Lupulin Land locally brewed firkins have started pouring.
Still more love and hoppiness: Lupulin Land Harvest Hop celebration rolls on.
NABC's brewery prepares to receive the long-awaited fermenters and serving tanks.
Reading at the Potable Curmudgeon's beer blog.
Current draft beer lineup.
Bottle board news: BBC Hell for Certain, Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Saison d'Erpe Mere and Oaken Barrel Saison.
Events and miscellany - Misha Feigin at Rich O's on Saturday, October 29.
I. LUPULIN LAND'S LOCALLY BREWED FIRKINS ARE IN LINE AND POURING -- NOW UP, BBC'S PROFESSER GESSER.
Bluegrass Brewing Company (St. Matthews) Professor Gesser’s Mind Numbing Ale was tapped on Tuesday, and the cask breather is working, so it will run until it's gone. The remaining locally brewed ales will follow the Professor on a more or less daily basis for as long as they last.
BBC Beer Company American Pale Ale (APA)
Browning’s Brewery (single varietal) ESB
Cumberland Brews Red (two-row barley and aromatic malt; three Nugget hop additions in the kettle, and dry-hopped with Nugget).
As promised, here's the list of imported English and Scottish firkins expected to arrive by late November:
RCH Old Slug Porter, firkin
Harvey's Sussex Best, firkin
J.W.Lees Manchester Star, firkin
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Special Reserve, firkin (Dalmore Scotch barrel-aged)
For more information on cask-conditioned ale:
Horse Brass Pub (where our friend Biscuit works)
Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)
Warm, Flat and Boring -- the Truth About Cask Ale, from www.RateBeer.com.
II. LUPULIN LAND HARVEST HOP FEST ROLLS ON.
Our fourth celebration of bitterness in all its wonderous glory has been underway for two weeks, and will continue until all the kegs are gone. See the list below to see what remains of the starting lineup.
III. NABC BREWERY NEWS: MOMENTS OF TRUTH ARE DAYS AWAY, WITH THE PLEASURE OF SECONDS TO FOLLOW.
Two fermenters and four serving tanks were to have been shipped in this direction at some point on Tuesday or Wednesday. For more information, read:
It's official: Time to panic; the truck's on the way.
When they arrive and the pieces start falling into place, NABC will simplify its core portfolio during brewery expansion (Fall, 2005).
IV. RECENT NEWS AND ARTICLES AT THE POTABLE CURMUDGEON’S BEER BLOG.
Here are three recent articles posted at http://potablecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/:
Books about beer -- accompany with beer.
Irish Rover Too beer dinner recap.
Saturnalia XXV winter solstice draft festival is taking shape, and here's the current list of invitees.
V. DRAFT BEERS: OUR LIQUID, DAILY BREAD, ON TAP AT RICH O’S AND SPORTSTIME.
Our NABC beers.
Brewed in New Albany by NABC’s Jesse Williams, with assistance from Jared Williamson.
Beak’s Best … English ESB named for world-famous traveler, scholar and drinks aficionado “Beak” Barry. Standard strength.
Community Dark … A dark-colored, light-bodied English Mild, and the ideal place to begin overcoming unfounded fears of the dark. 4.5% abv.
Elector Ale ... Since 2002, making democracy pointless. 7.2% abv.
Kaiser 2nd Reising ... Based on an old New Albany formula, with 6-row malt and corn (decoction mash); Fuggles, East Kent Golding and Hallertau hops. 5.9% abv.
Guests from near and far.
Rogue "John's Locker Stock" Schwartzbier (black lager; pilsner yeast) (15.5 gallons)
Smithwick’s Irish Ale
Spaten Premium Lager
Sprecher Oktoberfest (15.5 gallons)
Sprecher Root Beer (non-alcoholic)
Stone IPA (partial)
Lupulin Land 2005 listed beers:
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head ApriHop
Oaken Barrel Super Fly IPA
Rogue Dry-Hopped St. Rogue Red
Rogue (John’s Locker Stock) Glen
Sierra Nevada IPA
Two Brothers Hop Juice Double IPA
De Dolle Ara Bier (Belgium)
Jever Pilsener (Germany)
Poperings Hommel Bier (Belgium)
In the bullpen:
De Dolle Oerbier (partial)
Grotten Brown (30 liters)
Rogue "John's Locker Stock" Saison (brewed with Fantome yeast) (15.5 gallons)
Spezial Rauchbier (partial)
Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier Dunkel (30 liters remaining of our featured summer Hefeweizen)
Also, 12 kegs of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale are on the way, naturally not on the date I was told, but I'm assured that everything's okay.
VI. CHECK THE CHALKBOARD FOR ROTATING BOTTLED SELECTIONS: BBC HELL FOR CERTAIN, SHIPYARD PUMPKINHEAD, SAISON D'ERPE MERE AND OAKEN BARREL SAISON.
Remember to check the chalkboard in the front room at Rich O’s for bottled specials and seasonals. These are the bottled beers not carried on the everyday bottled list, and represent a wide variety of flavors and textures for your tasting enjoyment.
From David Pierce, original BBC brewmaster, and the guys at the Beer Corner of Clay & Main in downtown Louisville comes the latest incarnation of an old favorite, Hell for Certain. As befits its creator, who has a Chouffe gnome tattoo, Hell for Certain in inspired by Wallonian strong ales.
Shipyard Pumpkinhead uses neither pumpkin not gourd, just familiar and wholesome pumpkin pie spices, and is another well-conceived ale from the Shipyard in Portland, Maine, which the Publican had the good fortune to visit last winter (click on the profile at the top of the page and see me smelling Shipyard’s hops).
From Brouwerij Glazen Toren in East Flanders (Belgium) comes Saison d’Erpe Mere, described by the brewery’s founder (a former beer writer) as a “Flemish Saison,” but leaning strongly toward Saison Dupont, which remains out of our grasp in Indiana. Recently I drank Saison d’Erpe Mere with a regular chef's salad (with ham and bacon), and based on this tasty sampling, it might well join the regular bottle menu this winter.
From Ken Price, brewer at Oaken Barrel Brewing Company, comes an excellent bottle-conditioned Saison, which I recently enjoyed on tap at the pub in Greenwood in the company of a smokehouse combo of ribs, pulled pork, baked beans and corn on the cob. Ken’s Belgian-style Saison is clean and subtly fruity and finishes dry, with the requisite peppery notes. It is more complex in the bottle than on draft, with much to tease and tempt the palate, and a better complement to garlic-laced barbecue with a thick, sweet and tangy sauce is difficult for me to imagine … unless, of course, the meal were served in Belgium, not Greenwood. Bottles are $11.00 (carry-out price a few bucks less).
Described previously and still in stock (* = almost gone):
Cassissona – cassis-infused sparkling beer from Italy.
*Rogue Chipotle Ale – mildly peppery, mildly smoky amber ale.
*Stone Imperial Stout (2005) - massive is the best word to describe this great personal favorite.
Uerige Doppel Sticke – special strong Alt bier, malty and delicious.
VII. EVENTS, HOURS AND RELATED FACTS.
General business hours:
Sportstime Pizza opens at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Rich O’s opens at 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. We are not open on Sunday except during special events. The same food and beer is available at all times in both rooms, so you may have lunch and a beer in the Sportstime Pizza dining area during those hours when Rich O’s isn’t open. The brewery is available for a look-see if one of us is around and we’re not busy.
performs at Rich O's at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.
Begins Friday, December 16.
Gravity Head 2006 (Vol. 8)
Note a date change: Gravity Head 2006 has been moved forward two weeks, and will begin on Friday, February 24. I have every reason to believe this will occur this year only, and in 2007, the festival will revert to the second weekend in March.
Readers who aren’t as familiar with our business should go to http://www.newalbanian.com/ and http://www.richos.com/ for more information.
NABC is a member of the Brewers of Indiana Guild: http://www.brewersofindianaguild.com/
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