Dribs, Drams, and Sauerbraten

Munich-Beer-Dinner4The very busy Ron Smith of Indy has four opportunities for the true beer geek:

1) June 6, July 11, Aug 8: MBA (Master of Beer Appreciation) classes in Indy

2) July 17-26: A beer trip to Germany (and optionally Pilzen and Prague). Munich, Aying, Kloster Andechs, Neuschwanstein, Bamberg, Hallertau

To make you drool for the last 2 seats on the trip, here’s a 10-year old look at Munich’s beer scene. And Bamberg’s.

3) IUPUI course TCEM 328 “Introduction to Microbrewing).

4) October & November: BJCP Study Group. To get ready to take the Beer Judge Certification Program test and get invites to taste beers all over the midwest.

FlixBrewhouseLogoRita’s Beer Buzz says the FLIX Brewhouse in Carmel will open April 30. Their standard will include Lupulus IPA, 10 Day Scottish Ale, Flix Golden Ale, Satellite Red Ale (hoppy Belgian) and Umbra Chocolate Stout. Oh, and movies.

Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co. in Martinsville plans a grand opening on May 23.

Beer gardens are opening for the summer.

Geoff Lesar says Smokestack Brew tavern in Mishawaka’s 100 Center (the old Kamm & Schellinger brewery) has beer and karaoke.

Eric Strader tells us Bells is brewing a pumpkin/peach ale to justify Bud’s Superbowl commercial. blog

From Florida comes a press release: Sarasota-Based JDub’s Brewing Company Announces Distribution in INDIANA. Via Cavalier. Limited amount. Up Top IPA, Poolside Ale (Kolsch). But then they ingenuously say “This is a confidential communication. If you are not the intended recipient, you must: (1) Notify the sender of the error; (2) Destroy this communication entirely, including deletion of all associated attachment files from all individual and network storage devices; and (3) Refrain from copying or disseminating this communication by any means.” Oops. Here and I’ve violated their terms. Sorry. Don’t read this.

5987498764Headline: What Does 170-Year-Old Champagne Taste Like?

Headline: Pappy Van Winkle theft may be tied to syndicate. Nine indicted for stealing 65 cases of Family Reserve. Yep, “Pappygate”.

Headline: Teabags turn crap beer into craft beer Their first is Cascade, orange peel and coriander. A kickstarter scheme.

Or another way: Phillips Hop Drop liqueur adds more hops to your beerweb site

Headline: Carling rises as Coors looks to shake beer industry up – In the UK.

It isn’t beer but how often can you watch a really big celebrity singing a Monty Python song? This time it’s Stephen Hawking and the Galaxy Song. A wonderful 3 minutes.

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