New Indy brews and beer news


New Brews

Rock Bottom College Park Triple Trouble Belgian offers a

delectable bouquet of herbs and spices from the first sniff to the final sip.

Perfectly balanced, it's a one-of-a-kind combination of Belgian yeast and American

hops. Equally fine is Sassy Pants, an easy to drink pale ale. Coming soon: Naked Oatmeal Stout and Brickway


Bier Brewery lineup last week offered Roggenschnitzle,

a unique rye malt and German yeast brew. New this week: Belgian Red, Scottish 80

Shilling, Oat Stout, Dred Brown and DFGIPA

Upland's newest on tap and bottled Flanders Red

Ale is named "Gilgamesh," in deference to the Sumerian epic that

cites beer as the beverage of civilization. Brewer Caleb Staton

describes the journey to this huge brew: "Continuing our adventure into

the realm of sour ale brewing, we designed a recipe to create an Upland version

of a traditional Flanders Red. Melding flaked maize into a turbid mash and

adding Belgian candi sugar during a long kettle boil,

we prepared this ale for epic proportions. We then incorporated wild yeasts and

other acetic and lactic acid, producing microorganisms for a year-long oak

fermentation in bourbon barrels which had previously been utilized to age


Half Moon's Oatmeal Stout features a smooth, creamy, rich roasted

malt character with notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Brewer John Templet says, "It's a meal in a mug."

Crown Brewing, Crown Point, has Barleywine

and Special Forces (heavily dry hopped with Columbus hops, a recent variety

that imparts a citrusy, woodsy profile). Coming up are Grand Poobah and Shoe Corner ESB. Crown Brewing is also adding

board games to their bar.


As of Jan. 16, MacNivens Restaurant

& Bar

is a "non-smoking, 21+ establishment." The newly

installed hand pull line will serve Indiana beer on draft.

Draft Magazine, published in Phoenix, features

Indianapolis as "Beertown: U.S.A." in the Jan.-Feb.

2012 issue. Spotlighted are Sun King, Flat 12, Bier, Thr3e Wise Men, Broad

Ripple Brewpub

, Triton and Upland. Sadly, the article omits

Rock Bottom Downtown and College Park, The Ram Downtown and Fishers, Brugge - and, within easy reach, Barley Island,

Black Swan, Three Pints, Oaken Barrel and Bloomington Brewing/Lennie's. Fountain Square is mentioned in the Bars section,

in conjunction with The Sinking Ship.

Jan. 21

Fountain Square Brewing: Grand Opening Luau, 7-10 p.m.

Mass Avenue Wine Shop: 3-4:30 p.m., features Three Floyds and

Barley Island and signing of True

Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana as a fund-raiser for Indy

Reads. Call 972-7966.

Jan. 24

Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room: 5-7 p.m., "Beer Here!

Pre-Game Warm-up Beer Tasting" features small plates with Three Floyd's Pride

& Joy, Oaken Barrel Razz Wheat, Barley Island Barfly IPA, Upland Double

Dragonfly IPA, Flat 12 Glazed Ham Porter and Triton Sin Bin Pale Ale.

Call 317-600-3577.