Brewery Business Hopping Despite Tanking Economy : NPR

This NPR story on breweries’ successes touches on several subjects close to my heart: brewing, Austin, cheesy headlines, and finding bright spots in our crummy economy. I haven’t been there in years, but I certainly remember enjoying the Draught House’s house made vanilla porter on a cold evening after work. I might have to try 512 Brewing Company’s all organic malt based pecan porter or wit while we’re in town for Jaysun and Louisa’s wedding!

BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout sighting

What a great day! I found a favorite beer, Bluegrass Brewing Company Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout at the Payless at 96th & I‑69. Pick some up, you’ll love it!

Indiana Microbrewers Winterfest

Last Saturday, we attended the 1st annual Indiana Microbrewers Winterfest, presented by the Brewers of Indiana Guild. They had way more attendees than they expected, so in that sense, it seems to have been a success. I’m sure they raised a lot of money for the very worthy Joy’s House. We misplaced our program with our notes on it, so most of the details of what we sampled are reduced in our memories to “liked it” or “didn’t like it.” Most of what we tried was pretty enjoyable, however, there were some standouts, both good and not so good

  • Ommegang Three Philosophers ♥
  • Mendocino Eye of the Hawk ♥
  • Bison Brewing Organic Chocolate Stout 
  • Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Oatmeal Stout ★
  • He’brew Jewbelation 12/22. Holy Moses, was this strong!
  • Two Brothers Brewing Ebel’s Weiss
  • Left Hand Brewing Blackjack Porter
  • Three Floyd’s Gumballhead Wheat
  • Atwater Vanilla Java Porter
  • Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
  • Rogue Mocha Porter
  • Bell’s Double Cream Stout
  • Bell’s Hopslam
  • Magic Hat #9 Apricot Pale Ale ★
  • Lafayette Brewing Marley’s VSOP (Very Special Old Porter aged on Jack Daniels barrel wood) 
  • Power House Brewing Diesel Oil Stout 

Sure, to each his own, but we marked our favorites.