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Bloomington's Ruby Bloom turns 21

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Beer with staying power

On Dec. 10, Bloomington Brewing head brewer Nick Banks reported brewing the 21st birthday batch of Ruby Bloom Amber Ale. Ruby was born Dec. 1994, along with BBC.

“1,200 gallons of the delicately sweet, rich red amber-hued brew is a favorite for all-around food pairings including beef tenderloin, pizza, burgers, port cheeses and creamy soups and pastas. It will be will be on tap as always and in bottles for the first time,” he informed.

Here’s the story straight from the newly minted 22oz. bottle label:

“She is sweet, pleasant and brings bliss to an increasingly bitter beer world. Ruby Bloom is our classic malty ale. A deeply red-hued appearance complements her rich, mellow chocolate aromas. This medium-bodied Amber Ale is laced with smooth flavors of toffee and caramel, and finishes softly on the palate with just a kiss of hops. She’s in a class of her own. We think you’ll agree.”

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“Ruby Bloom Amber is our deep, red-hued ale that came along about the same time as our Quarrymen Pale,” added BBC founder Jeff Mease. “Both have been Bloomington Brewing Co.’s flagship beers. The recipe for Ruby is exactly the same as it was 21 years ago and while the world of craft beer continues to grow and lean toward the bitter side, people who love a delicious malty beer, enjoy a Ruby.”

Her specs are straightforward:

6.0% ABV • IBU 11
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel, Black
Hops: Nugget, Tettnanger

Bloomington Brewing Company was established in 1994 as the fourth modern-era Indiana brewpub and the first in Southern Indiana. Visit their website at bloomingtonbrew.com or follow them on Twitter and Facebook at @BloomingtonBrew and Bloomington Brewing Company, respectively.

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Bad Elmer Porter cake — YES, YOU HEARD U
S

“What could be better than rich, dark, and oh so smooth Bad Elmer’s Porter? A triple layer chocolate cake made with our porter,” announced a recent Upland news release, whetting an appetite for a special holiday treat.

Upland opened in 1997, and if memory serves, Bad Elmer’s started just about then as well and has been a staple ever since. It’s medium-bodied at 5% ABV and 30 IBUs; and brewed with roasted malts for rich flavors of coffee, licorice and chocolate, which of course makes it excellent as a cake ingredient.

Here's the amazing recipe!

New brews and news

Sun King announced, “Federal & State Brewery Licenses for the SK Fishers Tap Room have been approved! Look for new & unique small batch creations on tap soon.”

LaOtto Brewing opened on Dec. 12, at 202 S. Main St.in LaOtto, Ind., 46763; located due north of Fort Wayne on SR3 and south of Kendalville. David Kepper, owner of this newest brewery in northeast Indiana, invites us to call 260-897-3360 when we head in that direction.

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Oaken Barrel in Greenwood has Epiphany Belgian Ale in 6 packs and “the last 20 cases of Apple Buzz,” according to owner Kwang Casey.

TwoDEEP is newly distributing cans to select Indianapolis liquor stores. Available as 4-pk 16-ounce cans are KnightStick Cream Ale, Red Sunday Irish Red Ale, Brickhouse Roasted Amber Ale and Lake IPA. Owner/brewer Andy Meyer emailed, “Just look for our TwoDEEP logo and bold colors, or go to Beer Finder."

Legal matters concerning Indiana beer

Indiana’s law forbidding the sale of cold beer in convenience stores and supermarkets is constitutional according to a unanimous ruling by The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association had filed a federal suit to allow grocery stores, convenience stores or gasoline stations to sell cold beer. Indiana liquor stores will remain as the sole retailers allowed to sell cold beer. Indiana drugstores, convenience stores and supermarkets are allowed to sell “warm” beer with a beer dealer’s permit.

In another case involving Monarch Beverage Co., Indiana’s largest wholesaler of beer and wine, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided in a 3-0 vote the Indiana law forbidding a distributor to sell both beer and liquor does not violate the Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Indiana Constitution. Indiana is the only state that prohibits a wholesaler from distributing both beer and liquor. Retailers, however, are allowed to sell all three types of alcohol by seeking separate permits each for wine, liquor and beer.

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Events

Dec. 23: Triton is tapping Midnight Rail Black IPA, 3-10 p.m.

Dec. 23: Chilly Water offers a double tapping: their 100th Batch called Long Black Veil, a Scotch ale coming in at 13.2% ABV, “Is absolutely smooth and delicious. A very complex beer that is great for this time of the year,” says owner Skip DuVall.

J. Elkins Pale is named for John Elkins, who worked in the brewpub’s kitchen. “A couple of weeks ago John suddenly passed away, shocking all of us at Chilly Water. John was one of the most upbeat people we knew and our customers felt the same way. He used to make fun of himself for being such a "pale" guy so we felt like naming this delicious pale after him is a perfect way to honor him. Cheers to everyone and remember, life is short.,” said DuVall.

Brew Link Brewing beers in cans are on shelves statewide. Learn locations here.

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