Tuesday, July 12, 2011

NABC's lineup for the Indiana Microbrewers Festival on Saturday, July 16.

Following is the material we submitted to the Hoosier Beer Geeks for inclusion in the program for Saturday's Indiana Microbrewers Festival. At this precise moment, we're not planning any surprise releases, but this may change depending on whether any space remains in the van.

New Albanian Brewing Company
Bank Street Brewhouse, 415 Bank Street, New Albany, IN 47150 &
NABC Pizzeria & Public House, 3312 Plaza Drive, New Albany, IN 47150

Director of Brewing Operations: David R. Pierce
Brewers: David Pierce, Josh Hill, Jared Williamson (emeritus; now brewing at Schlafly)

Brewing Ahead of the Curve: When brewing first began at the New Albanian Brewing Company in October, 2002, we already enjoyed renown as a multi-tap and beer bar. Because the best available beers from America and the world were pouring in the same building, NABC’s brewers were challenged from the very start to relate, innovate and extrapolate.

They’ve admirably responded to the competition, and the dialectic continues at the original Research & Development Brewery, as well as the Bank Street Brewhouse in downtown New Albany, where NABC is instrumental in downtown revitalization -- but is it any wonder that creativity can change municipalities as well as brewing cultures, if only the stodgy elites would just get out of the way?

NABC looks forward to continuing its tradition of principled leadership as the craft beer revolution prepares to sweep Indiana from its Liteweight doldrums. Enjoy today’s festival, and Drink Indiana!


Ackerman’s Double Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Imperial Stout
ABV: 8%
IBU: 35-40
OG: 20
On Tap
This Imperial Double Stout, an iconic product once brewed by New Albany’s long defunct Ackerman’s Brewery, was recreated and brought to the 2011 BIG Winterfest as NABC’s ReplicAle. This particular portion has been aged in a Willett bourbon barrel for 6 months. In its brief 1930’s heyday, Ackerman’s Imperial Double Stout was brewed only once each year, at Easter, as an early springtime treat for the brewery’s loyal customers. It was meant as a substitute for Doppelbock, a German style traditionally served during Lenten fasts.

Malts: Rahr 2-row, Briess Aromatic Malt, Briess Dark Chocolate Malt, Briess Roast Barley, Briess 80-degree Caramel Malt, Briess Cherry Smoked Malt


B’Urban Trotter
Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV: 9.2%
IBU: 208
OG: 21 degrees Plato
On Tap
If the Kentucky Derby is the greatest two minutes in sports, then B’Urban Trotter is the finest few moments of sipping, because what better place for a brewer/ostrich rancher from Flanders to seek inspiration than Louisville’s annual Run for the Roses? With collaborative assistance from NABC and Louisville Beer Store, De Struise’s Urbain Coutteau created this “Derbied” Double India Pale Ale to be dry-hopped and bourbon/oak aged, with a suggestion of mint for the home stretch.

Malts: Rahr 2-Row, Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner, Castle Biscuit, Simpsons Medium Crystal

Hops: Cascade (mash, dry), Summit (first wort), Summit (bittering), Chinook (bittering, flavor, dry), Northern Brewer (flavor), Simcoe (dry)

Yeast: American (Chico) Ale

Special additions: Vanilla beans and honey were added during the whirlpool.


Beak’s Best
American ESB
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 35
OG: 1.059 or 14.75 degree Plato
On Tap
Beak’s is American Ale & Soul Liniment, with a twist: Brewed with English malts and American hops, and named in honor of globetrotting historian and educator Don "Beak" Barry. You really need to meet Beak, and his ale.

Malts: Simpsons Golden Promise, Simpsons Medium Crystal, Castle (Belgian) Aromatic and Special B

Hops: Triple hopped with Cascade pellets

Yeast: House English


Imperial Red
ABV: 7.5%
IBU: 62
OG: 1.074 or 18.5 degree Plato
On Tap
Richly malty and excessively hopped, Elector was first brewed on Election Day, taking its name from the Electoral College. In like fashion, Elector’s unique character makes democracy utterly pointless. It severs party affiliations, crosses the aisle, and commands you to drink early and vote often. That’s because whenever Elector is on the ballot, there’s only one real choice.

Malts: Rahr Pale and Simpsons Medium Crystal

Hops: Nugget and Cascade

Yeast: House London


Imperial IPA
ABV: 10.7%
IBU: 100
OG: 22.6
On Tap
Living vicariously through others is a sad compromise meant only for rank amateurs and subpar international lagers. Rather, we all might profit from the example of the sterner stuff of Hoptimus, which lives vivaciously, audaciously and capriciously through itself. With a snarky hop character that is blatantly unrepentant, Hoptimus ensures that meek palates surely will not inherit the earth.

Malt: Special Pale

Hops: Four additions of high alpha Nugget, one late addition of Cascade, dry-hopped with whole cone Cascades


Naughty Girl
Belgian India Blonde Ale
ABV: 6%
IBU: 69
OG: 14.4
On Tap
It all began as a Belgo-American ménage a trois, but then the brewers arrived and transformed the trans-oceanic affair into a beer love pentangle. The collaborative minds at Louisville Beer Store, De Struise Brouwers and New Albanian Brewing Company offer this, a willfully disobedient India Blonde Ale with a hop on her shoulder. She’s naturally naughty -- by nurture.

Malts: Rahr 2-row, Rahr Premium Pils, Castle (Belgian) Aromatic, CaraPils

Hops: Cascade, Galena, Golding, Cascade for warm dry-hopping

Yeast: De Struise House Ale


Summerfest ReplicAle
Single Hop APA (Palisades)


Tafel Bier
Belgian-style “Table” Beer
ABV: 4%
IBU: 15
OG: 1.040, or 10 degrees Plato
On Tap
It’s better dancing on the table than sleeping on the floor. Tafel Bier is the Flemish language term for “table beer,” denoting a flavorful session strength accompaniment to the wonders of Belgian cuisine … or burgers and wings, too. What do you think filled those earthenware jugs in the Brueghel painting? It wasn’t Bud Light Lime, was it?

Malts: Belgian Pale, Aromatic, Biscuit, CaraPils

Hops: German Tettnanger, Select

Yeast: House Ardennes

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