Beer Buzz: On tap and on shelves for 2012 

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On tap, on shelves

Thr3e Wise Men starts the new year with King Solomon’s Imperial Stout.

Bier Brewery taproom’s growler fill lineup includes Special K Kolsch, Weizengoot, Belgian Red, John’s Porter, Winter Porter, Belgian Dark Strong, PDG Pale, Calypso IPA.

Upland has been pleasing with Teddy Bear Kisses at Indianapolis and Bloomington. If they run out, go for what else is on tap.

Bloomington Brewing Company/Lennie’s Big Stone Stout is a dry stout featuring a rich coffee-like taste balanced by sweetness from two months of bourbon barrel aging.

Half Moon, Kokomo, has Elwood's IPA, an amber starting with a citrus-like aroma. The initial hop flavor carries through to the finish for a very dry, fruity, flavorful beer.

New Albanian Solidarity Baltic Porter bombers are now in stores. This robust porter originated in northern Europe and pairs well with smokes cheeses, hearty stews and chocolate desserts.

NABC’s owner, Roger Baylor, writes: “We will be celebrating 10 years of brewing in 2012… help me with a smidgen of non-binding research as to consumer preferences. Of the following, which two do you prefer: Abbey’s Dubbel, ClovenFoot, ConeSmoker, Kaiser 2nd Reising, Mt. Lee, Phoenix Komon, Pickman’s Pale Ale?" E-mail roger@newalbanian.com

In the news

Sun King made the cut In the canned vs bottled beer debate in a Dec. 19 Washington Post article:
“Canned craft beer has been around since 2002, when Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery began canning its flagship Dale’s Pale Ale, but it didn’t take off until recently. In 2009, about 50 craft breweries, mostly small ones, packaged beer in cans; now there are close to 150, and they aren’t all small. By the end of 2012, at least half of the 25 largest U.S. craft breweries will be selling canned beer, twice as many as this year. …Plenty of good beer comes in cans, as evidenced by the fact that can-using breweries such as Oskar Blues, Indiana’s Sun King Brewery and San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery, among others, took home an impressive array of medals at this fall’s Great American Beer Festival.”

Classes, clubs

Ron Smith invites you to consider his IUPUI course, Introduction to Microbrewing, and/or his highly popular Master of Brewing course. The next series of classes starts in February and will be on a monthly basis.

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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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