Thanks, Radio From Hell!

On Monday news broke of the return of the So-called "Zion Curtain". These are opaque partitions that separate diners from bartenders keeping the evils of alcohol out of view of dinners. This time around these ridiculous walls are now closing on eateries whose only alcoholic beverage is beer... 3.2 beer to be exact! The lowest of the low alcoholic beverages.

Yesterday in a stroke of lucky scheduling Radio From Hell on X96 had scored a interview with Orem Senator John Valentine. If you not familiar, Valentine is the Chairman of the Senate Business and Labor Committee. This is where all liquor legislation in the state lives or dies before going to the House and Senate. Coincidentally, Valentine is the author of most of the asinine and prohibitive laws that have come around in recent memory. Including the "Zion Curtain".

The radio From Hell interview started amiable enough with Valentine explaining the reasons for the proposed liquor store closures, but soon gave way to frustration and question dodging.

Valentine's lack of candor sent hosts, Bill Allred and Kerry Jackson's frustrations on fire as the two peppered Valentine with accusations of doubles speak while co-host Gina Barberi tried to keep the peace.

It wasn't a text book lesson in "interviewing" but they said shit that I've been wanting to convey to Valentine for years. I was getting so frustrated at some of the admissions that were made by the Orem Senator, I nearly had to pull off to the side of the road.

If this pious bullshit frustrates you like it does me, I urge you to check out the entire interview here and give us your thoughts. Thanks, RFH!

Cheers!

Bière du Boucanier Red Ale

Tipo: Strong Ale Belga

Alcohol: 7% vol. alc.

Capacidad de la botella: 33cl

Fermentación: Superior

Fabricante: Icobes, Evergem, Bélgica.

Enlace: http://www.icobes.com/

Wit and Whimsy




Be at Hangar 9 for the release of Shlafly's new beer!

Friday, September 9th at 6:00pm, the Hangar 9 will once again host a Schlafly Beer release party! The last one, which you can read about here, was an absolute blast. I'll be out of town on the 9th, unfortunately, but I'd love to be in Carbondale for the release of the third beer in Schlafly's Anniversary Series - a Belgian-style witbier brewed with citrus.

Be sure and show up, support local better beer venues like Hangar 9 and report back to me on how the party shaped up, won't you?

In other wit-ty news, check out the latest experimental brewing project my friend and fellow beer blogger, Marika Josephson, has undertaken. She's creating beers from all local ingredients. This project is about a beer made from ingredients exclusively obtained at the Neighborhood Co-op grocery store. Very, very cool. I envy Marika's adventurous brewing spirit ... it (almost) makes me want to throw convention to the wind (intentional nod to the wild, ambient yeast strains that surround us) and brew with wild abandon.

Perhaps one day. For now, I'll live vicariously through Marika's great documentation of these outside-the-box brewing experiments and continue to crank out conventional - yet tasty - beers in my nice, controlled environment.

Cheers to better beer made - and enjoyed -  right here in southern Illinois!


A Goodbye to Our Roundtable Rankings

Now that Hoosier Beer Geek has entered our sixth year, we're looking at ways to make the site better fit who we are now as beer drinkers.



The central idea to HBG has always been that the Knights of the Beer Roundtable would gather to meet and rate beer. This will not change. But one thing we'd like to reconsidered are the beer rankings in the right hand column of the site.



The list is lengthy - and while some of us enjoy the quick reference provided, we now know that the scale is ridiculous, the standards inconsistent, our knowledge ever-increasing. Yes, some beers are better than others. But context is everything. Our top rated beer may have been perfect at our first anniversary party, but it can't possibly be every time after. Some of us refuse to give any beer a perfect score, so the philosophy behind the entire ranking system has changed.



We've come to realize that beers need not be ranked, only rated in the moment. While we'll always love a great beer, we've learned that the real magic happens when friends get together. You can't put that in a table.



As a result, we've removed the roundtable ranking list from the site. We'd love to hear your thoughts.



Thanks.

Look south

My summer hols took me to Argentina for most of August. The main things on the agenda were the Iguazu Falls (spectacular), beef (spectacular) and Malbec (surprisingly unspectacular, at least at the price bracket I was drinking). Of course I managed to squeeze in a beer or two as well: I know you'd have been disappointed if I didn't have a post for you about South American suds. Turns out I have six of them. You lucky people.

The only Argentinian independent I'd heard of before I left home was Antares, and their beer was relatively easy to come by in Buenos Aires. On the way to dinner one evening we dropped in to their tap in the upmarket Palermo district of the city. Antares reminds me a lot of Ireland's own Porterhouse. They started out as a pioneering brewpub in Mar del Plata which they have since outgrown to become the largest craft beer brand in the country, with a string of tied houses as well as distribution to supermarkets and other pubs. The Buenos Aires branch is a high-ceilinged bar in the modern-brewpub style of raw concrete and shiny copper, with the beer coming straight from conditioning tanks behind the bar.

They don't do much by way of cold-fermenting, it seems, so if you want yellow fizz it'll have to be Antares Kölsch. It looks the part: a clear, bright yellow. My preference is for kölsch to be dry but this doesn't quite hit the mark for me. Instead it's actually quite sweet, with a sour kick on the end giving it a sort of lemon candy vibe. Just a little bit of dry grain in the middle redeems it, but there's really not a whole lot going on here. It's passable. Their Porter is rather better: light and fun with smacks of caramel and marzipan, deserving of outings in measures greater than 33cl.

There's a Cream Stout, a big lad at 7% ABV and a major victim of Argentina's preference for all beer at 5°C or under. At first I thought it was completely tasteless, but given a few minutes it comes out of its shell to show some mild but pleasant roast and coffee flavours, as well as that weighty texture implied by the name. It's actually much stoutier than what Antares have dubbed their Imperial Stout, a beer which is pretty much red in colour and with no high-impact flavours, just a light dryness and maybe a hint of toffee. At only 1.5% ABV stronger than the Cream Stout I'm not sure why they bother with this.

On the paler side of things there's Antares IPA. Oops! Forgot to put the hops in. There's a little bit of toffee in this hazy amber affair, but not much else. Better, and more expected, toffee was to be found in the Scotch Ale: a dark red with little by way of head and some lovely caramel and bourbon biscuit malt. Like the Porter, it's simple, sweet and enjoyable.

Antares's best work is with stronger pale beers. They make a very drinkable Barley Wine, a big hitter at 10% ABV which, when given time to warm up, is full of pithy bitterness and boozy heat: perfect for keeping out the early spring chill. I also enjoyed their seasonal Wee Heavy, an amber-gold ale served in large bottles, featuring an intense strawberry aroma and a similar foretaste of ripe and squishy red berries, followed by smooth warming caramel. I suspect it could get a bit cloying if it got too warm, but served at the usual temperature it worked rather well, I thought.

A mixed bag from Antares, then, making it perhaps representative of Argentinian craft beer in general. But more on that on the other side of Friday's Session.

Notable mejora

En la página inicial de su excelente blog, Appellation Beer, Stan Hieronymus presenta las "Nuevas Reglas Cerveceras", un decálogo que todo el mundo debería tener en cuenta.

Tengo que admitir que yo no soy de seguir mucho la regla #3, "Debes beber al menos dos porciones de una cerveza antes de pasar juicio sobre ella". Como el resto, tiene mucho sentido, pero mi realidad es que si una cerveza no

Brussels Belgian Beer Festival 2011

I can not believe how fast time passes by these days ...

It's insane!



Anyway - we have been tasting some amazing beers but honestly I don't know when I'll get aorund to post some tasting notes. In the meantime though it's time for the Belgian Beer Weekend again. In principle we should make it there on one of the days as well ... Enjoy!

Santa Margarida Tostada

MARCA: Santa Margarida

MODELO: Santa Margarida Tostada

ESTILO: Brune (4'8% ABV)

PAÍS DE ORIGEN: España



CARACTERÍSTICAS: Me gustaría iniciar el post con el siguiente comentario: nunca antes había tirado una cerveza por el desagüe. De hecho, dos veces la misma cerveza. Se puede definir un poco por dónde van a ir los tiros a continuación.



La Santa Margarida Tostada es una de las cervezas que me venían en el pack de lo de fotografía, de Lupuloamansalva. Había leído cosas terribles de esta cerveza y quería comprobar ese prestigio personalmente. Santa Margarida viene elaborada por la cervecera DeDues, conocida de sobras por sus cervezas "de autor". Debe el nombre al extinguido volcán de Santa Margarita, en la zona volcánica de la Garrotxa.



Al servir la cerveza en una copa, la espuma rompió bastante, formando una densa capa blanquecina de burbuja grande, esponjosa y duradera. Esta majestuosa espuma desaparece al cabo del rato, convirtiéndose en una fina capa. La carbonatación, en forma de diminutas burbujas, es elevadísima. Luce un color pardo bastante opaco, con reflejos rojizos al trasluz. Una presencia intachable.



El aroma cobra presencia desde el deschape. Se puede apreciar un batiburrillo especiado con presencia de malta, caramelo y cereales. El trago es terrible. Se comienza a percibir un intenso sabor torrefacto y afrutado que enseguida se torna aguado y metálico, haciéndose poco a poco insípido y desagradable. Cada trago termina siendo un suplicio, por lo que decidí deshacerme de ella.



Aquí no acaba la historia. Aproveché que tenía un segundo ejemplar y decidí no comentar nada hasta haber comprobado que la primera botella no estaba en mal estado. Bastó un trago para entender la naturaleza de esta cerveza. El resto fue por el desagüe, de nuevo.



Una de las peores cervezas que he probado, si no la peor.



NOTA:







Estofado de carne a la Guiness

Hace largo rato que no escribimos una nota sobre receta de cocina con cerveza. Es hora de volver con esta sección y hoy les traemos un plato muy tradicional de Irlanda que se suele cocinar los 17 de marzo en honor a San Patricio.

Ingredientes (Porción para 6 personas)
1 k y medio de carne de ternera para guisar (en Irlanda usan lo que nosotros llamamos Tortuguita o los españoles morcillo)
3 cebollas
3 dientes de ajos
5 zanahorias
10 papas medianas
8 cucharadas de aceite de oliva virgen extra
1/2 l de cerveza negra Guinness
250 ml de caldo de carne
4 tomates
2 hojas de laurel
4 cucharadas de harina
Sal y pimienta negra (a gusto)

Elaboración
Pídanle al carnicero que le quite todo excedente de grasa a la carne. La misma hay que trozarla en cubos de unos 20gr aproximadamente.
  1. Preparamos la carne. Salpimentamos y pasamos por harina. Reservamos.

  2. Pelamos los ajos y picamos muy finamente.

  3. Calentamos el aceite en una cacerola con tapa, añadimos el ajo y doramos un minuto a fuego lento.

  4. Cuando el ajo esté dorado echamos la carne. Marcamos los trozos de carne hasta que queden bien dorados y veremos que empezará a soltar parte de su jugo. Retiramos la carne a un bol y reservamos.

  5. Picamos las cebollas en juliana, es decir, en tiras finas y alargadas de unos 4 centímetros de largo aproximadamente y el grosor lo más fino posible (de 2 a 3 mm). Sofreímos la cebolla en el mismo aceite donde doramos la carne durante unos 10 minutos a fuego lento.

  6. Pelamos las papas, las zanahorias y los tomates. Cortamos las papas en dados rompiéndolas para que suelten todo su almidón, las zanahorias en rodajas lo más finas posibles y los tomates en cuartos.

  7. Añadimos primero las zanahorias al sofrito de cebolla y removemos todo bien con una cuchara de madera mezclando los sabores. Debemos cocinar la zanahoria unos 5 minutos antes de añadir el resto de ingredientes.

  8. Introducimos las papas y removemos todo juntando los ingredientes y los sabores. Añadimos el tomate y repetimos el proceso.

  9. Cuando el sofrito esté bien dorado añadimos los trozos de carne y echamos la cerveza Guinness. Añadimos las hojas de laurel y rectificamos sal y pimienta. Dejamos que reduzca un poco, aproximadamente unos 10-15 minutos a fuego medio para quitar parte del alcohol y que le dé al estofado ese toque dulzón.

  10. Cubrimos todo con el caldo de carne. Guisamos a fuego lento hasta que reduzca el líquido y la carne esté tierna, aproximadamente unas 2 horas. Es importante que remuevan de vez en cuando para que no se pegue al fondo de la olla. Si lo preparan el día antes lo mejor para volver a calentarlo a la hora de consumirlo es usar la misma olla a fuego muy lento moviendo de vez en cuando.

  11. Servimos bien caliente y con un poco de pan, la salsa de esta receta es grandiosa, se los aseguramos.

  12. Se puede acompañar este estofado irlandés con un poco de Champ, un típico puré de papas y cebollas de verdeo muy tradicional en Irlanda. Para poder hacerlo ponemos a cocer las papas con un poco de sal durante unos 10 minutos (unas 5 papas grandes) hasta queden tiernas. Cortamos las cebollas de verdeo (5 cebollines pequeños) en trocitos y reservamos. Mientras tanto pondremos a calentar un poco de leche (medio vaso) en una cacerola con dos cucharadas de manteca y añadimos la cebolla. Cocinamos durante unos 5 minutos, apagamos y dejamos reposar hasta que ablande la cebolla. Escurrimos y aplastamos las papas en un bol con un tenedor. Agregamos la mezcla de leche con la cebolla a las papas y removemos. Añadir sal si fuese necesario. Colocamos de nuevo en la cacerola y añadimos un buen trozo de manteca (preferentemente irlandesa pero aca no la vamos a conseguir). Ponemos dos cucharadas de Champ con un buen plato de estofado de carne.

Tremendo plato no? Y la cerveza para acompañarlo deberá ser la Guiness o bien alguna rica Stout de alguna de nuestras cervecerías artesanales.
A cocinar!

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Logia Cervecera
contacto@logiacervecera.com

Hop Harvest Help!

Oh my Brothas and Sistas.... I feeel your souls are heavy.... I feeel that your Karma is as thin as the rice paper beneath Quai Chang Kane's feet (look it up).

I offer you salvation.... yes, salvation that can only come from working the land... from being one with the soil... oh and did I mention that it pays in beer?

Our Brotha, Chris Haas - Brewmaster at Desert Edge Brewery needs your help making his special all local, wild hopped beer, Radius.

If you have the time, Chris could really use a few extra hands today. Meet at Desert Edge (The Pub) at 10am or email Chris at brews@xmission.com to find out where they are.

Be sure to wear long pants and shirt sleaves, the hop leaves can be very scratchy.

Did I mention it pays in beer?

Cheers!
La GUINNESS despierta pasiones en algunos y no tanta en otros... Es una cerveza oscura de estilo Dry stout creada por Arthur Guinness y elaborada desde 1759 por la empresa St James´s Gate Brewery en Dublin Irlanda, Podriamos decir que es la cara de Irlanda en lo que se refiere a cerveza dado que es exportada a todas partes del mundo.


Como pueden apreciar en la foto es una cerveza color negro intenso con una espuma  beige cremosa que perdura en vaso, en nariz podemos sentir un agradable aroma a maltas tostadas, y una leve nota a café, cuando la tomamos nos encontramos con una cerveza de baja carbonatación pero a la vez de mucho cuerpo que abarca todo el paladar con un agradable amargor y gusto a maltas tostadas..

A los que la probaron y les encanto como a mí bien!, a los que solo la probaron una vez deberían darle otra oportunidad, y quien no la probo están a tiempo después me dicen..
Esperemos que en Mar Del Plata algún lugar se arriesgue y la vendan tirada creo que ahí la podríamos apreciar mejor..

Cheers!

2011 Utah Beerfest Recap

Well it looks like the critiques have been coming in on the second annual Utah Beerfest and they've for the most part been less then kind.

And deservedly so. Many people had to wait in huge lines for a chance to snag a small mug of beer, some not getting a chance spend the tokens that came with their ticket. That sucks, but it's not necessarily the fault of the festival's organizers.

I've been to a lot of beer festivals around the west, some done well - some not so well. This one was done well - and I'll tell you why. They learned from what didn't work last year, they listened, gathered feedback and implemented what what they could.

The problem with the beerfest is the state of Utah. This market (Salt Lake) is too big to have a beerfest of such limited size. The last beerfest held in Salt Lake was over four years prior to 2010's fest, and in that time beer, or should I say craft beer has exploded in popularity.

In a market of similar size you wouldn't see problems like massive lines for beer, because you would have at least triple the number of breweries in attendance. That won't happen in Utah because of the brilliant 4.0% limit on draft law.

Many out of state breweries would love to attend a Utah Beer Festival, they're just not willing to go through the expense and bullshit to attend. No brewery in their right mind would send hundreds of cases of bottles from out of state, when they could send two or three kegs instead.

What I'm saying is, don't blame the organizers (City Weekly) they did a fine job with what they had to work with. The Wasatch Front is just to damn big to have a beerfest of such limited size. One possible fix could be to spread it out over two days with less tickets for sale.

What do you think? Is this about Utah's limitations or something else?

And on a side note. The breweries were amazing. The quality of the beers were as good as you'd find in the finest beer markets. Thanks to you all for such great craft beers!

Cheers!

Desilusión en Žatec

La semana pasada tuve que visitar Žatec, la ciudad que es quizás el corazón de la cerveza checa, ya que le da su nombre a uno de los varietales de lúpulos más famosos y apreciados del mundo Saaz (el nombre de la ciudad en alemán). El viaje fue por trabajo, visité el Museo del Lúpulo y Instituto del Lúpulo, donde hablé con el encargado de la cervecería de investigación que allí opera. Muy

But I know what I like

I respect BrewDog for their beer-as-art Abstrakt series. Anything that does something different with beer in terms of ingredients, processes and flavours is good in my book. Not that I would ever considering buying any Abstrakt beer, of course: it's hideously expensive and for as long as there's other, cheaper, interesting stuff on the shelves I'll go for that instead.

So I owe this post to the wonky packaging plant at BrewDog HQ, and the time it sent a batch of AB:03 out into the world with no labels on the bottles. Having secured saleable replacements, DrinkStore gave the defective ones away and, after a year or so of ageing in my attic, I'm finally getting round to drinking this one.

"Imperial Ale Aged Over Two Years In Whisky Casks With Raspberries And Strawberries" is the official description, with a strength of 10.5% ABV. The pour gives a hazy chestnut beer, quite thick of body with big floaty bits and topped by an ivory head. Brown sugar and molasses on the nose, and it's definitely malt-driven on tasting, though not cloying or overly sticky. A piquancy from the fruit cuts through it quite beautifully, the way we normally expect hops to, and this sits next to a pleasant pepperiness which I'm guessing is yeast-derived.

It's a sipper, no doubt, and one that could pass easily for much stronger than it is. The whisky barrels have put a boozy edge to it that sets me on my guard. If you've bought one and still have it, treat it as an after-dinner beer in place of a liqueur.

And before you ask, no: much as I enjoyed it I'm not now an Abstrakt subscriber at current prices, but I can understand why someone with the money to spare would be. A freebie is always welcome, though. Give the labelling machine a nudge if you're passing.

Lindemans Faro Lambic

MARCA: Lindemans

MODELO: Lindemans Faro Lambic

ESTILO: Faro (4'2% ABV)

PAÍS DE ORIGEN: Bélgica



CARACTERÍSTICAS: Dentro del amplio, y a veces algo arisco, universo de las Lambic, todavía no habíamos comentado ninguna del estilo Faro, y es que es probablemente el menos común dentro de las cervezas de fermentación espontánea (sin contar con las Mars, pero esas las dejo aparte). A duras penas he tenido a mi alcance 3 o 4 marcas a lo largo de mi vida pero casualmente, entre las recientes maravillas que están trayendo a los supermercados Alcampo de Zaragoza estos últimos meses, estaba la de Lindemans.



Lo que distingue a las Faro es que se obtienen a partir de una Lambic a la que se le añade azúcar, interrumpiendo la refermentación a mitad de proceso habitualmente mediante pasteurización. Queda así un remanente de azúcar que da un dulzor característico a la cerveza, emergiendo en este caso en forma de malta y suave toffee a través de un robusta base de cítricos y manzana ácida. Quedan además como acompañantes los perfumes habituales de las cervezas de fermentación espontánea, como son las levaduras salvajes junto con discretos recuerdos de champán y medicinales.



En boca el dulzor sigue dominando, con malta oscura y más secundario caramelo, pero no es capaz de ocultar la acidez por completo y escapan ácidas notas de manzana verde, pomelo y limón. A medida que avanza el trago la acidez gana algo de terreno, sumándose los delicados matices aportados por los Brettanomyces, un toque de picante y mínima hierba, consiguiendo una sequedad y astringencia muy moderada pero igualmente inconfundible. Sin duda prefiero las Lambic clásicas, no obstante esta me parece una cerveza muy válida, en absoluto empalagosa y con la ventaja de tener una acidez más amigable.



NOTA:



Odin Brewing Tasting



Stop by from 5-7 tomorrow (Monday, August 29th) to try some beers from Seattle's own, Odin Brewing Company. In addition to their two bottled beers (Freya's Gold and Odin's Gift) we will have some special beers available only during the tasting (including a special growler or two from the brewery that will go fast). Monday's tasting will only run you $1 so bring a friend.

Schneider Weisse TAP 7 Unser Original

Tipo: Hefeweizen

Alcohol: 5,4% vol. alc.

Capacidad de la botella: 50cl

Fermentación: Superior

Fabricante: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn, Kelheim, Alemania.

Enlace: http://www.schneider-weisse.de/

Dig-IN - now with more HBG

Whether you are nursing your HBG5 hangover, or looking for another event to indulge in since you missed out on buying tickets for our sold out event, Dig-IN is the perfect way to spend your Sunday. Tickets are $20 online and include a variety of samples from chefs and other artisans from around the state. On top of a huge selection of food, samples from breweries and wineries will also be available. We went last year and the event is more than worth the cost of entry.

This year promises to be an even better event. How do I know this? Because I'm a featured speaker on the wonders of beer pairings! That's right, we've somehow suckered the fine folks Dig-IN into believing that I am one of our state's premier resources on pairing beer and food. Think of me as a sommelier of beer, except I didn't attend any classes and I'm not employed by a restaurant or brewery. In fact, you should probably pronounce "sommelier of beer" so that it rhymes just so people don't get it confused with an actual sommelier.

Make your way over to the Speaker Series at 2PM on Sunday to join me in sampling a few food and beer pairings. I can promise you that it will either be a really enjoyable and educational time, or a spectacular failure. Either way, you'll certainly get to sample some beer. And if you show up at 1:30, you can hear the talk on wine pairings and use that presentation to judge me.

I hope to see some of you at 2PM on Sunday. Stop by after the talk and let me know how I did!

http://www.digindiana.org/

New Beer Friday: Jacked Imperial Pumpkin

New Beer Friday came late but it came with a vengeance!

Uinta Brewing Company introduces the newest addition to their Crooked Line of beers, Oak Jacked Imperial Wood Aged Pumpkin Ale. Whew, that's a mouthful... “Jacked” is a very limited, seasonal beer, only 850 cases were produced.

Jacked is brewed with fresh pumpkin and fall spices and has been aging in Oak barrels for 6 months. The oak barrels add subtle nuances of toasted vanilla and bourbon notes. With an ABV of 10.31% (a play on the date of Halloween), Jacked is a big, unique pumpkin ale.

Jacked was supposed to debut tomorrow at the Utah Beerfest, but it looks like Uinta is still waiting on the DABC for approval. If you don't see it tomorrow it will be available in bars and liquor stores in the coming days and weeks.

See you at the Utah Beer Festival.

Cheers!

Latitude

Tipo: Pilsner

Alcohol: 3,9% vol. alc.

Capacidad de la botella: 50cl

Fermentación: Inferior

Fabricante: Atlas Brewery, Kinlochleven, Escocia.

Enlace: http://www.atlasbrewery.com/

So you're attending HBG5: What to know



This is a cloud in a circle in a box with some rays or something.




Hello HBG5 attendee.



Congratulations on being a fantastic person.



HBG5 is a pretty low-key event, apart from the excellent beer and food. There are a few things we'd like you to know ahead of time in order to maximize your experience.



1) We sold 4 Designated Driver tickets. Out of 150 tickets. We also have a very large quantity of beer. While this isn't an unusual ration for a beer event, we do want to make sure everyone plays it safe. Please plan ahead for post-party transportation. If you're going to use a cab, pre-load that number into your phone. If you're having someone pick you up, make sure plans are in place. If you're planning on driving home, please drink at a rate that will make that legally viable. We want you to have a good, worry-free time. Please do your part to make that happen.



2) We're probably going to be short on seating. You've probably been to Sun King - there aren't many (or any) chairs. If you're planning on spending 5 hours with us, you'll probably want to sit at some point. Please feel free to bring a folding chair with you.



3) Tickets are sold out. That means no tickets at the door.



That's pretty much it. See you tomorrow evening.

Random Beer Roundup - The Happy Birthday on Saturday, Ted Miller Edition



Thanks to all who purchased tickets for our Anniversary party on Saturday.  We have some great beer and food ready to go and we are excited to share.  Hopefully we'll be seeing you there!

You know what would be a perfect pick-me-up after a long night of drinking?  Dig-IN.  You should go.


Hoosier Beer Calendar
Events are subject to change


From the Brewers
From Clay at Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis:


Upcoming Events:

Dig IN at White River State Park
Sunday, August 28th  Noon-5 p.m.
Local Chefs, Farmers & Breweries Showcase their Wares!

Oktoberfest Tapping
Thursday, September 1st  6-9 p.m.
Sun King Tasting Room
Oktoberfest Party Local Style featuring King David's Dogs
and Live German Folk Music from Alpine Express!

At the Bars and Restaurants
From Jordan at Beer Sellar in Castleton:

Congrats on 5 years!
New on tap now: 

Youngs Double Chocolate
Three Floyds Moloko
Flat 12 Axxis Hefe
Rivertown Wit Beer
Founders Cerise
Coming Soon: 
Sun King Pale Ryder Rye
Sun King Grapefruit Jungle
Three Floyds Zombie Dust
Three Floyds Dreadnaught
Rogue John John Dead Guy
Sam Adams Dunkleweizen
Hobgoblin

From Stuart at MacNiven's in Inidanapolis:

Pretty good draught line up this week....
Founders Nemesis
Stone Vertical Epic 10:10:10
Tyranena Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier Chocalate Vanilla Barrel Aged Double Stout
New Albanian Hoptimus
Goose Island Sofie
From the Distributors:
From Jen at Cavalier Distributing:

NEW TO THE CAVALIER WAREHOUSE THIS WEEK
Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild Series HopWhore: Imperial IPA; limited release; 4 packs only
Lakefront Pumpkin: Lager Based Pumpkin Beer; limited seasonal release; 6 packs only
Lakefront Oktoberfest: Traditional German Marzen-Style; limited seasonal release; 6 packs only
Sprecher Oktoberfest: Traditonal German Marzen-Style; limlited seasonal release; 4 packs only
Hebrew Freaktoberfest: Blood-Red Lager; limited seasonal release; 4 packs & draft
Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest: German Style Oktoberfest; limited seasonal release; 4 packs & draft
Shipyard Pumpkin Head: Ale Based Pumpkin Beer; limited seasonal release; 6 packs & draft
Shipyard Pugsley Series Smashed Pumpkin: Big Bodied Pumpkin Beer; limited seasonal release; 22's & draft
Clipper City Prosit Imperial Oktoberfest: Big Traditonal Marzen-Style Lager; limited seasonal release; 22's & draft
UPCOMING EVENTS
8/26 - Craft Beer Tasting @ Wiseguys; Merriville 4-6pm (CST)
9/1 - "Beer Geek" Tasting @ Chalet #3; Elkhart 4-6pm
8/27 - NABC Tasting @ Whole Foods Nora; Indy 12-2pm
8/27 - NABC Tasting @ Whole Foods Carmel 4-6pm
9/6 - Monthly Cavalier Tasting @ Birdy's 6-8pm; $10
10/15 - Porter Beer Fest

Upcoming Events:
Herron-Morton Place Oktoberfest
We are holding an Oktoberfest on Sept. 24th at our park (1900 block of Alabama). It is $5 for advanced tickets and $10 at the door- all proceeds will go towards an endowment to maintain the HMP Park (event location). So far we will be serving Upland Beer, Fountain Square Brewing samples, and Schlalfy Beer samples as well as featuring live music from Hero Jr. Food vendors include Ivey Spice and Sweet Cakes by Ronda. You can get additional information from the following: 

oktoberfesthmpf.com@oktoberfestHMPFFacebook Event: Herron-Morton Oktoberfest

La Cibeles IPA

MARCA: La Cibeles

MODELO: La Cibeles IPA

ESTILO: India Pale Ale (4'5% ABV)

PAÍS DE ORIGEN: España



CARACTERÍSTICAS: Llegada a la capital con calor y un batallón de cosas por actualizar en el ordenador, ¿qué mejor momento para poner a enfriar una IPA? La última de las cervezas que me quedaban por probar de la interesante madrileña La Cibeles era esta india pale ale, de la que había leído buenas cosas. Podéis encontrar un breve comentario de la marca en el post de La Cibeles Rubia.



Esta cerveza luce un color amarillo pajizo, entre turbio y cristalino, con carbonatación media en forma de pequeñas burbujas finas. Al servir la cerveza en el vaso la espuma rompió con mucha fuerza, llenando la mitad del mismo. Tras dejarla reposar pude servir la botella entera, quedando una capa mediana de blanquecina espuma, que duró todo el trago. En boca es bastante espumosa.



El aroma se presenta herbal, con notas florales y lupulizadas. Esta presencia se ve en menor medida en el trago, donde afloran matices afrutados y cítricos, con una tímida presencia de la malta y final amargo y seco. Es bastante ligera y muy refrescante, una gran elección para un día de verano. Quizás haya echado en falta algo de fuerza y una mayor presencia del alcohol, aunque he quedado altamente satisfecho con esta IPA.



Enhorabuena a los muchachos de La Cibeles. Que siga el buen hacer.



NOTA:







Noticias cortas

He estado bastante ocupado estos días así que los interestantísmos temas que estaban en la gatera tendrán que esperar (si es que algún día les abro la puerta), igual, quería compartir con ustedes algo de lo que me ha estado pasando.

Estuvimos con mi familia en Český Kumlov, una ciudad fantástica, pero no creo que haga falta decirlo. Además de lo linda que es, me gustaron mucho los precios.

HBG5 featuring Cavalier Distributing

Well if you haven't heard, this event is now sold out. Oh, and there's more beer. Whole cases of bottles of beer. Like these from..





Cavalier Distributing




Did you know that Cavalier Distributing doesn't really have a logo? Or that they don't have a website? That's ok, more traffic for us. (And if you guys need a logo, feel free to use the one above.)



It's also ok because they're awesome people with fantastic beer. Like the seven cases of bottles below that will be appearing at HBG5.



Great Divide Belgian Yeti

Belgian Style Yeti is a delicious new blend of brewing traditions--all the malt-driven roastiness of our Yeti Imperial Stout with characteristic spice and fruit notes imparted by our special Belgian yeast strain. Belgian Style Yeti is a one-of-a-kind beer as mysterious as the mythical creature himself. Impossible? See for yourself; you'll be a believer, too. 9.5% ABV



Stone Brewing Co. Sublimely Self Righteous Ale

First brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this ale was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didn't last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldn't be any more. For us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this ale. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self-righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.



Lexington Brewing Co KY Bourbon Ale

Award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale is aged for up to 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries.



Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after dinner drink.




Founders Cerise

You'll have a soft spot for this one. Using only fresh Michigan tart cherries, this beauty tantalizes with intense flavors combined with a no hesitation malt bill. Adding fresh cherries at five separate stages of fermentation achieves the ultimate balance between tartness and sweetness.



The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.



ABV: 8%, IBU: 25, SRM: 5




Two Brothers Hop Juice

Hop Juice is a powerful Imperial IPA. It is brewed to 9.9% ABV, 100.1 IBU's, and dry hopped with a pound of hops per barrel. Hop Juice has a very strong aroma of pine and citrus. This hefty beer is balanced at the start with some nice caramel and brown sugar notes. Then it has a massive hop flavor and bitterness with some complex fruity characters.



Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild Hop Whore

Overpowering perfume. Dripping with luscious hop flavor. And, oh what a body. You're in for one helluva experience!



Please remember that this list is tentative and subject to change based on availability. We will keep you updated if anything changes.



About HBG5:



Who cares anymore you bought your ticket already. Here's the menu.



All attendees will get to enjoy food from Papa Roux.

PAPA ROUX will be proudly serving FRESH OFF THE GRILL all evening long! Prepare to be punched in the mouth with FLAVA as we handcraft your Po-Boys from 6PM-11PM. Offerings include FIRE-GRILLED SMOKED SAUSAGE PO-BOYS, ROASTED CHICKEN PO-BOYS, and VEGETARIAN GRILLED ONION & PROVOLONE CHEESE PO-BOYS.



All Po-Boys can be prepared with additional GRILLED ONION and PROVOLONE CHEESE, in addition to the SELF-SERVE SHUT'YO MOUTH SPICE BAR including a variety of hot sauces, Papa's own Vouxdoux seasoning, and Sriracha Rooster Sauce!



Don't miss the perfectly spicy CHEESY ETOUFFEE, the perfect soup for any beer.




And what's a party without gifts? And by gifts, I mean us giving stuff to you! That's right, prizes and giveaways and all sorts of stuff.



We're still filling in all the details, but if you've been to our events, you know it is a good time. And all tickets will be sold online. Tickets are not available at Sun King nor will they be available at the door. So don't miss out.



There are more details coming soon, but here's a reminder of the participating breweries/distributors to wet your whistle -



Barley Island Brewing Company - Barrel-Fermented Rust Belt Porter

Bee Creek Brewing Company - Alien Abduction Wheat

Bier Brewery - Farmgirl Saison and Calypso IPA

Broad Ripple Brewpub - Wobbly Bob OR Dual Citizenship

Brugge Brasserie - Superkitty Fantastico!

Cavalier Distributing - Great Divide Belgian Yeti, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, Lexington Brewing Co KY Bourbon Ale, Founders Cerise, The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel, Two Brothers Hop Juice, Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild Hop Whore

Crown Brewing Company - DerALEr

Flat12 Bierwerks - 12 Cycle IPA and Nunmoere Black

Lafayette Brewing Company

New Albanian Brewing Company - Naughty Girl (Struise Colab)

People's Brewing Company

RAM Brewery - Bjava Disorder Porter

The St. Louis Brewing Company aka Schlafly - Raspberry Coffee Stout

Sun King - House Lineup (Osiris, Bitter Druid, Cream, Wee Mac)

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company - Hoosier Beer Geek Double Brown

Upland Brewing Company - Rad Red and Mother's Milk

World Class Beverages - Hair of the Dog Adam and Boulevard / Deschutes Collaboration #2



We appreciate that you follow us for the latest and craziest in the Indiana craft beer world. And we hope you'll come out and celebrate with us our fifth and perhaps best year of better beer buffoonery.



Dinner for two, with drinks

The 75cl bottle is, I think, one of our greatest allies in the campaign to get beer taken seriously (or at least frivolously) as an accompaniment to food. Wine goes with food because it's strong, robustly flavoured and a 75cl bottle allows two people to share flavours in common even if what's on their plates is different. The infinite flexibility of beer means that this niche is completely open to it as well. And though the Italians are playing a fast game of catch-up here, with the Dutch and Americans also making their presence felt, the accomplished masters at big bottles of strong complex beers are the Belgians.

Kasteel Cuvée du Chateau, the subject of this post, isn't even a particularly special example. A dark ale of 11% ABV it suffers a bit from the sherry-like heat I've met in Kasteel beer before. Beyond that you get some nice figgy fruit and a hint of wintery nutmeg spice. Nothing to blow your socks off by itself, but it did pretty well with some minty lamb burgers, though the grease probably could have done with a bit more fizz to cut through it. The beer really came into its own when I turned to the cheese, however. The big sweet boozy flavour matched fantastically well with the earthy funk in my bleu d'Auvergne, improving both beer and cheese in equal, substantial, measure.

The lesson here is that even medicore beer can be put to work in a foodie context, as long as the basic parameters are right. And if you want a really good strong dark Belgian ale, well there are plenty of them out there too.

Saint Arnold Dumps 11,000 Gallons

HOUSTON - Saint Arnold announced it had to dump 11,000 gallons of its first batch of the new Santo beer, delaying its release from the initially scheduled date of September 1st.

According to a press release: "After filtering a batch this week and getting it ready for packaging we tasted it. It was good, but it was missing that spark that separates a good beer from a great beer." Rather than proceed with bottling and distribution, owner and founder Brock Wagner decided to dispose of the entire initial batch and start again with a few recipe modifications.

No official rescheduled release date has been announced but a first batch should be available by October.

Posavasos deportivos.

Hoy voy a presentar unas selecciones de posavasos de cerveza relaccionados con diferentes deportes por que como ya he dicho otras veces que hay mejor que esa cervecita que te tomas con los compañeros despues de jugar un partido o esas que te tomas con los amigos mientras ves a otros sudar la camiseta ya sea por la tele o en el campo.



Rugby: la mayoría de estos posavasos son procedentes de las islas britanicas, excepto unos pocos de la holandesa Heineken y otro de la australiana Tooheis new.





Futbol (Football, Soccer): en este deporte la procedencia de los posavasos es mas variada encontrando, españoles, belgas, holandeses, ingleses, escoceses daneses, italianos, checos e incluso uno procedente de Rusia, toda una torre de Babel de los posavasos.





Futbol americano (Football): Aqui como es obvio casi el 90% son norteamericanos, uno es de la marca alemana Schlösser y los dos restantes son de la Beach Football League patrocinada por la cerveza mejicana Corona.





Baloncesto (Basketball): Lituania y USA





Beisbol (Baseball) :::::::::::::::::::::: Vela

USA ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: España y Holanda





Motor :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Varios

USA, Belgica y Alemania ::::::::::: Varios



Floris Fraise

Tipo: Cerveza de Trigo con Frutas (Fresas) 

Alcohol: 3,6% vol. alc.

Capacidad de la botella: 33cl

Fermentación: Superior

Fabricante: Brouwerij Huyghe, Melle, Bélgica.

Enlace: http://www.delirium.be/

Quiero dar las gracias a Poto, camarero de la Cervecería La Espiga por regalarme esta cerveza.

HBG5 featuring World Class Beverages

You may have thought we'd given up on posting these - but no! To be honest, we still aren't 100% sure about some of the remaining beers. But we do have a few more details. Next up:





World Class Beverages





For as long as we've been having these parties, we've had cooperation and participation by our friends at World Class Beverages. This year is no different.



Hair of the Dog Adam

Adam is top fermented and cold conditioned to give it a rich and mellow smoothness. The unique garnet color is derived from specially roasted barley, and the intense hop profile is provided by the use of only the finest whole hop flowers. It is 8% alcohol by weight (10% by volume).



And..



Boulevard / Deschutes Collaboration #2 White IPA

Combining Boulevard’s expertise at making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes’ skill at brewing hop-forward ales, this beer puts a new spin on the idea of collaborative brewing. Working from a single recipe, brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes have produced two separate beers, more than 1,600 miles apart.



Color (EBC) 10 Bitterness (IBUs) 42 Original Gravity (Plato) 17 Terminal Gravity (Plato) 3.4 Alcohol (ABV) 7.4%




Please remember that this list is tentative and subject to change based on availability. We will keep you updated if anything changes.



About HBG5:

It will be held Saturday, August 27th, starting at 6pm. Sun King Brewing will again be hosting us at their brewery at 135 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis. Tickets are $30 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for regular tickets and $15 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for designated drivers. Tickets are available online only and limited to just 150 paying customers. Like beer festivals? Don't like crowds? This is your event. And yes, the tickets are on sale now.



If you didn't attend last year, you can see what you missed here. But if you did attend last year, you'll find it to be similar. We can't promise that Jason will be performing from Cats (or will have a mustache). But here is what we have so far (please note that all of this is subject to change).



Regular attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass that can be used to sample various quality beers from our favorite Indiana breweries as well as a few other breweries. Additionally, you'll be able to select a few larger pours of your favorite beers. Designated drivers will have a selection of non-alcoholic beverages such as soda, pop, cola... whatever regional term you like. And bottled water, of course.



All attendees will get to enjoy food from Papa Roux.

PAPA ROUX will be proudly serving FRESH OFF THE GRILL all evening long! Prepare to be punched in the mouth with FLAVA as we handcraft your Po-Boys from 6PM-11PM. Offerings include FIRE-GRILLED SMOKED SAUSAGE PO-BOYS, ROASTED CHICKEN PO-BOYS, and VEGETARIAN GRILLED ONION & PROVOLONE CHEESE PO-BOYS.



All Po-Boys can be prepared with additional GRILLED ONION and PROVOLONE CHEESE, in addition to the SELF-SERVE SHUT'YO MOUTH SPICE BAR including a variety of hot sauces, Papa's own Vouxdoux seasoning, and Sriracha Rooster Sauce!



Don't miss the perfectly spicy CHEESY ETOUFFEE, the perfect soup for any beer.




And what's a party without gifts? And by gifts, I mean us giving stuff to you! That's right, prizes and giveaways and all sorts of stuff.



We're still filling in all the details, but if you've been to our events, you know it is a good time. And all tickets will be sold online. Tickets are not available at Sun King nor will they be available at the door. So don't miss out.



There are more details coming soon, but here's a reminder of the participating breweries/distributors to wet your whistle -



Barley Island Brewing Company - Barrel-Fermented Rust Belt Porter

Bee Creek Brewing Company - Alien Abduction Wheat

Bier Brewery - Farmgirl Saison and Calypso IPA

Broad Ripple Brewpub - Wobbly Bob OR Dual Citizenship

Brugge Brasserie - Superkitty Fantastico!

Cavalier Distributing

Crown Brewing Company - DerALEr

Flat12 Bierwerks - 12 Cycle IPA and Nunmoere Black

Lafayette Brewing Company

New Albanian Brewing Company - Naughty Girl (Struise Colab)

People's Brewing Company

RAM Brewery - Bjava Disorder Porter

The St. Louis Brewing Company aka Schlafly - Raspberry Coffee Stout

Sun King - House Lineup (Osiris, Bitter Druid, Cream, Wee Mac)

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company - Hoosier Beer Geek Double Brown

Upland Brewing Company - Rad Red and Mother's Milk

World Class Beverages - Hair of the Dog Adam and Boulevard / Deschutes Collaboration #2



We appreciate that you follow us for the latest and craziest in the Indiana craft beer world. And we hope you'll come out and celebrate with us our fifth and perhaps best year of better beer buffoonery.



HBG5 featuring food from Papa Roux

If you're attending HBG5, you're probably about ready to know what we're eating. Here it is:





Papa Roux




And here's what they're serving:



PAPA ROUX will be proudly serving FRESH OFF THE GRILL all evening long! Prepare to be punched in the mouth with FLAVA as we handcraft your Po-Boys from 6PM-11PM. Offerings include FIRE-GRILLED SMOKED SAUSAGE PO-BOYS, ROASTED CHICKEN PO-BOYS, and VEGETARIAN GRILLED ONION & PROVOLONE CHEESE PO-BOYS.



All Po-Boys can be prepared with additional GRILLED ONION and PROVOLONE CHEESE, in addition to the SELF-SERVE SHUT'YO MOUTH SPICE BAR including a variety of hot sauces, Papa's own Vouxdoux seasoning, and Sriracha Rooster Sauce!



Don't miss the perfectly spicy CHEESY ETOUFFEE, the perfect soup for any beer.



The service is neverending, from 6PM till 11PM.




Please remember that this list is tentative and subject to change based on availability. We will keep you updated if anything changes.



About HBG5:

It will be held Saturday, August 27th, starting at 6pm. Sun King Brewing will again be hosting us at their brewery at 135 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis. Tickets are $30 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for regular tickets and $15 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for designated drivers. Tickets are available online only and limited to just 150 paying customers. Like beer festivals? Don't like crowds? This is your event. And yes, the tickets are on sale now.



If you didn't attend last year, you can see what you missed here. But if you did attend last year, you'll find it to be similar. We can't promise that Jason will be performing from Cats (or will have a mustache). But here is what we have so far (please note that all of this is subject to change).



Regular attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass that can be used to sample various quality beers from our favorite Indiana breweries as well as a few other breweries. Additionally, you'll be able to select a few larger pours of your favorite beers. Designated drivers will have a selection of non-alcoholic beverages such as soda, pop, cola... whatever regional term you like. And bottled water, of course.



And what's a party without gifts? And by gifts, I mean us giving stuff to you! That's right, prizes and giveaways and all sorts of stuff.



We're still filling in all the details, but if you've been to our events, you know it is a good time. And all tickets will be sold online. Tickets are not available at Sun King nor will they be available at the door. So don't miss out.



There are more details coming soon, but here's a reminder of the participating breweries/distributors to whet your whistle -



Barley Island Brewing Company - Barrel-Fermented Rust Belt Porter

Bee Creek Brewing Company - Alien Abduction Wheat

Bier Brewery - Farmgirl Saison and Calypso IPA

Broad Ripple Brewpub - Wobbly Bob OR Dual Citizenship

Brugge Brasserie - Superkitty Fantastico!

Cavalier Distributing

Crown Brewing Company - DerALEr

Flat12 Bierwerks - 12 Cycle IPA and Nunmoere Black

Lafayette Brewing Company

New Albanian Brewing Company - Naughty Girl (Struise Colab)

People's Brewing Company

RAM Brewery - Bjava Disorder Porter

The St. Louis Brewing Company aka Schlafly - Raspberry Coffee Stout

Sun King - House Lineup (Osiris, Bitter Druid, Cream, Wee Mac)

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company - Hoosier Beer Geek Double Brown

Upland Brewing Company - Rad Red and Mother's Milk

World Class Beverages



We appreciate that you follow us for the latest and craziest in the Indiana craft beer world. And we hope you'll come out and celebrate with us our fifth and perhaps best year of better beer buffoonery.