TwoDEEP at One
TwoDEEP Brewing Co. is celebrating its first anniversary Aug. 1, 3-10 p.m., with a free event at the TwoDEEP Brewery & TapRoom, 714 N Capitol Ave.
NUVO caught up with president & founder Andy Meyer between his brewing marathon of ten batches to be tapped inside and ten more to be served outside in the parking lot — representing the beginnings of TwoDEEP’s Barrel-Aging and Reserve Programs. From the start, TwoDEEP has created a niche as a malt-forward brewery featuring German Lagers.
Here’s Meyer’s take on year one at the brewery:
NUVO: What have been the special parts of year one?
Andy Meyer: I would say that some of the special parts include getting to know the people within the craft community. It’s one thing to connect with your customers and develop fans for your beer, but it’s another to be able to go over and visit your friends at other breweries after a long day of work in your own brewery. Just about everyone we have encountered over the past year has embraced our “growing up” with open arms.
NUVO: What most surprised you during year one?
Meyer: I think this could be answered differently by myself than by the rest of the crew— Austin Elsbury, assistant brewer; Braedan Gallas, cellarman; Lizzie Hineman, marketing manager; Tracy Webster, sales manager; Kasandra Zimmerman, marketing & sales coordinator; Harry Sanders, Adam Cheslyn, Kevin Winings (aka “Sparky"), TapRoom/ deliveries; and Chris Hoyt, vice president.
As for me, it’s the great reception the public has given us. It’s very flattering to have random strangers tell you how much they enjoy your beer when you don’t always give it due credit on your own.
NUVO: What's your best hope for start of year two?
Meyer: To just keep on the path of making a great product and keeping true to who we are. We might be small, we might not be funded to the ends of the earth but we will bust our ass so that every single person who walks through our tap room doors or orders a pint at one of our supportive distribution accounts is treated with warmest reception and given the best beer that we can possibly produce here at TwoDEEP Brewing Co.
We are going to keep pushing forward in our pursuit of great, malt-focused beers while continuing to brew up some of our favorite German styles throughout the year. Look for us at more and more places this year for our beer to be on draught and cans to SOON be in your hands soon. While moving slower than expected, our patio will be in before the cold weather hits.
This year’s Gen Con Beer
Sun King and Gen Con have become synonymous. The annual gathering of worldwide gaming participants will toast the 2015 event with Drink On and Prosper, a blonde ale with brown sugar sweetness and caramelized dark fruit flavors. New this year is the official brew’s availability at over 20 downtown Indianapolis bars and restaurants and in cans at various retail locations.
Prior SKB Gen Con beers include Ale of Destiny (2012), Flagon Slayer (2013) and Froth of Khan (2014). Along with Drink On and Prosper, a bourbon barrel-aged version of the 2014 Froth of Khan will be released in limited quantity during the tapping "kickoff" party on July 29 at 6 p.m., on Georgia Street.
Clay Robinson, Co-Founder, Owner and Vice President of Marketing at Sun King Brewing reports, "This year will be the first time that the official beer of Gen Con will be released in its very own, limited edition can. Gamers, of legal drinking age, will now be able to take home, savor and share a little bit of the excitement in every can."
Gen Con runs July 30-Aug. 2 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
Sun King Beer Garden will be open at various times July 29-Aug. 1 on Georgia St.
Other brew news
Ryerish Red makes its debut at Broad Ripple Brewpub July 29 at 6 p.m. “It’s an Irish Red with a playful amount of rye,” reports BRBP head brewer Jonathon Mullens. “It’s a collaboration brew with Great Fermentations brewer Wes Martin and will be sold as a kit so you can brew your own at home.” Mullens says to expect “a sweet malty backbone that lends itself to the subtle spice of the rye and that gives the beer a graham cracker-like lager quality that provides a crisp clean finish.” It will be easy to drink at 5.87% ABV and 21.4 IBUs.
Indiana City founder and head brewer Ray Kamstra announced, “Every year we roll out an extra special wet hopped batch of Red Collar. We add loads of freshly picked Chinook hops straight off the vines of Knightstown-based Three Hammers Farms and stuff them into the fermenter to give this hop-forward Imperial Amber Ale the freshest hoppy aroma possible.” Wet Hopped Red Collar American Amber is on tap at the 24 Shelby St. Brewery and is available in bombers beginning July 30.
An early hops harvest is pushing brewers to hasten brewing schedules to utilize fresh local hops. Watch for announcements about seasonal brews featuring fresh hops from Indiana’s other hops farms including Waltz Valley in Brown County, Meigs Memorial Horticulture Research Farm at Purdue University and Cone Keepers Hop Yard in rural Jasper County. Many breweries also raise hops for specialty brews.
The Tasting Society event on July 31, 7-10 p.m. at The Speak Easy, 5255 Winthrop Ave. features brews from Columbus Ind.-based 450 North Brewing and two Indianapolis breweries — newly opened Blind Owl Brewery and the soon-to-open Deviate Brewing Co. Singer/songwriter and recording artist Ryan M. Brewer is the featured musical guest. Andre Parnell is the featured artist
Pinko!, Flat 12’s high gravity Russian Imperial Stout in the guise of multiple varieties was the star of Christmas-on-July 25 at Flat 12 Bierweks at 414 Dorman St.
Director of brewery operations Sean Manahan led us through samplings of three years of Pinko! including a richly sweet 2013 version, a drier 2014, and a lighter, sharper 2015.
Sean Lewis, head brewer of the barrel-aged program, with the assistance of Kris Berger and Ben Moran introduced us to four barrel-aged variations. While table-mates liked Ship to Shore, aged in port wine barrels because of its rich, sunny profile, I favord the richly complex, dark fruit kirch-like Dark Corner aged in New Day barrels. Other patrons were opting for the chocolate/cognac profile Grigori, aged in Corsair barrels. Whiskey Barrel Aged Massive Retaliation American Stout is the heartiest Stout in my taste memory. A patron who insisted she would not like dark beers agreed to taste Cento Grande Tequila barrel -aged Mexican Rye Porter. Its lighter, sweeter profile made her into a disbeliever of misinformation about dark beers being bitter. Limited editions of wax dipped bomber bottles of Pinko! Brews were snatched up for home cellaring.
After celebrating Christmas in July with winter brews I headed to The Carroll where the Boys in Blue wore bright red sox in their tie-game vs the NY Cosmos and the Flat 12 brew of choice was the thirst quenching Full 90 Pale Ale.