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History and beer on St Patrick's day


Born on St. Patrick’s Day in 2010, as a production nano-brewery, New Boswell has roots back to Indiana’s Statehood with Ezra Boswell already having established a brewery in Richmond. Spokesperson Scott Alexander admits to taking the Bicentennial in stride for the moment with their usual celebratory birthday party at 410 N. 10th St. in the historic Loft Building. On March 17, “An Irish Folk Band, the Blackthorn Bards, will be playing and there will again be Green Beer (of course).”

New Boswell’s founders Rodrick and Kiera Landess intentionally started small, and gained a community following. I asked Scott to trace the progression into the spacious beer garden. “Well we are definitely in a bigger place than when we first started six years ago, but the challenge and the fun has been that we have already outgrown where we are. As demand has gone up so have our needs. It's certainly a good problem to have, if you consider the alternative.”

NUVO: What has made New Boswell brews a must-come-for?

Scott Alexander: Two things. Consistent product. Brewmaster Shawn works so hard to see to it that the beer is always good and on point. The pint you had last year will taste the same today. Also, in addition to our flagships we work hard to throw some curve balls at you. Coming soon Our Rye beer made with bergamot oranges, and our summer IPA No Mo Yard work—made with Kumquats.

NUVO: How has the community relationship grown?

Scott: So much. As an unknown product six years ago we had to work much harder to get people to take a chance and put us on tap in their establishments. Now they often seek us out before we have a chance to reach out to them. The Tap Room opening in 2012 has also given us a unique opportunity to open the eyes of people who have less experience with craft beer on the whole. We get the opportunity to teach and guide someone to what their palate will like. We will be involved again with the Richmond Shakespeare Festival; more on that to come.

Oh, and about the Bicentennial, offers Scott, “We are gong to have a party! As you know it's the 200th anniversary of beer in Indiana. We are in the early stages of planning a party in early September—a festival— where Indiana’s Ale heritage began on the site of Richmond’s Municipal Building on Ft. Wayne Ave.

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Cask conditioning in Carmel

Head Brewer Matt Pennington shared what makes Union Brewing Co. stand out.

”The thing that jumps out most when thinking about what makes us unique would have to be our cask-conditioned beers. Almost all of the beer we brew goes into casks which are conditioned and aged in our cellar before being tapped and poured through beer engines, which we use to literally pump the beer from the cask into your glass. Because we use this method, our beers have a lighter carbonation and a softer mouthfeel than most other beers. We're unique in the way we condition and serve our beer, but we like to be unique in the beers we brew as well. We're fortunate enough to have a pretty adventurous group of customers who aren't afraid to try new beer styles. This has allowed us to brew batches of salt beers and smoked beers and various other fairly uncommon styles. You can come into Union three times in one week, and you may encounter 15 different UBC beers throughout the week. Though we have a handful of beers we brew consistently, our beer list is constantly changing.There are a few beers we have on more often than not. The Diffie Milk Stout, Under the Table Belgian Strong, Hally's Honey Brown, and Preacher American Pale Ale are often available at our pub either on draft or cask.

Choosing March 19 to host their UBC St. Paddy's Day Party is par for the course at Union Brewing, according to Pennington. “We'll have live music throughout the day and night, with a DJ spinning records beginning at noon and the first live band of the day starting around 3 pm. We'll also be tapping 10 different stouts for the occasion, and we'll be pouring several other styles as well all day and night.

“Each year for St. Paddy's Day, we brew a batch of our milk stout and then tweak each firkin of the finished beer. This year, we'll have versions of the stout that were aged on ghost peppers, coffee, vanilla beans, and a few other ingredients. We'll also be pouring Double Diffie, our Double Milk Stout, and a chocolate and mint stout that we've brewed for the second St. Paddy's Day in a row.”

More March 17 celebrations

Everyone has a St. Patrick’s Day event planned, so what makes Flat 12’s unique?

Believe it or not, they claim it’s their first — “St. Paddy’s Day Downtown Throwdown,” (12 noon-9 p.m., 21+ only FREE); Theyll release Flat 12's brand new Dry Irish Stout, and there'll be games and music.

Big Lug Canteen founder Eddie Sahm announced, “We will be having our Patio opening on St. Patricks Day (weather permitting) with live Irish music, the release of our Dry Irish Stout, barrel aged Peat & Peat scotch ale, and Kings Jive English Brown served on nitro."

Head Brewer Scott Ellis’ traditional English Brown Ale with familiar notes of toffee, toasted bread, and chocolate, adheres to the call for calorie count along with alcohol content. The stats: estimated calories: 135; ABV4.5%. It’s easy to adjust up or down from this calorie count depending on the malt content of a particular brew.

TwoDEEP Taproom is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with tappings of a Dry Irish Stout sporting a tan top over midnight blackness and supplying a full mouthfeel with hints of toasted caramel [they say it’s brewed in honor of Priest Valion]; the firkin of Dry Irish Stout is a “cask ale conditioned with coffee, fresh vanilla beans and whiskey aged oak spirals;” Red Sunday Irish aged in a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel is malty, with layers of toffee and caramel; Danny Boy’s Rock N’Rolla is an Imperial West Coast IPA. Pi Indy is serving up breakfast. Two DEEP reminds us to check on days the Taproom might be hosting private parties before heading over for a pint and snack time.

St. Patrick’s Day at BRBP features three dishes and a special Beer Cocktail - a mixture of the rosemary-infused Gruit, renamed Drumpf, Jameson’s whiskey and the lemon-lime soda from Handcrafted Beverage regularly served at the Brewpub.

General Maager Billy Hannon has named the cocktail Donie O’Drumpf. “The Irish for Donald is Donal and Donie is a diminutive of that name,” explained Billy. “Hopefully Donald Trump won’t call his lawyers on us.” Featured are “Fish Cakes made with salmon and potato and served with a side of cabbage, potato cakes served with bacon or our vegetarian “coconut” bacon and a side of cabbage, and our Irish stew made with lamb, lots of veggies and ESB.” Also on is Corned Beef from Smoking Goose with Irish champ (creamy mashed potato with scallions) and of course cabbage.

If you’re heading in the direction of Bedford, Salt Creek Brewery offers a green brew, Irish stew and a St. Pat’s themed trivia night starting at 6:30 p.m. Music is on Friday and Saturday. Salt Creek’s newest brew “Carmelwheata” awaits a profile tasting.

Another opening

Terre Haute Brewery is making a comeback. Originally opened in 1837 at Swan and South 9th Sts., it was reportedly the seventh largest U.S. brewery in the 1890s, with 900 employees. Production stopped during Prohibition, resumed following Repeal and had a run until 1959. June 2015, Jeffrey Hock and his business partners bought the 12,000 square foot building and have been restoring it for a mid-April opening.

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“Good cause” beers

March 10 was the Triton Mayoral Charity Campaign Kick-off event in the Tasting Room at the Brewery at Fort Ben. Co-founder David Waldman recapped the event “That was the polar opposite of the current political environment.

“Our candidates presented their platform speeches and introduced the charities they represent. You can also check out the "stump speeches" on the Triton Brewing You Tube Channel and follow the links on the Triton Brewing Mayoral Campaign Page to make your charitable donation. You can also cast your ballot in the Tasting Room throughout the campaign for free (please limit one ballot per person per visit). Each $10.00 donation to a chosen charity will count as a single vote; our candidates have chosen some awesome causes, so please join us in supporting our local community!”

Voting closes at 3 p.m. on April 1, we will tally the votes and crown and install the new Mayor or Co-Mayors. This will also be the Official Release of the Sly Boogie Cans. Scratchtruck will be vending.

“If the Mayoral Campaign is a success, it may be the first of annual. More information at tritonbrewing.com/mayor/.

I asked David what led to this unusual event.

“We have a patron who used to come in all the time that we called the “Mayor of Triton,” and his wife we called “Mrs. Mayor.” They are both wonderful, involved, giving people. We continue to see them, somewhat less frequently, and we mused that perhaps it was time for a new “Mayor.” This got us to thinking that perhaps we should have an election for a new Mayor. We also wanted to insure that the event had a charitable component. Two of our Triton Brewing Team, Kati Black and Ruth Flores were the real impetus and motivating force driving the event and making it a reality. We approached some of our regulars to participate, including the ‘Incumbents’ and asked if they would be interested in having some fun and raising some money for their ‘pet causes.’ We have five different candidates or co-candidates, each representing a different 501c3.”
  • Brothers Jeff and Richard “Hammer Time” Hammer are raising money for the Salvation Arm
  • Husband and wife Adam and Dawn Schuchman are raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Carlos Simpson is raising money for the Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indy
  • Will Breeden is raising money for Tatum’s Bags of Fun
  • Husband and wife John and Kimberly Dewey (Incumbents) are raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • March 9 Flat 12 is hosting the Pints for Parks Spring Celebration, 5-8 p.m.; $1 from every beer sold goes to Indy Parks Foundation.
Stopping in at TwoDEEP on Feb 26. I caught up with their 2016 Polar Plunge participation to benefit Special Olympics Indiana, and sipped Camp Hope Smoked Porter featuring applewood smoked malt.


BBC launched Back Country Session IPA in Support of the Indiana Forest Alliance. Bloomington Brewing Co.’s owner Jeff Mease said, “Due to last year’s popularity of good beer for a great cause, it is our second year to brew in partnership with the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) to support the fight to preserve Indiana State Forest land for future generations. The launch will be at the brewpub at Lennie’s with distribution starting this week throughout Bloomington and statewide the following weeks. Backcountry Session IPA, an easy-going IPA with a nice lingering bitterness, offers sweet aromas of melon and earthy pine leading into sweet lemon, orange and a spicy earthiness; in cans and on draft

“Indiana’s State Forest Back Country Areas make up less than 5% of our State Forests, and have recently been opened to commercial logging, despite public opposition. The Indiana Forest Alliance is dedicated to protecting Indiana’s public forests to the benefit of biodiversity within deep forest habitat and wilderness recreation,” said Mease. To learn more, visit: www.indianaforestalliance.org

News & new brews

TwoDEEP was rated “Indiana’s Best New Brewer of 2015" by @ratebeer

Sunday 2-5 p.m. hours have returned to the Outliers taproom.

Four Fathers Brewing informed that it’s still worth a trip to Valpo despite the passing on of their iconic popcorn machine—its ceremonial final moment of glory is shared at this site.

The National Homebrew Competition (NHC), an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition, is the world’s largest international beer competition recognizing the most outstanding homebrewed beer, mead, and cider produced by amateur brewers worldwide. Indianapolis will be hosting one of 12 first round competitions at Fountain Square Brewery on March 11 and 12. All entrants who place in a first round competition will be eligible to compete in the final round later in June.

This judging competition is separate from the Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup, on July 8 and 9 in 2016.

Sun King’s Indians Lager, the official craft beer of the Indianapolis Indians, is brewed in the Vienna Style and features a balanced malt flavor that finishes crisp, due to the addition of German Noble hops. Can release March 14th Tradition!

Sun King announced, “Fresh•Local•Beer will again be available in northern Indiana. This also marks the first time in Sun King's history that our beer will be available state wide.”


Mad Anthony's new spring release Six to Midnight is a deliciously approachable hoppy beer with a lighter body and lower alcohol content than your standard IPA, making this the one to enjoy all day long. Featuring the coveted Citra hop, this ale has a hoppy kick that will keep you coming back. Ditch the bland and crack open a beer that goes as hard as you do. HopSquatch “is going into hibernation”—expect ’Squelch to return with ‘Fall back’ clock time.

Indiana City: Slow Gold American Wheat Ale a golden wheat ale brewed with orange peels and dry hopped during fermentation for a fresh hoppy aroma. It’s crisp and clean with plenty of character to please the senses. We brewed Irish Hill Ale to honor the rich Irish heritage of the neighborhood we’re in, Irish Hill. Irish Hill was home to the hard working, blue-collar Irish immigrants who quite literally built Indianapolis. Irish Hill Ale is a traditional Irish Red with sweet malt flavor and subtle hop bitterness. 4.5% ABV • 18 IBU Sláinte! Wax-dipped 750 mL bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

Redemption released Deliverance in 16 oz cans.

Three Floyds released Behemoth.

Coffee beer at Four Day Ray in Fishers features “Great cold brew from Arcane Coffee Co in Danville.”


March 22 Tap-Takeover at the Chatham Tap in Fishers featuring Big Woods/QuaffON Maple Brown Ale and Common Necessity Hazlenut Stout

March 24: Triton “Thrifty Thursdays,” at Triton Brewing Company, 3-10 p.m.

March 24: Triton Beer Dinner at Brixx Pizza (8594 E 116th St, Fishers), 7-10pm. B 4-course meal, each course paired with a Triton Beer; call 317-849-2749.

March 26: Michael DeWeese is introducing a new concept—a site specific beer event Hops At The Top: 36th Floor of One America Building [One America Square, Corner of Illinois & New York Sts.]; 4-7 p.m. Skyline Club member $45, reserve at 316-263-5000; general public $55, reserve at hopsattheop.eventbrite.com; cost includes tax & gratuity and features a buffet meal and beers from Tow Yard, Metazoa, Wabash, Four Day Ray, Indiana City,Triton, Bier, Fountain Square and Flat 12.

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April 9: Brewers of Indiana Guild Indiana’s best spring beer fest returns to the historic Woolery Mill in Bloomington. The 2015 event featured only Indiana breweries for the first time. One of three annual fundraisers for Brewers of Indiana Guild, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival directly benefits the Hoosier brewing community. Early Bird admission is at 1 p.m. General Admission is at 2 p.m. Last Pour is at 5:45 p.m.Fest ends at 6:00 p.m.More details by downloading the Drink Indiana Beer app (http://drinkIN.beer/app) and subscribing to IN Brew News (http://drinkIN.beer/newsletter).

Check out video and pics from the last #BtownBfest here.

April 30: NUVO presents Indiana's Next hop Model From the promo team:
Indiana's Next Hop Model is a craft beer tasting event and a playful, tongue-in-cheek celebration of Indiana Brewery apparel fashion. This first-of-its-kind event will feature unlimited beer tastings from 12-15 of some of greater-Indianapolis's favorite and most popular craft breweries. However, it doesn't stop there. The event will also include a runway show featuring brewery apparel, gear, and more with many of the models being some of the most familiar and recognizable faces in the Indiana Craft Brewery community. All modeled brewery apparel (and more) will be available for sale at the event.
Tickets are available here.

May 14: Upland UpCup Homebrewing Competition

May 14: Inaugural Rock The Junction Craft Beer & Music Festival, 1-5 p.m. at the future site of the Grand Junction Park & Plaza in Westfield; will feature 25+ of Indiana’s craft breweries, live music from the Angela McKinney Band, the 78s, and the Twin Cats, and local food vendors. Rock The Junction will benefit two local nonprofit groups: Indy Honor Flight, an organization that helps America’s veterans travel to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials built in honor of their sacrifices, and Westfield Youth Assistance Program, which provides mentoring and classes for at-risk youths in the area.purchase tickets, which are now available, please visit RockTheJunction.com.

June 4: Upland Sour + Wild + Funk Fest Tickets go on sale April 1st at 12pm EST. RSVP here to find out what breweries are joining us and other news!

June 4: Anderson on Tap craft beer festival in downtown Anderson, 2- 5 p.m, will feature 20+ breweries, live music, and local art.

Aug. 13-15 Tour de Upland Bikes, beer, camping in Brown County. Click here to register.

Insider Info: An Introspective Audio History of the Brewers Association

As important as it is to look to the bright future of American craft beer, we must also remember the past. In January 2012, newly appointed Brewers Association Board of Directors Chair, Sam Calagione took the opportunity to record some of the major players in the industry at a gathering of the board at The Kitchen in Boulder, Colo. and give us a narrative history of the association. You can find it here.

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Rita Kohn

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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