Though Jason Burk and Brent Chapman announced their departure from Tuxedo Park Brewers, co-founder Adam Burk reports the Fountain Square homebrew shop will continue to serve its loyal constituency at 1139 Shelby St. (enter and park off the Alley). Open Tue-Fri, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more info call 408-6970, email email@example.com or log on tuxedoparkbrewers.com.
Brewers in Germany are standing up against allowing "fracking" - the process of obtaining natural gas and other resources through the use of hydraulic fracturing - in the fight to maintain the purity of Germany's water. "We are concerned that fracking endangers the brewing water that more than half of Germany's breweries take from private wells," according to a spokesman for the Association of German Breweries. Brewing and brewery tourism are major industries throughout Germany. Elected officials are expected to come out on the side of brewers.
Flat 12 Cucumber Kolsch is a refreshing, deep gold German ale with lager qualities coming from pilsener malt and cold fermentation. The brew was voted Best of Show by patrons at the May 2013 Crown Brewery Festival in Crown Point. It's on draft and in bottles around Indy. We sampled at Flat 12's Taproom and agree with the accolades. Before they run out, try Double Pogue's Reserve and Hinchtown Hammer Down Ale. Other new Flat 12 seasonals include Axis Hefe, German Hefeweizen and Japanese Sorachi Ace Hops (on draft only).
Thr3e Wisemen is pouring three new big beers - Old 59 Barley Wine, Double Pit Road Red and Kiss the Bricks Maibock.
Sun King Brewing Co. released two specialty brews in the King's Reserve series. Bourbon Barrel Cowbell, a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter, nicely balances the roast and cocoa malt flavors with creamy vanilla and flavors of bourbon. Stupid Sexy Flanders, a Belgian-style Flanders Oud Bruin, is fermented with wild yeasts, Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces to impart tart cherry flavors over the malt sweetness.Both are available in two-pack cans at the brewery.