Blonde Ambition, Barley Island's Pro-Am brew with Andrew Korty (right) was tapped last night at the Noblesville brewpub.
For comparisons, Andrew brought samples of his homebrewed prototype and Leffe since the beer is a Belgian Blond and Leffe is the primary commercial example listed in the BJCP guidelines.
Comparisons were interesting. Excepting the higher carbonation of the Leffe, you could throw a very small blanket over all three. In other words, they have a winner. It's available in bottles and on tap now at the brewpub.
In other Barley Island news, look for a 10th anniversary party in December.
Patrons at the BI bar are ordering enough BRIPA to require it programmed into the cash register. BRIPA? ½ Brown and ½ IPA. Tried it with Dirty Helen and BarFly. That's a Summit-hoppy brown that surpasses the IBAs (Indian Brown Ale) we saw earlier this year from Jerry's Rock Bottom for instance. Maybe this is an IIBA. A malt attack followed swiftly by a long bitter classicly American finish.
A similar mix at the Broad Ripple Brewpub using Kevin's Belgian Brown "Donker Bier" and his less citric-hopped IPA gives a very different result. Earthy, darker start and a less assertive but dryness that lingers. It's going to be fun trying combinations. Try it for yourself and report back in the comments.
Bourbon barrel beers may be the rage. How about Sake Cask Aged beer? The Beer Scientist looks at Hitachino Nest XH.
What does this mean? "The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will meet in Executive Session on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at IGCS, Rm E114, 302 W Washington St., Indianapolis. The agenda consists of IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(2)(B): Discussion of strategy with respect to initiation of litigation or litigation that is pending or has been threatened, specifically in writing. - E. Edward Dunsmore, Executive Secretary"