It is March and March brings us many exciting things to look forward to. Spring is right around the corner, March Madness is always fun, but my new-found favorite thing about March is St. Patrick’s Day, and the beer. Although we all dream of finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, I would be happy with a fabulous Irish style Stout. I’m in luck as I recently went out to Sun King Brewery downtown (135 N College Ave, Indianapolis) and they have the Ring of Dingle on tap. It is a bit roasty while smooth and has a dark chocolate flavor with a hint of smoke (ABV of 4.6%, IBU of 34). I will say that I have been enjoying this for a while now since it came out earlier this year and I love that it is available in a can. I can easily buy it at my grocery store while at Sun King they have the Nitro Ring of Dingle on tap. The Nitro adds so much creamy goodness to an already awesome beer.
I also enjoyed the Chocolate Cherry Muckle Wee Heavy Ale at 8.5% ABV, 30 IBU. It is a nice, not too overwhelming chocolate-covered cherry in a glass and absolutely delightful. My husband loved the Wee Muckle (8.5%, 30IBU) a scotch ale with toffee in the direction of a porter. Sun King on College is open Mon.–Thurs. 10a.m. – 7p.m., Fri. 10a.m.-10p.m., Sat.12noon-10p.m., & Sun. 1p.m. – 6p.m. They also have a Taproom in Fishers.
On my search for the Irish Stout at the end of the rainbow I found myself at Flat12 Bierworks near downtown Indianapolis on Dorman Street (414 Dorman St, Indianapolis). This was my first time there (hey, don’t make fun if you are a Flat12 veteran) and it is definitely a gold nugget. I found the atmosphere welcoming and Rena was very informative and helpful being absolutely wonderful to talk with. She poured me their Dry Irish Stout ( 4.5% ABV, 41 IBU). It has a slight roast plus a nice bitterness you might get with such a stout. I will have to add I enjoyed a second one.
I do want to mention my husband enjoyed the 12th 2016. It is a Belgian tripel with a 10.5% ABV and 37 IBU. Don’t be put off by an initial aroma of bananas as it did have a slight banana taste on the back half, but not as much as you would think from just smelling it. He also tried the Ministry of Rye (9.0% ABV, 42 IBU) which is a barrel aged beer that I thought offered a little butterscotch and the rye spice that I also enjoyed. I do regret that we had dinner before we went as the food smells delicious and I have a weakness for hoagies. I will definitely have to return to try out their food. One thing about Flat 12 that I absolutely loves is they are pet friendly inside and out. I love being in an atmosphere with furry friends. So if you are in the area with your fur baby don’t hesitate to stop by, have a hoagie and a beer, and they even have dishes for your pet if it gets thirsty. Flat12 on Dorman is open Wed.& Thur. 12:00p.m.-8:00p.m., Fri. & Sat. 12:00p.m.-9:00p.m., and Sun.12:00-7:00p.m. They also have a Taproom in Jeffersonville, IN.
Last but not least was a stop by planetary Brewing Company in Greenwood. Although they didn’t have an Irish Stout they do have McGilvery’s Irish Red at 4.5% ABV and 14 IBU. It is pretty light and malty with a slight hoppiness and very easy to drink. I have been to planetary a few times before and I will say that I do like this little place. They have always been nice every time I visited. I like the location and with the public parking right around the corner you don’t have to circle the block a few times to find a parking spot. I did hear some exciting news while searching for my pot of gold. On St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th, the Planetary Brewing Taproom at 188 S. Madison Ave, Greenwood, and the Blind Pig Bar across the street are having a block party. The city of Greenwood has agreed to shut down Madison Avenue for that bock and they will both have live music with bands and bagpipes, food trucks, and of course beer from 7 p.m. to 11p.m. If you prefer a sit-down dinner can grab pizza in the Blind Pig or you could a stop in at Between the Bun restaurant in the same block. The food is great and Between the Buns also serves craft beer in a bottle.
For now I will stay on my journey to find more Stouts at the end of the rainbow and I will leave you with this: may you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint (Old Irish toast). Sláinte
Check out YOUR favorite brewery or brewpub to see what they have planned for St. Patrick’s Day!