It's a Flat12 Bierwerks weekend. Saturday, Jan. 14, from noon-6 p.m., the brewery will celebrate its first anniversary with a cookout featuring local food, live music and special surprises. Also on the bill is the tapping of Winter Cycle, a Double IPA, which is a bigger version of Half Cycle IPA, with a different hop bill and juniper berries added to give it its own unique character. Flat12 now distributes to more than 300 bars and restaurants throughout Indiana. That's not all: on Jan. 12, from 4-7 p.m., and Jan. 13, from noon-8 p.m., Flat12 will present a slew of speciality and barrel-aged brews.
Upland added a new 150-BBL fermenter and another 150-BBL bright tank respectively named Gamera and Billy Squier, “for reasons only Caleb [Staton, Upland head brewer] can explain.” Their new site will have the capacity to brew over 18,000 barrels starting in May, with space for over 40,000 BBLs over time. The existing 11th Street site will be a sours-only brewery.
Flat12 Bierwerks has doubled production capacity with new fermenters and brite tanks. Plans are to begin distributing bottled products to the Indiana market this year. They report, “What began as three founders has grown to include seven full-time and ten part-time employees.”
Oaken Barrel is doubling its brewing capacity by month’s end.
Crown Brewing’s 200th batch, Zythos Pale Ale, with Zythos as its only hops ingredient, is very drinkable with low alcohol and bitterness. Zythos is a new Northwest U.S. hops blend with tangerine, citrus, floral, pine and grapefruit character.
Tickets for Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest, Jan. 28, State Fairgrounds Ag/Hort building are now available. VIP access at 3 p.m. costs $50; general admission at 4 p.m., $35. Winterfest closes punctually at 8 p.m. You’ll find several Indiana breweries that have opened in the past year making their debut at this year's Winterfest, including, in Indianapolis, Fountain Square and Triton, and statewide, Bare Hands (Granger), Bulldog (Whiting), Cutters (Bloomington), Four Horsemen (South Bend) and Mobreki (Madison).