Beer Buzz: St. Patrick's Day and more


Historic Buzz

Kwang Casey, founder of Oaken Barrel in Greenwood, brings us into greater Oktoberfest season with Frederick the Great’s 1777 state of economy comment: “It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in

consequence. If possible, this must be prevented. My people must drink beer.”

Oktoberfest calendar, at a glance:

Sept 4: Thr3e Wise Men leading off with Oktoberfest tapping.

Sept. 6: Sun King Oktoberfest tapping in the tasting room; starting Sept. 10, Sun King Oktoberfest available in cans for the first time.

Sept. 22: Upland event in Indy at Military Park, 3-11 p.m.

Oct. 6: Crown Brewing event in Crown Point, 3-11 p.m.

Daily Buzz

August 29

Twenty Tap First Birthday Party, 6 p.m., 5406 College Ave., 317-602-8840

August 30

Sun King tapping Grapefruit Jungle.

August 31

Heartland Film Festival Short Short Film Festival at Flat 12 Bierwerks. The notice reads: “It works like this: you visit Flat12 and make a $5 donation to Heartland. When the brewery taproom closes at 8 p.m,. you stick around for a special screening of Heartland short films. Heartland will have tickets for the film festival to give away. Flat 12 will have some swag and possibly a few beer festival tickets to give away.” Flat 12 Joe Brahma Coffee Brown Ale will see a limited release in the tap room, while Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale, previewed at DigIN, will be on draft and in bottles beginning Sept. 3. Half Cycle IPA bottles in 6 packs are already distributed statewide.

Sept. 4

Thr3e Wise Men tapping of Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest at 6 p.m., followed by the first of their weekly Trivia Tuesdays, 9-11 p.m.

New on tap

The RAM: Doomsday Scenario an Imperial Red; Bayside Steam (Downtown only); Omnipotent Ale (Coming to Fishers)

Crown Brewing: The 2012 Crown Challenge Winner Kolsch. Crown brewmaster Steve Mazylewski reports, “Bob Heinlein, owner of Kennywood Home Brew Supply in Crown Point, won for his delicious Kolsch. This beer is extremely drinkable and has a very effervescent character.” Steve and Bob brewed together as a Pro-Am team.

Oaken Barrel, Greenwood: American Brown Ale and Kolsch, a specialty traditionally brewed in Cologne, Germany. Kwang Casey describes it as “Clear beer with bright straw-yellowish hue, lightly hopped making it an easy drinking beer.”

Half Moon, Kokomo: Dastardly Dunkelweizen is a dark German-style wheat beer. Brewmaster John Templet says, “It has the same banana and clove flavors of Half Moon’s Heavenly Hefeweizen and the roasted and toasted flavors of a good brown ale that comes from the carabrown and midnight wheat malts.”

Darren Conner reports Bier Brewery expansion is underway and reminds us changing seasons means “bringing in some new yeast strains to prepare for our fall and winter lineup—all our Scottish ales, Autumn Marzen, Pumpkin, Porters, Stouts and some Bourbon Aged Goodness and new recipes.” This week Bier’s summer brews are still on tap at the tasting room and in bars and restaurants around Indianapolis.