Beer buzz



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,

Chicken TikkaMasala.

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

, 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


artists/designers: "Be a Beer Design Star." Contact Jim Walker at


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