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- Bier's brewers: Woody Greenlee, Darren Connor & Ryan Thomas
“Holy @#$*& shit!” says Jerry Connor, one of the co-owners of Bier, when I ask him how he felt when he saw (via live stream) that they had won the second gold. “It was like hitting a grand slam for the second time in the game to win the final game of the World Series.” Chatting with Jerry I can tell how humble and how proud of his family he is. His son Darren Connor is the head brewer at Bier and so Jerry’s pride is a father’s pride.
“Darren picks the biers that we send”, says Jerry. He knew he could trust his son’s judgement “I am sure he knows which ones are dead on. The Sanitarium won the Gold at GABF [Great American Beer Festival], so this was a no brainer to send. The others have won gold at the Indiana Brewers Cup in the past.” His trust in his son paid off big time; out of the four beers they entered into the competition two came home with golds.
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- The crowd at this year's World Beer Cup
It’s an incredible feat for this small brewery to be the Indianapolis brewery (of the 60-plus Central Indianapolis breweries) leading the way with world-renowned beers. Bier runs on a staff of nine full-time employees, three of which are part of the Connor family. Of the 83 Indiana beers entered into the competition, only two other breweries took home any other medals. Crooked Ewe in South Bend took home a bronze medal for their Glasgow Butcher Scotch Ale. The only other brewery in the state to receive a gold medal, a brewery that has been named Best Brewery in The World multiple times, was Three Floyds of Munster, for their Blot Out the Sun American-Style Imperial Stout.
This is a major step for Bier Brewery and for the Indianapolis brewing community. It is a sign that due to the influx of breweries in the city brewers are having to be more precise and consistent in their brews. We are at a point in Indianapolis where, if a brewery isn’t pushing out great beer it won’t last because we have breweries that are releasing world class beers.
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- Bier Brewery adds two golds to their wall of awards.
It’s a world of never stopping for the Bier Team, and this mindset of hard work is paying off for them. A press release from the brewery points out, “Five years ago, Bier started with barrel-and-a-half fermenters. They immediately wowed customers with a variety of true-to-style, traditional biers. Now, in 2016, Bier has followed their customers’ demands and expanded their production to 40-barrel fermenters. Attention to quality has never waned through their journey. As [their] co-founder states, “OUR QUALITY IS OUR MARKETING; OUR MARKETING IS OUR QUALITY.”
Make sure to congratulate them next time you’re in their taproom off of 65th Street drinking a bier or two, or filling up your growler. They have set a new precedent for Indy brewing and made an already exciting time for the city that much more interesting. Hmm, I think it’s time to for me to go drink a bier.
For a full listing of the 2016 World Beer CupSM Winners click here.