Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RiverRoots, a music festival with a great craft beer lineup.

New name, same great weekend in Madison, Indiana: RiverRoots festival runs May 18-20, with Indiana craft beer.

As best I can determine, here's the draft beer list for the craft beer tent at RiverRoots this coming weekend. How many regional music festivals can boast a lineup like this one?


Great Crescent Brewery
Aurora, Indiana

Cherry Ale
A lightly hopped, all-malt ale that receives a load of tart cherries in the secondary fermentation, producing a flavorful beer, balanced and not overpowering with fruit. The cherries are from orchards of the American Midwest, and are along the same variety as cherries used for Belgian Kriekbiers.
ABV:  5.7%
IBU:   18

Coconut Porter
A distinctive American interpretation of classic English Style Porter, with coconut added during the boil to give this beer a unique, nutty flavor that blends perfectly with the style.
ABV:  5.6%
IBU:   32.9

Refreshingly crisp, wheat-based ale with a slightly dry, tart finish. It has moderate sweetness with spicy aromas and a hint of coriander and citrus. This beer is very light in color with a dense, white head and some cloudiness from a special yeast strain.  
ABV:  5.1%
IBU:   14


New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany, Indiana

Black & Blue Grass
The great Bill Monroe described his bluegrass music as "Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It’s Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound." Belgian yeast from De Struise, and stateside Saison spicing: Black pepper and blue agave and lemongrass.
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 18

Community Dark
Inspired by traditional English Mild, the style that fueled the workers who made the Industrial Revolution, Community Dark is revolutionary in its own way: Dark-colored but light-bodied, and a classic session ale.
ABV: 3.7%
IBU: 13

Yakima Rye IPA
NABC’s hophead Brewmaster says, “Yakima is simple in design: This beer is for me, here in the land of no coast. After many years of liquid research, the time came to satisfy my inner desire to craft a Rye IPA so immaculate that it would ‘up’ our revolution even further. Mission accomplished.”
ABV: 7.5%
IBU: 130 


Sun King Brewery
Indianapolis, Indiana

Osiris Pale Ale
An assertively hopped West Coast style of Pale Ale. Every aspect of this beer is designed to showcase the hops without overpowering your taste buds.
ABV: 5.6%
IBU: 50

Sunlight Cream Ale
Our most approachable beer. A smooth malt profile and a crisp, clean finish.
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 20

Wee Mac
This Scottish-style Brown Ale has a nice hazelnut character with rich toffee undertones
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 23

Mobreki Brewery
Madison, Indiana
(Beers to be determined)

Upland Brewing Company
Bloomington, Indiana

Preservation Pilsner
Preservation Pilsner is brewed in the traditional Bohemian style, originally created in the town of Pilsen in 1842, and offers a crisp, light taste without sacrificing its signature all-malt, mellow flavor. We age our Pilsner for an entire month.
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 36

Schwarz Black Lager
Schwarzbier (black beer) originated in medieval Germany, and our take on this ancient lager delivers hints of chocolate and coffee, courtesy of its dark malts, with a strong nose and a clean finish, striking the right balance of robust and crisp, with enough bitterness to accentuate but not overpower.
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 25

Wheat Ale
A classic rendition of the Belgian Witbier (white beer), brewed with organic coriander, chamomile, and orange peel to be light on the tongue and refreshingly tart. In the tradition of the Belgian Wit style, it is unfiltered, allowing suspended yeast to create a cloudy, golden appearance.
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 12

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