Beer Buzz


Half Moon is pouring Hoptonium Imperial IPA with an explosive hop aroma and flavor from premium Marris Otter malt and a blend of Warrior, Millennium and Falconer's Flight hops.

Shawn Byrnes, head brewer at The RAM announces two new seasonals: Naked Bum Imperial IPA, featuring a balanced Malt Profile and big Hop Aroma and Flavor, and Sno Angel Weizenbock with hints of raisin and banana/clove Aroma/Flavor. "Look for an American Brown Ale sometime after Christmas and a White IPA around mid-January," says Byrnes.

Oaken Barrel donated $1,500 (20 percent of Dec. 10 sales) to Gleaner's Food Bank. Its Epiphany Belgian Tripel is now available on tap and in bottles. This strong seasonal beer has an earthy aroma with hints of clove, apple, caramel and vanilla.

Black Swan's newest is a smooth, balanced Vanilla Blonde Ale.

TwoDEEP made its first on-tap appearance at Lino's Coffee on Dec. 11. Its Gump's Blanket is brewed with loads of Bravo hops but carries along a smooth and subtle malt finish.

Devil's Trumpet in Gary now has an 11-beer flight with the return of Night Goat, a milk/sweet stout balanced with a hops tang.

Crown Brewing's bold seasonals include Scofflaw Imperial Steam, Batch 500 Baltic Porter, Winter Warlock, Stachu Pale, Choco/Vanilla Porter and North Pole Tadpole.

Chilly Water brews go from sunny, crisp Built to Last Pilsner to a lineup of dark-hued brews including White Room Cream Stout, Coffee 'N Bed Java Stout (with locally-sourced Liberation Coffee), Peter Paul Coconut Porter and Rauchbeer, all marked by excellent balance and subtlety.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 18. Chilly Water Movie night also features Bad Santa and Krampus Belgian Strong tapping.

Dec. 18, 7 p.m. TwoDEEP is partnering with Cheers for Charity for Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. Former Colts player "Ryan [Diem] will be our celebrity bartender during the event. He has raised over $1.1 million for CNCF," says TwoDEEP's Lizzie Hineman.

Dec. 19, 5-10 p.m. Bier Brewery fourth anniversary celebration will spotlight two-time GABF Silver-medal winner Sanitarium Belgian Quadruple and live music by Kolo Bell. Bring a non-perishable food item for Gleaners.

Dec. 19. Upland releases Barrel Chested Barleywine. It's described in a press release as a complex strong ale, where "the essence of rich caramel, biscuit, toffee, and fig are coalesced during a long maturation period in oak barrels previously used by the Willett Distilling Company. Over time, these barrels add their own flavor contributions of vanilla, toasted oak and sweet bourbon undertones." 9.5-percent ABV.


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