Happy first anniversaries— with donuts

“We've captivated our audience!” enthused Damon Carl, Wabash Brewing company co-owner/co-brewer, when I asked him what was special to report about Wabash Brewing’s first anniversary on Jan. 2.

“We had our 1-Yearish Anniversary Party [with] 5 dozen Long's donuts for 'Donuts and Double BaconFace.' Our Indianapolis-born owners have grown up on Long's so it really was a no-brainer.”

Carl and co-brewer/owner Matt Kriech along with co-owner Nic Stauch share Wabash College connections, hence the brewery’s name.

Carl said the American Brown Ale paired happily with Long’s and was enjoyed by the regulars who stopped in to celebrate and for a pint and a growler at 5328 W 79th St.

RELATED: For NUVO’s story of Wabash’s grand opening, check this link.

Redemption Alewerks, at 7035 E. 96th St., Suite K, was founded by Josh Smith as a full-service restaurant with weekly food specials and a small-batch brewery Redemption celebrated its first year anniversary onJan 7.

Brewmaster Dan Gohr took time to chat with NUVO:

NUVO: What's been most delightful about Redemption's first year?

Dan Gohr: It has been delightful to overcome hurdles and watch the business grow into a legitimate brewpub with great beer and fantastic food. But the MOST delightful thing is the people you build relationships with. Our customers are fantastic and we've developed a strong core of regulars that have been the root of our positive growth.

NUVO: What special niche have you been fulfilling in your neighborhood?

Gohr: We are a full service restaurant and brewery with lunch, dinner and brunch items on the menu in a very comfortable, inviting atmosphere. We also have a catering license and have taken part in some very successful events at businesses and charity functions.

NUVO: What should we be looking for at Redemption Alewerks in 2016 ?

Gohr: Everyone should look forward to more beer from Redemption Alewerks in 2016. We just completed our first canning run of Atonement APA this past week and already have placements in select liquor stores in the area. In addition to Atonement APA, we plan to can our Deliverance IPA, FourFathers Cream Ale and Salvation Orange Blossom Honey Wheat. We also have plans to add more fermenters in the brewery to create more wonderful styles for the pub. We're very excited.

Snake Juice, Recemption’s Snake Oil Experimental Imperial IPA infused with Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice made its five-gallons pub debut on Jan. 8.

More new brews

Oaken Barrel’s newest seasonal is Epiphany Belgian Tripel.

Thr3e Wise Men’s Bead Me Up Scottish Ale is a malt-focused Ale with a smooth toasty malt character and light fruitness.

Sun King Barrel-age Timmie, part of King's Reserve Series, has the heady cocoa, dark chocolate and molasses flavors of Timmie Imperial Stout that are rounded out with subtle but distinct smoky oak notes brought on by bourbon barrel aging. Cans only to be released at Sun King Locations on Feb. 11th

Sun King new on draft only includes Wee Muckle, a large, malt-balanced Scotch Ale with huge toffee flavors and hints of port-like character; Big Iron, a huge malt forward English-Style Barleywine with layers of sweet raisin and rich caramel; the original before BA Timmie, Russian-Style Imperial Stout that blends the richness of blackstrap molasses with the delicious flavors of brown sugar and dark chocolate.

Mad Anthony’s 3rd Release in the "Out of the Box" Series is “a step away from IPAs to show some love to our malt-loving madbrew enthusiasts.” Jonesing for Java Porter is hitting local shelves and taps on Feb. 12.“Jonesing for Java is an English-Style robust porter infused with a proprietary coffee blend developed and roasted at Fort Wayne’s own Old Crown Coffee Roasters with the assistance of Mad Anthony’s brewers. This madbrew features a deep chocolate quality and satisfying earthy notes with a delicious coffee kick.”

We stopped in at Indiana City as part of our First Friday around town for a taste of the smooth and rich newly tapped Firkin of Barley Wine Old Ale. The Irish Red tasted as delicious as it did when it earned Gold at the Indiana State Fair Competition and the sweet nose of Forefather’s Rye Ale delivered on the promise of multi layers of flavors. Coming up next is Roulette Russian Imperial Stout, described as “a jet black, velvety smooth beer with complex malt flavor, rich roasted aroma and a warming finish.” We also witnessedIndiana City’s debut of Dock 7 IPA in cans. What does it take to convince a customer in a bottle shop to switch from 6-pack of macro to an Indiana craft brew? When you’re at Indiana City, pose the question at the bar for a spirited answer.

By now you know Indiana City is located in the refurbished bottling building of the original Home Brewery co-founded by Augustus Hook in 1891, after he had served ten years as Brewmaster at the C.F. Schmidt Brewery. Does anyone know if Augustus Hook is related to John A. Hook who founded Hook’s Drugs in Indianapolis in1900? I’m not getting a connection in a quick search.

Just down the street from Indiana City, at the corner of Washington and College, was another early brewery, built by Rene Faux in partnership with Charles Ghuss. The feel of beer is strong in that neighborhood with Sun King and Flat12 also within striking distance.

Flat 12 has Nunmoere, which they dub the “Official Beer of Lent,” on draft and in 6-packs.

Chilly Water is releasing Dark Side of the Munich Dunkel and Birdsong Belgian Pale Ale. Coming soon is their Indiana State Fair Competition Best in Show Blazin' Fiddles Scottish Ale, along with Chilly Water Lager.

Triton’s annual Bee Coffee Roasters Collaboration Bee Java Porter (2016) is described as a “delightful blend of two of our favorite libations brewed with hand selected and roasted Tanzania Peaberry coffee beans from Indianapolis’ own Bee Coffee Roasters. This ale is artfully balanced, featuring notes of nuttiness, chocolate and roasted coffee.” Triton also is releasing 4-packs of Hometown Hero Golden Ale in 16oz cans, available at Triton Brewing Company (at Fort Ben) and Triton Tap Broad Ripple.


Flat12's #WhatWillYouBrew contest has been extended through March to give everyone a chance to participate. It's easy!

1. Follow @flat12bierwerks on Instagram or Twitter

2. Take a selfie with any of the redesigned Flat12 packaging and tag #revvedupbeer

3. You're automatically entered to win a chance to brew your own beer with Flat12!

Details at the blog on www.Flat12.me, mainly, here.

Feb 12-14: Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for Easter Seals Crossroads at Triton Brewing Company (5764 Wheeler Road), 12-10 p.m, Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis is selling high quality, florist roses to benefit Easter Seals Crossroads

Feb. 12-13: Triton reports, “In honor of Valentine’s Day we also are doing a Shot to the Tart 22oz Special Bottle Release at Triton Brewing Company, 12-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12-7 p.m. on Sunday. We will be releasing a few of the Shot to the Tart cases in honor of the holiday.”

Feb. 12: TwoDEEP is “teaming up with Chef Lawrence Scully, owner/chef of Pi Indy, to bring you a 5-course beer dinner hosted in the TwoDEEP TapRoom. No pizza or burgers on this menu; Chef Scully has created an original menu from scratch that is bound to showcase his culinary creativity and innovation. Each course will be paired with a TwoDEEP beer. Brewery tour included.”

Feb. 13: Indiana City will release their “greatest cellar offering to date, Crushin' Roulette Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout. Last year we filled one Four Roses barrel with Roulette, our Russian Imperial Stout and forgot about it, leaving it undisturbed for an entire year. Last month we finally decided it was time for a test run and drove a nail in that beautiful barrel. The result is unbelievable.”

Coming up March 8: GPO Beer Education: Malt at TwoDEEP


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