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 Brewing, Amy Haneline of the Indianapolis Star, Benjamin 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:
Beer 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 Stout, BBC 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:
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!
Turns out this may not be such a bad idea after all. Brooklyn Brew Shop has created a breakfast stout that embodies some of my favorite things: coffee, doughnuts, and beer :). The $40 Coffee and Donut Stout kit comes with a 1 gallon fermenter (what appears to be a gallon growler), Airlock, Tubing, Thermometer, Tubing Clamp, Packet of Sanitizer, Stopper and Blowoff Attachment. Although not included in the kit, the creators encourage customers to include crushed coffee beans (espresso), brown sugar, and coconut flakes to give your brew a smooth coffee flavor with coconut finish. I’ve never tried one of these nano batches before (roughly 10 beers once you siphon off your trub), but I think the idea is interesting. Please leave a comment if you’ve used one of these kits. I’m interested in the outcome.
Welcome to Stout Bout! Hello fellow BIMPers. I’ve just confirmed that next month’s tasting will be held at Nate and Krista Boles’ on March 24th @7pm. There is one catch… Only the first 15 people to “Request a Brew” on the website will be allowed participate in this tasting. This does not mean you are not invited, it only means that a maximum of 15 people will be able to enter their beer for the tasting. That said, this month’s tasting will be much easier to choose a beer! All stouts are game. Oatmeal Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Milk Stouts, Java Stouts, or just your classic Dry Stout. My apologies in advance, as Guinness Original Stout will be used as the sample beer. Stout ales are known for their roasty/chocolate malt flavor, medium to heavy body, and wonderful black color. There are some great suggestions for Stout ales on beeradvocate.com and ratebeer.com. The floodgates are open. I’ll be accepting requests from this point forward. First 15 to request their brew guarantee a spot in the tasting. And remember, I like my Stouts like I like my coffee… Black!
Here’s the current list of registered beer:
Guinness Original Stout – Erik Howell (sample)
Rainbow In The Dark American Stout (homebrew) – Erik Howell
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout – Krista Boles
Great Divide Yeti Russian Imperial Stout – Nate Boles
Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout – Brian Paul
Stone Imperial Stout – Dawn Marie Paul
Dark Horse Blueberry Stout – Dustin Edwards
Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout – Lindsy Storm
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout – Dax Storm
Big Buck Oatmeal Stout (homebrew) – Zac Jackson
Bell’s Double Cream Stout – Dan Sandman
Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout – Erica Garcia