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Brew Bracket 5 - AMBERgeddon

Since discovering the existence of Brew Bracket last year on my 30th birthday, I have loved coming and participating in this completely unique event, that not only features 16 local breweries, makes you the judge, but helps out with a local charity as well.

On December 8th, Brew Bracket came back again to the Indiana State Fairgrounds with a Amber Ale showdown, called AMBERgeddon. The past winning Brew Bracket contenders were all there along with general favorites and newbies to find out who was the best of the best when it comes to amber ales.

Cool New Tally System
This Brew Bracket had a new voting tally and procedure, making it quicker to tally, save paper and you got a cool little bracket to follow along with.


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It also had the presence of some local food trucks, Spice Box Indy, Byrne's Grilled Pizza and Der Pretzel Wagon. Previous Brew Brackets had a small cafe style food location, but the addition of the food trucks really brought out the feeling to support your local vendors.




Unfortunatly at this Brew Bracket, Bulldog Brewing Co. couldn't make it down, so it left 15 breweries going head to head:

Triton Brewing Co.
Flat 12 Bierwerks
The RAM Restaurant and Brewery (BBIV: Bourbon Barrel Aged - Winner)
Half Moon Brewery
Bloomington  Brewing Co. 
Barley Island Brewing Co.(BBIII: Wheats - Winner)
Bier Brewery (BBII: Stouts - Winner) 
Three Wisemen Brewing Co. (newbie!) 
Rock Bottom  (Rock Bottom Downtown - BBI: IPA - Winner)
Fountain Square Brewery
Upland Brewing Co. 
Iechyd Da Brewing Co. (newbie!)
Powerhouse Brewing Co. 
Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. (newbie!)
Twisted Crew Brewing Co. 



The tasting starting promptly at 1pm and off the bat it was hard to make a vote. A lot of the amber ales seemed to me to be aggressively hopped, which is not something I am used to in an amber. I prefer something a little more smooth.  I did learn that Bier Brewery had a bourbon barrel aged Amber and I guessed and later confirmed that Mustache Ride Red was roaring through Brew Bracket courtesy of Flat 12.


Despite the overly hopped ambers, I'd have to say this Brew Bracket has been my second favorite one so far. The first one is obviously the Stouts competition, mostly because I'm biased and stouts are my favorite. The best thing about Brew Bracket, which I continually point out over and over again is that the average, everyday beer drinker gets to be a part of an event that THEY decide what is good, and what should win.

And after 5 rounds of taste testing.. the people had spoken to make Andrew Castner, head brewer of the The Ram, the AMBERgeddon winner with his Buttface Amber:

Congratulations Andrew!

Andrew is a dangerous Brew Bracket contender now. This is his second win in a row, after Big Horn Maibock won at the BBIV: Bourbon Barrel Aged.

The question is will he go three in a row for the undetermined Brew Bracket 6.
Which btw.. I am secretly hoping  the style will be Porters

We hope if you went out to Brew Bracket you had a good time, hopefully you met me, in my beer socks of course, or Nathan, or the lovely Poppi.  If you didn't come out, then come in the Spring!

As always,
Cheers!
Kathleen
Kathleen & Jill with our beer socks!




BB5 - AMBERgeddon - New Update


NEW UPDATE!

What goes great with beer? How about some Food Trucks!

Byrnes Grilled Pizza, Spice Box Indian Food & Der Pretzel Truck will be at BB5 to give you something to delicious to fill up on while deciding the best Amber yet

Also?!? -- Group tickets are available!! - buy 4 get $5 off each.

More details below - hope you see you on Saturday! 



Brew Bracket 5: AMBERgeddon!


This competition is better than the rest because YOU get to help decide the winner brew. 

How does it work? 
400 attendees sampling beer from 16 breweries in a March Madness style bracket taste off.  After 4 hours of blind tastings, 4 rounds of voting a winner is announced!

So come one, come all to the Indiana State Fairgrounds on December 8th from 12:30-5pm to participate in this fun, beer swillin' time for only $35 which also helps out a great cause - Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. 

Tickets available at : www.brewbracket.com

This season's participants are some old favorites, previous winners and some new guys:
Triton Brewing Co.
Flat 12 Bierwerks
The RAM Restaurant and Brewery (BBIV: Bourbon Barrel Aged - Winner)
Half Moon Brewery
Bloomington  Brewing Co. 
Barley Island Brewing Co.(BBIII: Wheats - Winner)
Bier Brewery (BBII: Stouts - Winner) 
Three Wisemen Brewing Co. ( a new one to the competition!) 
Rock Bottom  (Rock Bottom Downtown - BBI: IPA - Winner)
Bulldog Brewing Co. 
Fountain Square Brewery
Upland Brewing Co. 
Iechyd Da Brewing Co. (welcome another newbie!)
Powerhouse Brewing Co. 
Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. (Hi - newbie!)
Twisted Crew Brewing Co. 

For some more recaps of the fun of Brew Bracket see our previous blogs:
BBI: IPA
BBII: Stouts 
BBIII: Wheats
BBIV: Bourbon Barrel Aged

Also - Be on the look out for Kathleen and her new Beer Socks. Going red and white for Christmas!

And Also Nathan and Poppi!!


Brew Bracket 5: AMBERgeddon!

"I don't wanna close my eyes 
I don't wanna fall asleep 
'Cause I'd miss you, Brew Bracket
And I don't wanna miss a thing"


The time has come again for another Brew Bracket!!


Brew Bracket 5: AMBERgeddon!


This competition is better than the rest because YOU get to help decide the winner brew. 

How does it work? 
400 attendees sampling beer from 16 breweries in a March Madness style bracket taste off.  After 4 hours of blind tastings, 4 rounds of voting a winner is announced!

So come one, come all to the Indiana State Fairgrounds on December 8th from 12:30-5pm to participate in this fun, beer swillin' time for only $35 which also helps out a great cause - Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. 

Tickets available at : www.brewbracket.com

This season's participants are some old favorites, previous winners and some new guys:
Triton Brewing Co.
Flat 12 Bierwerks
The RAM Restaurant and Brewery (BBIV: Bourbon Barrel Aged - Winner)
Half Moon Brewery
Bloomington  Brewing Co. 
Barley Island Brewing Co.(BBIII: Wheats - Winner)
Bier Brewery (BBII: Stouts - Winner) 
Three Wisemen Brewing Co. ( a new one to the competition!) 
Rock Bottom  (Rock Bottom Downtown - BBI: IPA - Winner)
Bulldog Brewing Co. 
Fountain Square Brewery
Upland Brewing Co. 
Iechyd Da Brewing Co. (welcome another newbie!)
Powerhouse Brewing Co. 
Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. (Hi - newbie!)
Twisted Crew Brewing Co. 

For some more recaps of the fun of Brew Bracket see our previous blogs:
BBI: IPA
BBII: Stouts 
BBIII: Wheats
BBIV: Bourbon Barrel Aged

Also - Be on the look out for Kathleen and her new Beer Socks. Going red and white for Christmas!





Report from the Norman Upland

OK, what's a Norman Upland and what does it have to do with the Upland Brewery? That's a two-part question. 1) The Norman Upland is a region of south-central Indiana that is beyond the limit of the Wisconsin glacial deposits. 2) Nothing really except way back when Marc Sattinger named the Upland Brewery for these hills.

So why is this post titled thusly? It contains information about the brewpubs in the Norman Upland, OK, maybe a little further. Bloomington, Nashville, and Columbus. A nice drive on a fall turning-leaves day and an easy way to visit 4 brewpubs with a 30-mile drive on Ind 46. Or take Ind 45 to Nashville via Helmsburg for more 2-lanes. That's what I did the other day.

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UplandWinterWarmerThe Bourbon Barrel-aged Winter Warmer on tap is a malty barley wine hidden away in Buffalo Trace barrels for the summer. The 47 IBUs don't balance or tame it – consider it was a 1082 OG.

In two weeks they are looking forward to sticking a tank out the top of the brewhouse, effectively doubling the capacity.

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Caleb is kept pretty busy but has time to nose some lambic samples for next year. 

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Speaking of Lambics. The Kiwi goes in for fruiting in a couple of weeks and many others of the 2010 release are waiting in glass. Blackberry, Peach, Strawberry, Blueberry, Red Raspberry, and Dantalion Dark Wild will be back also along with a new one called Gilgamesh.

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Bloomington Brewing's handpulls change constantly. I was lucky enough to get a Cask Conditioned Mild Ale. The dry hopping puts nonsense to the posted 5 IBU. This comes to an effective 30 IBU. A perfect Brit ESB for Americans. 4.7%. Coming up on the handpull in November include Quarrymen Pale and Double Hopper.

Scott's 6th law: If your beer does not go with chocolate, you're drinking the wrong beer.

 

Big Woods Brewing

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Busted Knuckle – Now their signature beer (replacing Tim's Big Woods Stout). A hybrid ale close to light-bodied porter but with a 7.5% basis. 27 IBU from Crystal and EKG. A bit of roasty and well-balanced. A+ stuff. Stood up to the spicy chili.

 

PH-SignPower House / Columbus Bar The Great Powerhouse Collaboration Abbey Ale is freshly on tap with plenty of modicums of funky Abbey Ale yeastiness.

White River Brown is highly carbonated for a Dark Southern Brown / Mild. Malt predominates and the carbonation adds spriteliness which seems out of place at first.

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NanoCollaboration – Great Crescent & Power House

Logo-40-GreatCrescentLogo-40-PowerHouse Jon Meyers and Dan Valas were busy Monday producing 3 bbls of 1074 OG wort for a Belgian Abbey Ale – a style new to both of their professional careers. The Great Power House Brew.

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GC-PH-CollabGC-PH-Collab3 Dan and Lani have bought an old warehouse building originally owned by the Graf distillery. It's huge. 2 3 floors on one side and 4 on the other. It's also really really sturdy with 8x8 12x12 posts and beams.

A three ten-barrel steam fired system is ready to install and a1930s art-deco barfront locally sourced will provide a great setting for a tap room down the line.

2011 is going to be an interesting year for Great Crescent. Lots of work and sweat to get everything set up but in the end the brew days will be shorter and the output greater.

(Dan, thanks for the corrections)


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Misc News – Jun 26

OK, you've just got back from the hot, hot, hot streets of the Brew-Ha-Ha. You're tired. You're just out of the shower and needed to check your email.

Are you really beered out? Do you need more immersion? Tomorrow, Sunday, June 27th. Anita needs your help. The State Fair Brewers Cup entries are all sitting at Sun King and she and a crew will be starting at 10:30am with the job of checking them in, sorting, assigning numbers, etc. If you are not going to judge at the actual event, you can help. Lunch is provided. Beer is provided (when you're done). Think about it. The temp will be back under 90° and it's inside anyway. Just show up, no reservations needed.

Oh, and they need help at the actual judging. The evening of Friday, July 9th, and all of Saturday, July 10th, they need stewards, bottle carriers, etc. etc. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Awards Ceremony will be your reward. It's interesting. It's fun. And you will get to taste award-winning beers that you won't get anywhere else. You'll thank yourself. Email John Morrical at jmorrica@sbcglobal.net to get a spot.


Stopped at Power House / Columbus Bar Thursday and finally had Jon's Jack the Bum Pale Ale. He bummed the hop bill from the Diesel Oil Stout to show what a difference the malt makes. Both have the same IBU but balanced malt is the key to DOS while JTB shows off the hops as a quite hoppy ESB. Cloudy tan. Filled to the brim, English style, with a few clusters of bubbles rather than a big head. I was thinking Centennial but couldn't place the hop nose – for a reason. Jon uses Saaz finishing hops, giving it some earthy Czechness. Oh, and Terry loved her Strawberry Salad with mushrooms, spinach, etc.

New Albanian's Public House was fairly quiet Thursday evening. Had a Haggis Laddie – soft and malty, A+; a Biere de Garde brewed for the World Cup pairings they are doing (see The Potable Curmudgeon for updates) – Mild and mildly spicey, quaffable session beer true to the originals, A; and Tafelbier – dark golden, nice feathery head, wonderful aroma with malt coming through the smell of fresh vegetation after a rain shower, earthy taste continues into fresh maltiness, a perfect follow-up to the BdG. Please bottle/can all three so I can have them at home.

At the Bank Street Brewhouse we had a Croque Madame and a daily special sliced steak dish that I think I saw prepared on Good Eats. The later was pretty pricey but it's not an everyday item. Went with a Bob's Old 15B brown ale – pure black, roasty malt with big balance, dry to the point of almost being chalky, 180° from a chocolate porter.

Bob's Old 15B is a leading example of Amateur competition gone right. Way back when, NA and Fossils had a competition and the winner would be brewed in the big boys toys kettles. Bob Capshew (not surprising) won with this beer and it has been on the regular menu ever since. If there's another Indiana Am to Pro that has gone to the full-time menu I can't think of it.


Newest Seasonals

Alcatraz – Alt
Back Road – Scottish Ale, Belgian-Style Wit
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Nit Wit
Bloomington Brewing – Vision Weiss
Broad Ripple Brewpub – Cask Conditioned ESB
Brugge Brasserie – Pooka Boysenberry Wheat
Crown Brewing – Crown lite Light, Weizenhammer Weiss
Barley Island – Golidlocks Belgian Blond
Granite City – Belgian Golden Ale
Great Crescent Brewery – IPA and Blonde Ale – everything else is sold out right now
Half Moon - Summer Wheat Ale, India Brown Ale coming on July 1st.
Lafayette Brewing - Golden Lady IPA
Mishawaka Brewing – Russian Imperial Stout, Nit Wit
New Albanian – Tefelbier, Haggis Laddie
Oaken Barrel – California Common, American Wheat
Ram – Double Deuce Duesseldorfer Altbier
Rock Bottom (both) – Bottoms Up Kolsch
Shoreline – Ly-Co-Ki-We Kolsch, Stella Blue
Sun King - XX Rye IPA
Turoni's – Hefeweizen, Black Light Lager
Upland - Double Dragonfly

You can find at Payless Liquors, I-69 & 96th St. Fishers, and elsewhere: Brew Dog 5AM Saint, Mikkeller Bad/Worst, Well's Banana Bread Beer, Fruli Strawberry. Also in Indiana: Bruery Trade Winds Tripel, Coton Anniversary Ale, Tokio Oak-aged Imperial Stout, Punk IPA, Punk Hardcore Double IPA, Clipper City Smoke on the Water Imperial Porter, Clipper City Summer Ale, Mendocino Imperial IPA, Mendocino Barley Wine, Sergeants American Amber, Thirsty Dog Whippet Wheat, Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt, Two Brothers Hop Juice.


Here's a 5-minute trailer for the upcoming documentary about women brewers in the Pacific NW - For the Love of Beer http://vimeo.com/12386945. It includes Marion's Tonya Cornett. Indy's Liz Laughlin, originally an Oregonian, isn't a left-coaster anymore so she's left out of this (but it's been our gain).

 

Tröegs Brewery of Harrisburg, PA is going to build a new brewery in Hershey.With a 5,000 sq ft tasting room (that's not a typo).

Pabst has, indeed, been sold. Now owned by C. Dean Metropoulos. He may sell off some of the regional brands. Schaefer, Carling’s Black Label, Blatz, Colt 45 Malt Liquor, Schmidt, Special Export, Schlitz, Lone Star, Jacob Best, Ballantine, Falstaff, Rainier, Ice Man Malt Liquor, Silver Thunder Malt Liquor and Stroh’s.

Amazon's strangest hits

Inflatable Beer Stein Ice Bucket - $20 – Corona not included.
Beer Hammer - $9.33
Skunkpiss beer can covers - $10/6
Beer mug with audio reordering system - $16

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Misc News – Mar 7

Logo-OakenBarrel-Script Oaken Barrel's Java Stout is getting richer by the day. There are really two versions. At the main bar it is dry-beaned with a sack of Strange Brew's Caramel roast. In the Stainless Steel room it's a Blueberry roast. Coming up is a barleywine produced with local homebrewers and bucket-clubbers Keith Bauty and John Showalter.


Logo-ColumbusBarPower House's 2 Dave's IPA is a creamy American Bitter that is nicely not overdone.

The Columbus Bar is up for 6 nominations for Best of Columbus at the area's Liberty alternative newspaper. Best Burger, Best Tenderloin, Best Fish Sandwich, Best Signature Dish (donut burger), Best Bartender (Nana Willey, Michael Hayes, Drrick Jarral), Best Place for Live Music, Best Bar, and of course Best Beer Selection.  Vote here.


Logo-Figure8Figure 8 Brewing's grand opening was standing-room-only. New microbrewery helps quench craft-beer thirst : Post-Tribune.

 

More short notes so you can look elsewhere

Hoosier Beer Geek: Beer Diary: Crown Brewing

Gina's weekly Hoosier Beer Geek: Random Beer Roundup

Review of Rock Bottom Downtown's Brewer's Dinner

Upland Infinite Wisdom Tripel returns March 26th

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery hires its Brewmaster

Schlafly Brewery: Suds up

A Tale of Three Cities

Took a short trip to New Albany on Wed/Thurs. The original plan was to  spend a night at Saturnalia. Did that but also found a slew of new New Albanian beers to try also.

  • NA-Abzug New Albanian Sour Red Belgian – Brown with hints of red under these dim lights. Aroma is light with a bit of Belgianness. Carbonation tang is quickly replaced by tartness. Dark cherryish finish. 4.5%.
  • New Albanian Tunnel Vision – Belgian Wit. Nice but the day is crowded, let's go on.
  • New Albanian Abzug – Think of it as a session Marzen. Looks like a Pilsner. Mouthfeel of a Cream Ale. Hoppier than, say, Kentucky Kommon.
  • New Albanian Wee Foot Stout – Medium dry mild session stout. Soft roastiness. Nice.
  • Bell's Christmas Ale – Slick-feeling Scottish Ale. Dark cordovan. Little hops (as per style). Interesting that they call it a Christmas beer. 5.4%.
  • Thirsty Dog 12 Days – Spiced winter ale. Sweet and spicy with stuff wile cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc. Not really a pumpkin pie ale though. Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy by beer standards. 8.3%
  • New Albanian Community Dark – I feel compelled to come back to this for the penultimate beer each visit to NABC. The British Mild will calm you down for the trip home. 3.7%. Served tonight with excruciatingly high carbonation.
  • Schlenkerla Marzen – When I can have this wonderment as the last beer of the night it gives courage and the smoke protects one from the hangover gods.

Stopped back in on Thursday for the Anstich keg tapped at 1pm.

  • #3 – The importer uses numbers pasted to identical casks to differentiate the dozen or so different beers from different small breweries around Germany. #3 is said to be Ahornberger Dark but it doesn't seem likely. At any rate, #3 is a beautiful sight looking like a big slide of fluffy lemon meringue pie, especially with the cold 28°. (addition) But who cares when it's great, fresh, German beer not available anywhere else in the midwest. Roger explains.

Seeing Roger Thursday afternoon at the Public House, he looked like Wednesday was not kind to him.. Read about Roger's long day in Indy, and the HBGs version of the story.


PowerhouseMagCoverSecond city: Columbus - Power House / Columbus Bar. The Columbus bar was on the cover of Indiana Preservationist Magazine and featured in the Liquid Assets article.

We just made a quick stop to say high and try two of the taps.

  • Power House Berliner Weisse. Perfect for style greenish yellow. Thickest mouthfeel and probably the sourest Berliner I've ever had. Not an Imperial Berliner but definitely on the high end of the scale. We'll probably see this on the podium at the State Fair.
  • Power House Wee Heavy – Scottish with lots of hops and a roasty character throughout. Think of it as a Porter.

Now, it's getting dark. SR 46 will deliver us to Nashville and Big Woods Brewing. They're serving lots of customers not only because of the fresh, local beer, but also for the food. Passing up the duck breast dinner for one killer, and huge, pulled pork sandwich, we're full. The two beers with that sandwich had a travel distance of about 8 feet from the brewery to the bar.

Spring's menu is attracting customers and Tim's beers are keeping them.

  • Big Woods Possum Trot Pale Ale – They've hit it. Unfiltered foggy deep orange gives a premium look. Small white head. Nice malty balanced taste with a clean, quick finish. As an intro beer it's certainly upscale to the Bud found elsewhere in town.
  • Big Woods Tim's Big Stout – Thick from flaked malt used in an Oatmeal Stout. Dry graininess reminiscent of Sheaf Stout.

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