Hoosier Brown Rye, hoppy and roasty with a rye kick, is a collaboration brew between Indy's Flat 12 Bierwerks and Lafayette's People's Brewing. "We formed a bond and started kicking around the idea for an Indian brown ale with a ton of chinook [hops] and rye [malt]," comments Flat 12 brewer Josh Hambright. "After a few weeks of texting and emails we settled on a recipe." "We hope everyone enjoys what we've created and realizes we each have our own style, but we can combine those to create yet another angle," explains People's founding brewer Chris Johnson.
"It was exciting for me to come back to my hometown and help brew," Hambright continues. "I've known some of the guys at People's since high school and a lot of my family and friends drink their beer regularly so its extra special for me to do a beer with them." "It's special to share [our camaraderie] with people around our state and to show yet another aspect of the business," concludes Johnson.
Hoosier Brown Rye debuts April 12 at Nick's English Hut in Bloomington and April 13 at Bloomington Craft Brew Fest at Woolery Mill. It'll then travel to Lafayette May 4 for the TAP@TAF Brew Fest, held on the grounds of The Tippecanoe Arts Federation at 6th St., between North and Brown streets.
Flat 12 is also collaborating with Great Fermentations for 12 Penny Scottish Ale, a cold-conditioned Scottish Export ale, available at Flat 12 taproom and in bars and restaurants on draft. Homebrewing kits following the recipe are at Great Fermentations.
One last note: Look for special Indiana Craft beer events around Bloomington April 10 through 13, while keeping in mind that April is Alcohol Awareness Month.