(NOTE: Look for an extended profile on Indy brewer Jerry Sutherlin in the Dec. 16 issue of NUVO.)
Spencer Mason’s Dec. 7 Facebook post earns its entirety: “Tonight was a big moment for my brewing career. We tapped my first beer at Grand Junction! It's a coffee stout as an homage to my lovely wife, Lisa. I want to thank everyone who has helped get me to this moment. From Jason Fortner for getting me into the hobby. Bill Jimerson and Anita Johnson for getting me on at Great Fermentations. Chris Knott for giving me my first professional brewing opportunity, and finally to Shawn Kessel and Jon Knight for letting me design and brew my own beer for them. Plus everyone I've had the pleasure of having a beer with along the way. Cheers!”
Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company grand opening of their downtown Muncie restaurant on Dec. 15 precedes the opening of the Courtyard Hotel in which they are located. Part of an Arc of Indiana venture at 601 S. High St., just south of the Horizon Convention Center, the venture also includes the Erskine Green Training Center for people with disabilities who want to go into the hospitality industry. Scotty Wise founded the Scotty’s Brewhouse chain in Muncie in 1996. He calls this new venture “a coming home.”
Thr3e Wise Men brews joins Wolves’ Head Brewing at Heorot Pub and Draught House at 219 S. Walnut St., New Corner Brewing Company at 1900 Mount Pleasant Blvd, Suite G., and New Guardian Brewing Company at 2100 W. White River Blvd., which opened Nov. 14.
After 5 years of “on tap only” Bier Brewery now has 12-ounce six-packs of Weizengoot in select 21st Amendment, Crown and Big Red Liquors throughout the city of Indianapolis, at Kahns at 5341 N. Keystone and Sobro Liquors at 1721 E. 52nd St.
On this week at Bier’s Taproom is Brewmaster Darren Connor’s collaboration with retired brewer Liz Laughlin whose new career is roaster of Limelight Coffee. Look for a Coffee Belgian Stout.
Martinsville-based Cedar Creek Brewery now has 22-ounce bombers of Porter, India Pale Ale and Amber at Kahns at Keystone. Cedar Creek Maple Bourbon Barrel Porter is on tap only at the brewery at 3820 Leonard Rd.
Oaken Barrel’s Belgian Tripel style seasonal Epiphany is on tap and in bottles for a carry out. “This beer has a fruity aroma with sweet after taste and it is high in ABV, hence we limit two servings per customer,” says owner Kwang Casey.
Dec. 16, 3-10 p.m. The return of 500 Monks Belgian Strong Ale, “Sweet, strong and amazing” at 8.1% and a whopping ABV l 29 IBU’s.
Triton Brewing, 5764 Wheeler Road, 735-2706, tritonbrewing.com
Good Beers & Ugly Sweaters
Dec. 16, 5-7:30 p.m. Sample Indiana craft at Good Beers & Ugly Sweaters, a special holiday happy hour.
Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., 232-1882, $15, indianahistory.org
Twin tap takeover
Dec. 16, 6 p.m. Triton and Oskar Blues tap takeover.
Ralston’s Draft House, 635 Massachusetts Ave., 493-1143, ralstonsdrafthouse.com
Twenty Tap Star Wars night
Dec. 16, 6-9 p.m. On tap: Triton and People’s; on site: Boba Fett, Han Solo (frozen in carbonite), a Storm Trooper and more, to celebrate the release of Star Wars, The Force Awakens.”Come in costume. Get your Star Wars geek on and celebrate all things Star Wars before the premiere.
Twenty Tap, 5406 N. College Ave., 602-8840, twentytap.com
Empire V. Rebels at Flat 12
Dec. 16-18, times vary. A special competitive tapping of four beers representing the Galactic Empire and four representing the Rebel Alliance. Which side are you on? Sample them all with a Flightsaber (get it?) of the light or dark side brews, then vote for your favorite beer, name, and artwork. Each of the talented members of the Flat12 brewery crew created a beer with a Star Wars theme in celebration of the epic film premiere. Their nicknames, titles and beers are as follows:
Lewis (head brewer): Lando Calrissian Cloud 45 Malt Liquor
Will (head cellarman): Attack of the Cones Pale Ale
Mike (FNG packaging): Tartooine Smoked Berliner Weiss
Couch (assistant brewer and packaging manager): Millenium Falconer's Flight IPA
EZ (brewer): Party on, Darth Oatmeal Porter
Broc (packaging): Smokey Rye Kenobi Smoked Rye Porter
News (Packaging): Java the Hut Brown Ale
Manahan (Director of Brewery Ops): Imperial Rye Fighter Double Rye Red
Flat 12 Bierworks, 414 Dorman St., 635-2337, flat12.me
3rd Annual Holiday Cheers
Dec. 17, 6-10 p.m. An evening of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, local wine, spirits and craft beer and night-time revelry outdoors in 1836 Prairietown.
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road (Fishers), $40 at 8414p.blackbaudhostingcom
Black IPA on tap
Dec. 23, 3-10 p.m. Midnight Rail Black IPA Tapping at Triton.
Triton Brewing Co., Triton Brewing, 5764 Wheeler Road, 735-2706, tritonbrewing.com
Long Black Veil
Dec. 23, during business hours. Chilly Water is tapping their Batch 100 called Long Black Veil. “It’s 13.5% abv and is really smooth. We also have some of it aging in a Hotel Tango Whiskey Barrel for a later tapping,” reports Skip DuVall. Expect aged bottles later in 2016.
Chilly Water, 719 Virginia Ave, Suite 105, 964-0518, chillywaterbrewing.com
8th Annual BIG Winterfest
Jan. 30, 2016, 3-7 p.m. Join 60-plus Indiana breweries — and plenty of guests — to sample hundreds of beers at the annual winter beer festival, one of three fundraisers for Brewers of Indiana Guild.
Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., $40-60