Dribs and Drams - Spooky edition

What's Happening

Wed - maybe Saturday: Tomlinson Hall in Indy will have the GABF medal-winning beers on tap from tonight until they run out (2-9pm) Wed/Thurs (Noon-9pm Fri/Sat. These include
Bier Brewery - Sanitarium (Belgian Quad)
Flix Brewhouse - Generation Alt (Altbier)
Mad Anthony Brewing Co. - Auburn Lager
Sun King Brewing Co. - Sun Light Cream Ale
The Tap Beer Co. - Electric Stinger (Honey Beer)
Taxman Brewing Co. - Qualified (Belgian Quad)
Friday: There's an in-store tasting at the Cap 'n Cork, New Haven. Oct 30, 5-7pm.

Friday: Flat 12 Haunted Zombie Brewery Tours 6-8pm.
Saturday: This will be the last weekend for a while that doesn't have at least a half-dozen things going on. If you are Central Indiana stop by the Indy Brewery Collectibles Show on Sat. Free entry. 9am-1pm. Pick up some decorative bottles/cans or a tap for your cooler. Or a poster or calendar for the wall.  Or a copy of Hoosier Beer or Indiana Prohibition.

Saturday: If you're in the northwest, Four Fathers Brewing is having a beer dinner on Halloweeen. $50. RSVP required. 7-9pm. Costumes optional.

Saturday: Bent Rail Twangtoberfest. 9pm++. $10

Get your samples now. November looks to be bleak.

Hoosier News

Jeffersonville. Beer Syrup. Pancakes. What do these have to do with each other? Answer: Russ Meredith.

Rita talks about hops.

Flix Brewhouse in Carmel will be serving a Russian Imperial (stormtrooper?) Stout and a Belgian Double during the release showing of Star Wars. Dec 18.

Scarlet Land and Taxman have teamed up to release Heaven and Hell. See this link for tasting schedule through the weekend.

Upland has news about expanding the Sour Ale program. They're going to build a cellar at the 11th Street brewpub. In use by April.

Sun King and the Pacers will be doing a pick and role with Tip-Off Ale.

Here's a long report on Scarlet Lane and its origins.

Get your Amber Smashed Face before all the fans of Cannibal Corpse get their teeth into it.

Indiana on Tap asks owners What's it Like Running a Brewery in Small-town Indiana. Parts 1 and 2.

And other stuff

Will Mega Beer Merger Lead To Higher Prices & Fewer Choices For Consumers?

MillerCoors Gets Court To Throw Out Blue Moon “Craft Beer” Lawsuit. You know the one - where a guy in California started a class action lawsuit wanting to impose the Beer Association's definition of "craft" for a few bucks. California allows fictituous names on beer (as does probably every other state). MillerCoors says their trademark registration is enough to let buys know Blue Moon is a MillerCoors beer. Guess you just have to take your trademark registry with you at all times. Might not be enough in this case since they've trademarked "Artfully Crafted" also.

So you get a craft beer and you get a craft beer and you get a craft beer. Everyone gets a craft beer.

In defense of pumpkin beer

Go ahead and pair wine with Halloween candy.

What's the Right Way to Make a Margarita?

Dribs and Drams

Here are some major things to do the rest of this month:

Oct 24 Carmel Brocktoberfest at the Brockway Public House. 4-11pm. $25.
Oct 24 Indianapolis Great Fermentations 20th anniversary party. 3pm-??. Please RSVP.
Oct 24 Noblesville Beards and Brews. Noon-4pm.
Oct 24 Portage Portage Brewfest. Noon-4pm. $35-$70.
Oct 24
Valparaiso OAKtoberfest at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. With beer pairings from Third Coast Spice Café $55. 2-5pm.
Oct 25 Bloomington
Upland Sours tours. Free. No reservations needed. 3, 4, and 5pm.
Oct 29-31 Indianapolis Indy Brewery Collectibles Show
Wyndham Hotel West. Free to punters.
Oct 31 Valparaiso Feast of Brews beer dinner Sage Restaurant. with Four Fathers Beers. 7pm. $50.

Rita tells us about Indiana breweries supporting charities Pink Ribbon and Cheers for Charity.
She also looks at Rock Bottom north Indy, Mad Anthony of Fort Wayne, and Oaken Barrel of Greenwood. Plus there's more news.

Rita's Nuvo column this week looks at Big Lug Canteen, Great Fermentations's 20-year anniversary.

Rick Castner of Indy Beer Sleuth wants to see a Indiana Craft Beer Week next year. Haven't had one since 2008.
Roger passes on that Akasha Brewing Co. in Louisville has opened.

Ryan and Jennifer Fox wax about Mad Anthony's Oktobeerfest.

Eric Strader says "Goshen Brewing Company welcomes members of Goshen Homebrew Club into the brewhouse."

Other random stuff:

Regulators Probing AB InBev Over Allegations Of Pushing Out Craft Brewers By Buying Distributors

There's a bill, finally, in PA that would allow licensed grocery stores to sell wine and beer. Maybe they'll get rid of the state monopoly sometime.

16 Delicious Facts About Guinness

Bring Da Funk

newkmfJust a short post. It seems Sam Adams has Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru going out soon. Very limited. Maybe just at company tastings. Right now the closest plans are in Chicago in late September and mid-November. Or Cleveland next week. Their final stop is going to be decided by online votes (read: ballot box stuffed with bits). Indy, Nashville (TN) and Tampa are in the running right now. Votes are due by Oct 15th.

They say
  • This one-of-a-kind Belgian ale is fermented with multiple microorganisms including Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and other wild critters found in the environment of our 150-year old Boston brewery
  • The unique yeasts impart layers of spicy, fruity, & bright tart notes to the beer. Aged in our Hungarian oak tuns, the porous character of the wood allows air to slowly seep in during aging creating micro-oxidation that smoothes any harsh flavors
  • Grand Cru often denotes a vintage of the highest quality or ‘the best of the best’. This release has been aging in our Barrel Room for just over a year.
  • Kosmic Mother Funk is the soul of our Barrel Room Collection, blended to varying degrees in each of our five Belgian brews creating a distinct & complex character

SO..... go to https://www.samueladams.com/kmf and vote for Indy. Thanks.


You will be rewarded with karma points, fuzzy head points and more nonsense pictures.

Dribs and Drams

What are you doing this Saturday?

Oct 10 Albion Lions, Tigers & Beer. Black Pine Nature Preserve. SOLD OUT
Oct 10 Ferdinand St. Benedict's Brew Works Oktoberfest Celebration. - 11:30am-??
Oct 10 Indianapolis Barrels on Bonna barrel aged beer festival. Hosted by Black Acre Brewing. 1-5pm. $50.
Oct 10 Indianapolis Indianapolis Biergarten Day. Athenaeum, Traders Point Creamery, Sun King, Eiteljorg, German Klub. Etc?
Oct 10 Indianapolis Indy Literary Pub Crawl. Mass Ave. 5:30pm-??
Oct 10 Muncie All Beers Considered by Indiana Public Radio. 2-5pm. $30.
Oct 10 Porter Porter's Perfect Pint Festival presented by Pat's Liquors. 1-5pm. $35-50.
Oct 13
Beginning Brewing Class. Great Fermentations. 10am.

Rita tells about Bloomington's The Tap Brewery and their new downtown Indy adjunct restaurant.

Eric tells about the Thomas-Stieglitz Brewery in Goshen. And takes a picture:

Three Floyds Zombie Dust was named by Men's Journal as one of the best 100 beers you can buy on shelves. article

Outside Indiana

Pennsylvania is going to auction off some stuff that their Liquor Control Board can't/won't sell. The first auction is on Oct 13 selling 24 bottles of "Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection". It seems to be really a lottery since the news article (s) say "Each 375 ml bottle will cost $48.49. . . and is limited to one bottle per participant".

InMill? SABev? Budweiser Maker Officially Offers $104 Billion To Buy Miller That would make the US / Canada / Belgium / England / South Africa / Australia / Brazil conglomerate 30% of the world market. And 70% of the American market <emoji for "shudder">. Just how much Bud Light Lime can they make?

Goose Island and Virtue Cider of Pennville, MI are co-"brewing" an Apple Cider. It'll be next year before it's out.

Brooklyn Brewery is exporting to Australia and now they will have Cooper's make their lagers.

Heinekin is indeed buying 50% of Lagunitas.

Miller has bought Saint Archer Brewing of San Diego.

The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin was named Europe's best tourist attraction by the World Travel Awards. $18 euro entry fee.


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In Portland, You Can Now Drink Salmon-Safe Beer And they think midwesterners are wierd.

Pabst to revive Old Tankard Ale brand. But the Wisconsin Brewing Co. will brew it. Outsourcing to a 2-year old startup. Will hipsters care?

Or will Natty become the latest hipster craze? article 

Why you shouldn't use a frozen mug. It's all about the taste. article Oh, and you shouldn't use a shoe either. It's all about the taste.