Triton Brewing at their third anniversary is maintaining their original trajectory “to build a healthy and vibrant organization and continue to grow the brand, with quality and consistency as our "Watch-words." Our goal is to grow only as large as quality will allow,” offers David Waldman, operations director/founder. With Railsplitter at 7% ABV and 70 IBU’s as Triton’s flagship beer, they immediately signaled their intention “to provide one of the biggest flavor profiles for each brand that we produce, [ensuring] big flavor and balance.” Building liaisons with the Fort Benjamin Harrison neighborhood has been central to their mission, as has leadership within the industry. “Triton has hosted aspiring brewers and brewery owners in the process of getting their own breweries open. We do collaborations with other local breweries and we have been helping push legislation that will make it possible to do Contract Brewing in Indiana. We work with local colleges and universities to provide internships and with academically based entrepreneurial programs,” summarizes Waldman.
Triton is one of five that opened in 2011 across Indiana. Two are expanding brewing operations into other communities with October openings—Flat 12 in Jeffersonville, Three Pints in Martinsville. Thr3e Wise Men remains a brewpub with their beers making appearances in new Scotty’s locations statewide. Seymour-based Twisted Crew maintains its mission as “small town brewer” and MOBRKI in Madison keeps its low profile as a brewery/taproom with a homebrew shop.
Triton’s 3rd anniversary party on Sept. 20 is family friendly 2-5 p.m. and adult only 6-10 p.m., timed for the CANvitational crowd to move from Georgia St. downtown to 5764 Wheeler Rd. in Lawrence.
QUAFFTOBERFEST Craft Beer & Music Festival, Sept. 20-21 at Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, launches Quaff On! Brewing’s “Aquaffalypse” – a 90-minute IPA. Brewers Mark Havens and David Watkins report it’s dry-hopped with Brown County-grown Cascade hops from Waltz Valley Farms. More at www.quafftoberfest.com and 812-988-6006. For a music line-up, click here.
Nathan Scruggs, formerly RAM assistant brewer, is now Head Brewer at Rock Bottom College Park. Mike Freeman, a familiar presence at Great Fermentations, is Scott Ellis’ new assistant brewer. “Mike has been an avid homebrewer and wine maker (including time as a professional winemaker at a small boutique winery) for 10 plus years and was a chemist in his previous career,” reports Ellis.
Winners will be announced in late Oct.
Oktoberfest, pumpkin and other vegetable and fruit brews are being tapped and are appearing in cans and bottles all over. Oaken Barrel’s specialty Apple Buzz arrives mid-October. Most unusual is Half Moon’s Chocolate Coconut Porter. “The flavor is a little bit like a Mounds candy bar,” says brewer John Templet. It’s a contrasting taste against Scarlet Lane’s Dorian Coconut Stout.
Indy Eleven and Kroger hosted 17 breweries presenting 35 different brews at the Sept. 13 match at Carroll Stadium. Newest were Chapman’s Pale Ale and Englishman’s Brown, with a true to style mild taste.
Sept. 17: Upland Brewpub, 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, hosts the new album by Jeff and Spencer Tweedy, starting at 7 p.m.