Rita Kohn

rkohn@nuvo.net

Three Floyds Alpha King, Dark Lord, Dreadnaught Imperial IPA and Zombie Dust were (again) named to RateBeer's list of the world's Best Beers, and RateBeer named Three Floyds No. 4 on the list of the top 100 worldwide.

Greg Emig, owner of Lafayette Brewing Company (established in 1993) is the newly elected president of Brewers of Indiana Guild, the non-profit trade association that represents all 100 of the state's craft breweries. Emig takes over from Clay Robinson of Sun King Brewing Company. Re-elected for another year-term are: Flat 12's Rob Caputo, VP; Black Acre's Justin Miller, Secretary; and Black Swan's D.J. McAllister, Treasurer.

LBC's Feb. 7's Winter Warmer again raised funds to benefit children throughout Lafayette. Black Acre joined the 18-brewery lineup for the first time; Jon Lang returned for his 14th consecutive year, first with Barley Island and now with Triton.

Tippecanoe Homebrewers Circle had its first collaborations with People's Brewing for a 6%, 11 IBUs Kriek Cherry Stout and with Flat 12 for a very warming Lusca at 10.5% and 68 IBUs. New Albanian treated with a return of Thunderfoot Russian Imperial Stout aged with cherries and oak.

New Brews & News

Sun King's Tasting Room now has daily tastings and pours of house beers, seasonals, specials and Reserves, along with its long-standing Friday bonanza. Hot Rod Lincoln, its first 2015 Reserve brew, integrates the gingerbread and dark brown sugar flavors of its barrel-aged Timmi Imperial Stout with flavors of tart cherries, dark chocolate and oak. SKB patrons helped collect 185 pounds of aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana. Keep bringing in your tabs throughout 2015. (And you'll find a feature story about Clay Robinson in the latest issue of Beer Advocate.)

Thr3e Wise Men's LLS Beat Cancer Bitter benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

ChillyWater introduces One Hop Wonder, a new IPA with a big aroma and little bitterness.

Triton teamed with Indy's Bee Coffee Roasters for hearty Bee Java Porter with notes of nuttiness, caramel and roasted coffee.

Oaken Barrel continues its 20th anniversary year lineup of house brews with smooth and easy drinking Leroy Brown Ale on tap. 

BBC's dark copper Hopstradamus Imperial IPA balances Nugget and Falconer's Flight hops with special Pale mash for four layers of tastes to honor the French apothecary. It's on tap in Bloomington.

Function and Upland collaborated on FunctUp Belgian Black Ale.

Half Moon's Banana Porter combines Cole Porter with ripe bananas for a chocolate-banana profile. A beer smoothie?

Mad Anthony introduced Hopsquatch American-style IPA featuring the new grapefruity Citra hop.

Events

Feb. 11, 5-7 p.m. Rock Bottom downtown brewmaster Jerry Sutherlin offers brewery tours.

Feb. 12, 6 p.m. Rock Bottom (downtown and College Park) tap Fire Chief Ale to benefit Indianapolis fire Department's Survive Alive program.

Feb. 12, 6-9 p.m. Bier tap takeover, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino 6-9 p.m.

Feb. 12 6:30 p.m. Upland/Jolly Pumpkin Collaboration party for Permission Slip and Persimmon Ship beers. Upland Brewers are on site to talk about the collaboration and both brews. Upland Brew Pub, Bloomington. (Tours of Upland's sour brewery follow at 7 & 8 p.m.)

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