop Killa! If you like the hoppy beer then you should stop by and get a pint any day of the week for $7.50!   
Scotty’s Brewhouse Northside Indianapolis is now serving New Albanian Hoptimus and Elector! Come join us on Tuesday where you can get one of these beers in a 48oz pitcher for only $6! 
Scotty’s Lakehouse is now serving Upland Helios Pale Ale! You can enjoy a 48oz pitcher of this great pale ale on Wednesday night for only $9!

From the Distributors
From Jen at Cavalier Distribution:

Sixpoint Resin - Double IPA; limited release; slim 12oz can and draft
HeBrew Hop Manna - American IPA; new everyday offering; 22oz bottle and draft
Hofbrau Maibock - Helles Bock; limited seasonal release; 6 packs only
Tyranena Dirty Old Man Barrel Aged Rye Porter - Barrel Aged Imperial Rye Porter; limited seasonal release; 4 packs and draft
North Coast Old Stock - Barley Wine; limited release; 4 packs only
Stevens Point Whole Hog Imperial Stout - Russian Imperial Stout; limted seasonal release; 4 packs only
Stevens Point Whole Hog 6 Hop IPA - Imperial IPA; everyday offering; 4 packs only
O'hara's Irish Stout - Irish Dry Stout; everyday offering; 4 packs and draft
O'hara's Irish Red - Irish Red; everyday offering; 4 packs and draft
Jacobins Flemish Sour - Flanders Red Ale; everyday offering; draft only


3/2 - Finch's/Sixpoint Tasting at Triangle Liuqors;  Valparaiso; 4pm-6pm
3/3 - Charity Tasting with Pat's Liquors featuring Finch's & Sixpoint; Porter; 1pm-4pm
3/3 - Bridge Opening Festival in downtown New Albany; Craft Beer tasting at Keg Lq; 2-5pm
3/5 - Chalet Beer Club Tasting; Elkhart; 6:30pm
3/6 - Birdy's Monthy Beer Tasting; 6pm-8pm; $10
3/7 - Stone Old Guardian Tasting; UPL County Line Rd; 5:30pm
3/8 - Sixpoint/Finch Tasting at Godfathers;  Valparaiso; 5pm-7pm
3/8 - Sixpoint/Finch's Tasting at Bridge Liquors; New Albany
3/14 - Stone Tapping Event at The Sinking Ship; 7pm
3/15 - Chalet #3 Craft Beer Tasting; Elkhart; 4pm-6pm
3/16 - New Albanian Tasting at Boom Bozz; Westfield; 3-6pm
3/16 - New AlbanianTap Takeover at Black Acre Brewery; 7:30pm
3/16 - Union Street Liquors Spring Tasting; Mishawaka; 4pm-6pm
3/16 - Craft Beer Tasting at Blemont on Illinois Rd in Ft. Wayne
3/22    Sixpoint Tasting at Nick's Merrillville; 4pm-6pm
3/23 - Craft Tasting at Cap N Cork on Lima Rd. in Ft. Wayne
3/24 - Mardi Gras Celebration at the Heorot in Muncie featuring Finch's; all day event
3/31 - Sixpoint and Finch's Tasting at Mr. G's Noblesville
4/11 - Founders Tapping Party at The Sinking Ship; 7pm
5/26 - Illiana Mayfest; Lake County Fairgrounds, Crown Point; 2pm-6pm; $30 general and $45 VIP (entrance at 1pm)
10/13 - Porter Beerfest 12pm-4pm
Upcoming Events
From Dan at Paddington Brands:

From Mike at Brew Bracket:
Here’s the 101 on our event:Brew Bracket is the only one of its kind, a true tasting tournament. 16 brewers bring a similar style of beer (Wheat for our spring event) and are seeded randomly into a bracket. 400 participants taste beer (blindly, 2 glasses at a time) and vote for their favorites. Over the course of the day winning beers move through the tournament until we crown a champion at the end of the event. 
Here’s why this year is exceptionally awesome:Our 16 brewers are very close to Indianapolis, and we have nearly every new brewer to the scene involved in the event. This includes 5+ breweries that have just started within the last year. It’s an awesome opportunity for beer fans to find out about new breweries and learn more about what they like within the style through the blind tasting. And we’re partnering with local charity, the SCI Hope Fund, to give back to the community as part of the event.

Basic details:Saturday, April 14th from 12:30PM – 5PM
Tickets are $35 each, only 400 available
More information and ticket purchases through http://www.brewbracket.com/upcomingevents/ 

From Sam at Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, KY:
Wondering what to do for Thunder Over Louisville 2012?! Not willing to chance the rain or cold?! Look no further!! We are excited to announce our AtG Thunder Package 2012! We will be closing our doors on Saturday, April 21, 2012 for a private and relaxing experience to all who purchase the AtG Thunder Package 2012!. The package includes:
A ticket into Louisville Slugger Field seating area section 101-106 (Facing the 2nd St. Bridge...perfect view of the show!) for both the baseball game & a perfect seat to watch the largest fireworks display in the country!
Access to the concert down on the Field (Journey UnAuthorized)
Exclusive all day access to 1 seat in Against The Grain (including access to the clean, neat, & maintained restrooms, large televisions showing the Air Show, and full-fun-friendly service!)
Vouchers for your choice of, both, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, as well as, 5 (well liquor or house made beer) drinks!
These tickets will include return access to and from your seat in the ball field & Against The Grain all day! 
This package is available for the $200 (*plus tax) per adult & $175 (*plus tax) per child (children tickets will not include alcoholic drinks, duh). We encourage all interested to act promptly, as we have limited  seating and will not extend sales beyond our indoor seating capacity. TICKETS ON SALE.

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