Beer Buzz: Books, Brands & Brew styles


With his recently published The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink, Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy delivers a conversational overview of the past 50 years of craft brewing in the U.S. with the zest of an insider and the gutsiness of a journalist [which preceded the lures of artful brews]. Ongoing transformation is at the core of his story, presented chronologically within themes, and in the form of revealing interviews with a wide swath of brewers, owners, distributors, and significant others, who were laboring in seeming obscurity in small towns and large cities until some kind of happenstance landed some on the national stage. Revelations and insights abound. Alas, Hindy’s circle of intimates lacks an Indiana connection [not even Three Foyds!], so get our 1990-2010 insider story by reading True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana, our nearly 200-year story [1816-2011] in “Hoosier Beer: Tapping Into Indiana Brewing History,” 10 of our newest breweries spotlighted in the current issue of Indianapolis Monthly Magazine and an overview of greater Indianapolis’ craft beer industry in NUVO’s forthcoming beer issue, on stands in October. 

Flat 12’s Indy Eleven’s official brew-ta-da at Michael Carroll Stadium was upended by stormy weather Aug. 23. Watch for rescheduled “Indy Craft Brew Night presented by Kroger.”


Aug 28

Indianapolis Monthly Beerfest at City Market, 222 E. Market St. 6-8:30 p.m. $30 at the door, $10 DD; $25 at

Chilly Water, live jazz with Ryan Taylor & Freddie Mendoza. 7:30 p.m.

Lino’s in Speedway College football viewing party features $3 pints of Daredevil Lift Off IPA

Aug. 29: Upland Tap Takeover at Lino’s, 1201 W Main St., Speedway.

Aug. 30

Chilly Water, Dave Grodzki live at 8 p.m.

Great Fermentations/Indianapolis, All Grain brewing class, 10 a.m.; Beginner brewing class, 2 p.m.

Sept. 2: Thr3e Wise Men tapping Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest.

New Brews

Half Moon infuses Kokomonster with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, making an already smooth, delicious, strong beer even more smooth. Ask about the legendary Kokomonster.

Chilly Water has a new chocolate/coconut porter and an English Brown Porter. Their Octoberfest brew arrives Sept. 5th.

Upland Brewing Co. is releasing their flagship Wheat Ale and Dragonfly IPA in 16oz. cans throughout central Indiana. Owner Doug Dayhoff says, “We started canning in March with Campside Session IPA. Our brewers are excited about products that can easily travel with you on all of your adventures.”

Flat 12 Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale boasts a special blend of “Indian(a) spices” [per their description] with pumpkin shining through just enough to complement the slightly sweet and malty backbone.

People’s Nine Irish Ale is the house brew at the newly opened 9 Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub at 575 Massachusetts Ave. With a 4.3% ABV and 17 IBUs, this Irish Red is an easy-to-enjoy conversation brew and a comfortable companion for any choice on the Pub’s tasty menu. Malt-centric, it’s equally a dessert choice, with its caramel sweetness fading into toffee.

Mad Anthony’s newly released hoppy American Red is a counterpoint to People’s. Mad Anthony features all-American barley malts and a bouquet of American hops, including a final dry-hopping to pack a punch.

Oktoberfest Events: 

Sept. 4-7: 40th annual Oktoberfest at German Park, 8600 S. Meridian St. It’s Indy’s original salute to the 1810 marriage in Munich of Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Two hundred years later we continue to drink the same beer styles and sing the same songs. “Ein Prosit” [a salute to your health and well-being]. $5 at the door.

Sept. 13: 16th Annual Mad Anthony Brewing Oktobeerfest, at Headwaters Park West, in Fort Wayne. New this year is the Mad Brewers Homebrew Challenge. Contest details at:

Sept. 20-21: 1st annual Quafftoberfest at Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, Ind. Features roster of Indiana craft & music. More at: 812-988-6006;;;

Sept. 20: homebrew entries due for 1st annual Bavarian Beer Bash. More at: or contact (812) 493-9572 or email The winning brew will be announced at the Oct. 3-4 festival in Vevay, Ind. Tickets here.

Earlybird tix:

Sept. 20: 2nd Annual CANvitational, Georgia St. downtown Indianapolis. Discounted GA ticket $40 up to midnight Aug. 30. Go to

Sept. 27: BrewBracket “8 experimental IPAs,” 6-9 p.m. Tomlinson Tap Room at City Market. Tickets here.