Indy Beer News – Holiday Beer Edition 2.0

Indy Beer News has recently released an encore Holiday Edition podcast showcasing several Indiana breweries. This year’s podcast took place at the Monarch Beverage facility (compliments of Bob Mack), and included Mark Cady of Bloomington Brewing Company, Fred Hillenbrand of Tin Man Brewing, Eilise Lane of Scarlet Lane BrewingAmy Haneline of the Indianapolis StarBenjamin Sutton of Indiana Brew Haus, and homebrewers Jenn Myers and Erik Howell of Beer Is My Passion. The lineup was a great selection of beers including: Tin Man Damascene Apricot Sour Ale, Broad Ripple Brewpub Wee Alec, Taxman Holiday Tax, Bloomington Brewing Company Persimmon Ale, 18th St. Hunter Cherry, Tin Man Cafe Leche Milk and Coffee Porter, Scarlet Lane Marley’s Ghost, Tin Man Csar Russian Imperial Stout, Mashcraft Ancho Annie, Bloomington Brewing Krampus Imperial Black IPA, and Southern Tier 2XMAS. This podcast will teach you how to predict the future with persimmons, utilize hippies in the brewing process, how to evade demon goat people, and that there are some really passionate people working in the Indy beer scene. Here’s the podcast:


BIMP Pouring At Winterfest 2014!

Winterfest TicketsBeer Is My Passion will be participating at this year’s Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest (now officially sold out) at the Indiana State Fair on February 1st! What will we be doing you ask? Pouring delicious homebrew of course 🙂 We will be sharing the stage with MONK, The Ohio Valley Homebrewers Association, and The Bloomington Hop Jockeys. Expect great beer from your favorite local/national breweries, but make it a point to drop by and say hi  to your brewers next door! This year we’ll be sharing a Belgian Witbier with tangerine zest, chamomile flowers, and coriander; an English IPA (Sleepy Sailor if you’ve seen our recipe on our blog); a mulled cider (served hot for you firkin lovers wanting to warm up from the cold); and a jalapeno cider we got some cred from in the Indy Star this year. Stay tuned, as I’ll be updating my blog with a full list of brewers attending Winterfest sometime tomorrow.

Daredevil Brewing 1 Year Anniversary Tap Takeover Event at Twenty Tap

Blackberry MuseDaredevil Brewing will be celebrating their first Anniversary with 6 Tap Takeover events this January! Not only will we see the triumphant return of Muse Belgian Golden Ale, but there will also be some rare small batch brews (like the Blackberry Muse keg above). Wednesday January 8th kicks off their first event at Twenty Tap in Broad Ripple.
Daredevil Anniversary Tap Takeovers

These events are bound to be a good time. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to make it to each one, so please feel free to drop a comment on what goodies you may have gotten your hands onto at the Jeffersonville and Bloomington events. Cheers!

Daredevil Brewing Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary With 6 Tap Takeover Events

Daredevil Anniversary Tap Takeovers


Daredevil Brewing will be celebrating their first Anniversary with 6 Tap Takeover events this January! Not only will we see the triumphant return of Muse Belgian Golden Ale, but there will also be some rare small batch brews available as well. It’s been exciting watching Daredevil grow their brand over the past 12 months, and we at BIMP would like to congratulate them on a successful year of awesome beer. Keep them coming! Also, if you haven’t had the opportunity to try their limited release JWP American Stout (released December 10, 2013), it is highly recommended. Cheers!

Indy Beer News – Holiday Beer Edition

Mmmm Delicious ChildBeer Is My Passion had a blast with Bill Jimerson of Indy Beer News, along with Eric Baker of The Biercast, Cari Crowe of Mass Ave Pub, Benjamin Sutton of Indiana Brew Haus, and our own Jenn Myers and Erik Howell. The lineup was a great selection of beers available around the holidays. We covered Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Flat 12 Lacto-Matic Milk StoutBBC Winter Ale, BBC Krampus Dark Strong Ale, Sun King Sink The Clipper Imperial ESB, Powerhouse White River Brown Ale, Powerhouse Diesel Oil Stout, Daredevil JWP Stout, and finished with Upland Bourbon Barrel Teddy Bear Kisses. Great time with people who are passionate about craft beer. Here’s the podcast:

Indy Beer News

Some of my favorites that night included the Powerhouse Diesel Oil Stout, Daredevil JWP, and Bourbon Barrel Teddy Bear Kisses, however they were all pretty fantastic. Have a listen, and grab some of these great brews as they will be gone before you know it. Cheers!

Indy Beer News Oskar Blues Tasting

oskarbluesI had the opportunity to join Bill Jimerson of IndyBeerNews, along with Zach Typinski of Oskar Blues Brewery, Cari Crowe of Mass Ave Pub, Evan Batt of World Class Beer, and Andrew Camp of The Biercast for an Oskar Blues tapping and live taping of Indy Beer News at The Mass Ave Pub. This was such a great time. We got to sample Mama’s Little Yella PilsDale’s Pale AleOld Chub – Scottish Style AleDeviant Dale’s IPAG’Knight Imperial Red Ale, and Ten FIDY. These beers are very well put together, and interestingly enough, most of them that were served were no older than 2 weeks. Here’s the podcast:

Indy Beer News

Indy Beer News will be hosting the first of a quarterly series of discussions called Indy Beer Talks at the Tomlinson Tap Room on November 20th at 7:30. This upcoming event will feature Clay Robinson of Sun King Brewing, Jon Lang of Triton Brewing Company, Chris Sikich of The Indianapolis Star, and Jake Koeneman of Hoosier Beer Geeks and will cover industry growth, market saturation, and increasing competition in the craft beer world. Thanks again to Indy Beer News, Mass Ave Pub, and the panelists from this podcast for the great beer and conversation. Click here if you’d like to attend this event at Tomlinson Tap. This should be an awesome time.


Home Food Preservation – Pickles and Pickling Class



Great Fermentations is hosting a Home Food Preservation workshop focusing pickles and pickling this Saturday from 9am-12pm. We are stoked!

In each workshop you will learn the basic principles of food preservation and the process focusing on making pickles.  You will get hands on practice producing product in each workshop, and you get to take home your finished product!

$25 gets you admission to the class, product, jars, and food safe preservation resources! Come join us at GF’s Northside location and maybe you can confront your fear of pickles 😉

Big Brew Day at Great Fermentations Revisted

Big Brew Day at Great Fermentations turned out to be a winner. Rain was expected in the forecast for the event, but after some slight spitting during the morning hours the sun decided to stick around the rest of the day. There were several notable events throughout the day including a brewing equipment “garage sale”, an introductory cheesemaking class, an off flavor seminar, Ask-A-Judge, and a class on making Sour beer. BBQ’n Fools was churning out some pretty fantastic smoked food including some excellent smoked bratwursts. At 1:00pm over 40 attendees participated in a global toast given by Mayor Greg Ballard. GF staff counted 25 batches brewed right in their parking lot, including a batch of mead. BIMP brewed a Wheat Wine and Dunkelweizen.

Although we were brewing somewhat outside of our comfort zones, GF offered burners, propane, filtered/RO water, and even a mobile wort chilling station (two daisy chained counterflow chillers, a couple of pumps, and a cart for transferring your hot wort to the chillers) to ease the stress of brewing away from your home setup. Another perk was that if you forgot any supplies or ingredients (WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!! ;)) all you had to do was head into the shop. We had a great time and wanted to thank Great Fermentations for putting on event, and everyone that hung out and celebrated National Homebrew Day with us. We are definitely looking forward to a bigger and better Big Brew next year!

Bloomington Craft Beer Week App For IOS and Android


The Brewers of Indiana Guild have created a free app for IOS and Android for the events at this week’s Bloomington’s Craft Beer Week. The app includes a schedule of events, address information, a list participating breweries, links to taxi information, a camera feature, and even an embedded #BCBW Twitter feed. This should be pretty handy for peeps that are participating in more than just the Craft Beer Festival on Saturday. A list of the breweries registered for the Bloomington Craft Beer Festival has not officially been announced, but the app suggests that the following breweries will be there this week:

450 North Brewing Co.

Back Road Brewery

Bare Hands Brewery

Barley Island

Beer Is My Passion – We’ll have a booth from 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ BCBF

Bier Brewery

Big Woods Brewing Company

Black Acre Brewing Co

Black Swan Brewpub

Broad Ripple Brew Pub

Brugge Brasserie

Bulldog Brewing Company

Crown Brewery

Cutters Brewing Company

Danny Boy Beer Works

Daredevil Brewing Co

Das Big Dawg Brew Haus

Evil Czech Brewery

Figure Ei8ht Brewing

Flat 12 Bierworks

Fountain Square Brewery

Four Horseman Brewing Co.

Great Crescent Brewery

Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery

Hawcreek Brewing Company

Iechyd Da Brewing Co.

Lafayette Brewing Company

Lake City Tap House

Lil’ Charlie’s Restaurant and Brewery

Mad Anthony Brewing Company

Main St. Brewery at Turoni’s Pizza

New Albanian Brewing Company

New Boswell Brewing Company

Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

People’s Brewing Company

Power House Brewing Company

Ram Restaurant and Brewery Fishers and Downtown locations

Rock Bottom Restaurant Brewery – College Park and Downtown locations

Salt Creek Brewery

ShoreLine Brewery and Restaurant

Sun King Brewing Company

Thr3e Wise Men Brewery

Three Floyds Brewing

Three Pints Brewpub

Tin Man Brewing Company

Triton Brewing Company

Twisted Crew Brewing Company

Union Brewing Company

Upland Brewing Company

ZwanzigZ Pizza and Brewing

Fountain Square Brewing’s 2nd Annual Peep Show!

Fountain Square Brewing Peep ShowFountain Square Brewery will be holding their 2nd Annual Peep Shooting Contest on March 29th @ 7pm. This event was a big hit last year. Entrants into this Peep propulsion extravaganza are judged on Accuracy, Creativity, and “Total Annihilation.” Ultimately each entrant designs a Peep Shooting weapon of their choice (although they cannot use anything flammable or explosive) to fire at a target 35 feet away. Their registry page even has a drop-down field that lists the categories of über-Peep shooting power your weapon uses to mangle the poor Peeps: Mechanical, Magnetic, Pneumatic, and Hydraulic. Creativity is encouraged. You can register for the event here. Looking forward to this event. See you there!