Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Watch for Indiana winning beers.
New Albanian Brewing Company releases ThunderFoot Cherry Imperial Stout 22-oz. bomber bottles for carry out by the general public at both NABC locations as part of Harvest Homecoming Parade day in New Albany. What's left will be distributed by Cavalier.
Upland Brew Pub in Bloomington holds its annual Oktoberfest featuring an all-German menu and live music all day.
Rock Bottom'sCollege Park location taps its Rocktoberfest at 6 p.m..
At the Brew Bracket at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, taste 16 different Indiana Stouts and vote for your favorites in a blind, head-to-head comparison. Tickets: $35 participant; $7 for Designated Driver. www.brewbracket.com
New on tap
Triton Brewing tapped its first beers, Fieldhouse Wheat, Magnificent Amber and Four Barrel Brown. "Bring in your growler or buy one for $3. Fills are $10. Open Sundays 11a.m.-5 p.m. (10 a.m. on Colts 1 p.m. kicks)." Grand opening set for Oct. 15.
Half Moon Kokomo Oktoberfest is orangish-amber with rich caramel and toffee like malt flavors a gentle finishing balance from the imported hops. Brewer John Templet says, "This Marzen-style German lager is a traditional fall offering done our way."
Mass Avenue Wine Shoppe is featuring Tyranena Painted Ladies Pumpkin, Shipyard Pumpkin Head, New Grist Pumpkin Ale, Coney Island Freaktoberfest and Abita Pecan Lager.
New to read
Philosophy on Tap: Pint-sized Puzzles for the Pub Philosopher by Matt Lawrence [published by Wiley-Blackwell, paper]. 48 brew-related philosophical puzzles provide fun and mental stretching for a series of parties or a few months of personal perusing with a pint paired to each conundrum. My favorite? #40, "Can ignorance be wisdom?" Paired with New Albanian Beak's Best (Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB), Socrates becomes a perfect match for NABC's Roger Baylor. The author is professor of philosophy at Long Beach College, CA.