Friday, April 30, 2010

Radfest at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington on Saturday, June 5.

Here's the Radfest press release from Upland ... NABC will be there, although it is doubtful that I'll dress like a zombie.


Bre Clark

Upland Brewing Co.
350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, IN
(812) 336-2337 ext. 200

RadFest - Craft Beer and Music Festival
Featuring Kiss Army
Saturday, June 5th 5-11pm
350 W. 11th St. Bloomington, IN

RadFest is an annual craft beer and music festival hosted by Upland Brewing Co. Breweries from across Indiana, as well as out -of-state guests, will be pouring their raddest brews to mind-blowing music, including Kiss Army.

Admission includes a RadFest tasting glass, samples of beer from twelve craft breweries, live music from six bands, and complimentary snacks. Additional food will be available for purchase.

We're giving free meal tickets to anyone who dresses RAD. Robots, zombies with chainsaws - RAD is whatever you make of it. Grab a six-pack of Rad Red Amber Ale if you need inspiration. The person with the raddest outfit will win a $200 gift card to Upland's Bloomington Tap Room, not to mention wicked bragging rights.

The Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls are teaming up with us for RadFest, and all proceeds will be donated to their primary charity, Middle Way House.

RadFest features these breweries:

Bee Creek Brewery
Bloomington Brewing Co.
Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Brugge Brasserie
Figure Eight Brewing
Half Moon Brewery
Lafayette Brewing Co.
New Albanian Brewing Co.
Oaken Barrel Brewing Co.
Rock Bottom, College Park
Shoreline Brewing Co.
Upland Brewing Co.

Enjoy your rad brews to the awesome sounds of...

Webcam Teenz
Bible of the Devil
Kiss Army

Tickets are $30 day of or $25 in advance. Available at Upland's Bloomington Tap Room, Indy Tasting Room, Buskirk Chumley Theatre, and online at

Vist the RadFest event page for more information and updates.

Under-age drinking isn't rad. Radfest is a 21+ event!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A memorable Wednesday of education, music, food and beer.

Freely conceding my bias, permit me to say that Wednesday evening at Bank Street Brewhouse was the sort of festive and happy time that vindicates all the stress and hard work.

The last session of my IUS non-credit beer class met at BSB on Wednesday night, and it was an informative ending for another fine group of 17. The February class was more experienced in beer, and knew more of what to expect. Many participants in the April section had less knowledge of beer’s stylistic diversity, and occasionally some of them ducked the high, hard ones … but in the end, I think they progressed wonderfully.

On Wednesday night, artist Leticia Bajuyo and her assistant completed work on the Bicentennial Art Project installation. When night falls, sensors trip the lights inside the walls of the trapezoid, illuminating the beer bottles. We’re looking at redirecting one of the security lights on the side of the Taxpayer Memorial Patio so as to enhance the sculpture’s lighting.

There was a cask-conditioned firkin of single-hop Amarillo APA that didn’t last long, and of course the music of Gumbo Family Quartet, Jared’s and Tommy’s new/old aggregation of musicians. I enjoyed what I heard. The garage doors were up, and Chef Josh’s culinary choices were impeccable, as always. People were moving in and out and around, soccer was on the screen above the bar, and outside, it was still humble New Albany, but enhanced by the experience.

Like I said, I’m biased. And vindicated.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Falls City Beer? It's in today's LEO.

A month ago I ran into David Easterling at River City Distributing annual beer expo, and he gave me the lowdown on his "new" Fall City, which I turned into a formal interview and wrote as one of my Mug Shots columns for LEO. In turn, my editor Sara Havens informed me that Kevin Gibson had already written a Falls City piece for the newspaper's pre-Derby Bar Guide, released today.

Much to my delight, we didn't approach the return of Falls City from the same angle (with one fatherly exception), and so both of us are published back to back in today's issue.

The return of Falls City beer - my interview and a bit of the brand's history.

New Falls City Catching on with local beer drinkers - Kevin visited two Louisville taverns for feedback from the drinking public.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No more election day blue law tomfoolery in Indiana.

For as long as I've been blogging, it has been necessary to remind readers prior to an Indiana primary or general election that because of the state's commitment to archaic blue laws, no beer could be served until the polls closed at 6:00 p.m.

No more. The law finally has been scrapped, and next Tuesday (May 4), both NABC locations will observe regular business hours sans beer tapping restrictions.

Rescinding the election day ban on alcohol sales is one part of legislation (the bill is called SB 75 and was described in detail here earlier in the year) that went into effect immediately upon signing. Another is the rationalization of Sunday serving hours (now the same each day of the week). Sunday growler sales for microbreweries and brewpubs start on Sunday, July 4.

More on that later. For now, know that next week, there'll be no waiting for Elector.

Get your Stone on at Keg Liquors this Thursday.

From Todd Antz at Keg Liquors. At the Keg Liquor Facebook page, there is a link to the article Todd wrote for Clark County Focus about spring beers.


Stone Brewing Company Beer Tasting

Join us on Thursday, April 29th from 5 - 8 PM as we welcome Stone Brewing in for a special tasting. Here is what we will be tasting:

* Stone - Arrogant Bastard
* Stone - India Pale Ale
* Stone - Levitation Ale
* Stone - Old Guardian
* Stone - Ruination IPA
* Stone - Smoked Porter
* Stone - Sublimely Self Righteous Ale

This event is free and open to the public (21 and older)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

(26 April '10) Office Hours with the Publican: Help me inventory our French Bieres de Garde by tasting a few of them.

Longtime observers will note that I've spent eighteen years at the Public House touting French Bieres de Garde, a personal favorite. The reaction has tended to be underwhelming, for reasons that I've never really understood, but that's okay.
We're coming upon an ordering cycle from Shelton Brothers, which imports all the French beers described below. In turn, the list below is reprinted from the Pizzeria & Public House's everyday beer list. In essence, both in the sense of the beer list and the approach of Bastille Day (my annual French beer showcase, this year as last slated for Bank Street Brewhouse on July 14), it's inventory time. It's time to see what we have in stock, how it tastes, and what needs to be ordered for Bastille Day.

What better time that Office Hours to achieve this? The only drawback is the absence of food, with which Bieres de Garde pair so well, so maybe we'll throw a large pizza into the mix tomorrow night (my treat). For $5, we'll deal you in. Some or all of the following will be included, depending on what's there.


France’s famed Bieres de Garde originally were produced by farmhouse breweries located in the north of France, near the Belgian border. Climactically and historically, it is a transitional zone, where wine-making meets brewing, and Bieres de Garde came about as the thoughtful solution to the problem posed by summertime heat, which rendered brewing almost impossible in the age before temperature-controlled fermentation.

The farmers brewed ale during cooler weather, bottled it in used wine and champagne bottles, and cellared the bottles for drinking during summer until the heat subsided and brewing could resume. Bieres de Garde had to be sufficiently ample and alcoholic for cellaring, but not too heavy in body for warm-weather drinking.

Also, they were intended to accompany food (it’s France, after all!), hence the deep and complex maltiness of the style’s better, more enduring examples. There are hoppy types, too. Either way, you needn’t wait until warm weather, because Bieres de Garde pair superbly with pizza any time of year. Average alcohol content of the bottles listed below is 7.5% abv.


Duyck Jenlain Ambree 25.4 oz 12.00
Since 1922, a classic malty, amber example.

La Bavaisienne 25.4 oz 17.50
Brown, malty and sweetish, but with a finishing hop balance.

La Choulette Ambree 24.4 oz 15.25
First brewed in 1885, later revived. Try with Greek lasagna.

La Choulette Sans Culottes 25.4 oz 15.25
“Without trousers.” Tawny golden, elegant with food.

Page 24 (Brasserie St. Germaine)
Reserve Hildegarde Ambree 25.4 oz 12.50
Hoppier than most, with Brewer’s Gold and Strissel Spalt hops.

St. Druon de Sebourg Abbey 25.4 oz 14.50
Golden, and brewed with Alsatian malt, hops and special yeast.

Thiriez Blonde 25.4 oz 17.25
From the village of Esquelbecq, leaning toward a spicy Saison.

Thirex Xxtra 25.4 oz 17.25
Hop laden: The eccentric Bramling Cross hop from Kent.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

1117 Neighborhood Association dedicates Jouett Meekin Memorial Keg Box.

The 1117 East Spring Street Neighborhood Association (New Albany, IN) will celebrate National Preservation Month by renaming its garage keg box in honor of local sporting legend Jouett Meekin.

“Our Jouett Meekin Memorial Keg Box perfectly reflects the ideals of historic preservation,” says Roger A. Baylor, coordinator of the 1117 Coalition to Reduce Sobriety. “Not only are we adaptively reusing an otherwise abandoned beer holder, but we’re using it to educate abut the city’s history even as it pours delicious Progressive Pints of NABC Soldarity, which I'll now be conveying in a -- yes -- reusable growler to my living room seat for the Lakers-Thunder playoff game tonight.”

Meekin (1867-1944), a New Albany native, was a successful big league pitcher from 1891 to 1900, peaking dramatically as a professional in 1894 when he won 33 games for the New York Giants. After leaving baseball, Meekin returned to New Albany and joined the fire department. During leisure hours, Meekin was known to enjoy an occasional adult libation. His home still stands on the southwest corner of 13th and East Market, just two blocks from the keg box that now bears his name.

Interestingly, the 1117 Minister of Culture is Nero Baylor, one of the association’s four resident felines, recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Nero points out that in cat’s years, he is old enough to have known Meekin personally.

After Solidarity, either Beak's Best or Elector will occupy a slot in the Jouett Meekin Memorial Keg Box.

Bank Street Brewhouse officially opens patio season with the Gumbo Family Quartet on Wednesday, April 28.

Bank Street Brewhouse "officially" kicks off patio season on Wednesday, April 28, with an event showcasing two of our Grant Line brewer Jared Williamson's most crowd pleasing and artistic talents: As a brewer, with a special cask-conditioned firkin of his single-hop Amarillo APA pouring, and as musician, with his new/old band, The Gumbo Family Quartet, playing.

GFQ jokingly refers to this as its "debut performance - if you don't count the last 13 years." For those who are unaware, previously the band was known as Sativa Gumbo, and enjoyed many years of local renown.

Now, some of Jared's ex-bandmates are together again, allowing their musical collaboration to expand and grow on a more informal basis. On Wednesday, we get to hear the early returns, and also to help Jared and Tommy Potts celebrate their birthdays.

Consider, then, the cask of Amarillo to be hop icing on the birthday cake. In Jared's most recent experimental single hop APA pairing, Amarillo apparently won out over Centennial by depleting first. I've probably consumed equal quantities of both, but happily accede to the will of the drinking public. To me, the Amarillo had a tad more bitterness, and if voting, it would be my choice.

I'll be on hand with those students comprising my April edition of the IUS non-credit beer course. It's our final class session, and in all respects, should be a good night for a celebration. Bank Street Brewhouse is open from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, with the music slated to begin around 7.

April showers notwithstanding, the Bicentennial Art Project installation at Bank Street Brewhouse is almost finished.

Leticia Bajoyo and her hard working volunteers are battling the elements as they near the finish line for completion of her Bicentennial Art Project installation at Bank Street Brewhouse.

The bottles in front compose the "lightbright" effect, while those on the sides stand upright and document the history of brewing in New Albany.

Upright bottles have been affixed with "retro" labels bearing the names and photos of past breweries.

We think the installation will be complete on Saturday night, although incoming storms add an element of the elements. More later.

Save these dates: Celtic Bash and golf scramble, and Celts on the River concert: June 11 and 12, 2010.

NABC beer will be poured during the concert on Saturday, and I'm inquiring about prospects for NABC at the golf scramble the day before. Stay tuned for further information.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Day meads form Indiana this weekend at the Pizzeria & Public House.

Mike Bauman has put together a New Day Meadery Weekend at NABC's Pizzeria & Public House off Grant Line Road. It will run Thursday through Saturday, April 22nd through the 24th, and is designed to show off artisanal meads from New Day, Indiana’s only Meadery.

The following will be available by the glass or bottle at special introductory prices:

Dry Mead, Dry Peach Honey Wine, Dry Blueberry Honey Wine, Dry Red Raspberry Honey Wine, Dry Hard Cider, Semi-Dry Mead, Semi-Sweet Black Raspberry Honey Wine and Semi-Sweet Plum Honey Wine

If this goes over well, we'll consider adding some to the permanent mead list, and also (perhaps) introducing some New Day meads at Bank Street Brewhouse.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Mug Shots" today in LEO: "The cycle of life."

It's a very "Short History of Restorative Beers." I've also contributed an interview with the man who's bringing Falls City back from the grave, which I'm told will be used in the annual bar issue.

Mug Shots: The cycle of life

In the small town of Frasnes-lez-Buissenal, within the gently hilly area of Belgium known as the Pays du Collines, there is a municipal health and fitness center not unlike the YMCA, save for one crucial difference

Monday, April 19, 2010

Office Hours tonight: Beers that the Publican hasn't had from the bottle.

Mike's been buying, I've been busy, and it's time to sit down with a few beers that have escaped my attention. A common theme is bottled as opposed to draft (maybe something canned thrown in there, too).

I'm fairly sure some of the choices will be from Tyranena Brewing Company, and there'll be examples of Breckenridge Brewery Small Batch Beers. After that, I'll see what's in stock, look for the ones I haven't had, and see you at 6:30 p.m. in Prost.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Leticia Bajuyo's installation of her Bicentennial Art project piece at Bank Street Brewhouse starts today.

The past two days have not been the best time to try accomplishing anything, and so this slipped through the cracks, and now I'm scrambling. If anyone locates a peaceful moment, I'm in the market for one.

In short: Leticia Bajuyo's installation of her Bicentennial Art project piece at Bank Street Brewhouse gets under way today. Julie Schweitzer offers this revised installation schedule. Note that Leticia actively seeks volunteers to help her with this project.

I just heard from Leticia and below is her revised installation schedule. She is looking for volunteers to help with the project.

Sunday afternoon (18th) ... bring concrete form, set, and mix. Work till done with pouring pad.

Monday (19th) 2 p.m. - dark ... bring steel, plexi, and glass bottle cutter. Goal is to bolt steel frame together. If there are volunteers, they can peel paper off plexi and learn to cut bottles.

Wednesday (21st) 10 a.m - dark ... bring shelves and shelf backing. Goals include attach steel frame to concrete pad. If there are volunteers, they can poly shelves, finish bottle cutting, and place shelves.

Friday (23rd) 10 a.m. - dark ... bring front panels and labels. Goals include inserting front panels. If there are volunteers, they can label bottles and fill shelves.

Saturday (24th) ALL DAY ... bring roof and lights. Goal: Finish, of course. Specifically, put bottles in the front panels, add roof, install lights.

Previously, all this was explained:

The New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project: Outdoor sculpture interpreting the city's history and heritage.

More on the New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project.

Bunches of bottles against the wall.

Yesterday's WHAS-11 news segment on the NA Bicentennial Art preview at Bank Street Brewhouse.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bank Street Brewhouse today: Open for beers at 11 a.m., no food until 5:30 p.m.

I just received word from Chef Josh that the small walk-in at Bank Street Brewhouse shut down overnight, with all contents lost. We'll be replacing the foodstuffs stored therein, and repairing the malfunction, and so although we'll be open at 11:00 a.m. to serve beer, there will be no meals at BSB today until 5:30 p.m. dinner service. Hopefully we'll be unaffected after that.

As during other unexpected outage occurrences previously, it's a great opportunity to explore the other restaurants in downtown New Albany. Good tidings for the future: I spoke with Israel Landin last night, and it appears that the Rosita's move to Pearl Street is back on track. More later.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jesse Williams stars in new NABC ad.

Here's the recent ad that Tony designed for the Louisville Restaurants Forum, including the best photo of NABC's brewer, Jesse Williams, ever viewed hereabouts.

NABC's throwback Hop-O now on tap at Bank Street Brewhouse.

I previously previewed Jared Williamson's latest creation in this post: What’s up at NABC’s Grant Line brewing facility?

Last night, I had the chance to drink two pints of Hop-O. Make no mistake: At 3.5% abv, and with flavor and aroma hops all over the place, it's a wonderful session beer for the warm but not uncomfortable weather we're having.

I know I'm biased, but it you enjoy hops, consider getting some while it's young and exuberant.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

BSB and Chef Josh Lehman's five-course, fixed price menu for Oaks and Derby.

“One of the grand appeals of the Kentucky Derby is the tradition it carries with it. We pretty much repeat the recipes each year for the sake of carrying on a tradition.”
-- Caroline Harmon

At NABC’s Bank Street Brewhouse, 2010 marks the start of our Derby tradition, and speaking personally, I hope Chef Josh Lehman does not repeat the recipes each year from here out, because that would be boring.

We’ll see. This year, Chef Josh is offering a five-course, fixed-price menu for the Oaks (Friday, April 30) and the Kentucky Derby (Saturday, May 1). Each course will be paired with an NABC beer.

Here are the rules:

The five-course fixed price menu will be available by reservation only on both nights. Reserve in person at BSB, or call 812-725-9585.

The Bank Street Brewhouse will observe normal dining and drinking hours, and we will accommodate walk-ins as space permits, but the special five-course menu will be available from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. only.

The price for this feast is $60 per person, service not included. Naturally, you must be 21 years of age to drink beer. The state frowns on exceptions.

Don’t forget BSB’s acclaimed Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar from Noon to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.

Kentucky Bibb Salad
Maytag Blue Cheese, Toasted Pistachios, Granny Smith Apples, Champagne Vinaigrette (Tafel Bier)

Diver Scallops
Carrot Mousse, Spring Peas, Chantrell Mushrooms, Lemon Brown Butter (Abzug)

Lamb Loin
Ratatouille, Saffron Risotto, Mint Pesto (Dubbel OR Elector, whichever is available)

Filet of Beef
Crispy Potato, Asparagus, Bourbon Cream Sauce (Bob's Old 15-B Porter)

Bourbon Chocolate Mousse
Mint, Candied Walnuts (Thunderfoot)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lost Abbey, lost Sunday.

It all began when I ran into Todd at the Public House on Friday, and he said there were beers purchased during his recent road trip that needed tasting.

Fast forward to Sunday, and a gorgeous spring afternoon on the patio at Bank Street Brewhouse. Todd pulled up and began off-loading samples, and those fortunate enough to be seated at the picnic table became part of the group, which became bigger and smaller through the course of the selection pictured above, including at least seven Lost Abbey ales and cans from Oskar Blues.

Hours passed, there was beer, food and conversation, and the afternoon melted away. There were enough people that no one had too much. A couple of us were on bicycles. There's much magic in times like these, and they're something to be cherished. You can plan and manage as much as you desire, but when serendipity takes over ... listen to your inner Sidney Freedman (psychiatrist on television's M*A*S*H): "Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants, and slide on the ice."

(Photo credit: Ted)

Friday, April 09, 2010

College football and craft beer coming in September from Rick and Jeff Tours.

I'm not a college football fan, but this trip from Rick and Jeff Tours has so many craft beer hunting possibilities that it deserves scrutiny. R & J has been doing sports and beer themed trips for a while now, and if you're ever been on one, you know that they're a blast. Note that Newport is the home of Rogue Ales. Need I say more? E-mail Prof. Gesser for further details, and read this overview:

We finally have details worked out for the upcoming football game, Louisville vs. Oregon State, Sept. 16 - 19th, 2010.

We fly in to Portland,Oregon midday on Thursday, Sept. 16th. After arrival, we will do a day trip to the Columbia Gorge and the Dalles area, with lunch provided. Afterwards, we will we will drive to Newport Beach, Oregon for a welcome party and check-in at our beachside hotel the 4-star Agate Inn right on the beach.

Friday we will provide day trips up/down the Oregon coast or you can stay in the historic and charming Newport Beach area. Saturday is game day and the time of game has yet to be announced. Corvaliss is 45 minutes away. We will provide an upscale tailgate party and game tickets. After the game, we will depart and stay in Portland on Saturday night. We fly out of Portand on Sunday.

This trip is going to be absolutely AWESOME!!!!! We are flying Southwest. Cost is $1175 pp and $1095 for four to a room. We also are offering land only packages for $660, and will also try to accomodate any other special circumstance or scenario. We are asking for refundable $400 deposits by June 3rd and final payments by Aug. 1st. Please help us spread the word and we hope you can join us on what will be an unforgettable trip.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

"Mug Shots" today in LEO: "Local baseball, local beer" -- and a shout-out to Studio's.

The AAA Louisville Bats open at home next week, and the eternal question revisits us: Will there be real beer at the ballpark this summer? It's possible, and that's all there is to say just now. Is there a way for all the players to make money? That's the current consideration. What will happen? I don't know.

While I can't say what Sun King had to do to achieve it, the Indy brewery's canned beer will be available during Indianapolis Indians games this summer, and that's wonderful.

Mug Shots: Local baseball, local beer

From Pete Browning’s slugging in the 1880s, to the craftsmanship of Brian Reymiller at Browning’s today, baseball and beer in Louisville should be inseparable in locality and spirit. It cannot be unassisted, but it is the perfect double play: beer brewed here, and baseball played here. Let’s hope for the best at the ballpark this summer.
Also in today's LEO, Kevin Gibson endorses the stuffed cheeseburger at Studio's Grill and Pub, which is located on Main Street in New Albany. For me, post-council wings and Sierra Nevada remain the Studio's tradition of choice. I've spoken with the proprietor about draft NABC, and we're jointly scouting a small keg box for the purpose.

Studio’s Grill and Pub stuffs it right

It’s almost an obsession now. This stuffed cheeseburger is the stuff of cravings. It’s a one-third pound patty of lean ground beef infused with onions, hunks of bacon (yes, bacon) and seasonings, grilled to your specifications, topped with cheddar or blue cheese crumbles, and served with homemade chips and a pickle spear for a princely $7.75.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Great Randalltini on stage with Pausa Tosta this Friday as we close Gravity Head 2010.

The poster was made for in-house placement. Just know that we're calling an official "end" to Gravity Head 2010 this Friday, although a few of the beers will remain on tap next week, and we'll be keeping a year-round, dedicated "gravity" faucet to pour big beers all of the time (not that we haven't in the past, anyway).

Monday, April 05, 2010

Office Hours cancelled tonight, but I'll make up for it next Monday (April 12).

The Publican will be off tonight to enjoy the pettifogging buffoonery that we New Albanians quaintly insist on calling a "city council meeting," so there'll be no Office Hours on the 5th.

However, next Monday (April 12) should be a real treat. We'll be tasting Six Belgian Stouts:

Alvinne Podge Imperial Stout Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged
De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout
Ellezelloise Hercule Stout
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura
Troubadour Obscura Mild Stout
Van den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Stout

All except Jolly Pumpkin (Michigan) are brewed in Belgium, and because of the added expense, I must ask $7.50 for the tasting this time around. I'll begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday the 12th, in Prost.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Bank Street Brewhouse closed today for Easter, but we'll be at Louisville Beer Store for Chef Josh's food and beer pairings.

Bank Street Brewhouse is taking today off for Easter.

We'll reopen on Tuesday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m.

My recommendation today is the Louisville Beer Store and Day Three of NABCieged Harder (II). NABC has taken control of LBS's draft lines for the weekend, and the first two days were suitably revolutionary.

Chef Josh will be at LBS today for The Pairing, with a special 4-course food and matched beer flight beginning at 3:00 p.m. Here's the menu:

Belgian Dubbel
rabbit & accompaniments

Hoosier Daddy
shrimp & grapefruit ceviche

celery root soup, duck confit salad & blood orange

Smoked Abzug
Kentucky spoonfish caviar & eggs with crepes

For more information, visit the Louisville Beer Store web site.

And don't forget: PA Project headlines Bank Street patio kickoff party this Wednesday, April 7.

PA Project headlines Bank Street patio kickoff party this Wednesday, April 7.

PA Project is our Bank Street Brewhouse bartender Nathan "Nasty" Little's band, and this Wednesday (April 7) is the official patio season kickoff with PA Project, Chef Josh Lehman's "cuisine a la biere", and Garage Wednesday beer specials from Jared Williamson's stash at Grant Line.

Starting time is 7:30 p.m. The first session of my April "Here's to Beer" non-credit IUS course begins the same night, and I'll be on the patio as soon as I can make it back over from the Pizzeria & Public House.

Friday, April 02, 2010

British "malt manifesto" in an American context?

There's plenty to think about in this piece. Not all of the points therein are applicable to America or to our craft beer culture, but some points are well taken, and when there is time, I hope to return to them.

I have a manifesto of my own in the works, although it remains sketchy.

The malt manifesto, by Tony Naylor (Guardian Word of Mouth blog)

Current efforts to portray traditional beers as modern unisex drinks seem to be missing the point. It's not bitter on Twitter or the 'ale' in 'female' that counts if you want to turn young, funky types on to cask ales

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Today's Tribune column: "Light beer? It’s from right here."

It figures that this would be the place to foist light beer on the planet. Poor planet ...

BAYLOR: Light beer? It’s from right here

In 1910, the German-language Louisville Anzeiger newspaper praised Augustus Tusch of neighboring New Albany.

“Herr Tusch is a lager brewer of great repute whose cleanliness and quality is of the highest order, with barrels filled and delivered fresh within the astounding radius of ten blocks from his business address.”