Mishawaka Brewing Company beers are now available in bottles in Indianapolis. At the Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits at Keystone Feb. 2 tasting, the large crowd of mavens agreed Mishawaka's deep dark Founder's Stout richly deserves its two awards each from Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. Though classed as a dry stout its mouth-feel has creamy richness with a smoky, roasty, woody finish. It's very drinkable at 5.3 percent. The GABF award Four Horsemen Irish Ale is a full-bodied amber with hints of fruit, chocolate, orange and caramel, a dessert treat or on its own anytime. The Cascade-hopsful Lake Effect Pale Ale opens smooth, closes bitter; Hop Head opens with a bite that stays bright throughout. INDIAna Pale Ale is hoppier, stronger. The winter seasonal Seven Mules Kick Ass Ale immediately tingles the tongue with the warming effect of a barley wine. Founder/brewer Tom Schmidt stopped by NUVO and reminisced about being Indiana's second brewpub, following Broad Ripple Brewpub, which opened in 1991. When Mishawaka opened in 1992 with a 200-plus-seat restaurant, brewing and selling beer from the same premises was still not legal. Like BRBP's John Hill, Schmidt found a way around the ban. In 2005, Mishawaka added a standalone brewery in Elkhart. December 2008, their original brewpub and restaurant closed but you can still find Mishawaka brews on tap and do carry-out at The Pub, 408 W. Cleveland Road, Mishawaka. Call 574-273-5397 or log on to www.mishawakabrewingcompany.com. For the record, the first brewery in Mishawaka was built in 1853. A hundred years later a devastating fire closed the operation that actually survived Prohibition.
Just in from Mike Atwood for Hoosier Beer Geeks:
The March 14, 10 a.m. HBG Craft Beer Breakfast is a limited ticket (50 tickets) event in the Brugge Brasserie upstairs room, featuring pours of eight breakfast-inspired beers and a choice of either steak and eggs or scrambled egg crepe. In addition, watch Manchester United vs. Liverpool in a face-off of the English Premier League's top two teams. Tickets at Brugge Brasserie are $25. This is a limited seating event, and when tickets are gone, they're really gone.
Just in from award winning homebrewer Jon Fischer:
"I am happy to report [my] pale ale made at Powerhouse Brewery is on tap and very good. Congratulations to Jon Myers for replicating the '6 Row Pale Ale' recipe, which won the single malt challenge last December. In case you are not fond of very hoppy ales, rest assured this one is well balanced. I recommend it to everyone, especially those who have never had a single malt beer." Powerhouse Brewing Company is at 322 Fourth St., Columbus, 812-375-8800 or www.powerhousebrewing.com.