Thinking Outside the Brewery
Building the best possible beer experience was the focus of the Educational Forum at the Beer, Wine & Spirits Trade Show, Oct. 16 at Indiana Convention Center. Ivy Tech Master Chef Thom England and Brewmaster and Director of Brewmaster Outreach at Anheuser-Busch George Reisch each addressed the values of expanding staff knowledge at on premise and take home locations to provide a variety of experiences for patrons to help them grow their palates for pairing food and beer. Both England, who coordinates the Ivy Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration Programs and Reisch, a fifth generation family brewer with roots in Springfield, Ill., say food and beer naturally go together whether it's fine or casual dining in a brewpub or restaurant, or at home with good beer purchased from a store. They addressed issues of expanding the way people in food and retail industries view beer as a food partner and enhancement. Always stressing responsible use, each showed how and why beer and food add to quality lifestyles. To that end Reisch is adamant about drinking beer only from suitable glassware. "Never drink beer from a can or a bottle." Why? You lose most of the pleasures a beer offers — appearance, aroma and complexity. More will be coming on this topic.
A good cause is part of the culture of craft beer. On behalf of Movember, two events:
• Nov. 1: NUVO Indiana Beer Bracket Final Four Showdown; 2-5 p.m. at Chulmey's. Go to NUVO.net to vote for your favorite brewery.
• Nov. 1: Beards & Brews Championship on Noblesville's Square; Noon to 4 p.m. Five local breweries are hosting a preliminary beard contest at their place with category winners progressing to the Championship. Barley Island named their category-winning beards on Oct. 11. Everyone else wanting to contend show up:
— Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at Thr3e Wise Men
— Oct. 23, 7p.m. at Grand Junction
— Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at Fountain Square Brewing
— Oct. 25, Triton online contest supports Little Red Door, also
• Oct 22: MashCraft The Hollow American Stout tapping
• Oct. 22: Flat 12 and Triton guest hosting Mass Ave. Pub Trivia, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
• Oct. 23: BRBP Halloween Jack Pumpkin Ale tapping at 6 p.m. and (weather permitting) it's also the last Tails & Ales event of the season.
• Oct. 25: Union Jack 2nd Annual Pumpkin Beer Fest
• Oct. 26: Flat 12 Wort's Happening Collab Day with Great Fermentations, Breiss Malts, 11 a.m. Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. donated malt for a base wort made by Flat 12 Bierwerks. "Flat 12 is brewing a portion of the wort into their own beer and is sharing the other portion of the wort with homebrewers to brew their own recipe in Flat 12's parking lot as a brewers' happening with communal wort, burners, chillers and a good dose of peace, love and camaraderie. Homebrewers need to pre-register at greatfermentations.eventbrite.com. All others are welcome to hang out and share the good vibes at the free event."
• Oct. 28: People's Gourdon Pumpkin Ale hits taps and shelves. Orange-hued Gourdon is made with 340 pounds of Indiana sweet pumpkins meat from 450 pumpkins harvested at County Line Orchard in Hobart. Hints of spice waft from People's house blend of Nutmeg, Allspice, Cinnamon and Candied Ginger and a crisp finish is an Amarillo Hops showcase. On draft at Tom Tap, 20Tap, 9 Irish Brothers, Ralston's, 86th Street Pub, Hop Cat, The Wine Stable in Pendleton and Heorot (Muncie). For bottles in 6 packs go to Crown and 21st Amendment.
Half Moon's Pioneer, named for the bold spirit of Elwood Haynes whose very first gas powered car named the Pioneer spawned the formation Haynes-Apperson Company, is an extra bold India Pale Ale with a cornucopia of hop varieties including Millennium, Newport, Cascade and Falconer's Flight.
Brew Link Supply is offering homebrewers the recipe and ingredients for their seasonal Stargazer Oatmeal Stout, along with a Hops sale.