Changing of the Guard
From Brewers of Indiana Guild executive director Lee Smith: “After four wonderful years representing Indiana's breweries, I am moving on. Rob Caputo will serve as Interim Director through the end of 2015.”
“We’ll try to keep the ball rolling in the right direction,” commented Caputo in a separate email.
Smith says she is returning to the practice of law in January: “Working in the weird and wonderful niche of alcoholic beverage law.”
East Side, West Side, New Brews Around Towns
Heady Hollow Brewing Company
hopped into the burgeoning Indiana craft beer scene with their celebratory hare hoisting a mug (figuratively speaking) at the brewpub entrance at 11069 Allisonville Road (Village Square) in Fishers to anchor the Eastside of the newest craft beer openings.
Award-winning homebrewers Keefe Pietri and George Garrison have been brewing together since 2008 and planning a neighborhood brewpub for “a very long time since” according to Lauralee Pietri. She’s joining them to oversee the food aspects, but her passion for all things craft is evident in the hand-crafted items she creates. From her we learned the wooden tap handles “come from the back yard” and the Ponderosa Pine bar top was hewn from the family homesite in Idaho early January this year, while the barn wall installation was salvaged from a Hamilton County structure and the tabletops are repurposed beams. The scary "Legend of Heady Hollow" mellows out in the at home comfort that extends to the patio.
Close neighbors and other residents from Fishers and nearby environs joined Indy-based visitors for the 4 p.m. opening on Aug. 26. Though the four tradition-based Heady Hollow craft ales are notably the raison pour venir
, note must be made of the décor that honors historic connections with Fishers. The menu of starters and paninis/sandwiches is locally sourced from Smoking Goose, Cornerstone Bread, Broad Ripple Chip Co., Fischer Farms; cheeses and sweets come from nearby artisan shops.
Six unfiltered house and six rotating Indiana craft guest beers are on tap.
Heady Hollow 1802 Pale Ale recognizes the year Fishers was founded and when William Conner and his wife Mekinges (also spelled Macunchis) established their trading post now known as Conner Prairie. This is the original recipe that won a First Place at the Indiana State Fair Brewers Homebrew Competition and is Heady Hollow’s flagship beer. 60 Horses Scotch Ale is a comment on the 60 horses that went with Mekinges when the Delaware People were forced out of Indiana in 1820. William Conner chose to stay when his wife of 20 years and their six children had to make the trek to Missouri Territory. Its richer malt profile “finishes with a sweet Scotch melding of toffee and roast.” 90 Minute, a cross between a Wheat and a Pilsner, carries a smooth citrus flavor from additions of coriander, sweet orange peel and Citra hops. Hoosier Hops’pitality supports dry hopping and late hop additions with a supporting malt bill for a sessionable IPA at 5.4 ABV and 52 IBUs. Pints and flights are served now, carryout in 64-ounce growlers and 32-ounce “bullets” coming soon.
Garrison gave us a tour of the snug 5-bbl all-electric brewing system manufactured by Stout in Portland, Oregon.
Open Wed-Thurs. 4-10 p.m.; Fri. 4-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-8 p.m.; 863-5165; headyhollowbrewing.com
Heady Hollow Brewing Company joins Fishers-based RAM (12750 Parkside Drive) and Sun King Tap Room & Small Batch Brewery at 7848 E. 96th St.
claims a Fishers connection, but technically they’re located in northeast Indianapolis at 7035 E 96th St. Brewers Cameron Fila and Brandon Smith, formerly with Union Brewing in Carmel, opened in January 2015 serving guest Indiana craft beers while waiting for their license to brew. Redemption Alewerks brews Atonement APA, Deliverance IPA, FourFathers Cream Ale, Reclamation Vanilla Porter, Salvation Orange Blossom Honey Wheat. They’ve just announced, “Now filling growlers and the Mug Club is launched.” More at Redemptionalewerks.com.
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opened Aug. 29 across town at 4004 W. 96th St., Indianapolis with seven distinctly different beers: Rye Con Chile Rye Porter with Chipotle; LacticProphyLactic Berliner Weiss; Hop Supremacy OG IPA; Hop Extremacy Wet hop IPA; Hawaiian Imperial Stout Barrel-aged coffee & coconut; Strudel Cake Barrel-aged Dessert-in-a-glass; Orkey’s Van(illa) Vanilla Russian Imperial; The Main Monkey Busines coffee & banana Scot Strong, about as smooth as a 9% ABV brew can be and so filled with layers it’s a full-spectrum taste pleaser in a snifter.
Expect something new every time you come to this nano-brewery. For now, they're open for tasting, pints and carry-out Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. noon-10 p.m.
Deviate Brewing is a neighbor to Wabash Brewing Taproom and Brewery at 5328 W. 79th St.
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: The Road to El Dorado, West Coast Style IPA with hints of tropical pear, watermelon and stone fruit is hopped heavy for maximum aroma; English hops and malts make Across the Pond IPA spicy and fruity with a nutty balance; Barefoot Wit Unfiltered is a Belgian style white ale with exotic citrus & spice notes from orange peel, coriander and Belgian yeast.
: Sayonara Summer Ale “brewed with the spirit of the upcoming fall season in mind;” Berry Sour Blonde offers different syrup flavors. Oktobersteam is a “Marzen/ California Common Lovechild.”
has created Opa! Ale as a Greek Festival special. If you Missed the Festival find the brew on tap along with WAMM FEST Ale at Oaken Barrel in Greenwood.
One Track Mind, a sessionable American Pale Ale brewed to highlight the use of Waimea hops for a hoppy balance of citrus fruit, orange peel and pine flavors. Draft only.
Oktobeerfest with choice German malts and Noble hops for a clean malty start with a slightly earthy hop character and a crisp, dry finish debuts Sept. 3 at Victory Field Tapping Party prior to the Indians/Columbus Clippers game. Benefits Humane Society of Indianapolis. Can release on Sept. 8.
Cream Dream 8: Hops In Space is the newest in SKB’s Cream Imperial IPA series. Draft only.
: Cauldron is a blend of Malefactor Epic Flanders-style Red Ale and Dantalion Dark Wild Ale aged on Northern Michigan Montmorency cherries. The result, says Upland is a “complex Sour Ale with notes of spices, charred oak and copious cherry fruit character.” Teddy Bear Kisses, a dark and robust beer brewed in the traditional stout method features an abundance of dark malts and high alpha hops for a powerful impact of roast, chocolate, and sweet bitterness; available on draught in select craft beer bars and in 4-packs on Sept. 15 and on tap at Upland locations Sept. 25.
Apex IPA is brewed with pale ale malt and a hint of caramel malt and 100% Simcoe hops. Simcoe hops have unique passionfruit, pine, earth and citrus characteristics that give this beer lots of flavor and aroma with a moderate amount of bitterness.
Dig IN re-dux
My first time was an immersion in plenty. First of the season Oktoberfest came from Upland, perfect for all the pork product delicacies in the food tents. First of the season Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale from Flat 12 perfectly blended with Endangered Species Chocolate as did Brugge Madeline la Framboise. Three Floyds Gumball Head, Barley Island Apricot Wheat and Thr3e Wise Men Two Lucys Blackberry Wheat blended with Cerulean’s Corn Pound Cake with Mango and Lime while Tin Man Damascene Apricot Sour Ale gave the dessert added tartness. Daredevil Vacation Kolsch and Sun King Cream Ale blended well with Tulip Noir’s chilled sweet corn buttermilk soup. Bier Sessie went well with Traders Point tomatoes and sunflowers and fromage blanc. The abundance of goat and duck dishes was well matched with Scarlet Lane Absolum IPA, Black Acre Natural Liberty Citra hopped pale lager, 18th Street Devil in the Rye, Bloomington Brewing 10 Speed, Triton Sly Boogie Session IPA. Taxman featured as a brewery with Deminimis Petite Saison and gastropub with a cheese and cracker plate giant leaps above the bland description in the Dig IN Passport. Chef Joseph Tabor crafted a crisp cracker from Indiana corn and tomatoes. A dollop of habanero-raspberry jam atop a smooth-soft blend of Muenster from Fair Oaks Farms and raw cheddar from Steckler Grassfed filled the mouth with layers of flavors and textures. I didn’t try the inviting garnish of smoked pork collar from Gunthorp Farms in Lagrange. Regretfully, I missed more than I sampled. One can eat only so much, even when it’s there for the taking. The point is to get out to the 42 food, 15 beer, 12 wine and nine Artisan locations before next year’s event, when new food adventures lure.
Dig IN is an annual festival showcasing the farm-to-fork experience in Indiana at White River Park in downtown Indianapolis.