BRBP’s Nov. 14 Anniversary Party events update:
11 a.m. Begin with bar stool stories, meet ups and general merriment and giving back day. A dollar from sales of BRBP’s four standard house beers sold that day will be donated to four local charities.
3-5:30 p.m. The Upright Willies playing
5:30 p.m. Release of 25 Chinese Lanterns (weather permitting) to celebrate 25th Anniversary
7-10 p.m. Gypsy Moonshine playing
Honoring BRBP 25th, a proposal arrived from Rick Burkhardt, a.k.a. “Indy Beer Sleuth,” who blogs about Indiana breweries and its brewers, and is a staff writer for Indiana On Tap:
“I think we need a beer week. Indiana that is. I mean an actual, statewide-supported, weeklong celebration of Indiana beer culminating in the Indiana Microbrewers Festival in July, which I’ll call, um, Indiana Craft Beer Week. Indiana has lagged behind our neighboring states, and the country really, long enough and I think it’s time that we celebrate Indiana beer. So, each day of the week leading up to “summerfest” breweries, bars, restaurants, distributors, retailers and beer fans join the fun by offering special tappings, tap takeovers, drink specials, glassware and merchandise specials, tastings, food pairings, educational discussions, etc. Monday through Friday-or better, the Saturday before-every participating establishment has something special to offer lovers of Indiana craft beer, creating a Bruce Springsteen “we’re all in this together” concert of beerdom. I think it’s time. Who’s with me?”
New Brews and News
Tow Yard Brewing Co., Indiana’s brewery closest to Lucas Oil Stadium and host venue for the Blue Crew, is collaborating with Denver’s Factotum Brewhouse to create “Oatmaha an homage brew inspired by “Manning’s famous “Omaha” audible,” according to a Tow Yard notice. Factatum brewers were in Indy Nov. 7 to brew the batch that will be served in Indianapolis. Brewers from Tow Yard will visit Denver early 2016 to brew for the 2nd Annual Collaboration Fest slated for March 19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. “This light and easy-drinking pale ale [has] ingredients from all the places he’s played football: New Orleans, Knoxville, Indy, and Denver,” said Laura Bruns, co-owner of Factotum, in a news release. More at: http://www.imbibe-events.com/event/2015-collaboration-fest/
Hop Cat is offering Veterans a complimentary meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Simply stop in.
Brugge Tripel de Rippel “hitting the streets” means you can ask if it’s on at your favorite bar, restaurant or as a brewpub guest beer.
Blind Owl guest brews now on tap: Three Floyds Alpha King and Black Acre Saucy Intruder.
Drew Fox, founder/brewer of Gary-based 18th Street Brewery posted: “The buildout of 18th Street Brewery production facility in Hammond has started.” Kahn’s at Keystone is celebrating the growth of 18th Street with specials on 18th Street Sour Note Berliner and Sour Note Flanders, each in 750 ML bottles.
Flat 12 Friends Giving Celebration is underway. Learn more about this month long charitable event at Flat 12.
Sun King November releases:
Tip-Off Ale German-style Altbier is rich copper colored with mellow malt flavor, in cans; Zaius, a velvety oatmeal stout with full flavors of roasty malt, chocolate, and a hint of smoke, Draft only; Malus Pi, a velvety oatmeal stout with full flavors of roasty malt, chocolate and a hint of smoke, Draft only; Java Mac is the rich coffee flavor version of Wee Mac Scottish-Style Ale with locally roasted coffee from Bee Roasters harmonizing with the base beer's hazelnut character and toffee undertones, in Cans and Draft.
Do you think that you have what it takes to be crowned the "King's Chef"? invites SKB. You have until Nov. 30 to enter Cooking with Sun King Contest For contest rules and to submit your recipe visit contest page. .
Half Moon Peanut Butter Cup Porter is paired with Brunswick Stew cooked with a combination of smoked pork, chicken and beef with tomato, corn and white beans, served with cornbread. I won’t get to try it—if anyone else did, please report in. Sounds lovely.
Bier’s on tap list for this week includes: Weizengoot, Belgian Red, Pumpkin Ale and PDG Pale Ale.
Upland is releasing five sour ales: Way Down Yonder, Malefactor, Strawberry, Blueberry and Mayhaw. The public lottery, including all but Mayhaw, will open at noon EST, Nov. 12 and close at noon EST, Nov. 19. Mayhaw is member’s special release.
Upland Side Trail Series #7 will be on tap at Upland brewpubs and tasting rooms Nov. 20. Maple syrup and coffee dominate aroma and flavor and are complimented by roast and chocolate contributions from dark malts and by generous additions of oats and lactose for a full-bodied mouth feel.
Barrel Chested Barleywine is now in 4 packs and will be on draught in all Upland brewpubs and tasting rooms by Nov. 20. The description promises a “complex strong ale pouring a beautiful deep copper with hues of bright mahogany and a creamy tan head. 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 which arrive at the brewery still dripping with bourbon (which our brewers didn't let go to waste). Over time, these barrels add their own flavor contributions of vanilla, toasted oak, and sweet bourbon undertones. At 9.5% ABV, this beer is a gentle giant with a seductive sweetness and intriguing complexity.”
“Taxman Cafe Leche is hitting the Indy Market in draft now and in cans by December. Csar is kegged and in cans and should be on its way to Indy this week,” reported Taxman co-owner Leah Huestebush.
Cafe Leche Milk and Coffee Porter is infused with Evansville-based TJ’s Roaster Guatemalan coffee beans to lend a robust and slightly floral coffee aroma, supported with a generous portion of dark caramel malts, the flavor is a perfect blend of coffee and beer: sweet dark malts and cold brewed coffee combine for a flavor with gentle roast, floral earthiness, and pleasant sweetness; added lactose provides smoothness.
Csar RIS is a strong, dark beer with dark chocolate and coffee united by the balanced flavor of hops. Chocolate, vanilla aromas are very prominent; as the beer warms up new aromas and flavors will emerge.
Oaken Barrel will tap American Wheat, then the Leroy Brown Ale, reports owner Kwang Casey. “Look for our small batch series this holiday, including high gravity specialty stouts and winter
“Each year, Bloomington Brewing Company produces one batch of beer with the organic hops grown at our Loesch Farm just outside of Bloomington. This year's harvest went entirely into the batch of Rooftop IPA that is now on draft around Bloomington and central Indiana and in bottles with a bottling date of September 29,” reported brewer Nick Banks.
Watch for taste report on this locally grown hops brew, along with reports on other brews with hops from Indiana-based hop farms.
This and that:
A post from my ISF Pioneer Village buddy Sandy Noble Barton made my day: “A beer coozie is great for keeping baby bottles of milk cool while on the go! Who knew?!?!”
Post-election post from Roger Baylor, who was running for Mayor of New Albany: “As you know by now, we lost ... and so did I. Let's focus on the message and the experience. I can't thank all of you individually right now, but damn it, thanks! Now we REALLY have work ahead. Let's do it.”
Nov. 12: FLIX tap takeover at The Pint Room in Carmel.
Along with serving Oktoberfest, Zombie Skin Imperial Red, and Beer of the Dead, we will be debuting our Persimmon Pudding Brown Ale!An exhilarating game of movie trivia will also start promptly at 7:00. Winners of trivia will receive free movie passes and some Flix swag.
Nov. 19, 6 p.m. FLIX Brewhouse tapping a special firkin of our Persimmon Pudding Brown Ale. “For this special concoction, we've added extra persimmons and cacao nibs to the firkin,” reports head brewer Chris Knott.