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Visting Brugge Brasserie (by guest blogger J.L. Thompson)

August 25, 2011 By: grant Category: Breweries, Travelin'

Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs President J.L. Thompson was recently in Indianapolis. This is the second of three posts about his trip. Yesterday, J.L. explored Broad Ripple Brew Pub.

Brugge Brasserie: (pronounced brooj)

Clear vision of Belgian-style beers and food, even for a microbrewery; impressive selection of Belgian sours in wooden casks. The breakdown:

• Belgian-centric food and beer
• Exceptional sours
• They limit their flagship 8-10% beer to only 2 per customer and still can’t keep up with production
• Excellent food, knowledgeable staff

I had a Düsseldorf German Alt (brewed but never tasted until that day) and a ‘Harvey’ (Brett-infused Blackberry Wheat Sour). Not your typical micro-brewed beer: Sweet/Sour/Brett-y/AWESOME. It’s amazing that a local brewery can make it on what even hardcore beer snobs would consider ‘fringe beers’ BUT I’M GLAD THEY ARE!!! Here is their standard line up of locally produced beers:

• Very Bad Kitty – Gose (wow, was surprised to see this obscure style as a permanent ‘on-tap beer’)
• Harvey – Blackberry wheat sour (with Brett)
• Erpel Summer Alt – Düsseldorf German Alt
• Black – Belgian Black
• Tripel de Ripple – Belgian Tripel 10%, limit 2 beers. Flagship beer. Can’t produce enough.

While at Brugge Brasserie I met a couple of local guys sampling some of their great brews too. I was excited to see the local community willing to support such a wild and unique establishment. And as good as ‘the Brugge’ was, they told me that around the corner awaited yet another fantastic brewery! And with that, we head one block away to Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company!

J.L. will regale us with his trip to Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company tomorrow!

A visit to Broad Ripple Brewpub in Indianapolis (by guest blogger J.L. Thompson)

August 24, 2011 By: grant Category: Breweries, Travelin'

Broad Ripple Brewpub

Broad Ripple Brewpub by Photofarrell, on Flickr


Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs President J.L. Thompson was recently in Indianapolis. This is the first of three posts about his trip.

I recently took a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, for work. Had some time to kill so after a little research I thought I’d see what the local brewpub scene was like. At first it didn’t seem like Indy would have a lot was going on beer-wise. I soon found that was incorrect.

Although I stayed by the airport, which is at the southwest section of Indianapolis, I targeted a community in the northern section of the city called Broad Ripple. For you Memphians, this is similar to our Cooper-Young; it’s culturally diverse, artsy, with a focus on what I like to call ‘good eats.’

I was in Indy for one evening and only had time to hit three brewpubs. If you make ever make it to this area you need to stop at these and more! Heck, if you’re not in the area you should stop, too. The town is easy to get around, great on site-seeing, and worth the drive.

Broad Ripple Brewpub touts itself as Indiana’s oldest brewery, established in 1990. I also found out this place has a local cult following for their comfortable atmosphere and tasty pub fair. After situating myself I tried the Lawn Mower Pale Ale in an imperial pint glass; light, satisfying. Mmmmmm…

This was a good place to start. After doing a bit of research on RateBeer.com for breweries in the surrounding area, out of the many to choose from, the exclusively Belgian-centered Brugge Brasserie really caught my eye so I thought I’d have a look.

Stay tuned for J.L.’s report from Brugge Brasserie.

Dogfish Head ending distribution in Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island

March 11, 2011 By: grant Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Dogfish Head craft beer
Sam Calagione just posted the answer to the question a bunch of us Tennesseans have been asking all morning since we heard the rumor. Distributors in Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island have been notified they’ll be getting no more Dogfish Head craft beers.

Dogfish Head just can’t keep up with production to continue distribution everywhere it was previously available.

So it is bittersweet for us to announce that we are pulling out of, or limiting some of our core beers from, a number of states. Yes this sucks. The glass-half-full view is that we (and a handful of other U.S. craft breweries making similar moves) have to do this because your numbers the number of U.S. drinkers buying and enjoying craft beer – are growing so quickly! [source]

It was a little unclear from Sam’s blog post if distribution was going to totally end in Tennessee or it was just going to be more limited, but Terry DeRanzo at Southwest Beverage and Distributing has confirmed Dogfish Head is completely pulling out.

“We’re very disappointed,” she said. No doubt.

She said Southwest has been out of Dogfish’s low-gravity brews for about a month, though they’ve got some high-gravity Aprihop left, which you might be able to find at Busters, Joe’s Wine & Liquors, Natalies Liquor Warehouse or Stellar Cellar. You might still be able to find low-gravity Dogfish at grocery stores like Whole Foods and Freshmarket.

(UPDATE: Just to clarify, these stores I listed are not an exhaustive list of where Dogfish Head is available. There are several stores in Memphis and Jackson that sell Dogfish Head.)

Dogfish has a “Fish Finder” online to help you figure out where you can get it, but it hasn’t been updated yet.

You said it, Sam. This sucks.

I guess I’d better go make a beer run. (Post-beer-run pic below.)

Our Dogfish Head haul