Beers, Cheers, and Sneers – October 4

Your first chance to try beer from Planetary Brewing Company comes this Monday at Shallo’s Antique Restaurant & Bar (8811 Hardegan St. in Indianapolis) from 7:30 – 10pm. Admission for the tasting is $25 and features four Planetary brews:

APES#!T (Rye IPA/Roggenbier): 7.5% ABV, 83 IBU, 13 SRM
HOVERCRAFT (Belgian Tripel): 9% ABV, 36 IBU, 4 SRM
PARALLAX (Porter): 6% ABV, 44 IBU, 28 SRM
PULSAR (Pale Ale): 6% ABV, 42 IBU, 10 SRM

Also opening soon is Function Brewing at 108 E Sixth Street in Bloomington. You can get a preview of Function’s beers tonight and Friday at the Big Red Liquors Beerfest in Bloomington. Function will be pouring Black IPA, Blonde Ale, IPA, Milk Stout, Roggenbier………and maybe something special if you know to ask for it! Our Fort Wayne reporter Cindy Modesitt was featured this week in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for her beer reviewing prowess. You can find the online article here and get Cindy’s recommendations on where to find the best selection of beer in the Fort Wayne area.5_percent Craft beer drinkers of America, it’s time to update this logo as we are now the 5.5%! The latest BeerTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report shows that the craft beer segment continues to defy an overall volume decline with an 11.2% increase that brings total market share to 5.5%. Other interesting notes: the cider category posted the largest gain at 31.3%, Yuengling surpassed Boston Beer Company as the largest craft brewer, and imported beer is now the largest category for market share. My personal nightmare dream vacation may become reality now that Disney’s Magic Kingdom will serve beer for the first time in its history. The catch? It will only be available during dinner at Be Our Guest restaurant in the New Fantasyland. So enjoy your beer……while Mickey runs his grubby little paws through your wallet. If you’re heading out to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver next week, be careful what you order from Wynkoop Brewing. Following the popularity of their joke video for April Fool’s Day, the brewery decided to actually brew a beer with Rocky Mountain Oysters (aka fried bull testicles). According to the description, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout was made with 25 pounds of the featured ingredient and has a savory umami-like note. Yummy!Vergina-Beer I’ve become familiar with the Jezebel blog thanks to some of their refreshingly honest commentary on toddler behavior (they’re not always as cute as Johnson and Johnson would like you to believe), but it’s not something I tend to look at in the context of IndianaBeer. That changed after Madeleine Davies was inspired by John Maier’s infamous beard yeast and decided to research if women could make beer with, uh, yeast from other parts of the body. If you’re curious, it turns out that Candida albicans yeast would be completely ineffective in making beer. Fearing expulsion from the Michigan House of Representatives, I won’t print the name of the article but you can find it here. Cheers, Nathan

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