Hoosier Beer – the book

It’s a fait accompli. The fourth recent book about beer in Indiana is out. Hoosier Beer – Tapping into Indiana Brewing History doesn’t so much look at beer, but the breweries. Mainly the old breweries.

Indiana became a state in 1816 and in that year our first two commercial breweries opened. Since then over 350 licensed breweries have offered cool, refreshing beer to Hoosiers, made by Hoosiers. 200 years of history.

Hoosier Beer chronicles, city by city, the rise from small family backyard breweries to large factory breweries to their demise as massive mega-conglomerates. It also covers the modern era of brewpubs and the return of the small family-owned breweries that offer a wide variety of beers directly to customers fresh at the brewery.

Meanwhile two (!) prohibition periods pitted temperance and religious groups against the industry in a fight that always depended on who owned the Indiana statehouse.

As the state grew with a large German population beer headed to lagers but lots of ales were available also. Population shifts, a few wars, better transportation, cooling, bottling, canning, understanding yeast, all contributed to this story.

256 pages, 128 illustrations, $21.99 publisher's suggested price. Published by The History Press.

Your humble servant, Bob Ostrander wrote the words and collector of Indiana breweriana, Derrick Morris supplied the illustrations and tons of resources from his 9,000-artifact basement museum.

It’s been three years in the making; beginning with an online history at the B.I.G. website which was moved to IndianaBeer.com. This will soon go away, replaced by the book and an extensive addenda support website, www.HoosierBeerStory.com.

We expect Hoosier Beer to be a historical reference for the next poor idiots who are interested in the writing about the subject.

Jeff Eaton, owner of Barley Island, proofread the book and gave it this quote:

“Bob Ostrander & Derrick Morris have provided us a detailed journey through the rich heritage and tradition of brewing beer in Indiana.

“The beer memorabilia including the fascinating pictures of actual cans and bottles displays the inherent pride these Hoosier brewers possessed in their brands.

“The figures on number of breweries and their barrel production will surprise you and it all leads to the final chapter on the Modern Era with the current rebirth in Indiana-produced craft beer!”

Want to buy one? Come to a book signing. The first will be Thurs, August 11th, at the Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield followed by one at Bookmamas on the 13th in the Irvington area of Indy.

We’re adding a Pub Quiz to the book signing. Should be a good party. Hope to see you on the 11th.

Thursday, August 31st we’ll do it again at New Albanian's Public House.

We’ll keep you up to date on the IndianaBeer calendar.

Through September October we’ll have signings and Pub Quizzes at pubs or brewpubs in The Region (Beer Geeks Pub), South Bend (Fiddler's Hearth), Fort Wayne (Mad Anthony), Lafayette (Lafayette Brewing), Kokomo (Half Moon), Muncie, Columbus (Power House / Columbus Bar), Bloomington (Bloomington Brewing), Evansville (Turoni's). None of these have confirmed dates yet. Look to the IndianaBeer calendar for one near you.

Amazon and Beerbooks.com (which has the lowest price at $16.88 + $4 shipping) have it.

The Book Depository and Borders have it in their online catalog but aren’t shipping yet.

We’ve talked to some independent stores and so far we’ve heard back from Bookmamas in Indy, Village Lights in Madison, and Destinations Booksellers in New Albany that they will carry it as soon as they get their shipments.

If you’d like to buy copies to sell at your pub
please contact The History Press
- 843-577-5971 x 213.

Here are some stories you'll read about in this history:

  • A farm brewery was part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War and a speakeasy and bordello during Prohibition (Hoham/Klinghammer in Plymouth).
  • A large brewery’s life was ended due to a labor strike (F.W. Cook’s in Evansville).
  • One brewery was part of a utopian colony (New Harmony), and one was part of an Archabbey (Saint Meinrad).
  • One brewery recovered from $3,000 debt in 1881 (Joseph Miller in Covington). Another brewery’s owner, when faced with a $5,000 debt in 1889, committed suicide (Main Street Brewery in New Albany).
  • Several were in the back rooms of inns and hotels—early examples of brewpubs.
  • One brewery bought the local newspaper in order to change its editorial stance during a temperance campaign (Indiana Brewing Association in Marion).
  • Some breweries were related to famous people, including Hew Ainslie, Tony Hulman, Richard Lieber, Cole Porter, Knute Rockne, Howard Hawks, Governor Robert Orr and Kurt Vonnegut.
  • A brewery and distillery company started a city’s fire department (Great Crescent in Aurora).
  • Many breweries were taken over and managed by the widows of the owners, and some were started and operated by women.
  • One brewery paid its sales manager $108,000 per year during Prohibition (Kiley in Marion).
  • One brewery piped water from its spring to neighbors during the Civil War—and even built a bathhouse (Spring Brewery in Lafayette).
  • One came to an ignominious end when the president was arrested for income tax evasion after the ex-commissioner of the IRS got a $363,000 tax bill reduced to a $35,000 refund (Indianapolis Brewing Co.).
  • Many brewery buildings have gone on to other uses, including shopping malls, college classrooms, apartments and office buildings.
  • The first brewery in Fort Wayne, at the American Fur Trading Company post, was started by Alexis Coquillard, the founder of South Bend.
  • Brewery owners were jailed for selling bootleg beer during Prohibition. One was given probation because people would be put out of work (Huntington Brewery). One owner was jailed for bribing federal Prohibition agents (Southern Indiana Brewing Company in New Albany).
  • Breweries owned or sponsored minor-league and Negro League baseball teams. One sponsored the Notre Dame football team (Kamm’s in Mishawaka).
  • One brewery was built specifically to entice settlers in the 1850s to buy land in a new community (Cephas Hawks in Waterford).
  • One brewery closed three days before winning a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival (Evansville Brewing Co.).
  • Many were started by immigrants to the United States from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Scotland and Switzerland.
  • One “Brew on Premises” was set up where anyone over twenty-one could brew his or her own beer. (Just Brew It in Mishawaka)
  • Dozens of brewery owners served as mayors, bank presidents or congressmen.
  • A surprising number of breweries burned down—some multiple times. One man (Charles T. Doxey of Anderson) had a brewery, a barrel stave factory, an opera house, a handle factory, a music hall and a plate glass works destroyed by fire while he was a state senator, a U.S. representative and running for governor.
  • One brewery opened a famous restaurant in Chicago that is still operating (Berghoff in Fort Wayne).
  • One brewery was owned by a pipe organ builder (Louis van Dinter in Mishawaka).
  • Three modern-era breweries were opened by doctors.
  • Inventions from Indiana led to the modern CO2 regulator, beer line cleaning equipment and corn-adjunct beers.
  • The largest of the old-line breweries made over one million barrels (bbls) of beer annually (a barrel is sixty-one gallons; Sterling, Drewrys and Falstaff).
  • The largest of the modern-era breweries has a capacity of about fifteen thousand bbls (Three Floyds).

Indiana Beer News – July 27

logo5Big Woods Brewing’s alley adjunct, Big Woods Pizza Co., is open. A tied house just across the street will have weekly changing gourmet pizza and, of course, Big Woods Beer. In fact, they have a brewery over there and will be released Busted Knuckle ale in bombers soon.

This week’s pizza is Black and Bleu:  It's a slightly spicy, and unconventional combination of Cajun Alfredo sauce, shaved lamb, Gouda, red onions, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and cool creamy gorgonzola.

There’s a Hops Workshop on August 17th at Michigan State University’s school in Benton Harbor. 9am-3pm. $25. article

While you’re in that area, the Round Barn Brewery in Baroda, MI will have Grape Expectations “Malt beverage brewed with peppercorn and grape.”

Brownings in Louisville is getting a makeover and a new name – Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse. Still at Sluggger Field. According to their facebook page they can satisfy about any taste: Food Styles, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian Fusion, Barbeque, British, Burgers, Cajun/Creole, Caribbean, Chinese, Cuban, Diners, French, Italian, Latin American, Mexican, Pizza, Sandwiches, Seafood, Soul Food, Southern, Steakhouses, Taiwanese, Tex-Mex, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian.

Sub-headline: Chicago-area suds scene still riding a surging wave. The Trib outlines Chicago breweries – From Chicago Beer Co. to New Chicago Brewing Co.

Brew Dog isn’t being allowed to have their beers among the over-1,000 that will be served at the Great British Beer Festival. CAMRA says they aren’t real ale. Brewdog asks “what is real all?” and accuses that CAMRA of applying different standards to domestic and imported beer (which doesn’t need to be real ale). BD’s blog

They say MDG 64 Lemonade, although planned to be available from Memorial Day to Labor Day, might disappear any day now – from the Miller catalog, since it isn’t disappearing from store shelves.

Businessweek chronicles the Fall of the House of Busch.

Upland expands

Upland Brewering in Bloomington plans major expansion to take capacity from 11,000 barrels currently to 25,000 barrels within 3 years according to the Herald Times newspaper of Bloomington (HeraldTimesOnline.com, July 25, 2011). A new brewing facilty is planned several miles nearly due South of their current brewery and pub in the central district of Bloomington. It is reported that Upland will spend $1.5 million to purchase formerly used by the old RCA plant and warehouse and another $1.5 million over 3 years to renovate the facility.

Upland has gradually increased production and distributon under owner Doug Dayhoff and Head Brewer Caleb Staton with their reach extending South into Kentucky and North into Wisconsin. Upland's signature beer is the Upland Wheat which contributes the most volume but they may be best known as one of the few U.S. brewers to produce Lambic, for which they have received multiple awards including recent medals at the Brewer's Cup of the Indiana State Fair. Upland also sponsors an annual Upcup competiton for homebrewers with the winning brewer working with Caleb and Crew to brew the winning recipe for commercial consumption. Caleb never influences the winner which has yielded such excellent brews as a rauch beer, which few local or regional brewers attempt (and this blogger loved it and frequently showed up to help the consumption).

Upland's plans are being celebrated by the Mayor of Bloomington as blazing the trail for more local commercial development -- and while we thank the major we just love it for good beer!

Upland is hosting an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wed. Aug. 3 at their new site of 301 West Grimes Lane, in Bloomington according to the Herald Times (see previous reference).

Indiana Beer News – July 25

Starting today New Day Meadery in Indy will have growlers available. Growlers of bothmbead and cider.

StoryThe “America’s Finest Beer Festival” (yep, that’s its name) scheduled for this past weekend in San Diego was cancelled just before it started due to lack of finances to pay for up-front costs. They couldn’t pay for stage, tents, tables, etc. Looks like they spent it all on a “$110,000 media campaign in magazine advertising, radio stations, TV appearances and street teams”. Yike. apology

6a00d83451b85a69e201538fe8e314970b-200wiSunoco in western New York is trying the “Craft Beer Exchange”. Yep, get your growlers filled at the gas station. Tröegs, Flying Bison, Middle Ages Brewing, Ommegang, Magic Hat, Dogfish Head, Ithica, Stone, Lake Placid Brewing, etc. “On the largest scale we serve Samuel Adams, but nothing from AB In-Bev or MolsonCoors.” Prices from $8 to $17. articlemore pictures. Charlie Papazian doesn’t like the idea on either the quality or collateral damage front. article

ABITA_all_cansAbita’s going to cans (and keeping bottles).

Buddhist temple and even an entire village made from beer bottles. article

Wouldn’t you like to be a distillery cat?

Indiana Beer News – July 20

The Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield is coming along nicely. Nick Carter’s food has always been top notch, original, and tasty. D.J. Macallister’s beer is now available and that, of course, adds to the experience. Right now a Porter, Double Pale, Porter, German Hefeweizen, and Scottish are on tap, to be followed by a British ESB and a Centennial/Cascade/Challenger IPA.



Flat 12 Bierwerks gets bit ink at Hoperatives blog.

Bier Brewery and Taproom gets an interview about the Brewers Cup on WISH-TV. Rob Schneider seems to do the interview.

Upland’s Sours have sold out. That was quick. About eight hours. Maybe on the back of the Persimmon Lambic earning Best of Show at the 2011 Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup.

Hops, hops, everywhere. BRBP’s sign looks like a kudzu explosion. Dave and Lori Maddrill’s back yard in Indy has Nugget, Centennial, Sarachi Ace, and Cascade climbing and the SA has flowers already.

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New Brit beers target women. Carling Chrome – less carbonated and lighter. 4.8%. Carling Animee – bloat resistant, lighter tasting, 30 months in development, available in standard, rose, and citrus. Carlsberg Eve. Carlsberg Copenhagen – “refreshing taste delivered in a stylish design”. article


Brew Haven Event Update - July 19


Award-Winning Local Homebrew Club Co-Hosts New Craft Beer Festival

July 18, 2011 – New Haven, Indiana – Fort Wayne’s Homebrew Club, M.A.S.H.
is co-hosting the First Annual “Brew Haven” Craft Beer festival with Trion Tavern in New Haven, Indiana. M.A.S.H. members recently brought home nine ribbons from the Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup and some of these awarding-winning brews will be among the 50 handcrafted beers the club will be pouring for people to sample at the festival. From light and crisp to thick and rich, these homebrews will provide a taste of what can be accomplished independently.

“We are excited to partner with Trion Tavern in order to put on a festival that we believe will be unique for our area,” said M.A.S.H Club President, Brian Spaulding. “We all appreciate craft beer and are just hoping to share that with others in a fun, outdoor atmosphere,” Spaulding added.

The “Brew Haven” Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, August 6th from 2pm to 6pm. Downtown New Haven, Indiana, will be the site of northeast Indiana’s newest and largest craft beer festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste over 100 different beers as samples are poured from more than 30 breweries. The festival tent will be located on Main Street just east of Broadway Street along the north side of Trion Tavern.

Advance tickets cost $25 and include: unlimited samples, a souvenir tasting glass, a meal and water. Tickets can be purchased at Trion Tavern or through www.triontavern.com. A limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event for $30. Designated driver tickets will also be available for $5 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go to the New Haven Downtown Improvement District. This will be a smoke-free event both under the tent and inside the bar.

Indiana Beer News – July 17

The tanks from Alcatraz haven’t seen this much room since 1995.
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Rumors heard at the Microbrewers Fest:
  • BigWoodsJohnMiddletonBig Woods Brewing is adding another restaurant and a bigger brewery cattycorner across the alley. This will let them bottle beers. John Middleton (right) is the new brewer assisting Tim O’Bryan. They have a bottling line to install there and plan to put Busted Knuckle Red Ale on store shelves.
  • Dad’s Inc. which was trading pretzel necklaces for donations, raised $1,300 at the Fest.
  • Three Floyds has made their first sour. “I <3 Deesko is a Berliner Weiss.
  • Organizer Jason Larrison estimates there were 4600 tickets plus 700 VIP tickets and 700 workers at the Fest.
  • The B.I.G. may be looking for a full-time Executive Director but don’t apply for the job quite yet.
  • Cutters Brewing Co. in Bloomington has label approval for five 22oz bomber labels, Half Court IPA, Full Court IIPA, Lost River Summer Ale, Monon Wheat, and Empire Imperial Stout. They are self-distributing and will be in the local Big Red Liquors next week.
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OK, I promise never to post an animated Homer ever again.
CokeWallCoke can collectors seem to be even more fanatical than beer can collectors.

Microbrewers Festival 2011

Jason and the Beer Geeks did it again. Pulled off a massive (6,000 people) Microbrewers Festival at 90° heat. They did it with plenty of portapotties – most in the shade, more room used than last year, a great program again, a good variety of good food, hundreds of volunteers, and of course, great beer, made here.

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Rivertown from Cincinnati is new and new to Indiana.
Finch’s from Chicago hopes to be distributed in Indiana in their 16oz cans.


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T-shirts available included Microbrewers Festival, Hoosier Beer Geeks (plus muffler),
Yesterbeer’s large lineup, Hopapalooza ($10), and many breweries had their own for sale.

The Keg Toss continued all afternoon.
Winners were, in the women’s division, Holly Bing,
and in the men’s, Kurt Eckstein – a 3-time winner.

Our two observations for the organizers to use next year are:

  1. The lines were too short. Yes, that can happen. The increased space gave everyone more horizontal room to serve more beers at one time. Quite a few were pouring 6, 8, or more beers – Flat 12, Bier, Sun King, Mad Anthony, People’s, etc. Some serving stations had no line at all sometimes.

    This meant people could drain their 2(+) oz taste and move directly to the next. This meant some people were more inebriated than usual - the people who don’t have a lot of experience with craft beer but more experience with inebriation.
  2. MBF2011dP1050345The security forces were the other problem. Past Microbrewers Festivals and Winterfests have had adequate uniformed symbols making the unmistakable message “keep yourself sane”. These particular rental cops spent much of the day standing in the shade in the ivy at the 67th St. crossing but when the 7:00pm bell rang and all (!) the vendors shut down, they continued to stay in place rather than do what needed to be done – sweep the field. Move slowly, go from one end to the other, gently urge the punters to leave. The field will be emptied in 15 minutes. This is how it’s been done for years and it works.

    These guys didn’t do that. They just stood around until the shouting of the second near fight roused the whole blue group to run across the baseball diamond brandishing a sparking taser and shouting. It added to the confusion. Very nearly an arrest. Very nearly a hospital visit. And surely hopefully a violation of police policy about the use of weapons, at least while off-duty.

    Of course the punter was in the wrong. He was drunk. His friends were trying to move him to the gate but the volunteer pourers (in both near fights) were the physical aggressors. Yelling “get out of here, you MF”, jumping over the table, and trying to lay hands on the drunk isn’t the way to handle begging for a last after-hours pour or even someone trying to steal souvenirs from the table. 

    These volunteers should be identified and not asked back. The off-duty officers should also be identified and not hired again. It was their lack that caused the incidents.

Free Beer Tasting (Fort Wayne) - July 17

On Thursday, July 21st, from 5p.m.-8p.m., there will be a FREE beer tasting at Belmont Beverage (2700 Maplecrest Rd.) (Must be 21 yrs. of age or older with valid photo ID to sample beers). The beers available for sampling are:

Oberon, Schlafly Drophop, Spaten, Boulevard Tank 7, Seadog Blueberry, Breckenridge Summer, Left-Hand Stranger Pale Ale, Tyranena Porter, Wexford Irish Cream, and beers from Ayinger.

On Friday, July 22nd, from 5p.m.-7p.m., Cap n' Cork (10178 Maysville Rd.) (Must be 21 yrs. of age or older with valid photo ID) will be having a FREE beer tasting. There will be beers from New Belgium Brewing Company and also Shiner Bock will be available for sampling.

Indiana Beer News – July 14

BeeCreekAABee Creek Brewery has label approval for an American Wheat called Alien Abduction.

Two Deep Brewery (to open in Indy in late 2011) gets a write-up in HBG.

Triton in Lawrence hopes to open about Sept 1. The Professor is looking to make a big stout to age as the first batch. They have about a dozen casks ready for Jon’s renowned barrel-aged offerings.

Hoosier Beer, Tapping into Indiana Brewing History, is available for pre-order at Amazon. You will be hearing more about this.

Sam Smith’s Stingo is headed to this side of the pond again this year. 9%. Fermented in open Yorkshire squares. Aged in oak. Ready to drink. review

HomerWatch SamC make Tweason’ale strawberry & honey beer. In GIFs.

Spitting Feathers brewery in Chester, England isn’t happy with the “beer duty” in the UK so they’ve come out with a line of beers called Fool’s Gold, False Economy and Red Tape.

Bloomberg headline: Fall of the House of Busch

The physics of cooling cans. article

Since some obscure Miller brands are hung up on processing the press thinks Minnesota is bone dry. Everybody panic about tomorrow’s non-story.

Indiana Beer News – July 13

The program for this Saturday’s Indiana Microbrewers Festival is available online.

Wilbur Brewing Co’s Facebook page says “I am sorry to announce that Wilbur Brewing will cease operation at the end of August. The equipment is for sale along with any beer left. Please call 765-346-0023 for a description of what is for sale. I will sell all or part.”

This week’s adventures:

  • July 13, Wed - Binkley's Kitchen, Indy Indiana Beer Dinner. NABC, FFF, SunKing, upland.
  • July 13, Wed - Upland tapping at Ball & Biscuit
  • July 14, Thurs - Flat 12 night at Sinking Ship, Indy. 7pm+
  • July 14, Thurs - Sours tasting at Brugge Brasserie
  • July 15, Fri - Flat 12 night at Binkley's Kitchen, Indy. 7pm+
  • July 15, Fri - Chumleys, Broad Ripple, will have special tappings all evening.
  • July 15, Fri - Indiana beer tasting. Kahn's, Keystone, Indy. 4-6pm
  • July 15, Fri - Beer Tasting. Crown Liquors, Downtown Indy. 4-7pm; Carmel, Fishers, US31 & Shelby, &106th & Michigan. 4-7pm
  • July 16 – Sat - Indiana Microbrewers Festival
    Atwater Block, Back Road, Barley Island, Bee Creek, Bell's, Bier, Big Woods, Black Swan, Bloomington Brewing Company, BBC Production, BBC Brewpub, Boston Beer, Boulder, Boulevard, Broad Ripple Brewpub, Brooklyn, Brugge, Crown, Cutters, Figure 8, Finch's, Flat 12, Founders, Granite City, Great Crescent, Great Divide, Half Moon, Lafayette Brewing Company, Lexington Brewing, Mad Anthony, Mendocino, Napa Smith, New Albanian, New Belgium, New Boswell, North Coast, Oaken Barrel, People's, Power House, Rivertown, Rock Bottom College Park, Rock Bottom Downtown, Schlafly, Shoreline, Sierra Nevada, Sun King, The RAM, Thomas Family, Thr3e Wise Men, Three Floyds, Three Pints, Turoni's, Twisted Crew, Two Brothers, Tyranena, Upland, Victory.

Mike tells all about Twenty Tap: Kevin Matalucci's Broad Ripple Bar

No pub crawls for you. The Gramercy area of NYC wants to “crack down on organized bar-hopping.” article

The Beer-o-Bot can shooter, refrigerator, IPhone interface, choice of 4 beers, make your own. Who could ask for more.


Indiana Beer News – July 11

Rumors heard at the Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup:

  • Bulldog Brewing Co has hired Tom Coster, late of Brickworks, as the brewer up in Whiting. Bulldog hopes to open yet this year.
  • Barley Island’s barfly IPA is on tap at US Cellular Field Comiskey Park in Chicago. They’re ordering 50 cases at a time from BI’s Chicago distributor.
  • Eric Watson, late of Turoni’s fell of a 30’ fermenter earlier this year. He’s now consulting in the Caribbean, Massachusetts, and back home in West Virginia.

TunnelVisionAleThe Brewers Cup press release is here.

Oaken Barrel Guava IPA. On tap now.

Upland’s sours this year are Kiwi, Persimmon, and Raspberry. Sign up at their web site to reserve your bottles starting July 20th. $20 each.

New Albanian Tunnel Vision Royal Wallonian Ale “Those hardy immigrant gnomes who came from the venerable hills of the Ardennes to take up residence beneath the mysterious Knobs of Southern Indiana get lonely, too. That’s why NABC gave them Tunnel Vision, a potion reminiscent of home, and sufficiently versatile for consumption in all seasons – and on all continents.”

ClownShoesTrampStampRich James, columnist for the Post-Trip and one has “spent a good bit of time trying to get rid of that ridiculous law” is still getting carded at grocery stores. Marsh, at least, is continuing to card all liquor sales. Sigh.

Now let’s get rid of the whole Moore v. State thing. “When a law exists that can rightly be interpreted to say that one can commit a criminal offense even while sleeping in the passenger seat of a car, clearly we have a problem.” editorial (thanks Roger)

BeerAdvocate editorialized against Boston’s Clown Shoes brand’s Tramp Stamp (among other things). They replied  (among other things) “Tramp Stamp will be renamed ‘Lower Back Tattoo’ to avoid any conflicts with the NAWWRGTS (National Association of Women Who Regret Getting Tramp Stamps)”. This all got the notice of the local CBS affiliate but Jeff Alworth thinks it is all a publicity stunt. blog

And if you think Tramp Stamp is sexist:
bierbitzch-logoYes, it seems to be a real brewery.