Saturday, March 31, 2007

Coventry Inn To Open

According to last night's Gazette, the Coventry Inn on North 6th Street will open its doors again on April 12. There will be limited but regular hours: Thu.-Sun. 4pm-11pm. Dinner reservations are highly recommended, but the bar area is always available.

I'm hoping that they'll have some interesting English beers!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

How To Pronounce Some Beers

Since we like to promote all types of good beer here at the IBC - which includes tasting as many as possible - I found an interesting link that has a brief pronunciation guide for some of the trickier Belgian styles/names.

Beers have little .wav files that allow you to hear the pronunciations in English, Flemish, and French.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ironwood Sightings

Stopped at the Ironwood tonight. Be on the lookout for Weyerbacher Quad, DFH Panagaea, and some Yards selections.

Also, Hacker-Pschorr and a few Stoudts sixers are on 'clearance' (i.e. $1 off), so get that Fat Dog Stout while it lasts.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Coney's March Line-Up

For those who frequent the Coney (or not), there are a few new selections on draught.

First, the Penn Brewery tap has been switched to the Maerzen - it must be Spring! The St. Nikolaus is gone for another year.

Two new taps replaced Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and the Moosehead. They are Magic Hat #9 (Magic Hat) and Troegs HopBack Amber Ale (Troegs Brewing). Both of these and the Penn are $4.50 for a 20 oz.

This month's bottle selection (in addition to left over DFH 60 Minute IPA & Shelter Pale Ale, and Troegs Nut Brown) are Church Brew Works Celestial Gold (Church Brew Works) and Bell's Amber Ale (Bell's Brewery), both for $3.75.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

March Beer Club Meeting Notes

Well, due to low RSVPs, we only had six people at tonight's meeting (hosted by Nate). It worked out well, however, and it was an enjoyable evening. Perhaps March is a busy time for many people, or perhaps Tuesday night is not good for some. Attendees were Nate, Eli, Jon, Lacey, Tom W., and Karl.

Jon & Lacey brought some excellent cheeses from the Cheese House? (shop?) on Rt 22, including an aged Provolone, a Dubliner, Gruyere, and an awesome Norwegian Goat Cheese.

The beer selection for the evening included nine beers:

*Weltenburger Asam Bock (Germany), a doppelbock [Tom W.]
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza (MI), a biere de garde [Nate]
Victory V Twelve 2005 (PA), a Belgian strong ale [Jon & Lacey]
Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial (MI), a Belgian strong ale [Jon & Lacey]
Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout (VA), a stout [Eli]
Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale (England), an English strong ale [Tom W.]
*Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale (DE), an American pale ale [Tom W.]
Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale (CA), an American strong ale [Nate]
Lindemans Cuvee Rene (Belgium), a gueuze lambic [Karl]

* denotes beer available in Indiana; remaining available in Pittsburgh.

No disappointments tonight - all the beers were spot on. The Jolly Pumpkin ales were a particular treat, as they closely resemble true Belgian ales though brewed in Michigan.

Thanks to everyone who brought beer!

Hopefully, more people will be able to make the April meeting.

The Indiana Beer Club

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Confusion at The Coney

Well, I don't know who dropped the ball here, but I have to say that the Coney beer sampling was not as advertised by someone.

I showed up at 9pm, only to be told the beer tasting wasn't going to be until 10 or 10:30 ... NOT the 9-11pm stated by the Vecenie email. Apparently, tonight was poker night in the VIP room, and they don't finish until 10 or so. Vecenie reps hadn't even shown up yet.

My apologies to all those who showed up around 9pm (like me), but that's the information we were given. Apparently The Coney beer tastings are aimed at the college crowd, since I can't see many of our members showing up at 10:30 on a Thursday night (and having to pay a cover, to boot) to try 3 or 4 beers.

Let's hope for better next time.