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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.



On tap around the town

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 7, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

afternoon delight Iechyd Da Afternoon Delight low ABV IPA

First off, don't forget Iechyd Da Brewing's first anniversary party.  Tomorrow, Saturday, June 8th, Iechyd Da will kick things off in the beer garden tent at 3 PM.  There will be a hog roast, live bands, and additional beer not on tap inside.  I made a quick stop today and sampled their Afternoon Delight (IPA, 4.5% ABV, IBUs 66).  This is their low ABV summer IPA that is packed with plenty of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit flavor.  I love this beer and filled a growler for my weekend.

Goshen's First Friday's will kick off tonight with a couple of good options for some good drink.  Venturi Pizza will have Boulevard Brewing Double Wide (IPA, 8.5% ABV, IBUs 71) as well as the just released Three Floyds Blackheart (English IPA, 8% ABV, IBUs 70).  Blackheart is also available at Chalet Party Shoppe in bottles.

posterThe Constant Spring soon will have a new option on tap from New Day Meadery.   A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to stop in when Brett Canaday from New Day was there with some samples - South Cider (7% ABV, 3% sugar),  Breakfast Magpie (8% ABV, 4.5% sugar) brewed with coffee and black raspberries, and Re-Thinker (8% ABV, 1.8% sugar).  The Spring has a keg of Re-Thinker in house and will hopefully tap it soon.  This is a blueberry mead, or honey wine, dry hopped with Amarillo and Nugget hops.  I enjoyed all of these, but especially the Breakfast Magpie.  There are not any flavored coffees that I enjoy, but surprisingly, I really liked the blend of the black raspberries and the coffee.

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The Constant Spring will have Brooklyn Brewing Companion Ale (wheat wine, 9% ABV), Left Hand Brewing St. Vrain (Triple, 9% ABV, IBUs 18), on tap tonight in addition to their regular offerings.

EDIT-  The Constant Spring just tapped Bell's Roundhouse IRA (India Red Ale, 7.5% ABV) Friday night at 6:30 PM.  This is only available on draft and is a wonderful hoppy beer.

If you head over to the Chubby Trout, you will find all six of the Evil Czech beers still on tap from their tap takeover last evening.

Evil Czech flight L-R, Chucky, Voodoo Vanilla Rye Porter, White Reaper, Gypsy Chamomile Wheat, Bobblehead Wheat, and Lucky Dog is outside of the photo

Lucky Dog (American Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV, IBUs 13)  The aroma was mildly fruity from the Citra hops.  Overall, the hops were subtle, and the malt was more forward, but it was a nice refreshing session beer.

Bobblehead American Wheat (3.6% ABV, IBUs 18)  There was a subtle spiciness to the aroma, with a surprising caramel sweetness to the flavor.  This was my least favorite of the six.

Gypsy Chamomile American Wheat (5% ABV, IBUs 18)  This was the most original of the six, brewed with local honey and Egyptian Chamomile.  It was much more earthy and sweet than the Bobblehead, and the honey flavor shined through.  It finished nicely with chamomile.

White Reaper White IPA (4.6% ABV, IBUs 30)  Both the aroma and flavor had lots of Belgian yeast, however, their was a nice hoppiness from the Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, and Citra hops that were used.

Voodoo Vanilla Rye Porter (4.6% ABV, IBUs 30)  The aroma had chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of carbon.  The flavor followed with molasses, roasted malt, and then the Madagascar vanilla bean kicked in.  It was not overpowering, and complimented the beer very nicely.

The hop head in me definitely enjoyed this last one the most.  Chucky (imperial IPA, 8.5% ABV, IBUs 83)  This was a big hop bomb, full of pine and citrus.  It drank very nicely and went very well with my Chubby Hammer Burger.

Whatever plans you have for this weekend, there are plenty of options to grab a good beer somewhere in Michiana!




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