Sun King swept the Great American Beer Festival Wood-and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer style with a Gold medal for Lonesome Dove and a Silver for Barrel Aged 666:Sympathy for the Devil overcoming 105 other entries. Carson’s gained Gold for Red Dawn in American-Style Wheat, 31 total entries. Bier earned Silver for Sanitarium in Belgian-style Abbey Ale, 62 entries. Sandy Cockerham joined the GABF ranks for the first time as one of the 222 judges coming to Denver from worldwide. Cockerham and Ron Smith are Indiana’s only Master level judges. Brewers say comments from judges is the major reason they send beers — the goal being to master the art of brewing-to-style.
Chilly Water is warming up fall with Friend of the Devil Dopplebock coming in at 8.2% ABV, (a portion will be aged in a bourbon barrel for future release), Harvest Moon Autumn Ale made with pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla and Breakfast in America Oat Stout along with their regulars. Coming up are a Rauchbier (smoked beer), a dunkelweiss and a Belgian Strong Ale.
Every Wednesday is Chilly Water’s Hippie Hour with $3.75 pints and $7 growler refills. The new menu brings turkey chili, a beer cheese soup made with Built To Last Pilsner and chicken and veggie quesadillas. Live music is every weekend. More at chillywaterbrewing.com.
Bloomington Brewing’s BBC Rye IPA is incorporating a hefty dose of Indiana-grown organic rye malt. Last batch of 10-Speed Hoppy Wheat is in bottles and kegs. Get it now or wait until summer 2015.
Half Moon is celebrating this year’s harvest with a full-bodied, rich, toasty, malty copper colored Bavarian-style Marzenbier.
Mad Anthony’s Hop Wang is a double IPA brewed with freshly picked Cascade hop cones from just across stateline at Battlecreek. Pumpkin Head Imperial pumpkin ale clocks in at a zesty 7.2% ABV.
Oct. 8. Union Jack Pumpkin Beer Fest; tickets at unionjackpub.co/events/pumpkin-beer-fest/
Oct. 9, 6 p.m. Bier tap takeover, Ember Urban Eatery.
Oct. 10: Upland’s Bloomington Brewpub is celebrating its expansion with a throwback burger menu features prices from Upland’s 1998 opening year.
Oct. 10: Black Acre is hosting their inaugural Barrels on Bonna, Indy’s barrel-aged beer festival and sharing a few of their barrel aged goodies.
Oct. 10, 6-10 p.m. Carmel City Oktoberfest, Carmel City Center, Bier Brewery & Hubbard & Cravens pair up for surprises.
Oct. 11, 1-5 p.m. Porter’s Perfect Pint Fest, Hawthorn Park, Porter, Ind. 35 craft beers, food vendors, live music; benefits the parks and recreation department and volunteer fire department. Tickets at eventbrite.com.