Flix Brewhouse, Carmel, The Tap Brewery, Bloomington, and Upland Brewing Bloomington, took home GOLD awards at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) while Taxman Brewing, Bargersville, bring back Silver and Bronze.
Flix’s Tripel Carmel-ite, named to honor the Belgian beer Tripel Karmeliet (by Bosteels brewery) is a wonderful Belgian style tripel that starts with a hint of sweetness and ends dry by award winning brewer Chris Knott. We featured Flix in our story on top Indiana breweries by awards and Chris just added another one! Read that story HERE
The Tap Brewery Kill the Lights deep Russian Imperial stout is deceptively smooth yet rich at 9% alcohol. The Tap Head Brewer Jarrod May has also won multiple awards using his culinary background to hone flavors making this beer malty sweet but with roasted malt and a slight hop backbone. Catch our video with the brew team on other award winning beers Click here for video
Upland’s Two of Tarts is a tropical gose (say goes uh) delivering mango and passion fruit. Upland is known for bottled sours conditioned in oak aging which have won awards and which are widely distributed. Yet Two of Tarts is a tart and slightly salty beer, after the German style that was almost lost in history.
Taxman’s Deduction Dubbel took Bronze and Qualified Quad took Silver among Belgian Style beer. Taxman has cemented itself in central Indiana as a production brewery and brewpub(s) for Belgian style beer. The dubbel is an abbey style with deep malt and dark fruit aroma and taste. The Qualified is an abbey quad with complex sdried fruit flavor such as raisin and figs. At 10% this is big.
All of these beers are well above normal alcohol levels showing that Indiana Brewers can excel at big, high alcohol beers.
Neighbor awards: Don’t go driving for these without checking because the only winner below almost always on is Madtree, Happy Amber.
Just a two hour drive from central Indiana is Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville. We’ve loved Sam, Jerry, and the crew since they took over the space in the downtown stadium and loved their episode on the popular TV show about beer, Brew Dogs. Their AMBURANA is a very unique take on a beer brewed by friends in Brazil. They brought back Amburana wood, similar to oak, and smoked the malt for a doppelbock. The resulting beer was then aged in bourbon barrels. Just released in very limited quantities, this one took Gold at GABF.
Corridor Brewery in Chicago took Gold for Pour Le Mineur, a Belgian inspired grissette or preferred beer of minors, this one with hints of Chamomile and lemon and under 5%. Corridor also took Silver for Argent Double Dry Hopped double IPA with Norwegian yeast, (we think as they’ve brewed several DDH beers and the GABF was not specific).
Other Gold in Ohio went to Lockport for Gateway Cream Ale, Masthead for Midwest Red IPA, Royal Docks for Pendragon a wit with Welsh inspired herbs and spices, and gold to Brink Brewing of Cincinnati for Moozie Milk Sout. Brink, a nano-brewery in the College Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati won Very Small Brewery of the Year!
Columbus Brewing Company also of Ohio, is one of the older brewpubs in that state. We’re glad to see them capture bronze for their Melk Stout sweet stout. Fat Head is a brewery most Hoosiers have heard of that took bronze for Midnight Moonlight black ale.
Our friends from Chicago (guysdrinkingbeer) in our network post a recap here – check it out.