American Craft Beer Week 2012 – The Beginning

First off, Happy American Craft Beer Week everyone!

I hope you are out supporting our local craft breweries or at least getting out and drinking some of the many great craft beers there are available to us in Indiana.

I personally kicked of this week on Monday by having a pint of New Belgium’s Cocoa Mole at the Indy Beer Sellar. If you like chili beers, I suggest giving this one a shot. It leaves a nice little burn in the back of your throat. For more of what is available at the Beer Sellar – Check out their tap list! and make sure you stop in this Friday for their Tap Attack! starting at 7pm – Just to name a few to get you thirsty:

  • Founders –  Breakfast Stout
  • Three Floyds – Zombie Dust
  • New Holland – Dragon’s Milk Oak Barrel Ale 
Onto Tuesday – 
Went down to Irvington to visit Black Acre Brewing Co. for the first time and socialize with Girls Pint Out and Arts & Craft Beer Owner, Tara Maggert. 
Since Tuesdays, Black Acre is typically closed, the place was only filled with about 20-30 people at any given moment. Jordan, brewer – bartender – and more,  was quick to pour you a pint and the place was comfortable enough to just stay up at the bar and chat. 
My first pint was a house beer – Watermelon Wheat.  Wheat ales are not my typical choice, but I thought I would give it a try. If you like something sweet and cool, I would go with this beer. The other  house beer on tap was the Strong Ale.  Black Acre also offered selections from local favorites Sun King and Bier Brewery along with non local craft beer. 
I will completely admit that I had a snifter of  Monk’s Cafe Sour Flemish Ale after the Watermelon Wheat.  It is another favorite of mine, rare to find in bottles, and the first time I’ve seen it on draft. Who could resist that!?
If I lived closer to Irvington, I’d be a more frequent visitor to Black Acre. I hoping next time to catch a taste of the Green Tea Pale Ale. 
And a tip:
For the ladies – Try to come out to a GPO event, you are not alone in loving craft beer 🙂 
For the crafty ladies – Check out the monthly events at Arts & Craft Beer
Now those recaps are done.. Time to get ready for tonight!
Greg K and I will be at Tomlinson Tap Room for Indianapolis Monthly’s first Beer Fest – 15 breweries, $30.. 6pm-8:30pm – Tickets are still available – (By Clicking Here!)
See you readers tomorrow for the recap. 
– Kathleen

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