is Big Beer Month.
Feb. 9, 10. The Ram leads
off with the grand release of Batch #999 - In Hops We Trust Imperial IPA:
Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., (The Ram Downtown) and Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6:30
p.m. (The Ram Fishers). "Brewed with heavy doses of American hops, #999 screams
with citrus and herbal hop flavor," reports brewer Andrew Castner.
As a food pairing, downtown Chef Steven Anderson has an Indian specialty,
Fishers Chef David Blair serves up Zesty Buffalo Chicken Salad, Amber Ale
Chicken Sandwich and BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger.
Feb. 10, 7 p.m. MacNiven's Restaurant & Bar
Restaurant & Bar, 339 Massachusetts Ave. Sun King Timmie
Russian Imperial Stout Tapping. "The grown up big, dark beer with the little
boy's name features muscavato sugar for a dark rum
character. Brewer/owner Dave Colt inserted an oak spiral to add notes of mocha,
toffee, vanilla and spice," reports Sun King spokesperson Neal Taflinger.
Feb. 14, 5 p.m. Upland Bloomington and
Indianapolis Tasting Room. "Upland Sour Hour" limited release of
Strawberry Lambic, Blueberry Lambic,
Peach Lambic, and Dantalion
Dark Wild Ale.
News on tap
Albanian Brewing Co. now has Hoptimus and Elector for
sale in bottles. Elsa and Thunderfoot Cherry Imperial
Stout are next to be bottled.
have to ask for NABC's long-awaited C2 Smoked Belgian
Dark Strong Ale on tap at your favorite bar or brewpub. C2 is the second in a
series of collaborations between NABC, Schlafly and
O'Fallon. It's reported as a malt-forward bomb of a beer. Spring 2010 the batch
was split into wine casks for aging. (Two Missouri-built casks spent five years
in Napa Valley aging Silver Oak Cabernet. The other two are Kentucky-built and
have been at the Huber Winery in Southern Indiana aging various Ports for the
last 12 years. In September 2010, fresh figs were smoked and added to one of
each of the two varietals of wine casks. The barrels have aged eight months
total. The batch was blended back together in early January to age before being
packaged for draft.)
Homebrewers: RAM Small Ale Competition. Details at https://sites.google.com/site/ramsmallale/.
artists/designers: "Be a Beer Design Star." Contact Jim Walker at