A bit of brag time: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beer Tasting [published by Alpha Books/Penguin] is hitting the bookstores in conjunction with Upland Brewing Company's 15th anniversary. Senior Acquisitions Editor Brook Farling invited me to write the book with Upland, providing technical assistance. During a hectic 6-month schedule, getting input from brewers nationwide, we fashioned an easy-to-read-and-use "Comprehensive guide to understanding and enjoying beer." [Insert 'craft,' please, when you acquire your paperback copy for only $16.95.]
Upland's free celebratory Carnival on August 24 is "Where it all started," says owner Doug Dayhoff, "at 350 W. 11th St. in Bloomington, 4-11 p.m. featuring 15 specialty beers, one for each of our 15 years in operation. Each will be as different as the brewers who made them. Come to enjoy Freakshop Foley: The World's Strangest Strongman and Sword Swallower, Carnival games, good tunes, prizes, fresh food and lots and lots of beer."
Mad Anthony Brewing Company's 15th anniversary events run Sept. 4-7, culminating with OktoBEERfest at Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne, 2-6 p.m. Over two dozen Indiana craft breweries are bringing their Fall specialties. See MadBrew.com for details.
Even though there isn't any beer at Indiana State Fair, "The Year of Popcorn" lent itself to fun beer pairings at home with Jack Gaby's artisan popcorn. An 1844 homestead farmer in Noble County, Gaby shared a bag of popped corn coated with honey from Lacy Dooley's hive [she reigned as "Honey Queen" during 2011 Indiana State Fair] and a bag coated with sweet sorghum syrup. Any of Indiana's craft fruit beers heightens and brightens the honey popcorn, and we found the deeper sorghum taste goes nicely with sweet-to-bittersweet brown ales. Of course, Bier Brewery's INdia Brown Ale became particularly appropriate.
The RAM downtown celebrated "Gen Con 2013: the Greatest 4 days in Gaming" with daily events including the grand release of Steelsoul Red a hop-forward West Coast Red Ale collaboration beer with Privateer Press, an award-winning role-playing game and miniature wargame production and publishing studio. RAM's "first ever Firkin Friday" celebrated "the amazing flavors of Cask-conditioned beer" and Saturday continued with non-stop tappings from their Beer Cellar. Head Brewer Andrew Castner declared it all "amazing."
Along Mass Ave. Flat 12 was at the IndyFringe Beer tent with Raga Raspberry Pale Ale on tap, while at Flat 12's brewery and taproom three busloads of craft beer lovers tasted newly released Saison Du Flat and Kiwi Krystal Wiess, both refreshing summer offerings, along with Fresh/Wet Hop Beer featuring Columbus and Magnum fresh hops newly harvested at Three Hammers Farms in Knightstown, IN. "Hops from Here" is the tagline.
And under the sweet-tooth glass dome resided "Tiny Brewcakes," an artisan specialty from Sugar. Flat 12 brewer Amber [namesake of the savory brew] told us, "We give Jennifer Brilliant [Sugar. Proprietor] small batches of beer and she makes something with them." "Hopped up on Ginger," a spicy ginger tiny cake is "spiked with Flat 12's Half Cycle and copious amounts of ginger." "Peachberry" is made with fresh summer peaches and New Day's Semi Dry Blueberry Mead and a blueberry vanilla bean infused with Wilks and Wilson Elixir. More at SugarIndy.com or call 317-490-9861.
Though away from the main stream IndyFringe patrons at the Landmarks Centre Cook Theatre can enjoy Indiana craft bottled/canned beer and sodas.
Daredevil Brewing Co., makers of Lift Off IPA and "aggressively fun craft beers," released Carnival their newest Belgian style seasonal Saison that combines spicy phenols, fruity esters, noble hops and Belgian malts for a classic dry and thirst quenching finish. Find locations at blog.daredevilbeer.com.
Triton Taproom, 4:30-9 p.m., #Clustertruck! With R&R Wings, Taste of the Caribbean, The NY Slice, Der Pretzel Wagon, Scout's Treats, Retro 101.
Zoo Brew & Wine Too, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Fort Wayne. 6-9 p.m.
Franklin Beer and Bluegrass Festival at Franklin City Hall and Courthouse Square. 6-10 p.m. Includes Big Woods, Flat12, Fountain Square, Oaken Barrel, Sun King, Upland. Benefits Discover Downtown Franklin and Johnson County Museum.
Festiv-Ale benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, at Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St. 6-9 p.m. If you are headed to the Colt's preseason game that night show your Colt's ticket at the door to get a discounted price on a Festiv-ALE ticket. Details at 317-202-9210.
Beers Across the Wabash, John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Lafayette, IN. 1-5 p.m.
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[Food+Drink] Markets + Cooking
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