Beer Buzz: Tin Man Wins 

Evansville-based Tin Man's two-year anniversary on Nov. 28, brings out two Firkins and newly released small batches, brewery tours from 1- 5 p.m., door prizes, special two-year anniversary glasses, live music and half-price growler fills all day long.

Innovations in brewing and community engagement drive Tin Man's operation. "The twenty HL brewhouse, only the third brewery in the country to use a mash filter replaces a traditional lauter tun," says co-founder/brewing technical director Nick Davidson. "In our innovative process, the mash filter squeezes the wort from the spent grain, so the grain does not act like a filtration medium as it does in a traditional lauter tun." After that it's brewing as usual.

Tin Man beer awards 2012-2014 range from Indiana to Canada along with a Gold ADDY from the American Advertising Federation for their Converter Series Can Design. Their monthly artist logo competition for limited edition glassware has gained lively statewide interest and international attention came when Canadian-based "The Federation of Beer" tapped Tin Man to create a brew to honor Star Trek's warrior race Klingons. March 25, 2014 Tin Man released Warnog, a Rogen Dunkel (dark rye beer) style beer with wafting notes of clove, banana and caramel — a markedly better choice than blazing red bloodwine for conquering outer space. Warnog was featured on Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live and The Today Show.

Meanwhile a NUVO counterpart stopped at recently opened Function for flights, citing the IPA and Amber. At Bloomington Brewing Co. it was kudos for their seasonal Persimmon Ale. "But I can't wait to make it back for the Krampus Imperial Black IPA," reports Casey.

BRBP's 24-Year-Old Ale, the creamy, multi-layered taste-twin to Theakston's Old Peculiar Old Ale style beer earned accolades at the Nov. 14 birthday bash. A favorite of BRBP founder John Hill, Brewer John Treeter says he's never tasted the original. John described the beer," I researched ingredients and came up with the recipe." One-time-specials Apple Honey Wheat and Cherry Tart Lizzie are on tap along with former BRBP brewers' toasts: Greg Emig's Tippecanoe Common Ale, Ted Miller's Diamond Kings and Kevin Matalucci's Pumpkin Porter (deliciously close to his original BRBP recipe — compare with Halloween Jack Pumpkin Ale that Treeter "played with.")


Fridays. Bier Brewery now has music at their Taproom every Friday.

Dec. 9, 4:30-9:30 p.m. Triton is visiting friends at QuaffOn Bloomington (116 N. Grant St.), and bringing some of their beer to pour. Triton reports traveling to showcase their brews: Dec. 3 and 4 in Springfield, Ill. for beer dinners and tap takeovers.

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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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