Check your neighborhood Indiana craft brewery and your local grocery and liquor store for what’s newly arriving with ingredients from the 2020 harvest. Arriving in tandem: an across-the-board menu of fresh dry-hopped, new malt, Oktoberfest and pumpkin brews, along with the annual top 40 craft beer list posted by USA Today. Find the full list here.

3 Floyds Brewing Co. comes once again, getting Indiana’s national nod, for Zombie Dust, “a pale ale – formerly marketed as Cenotaph – strongly flavored with Yakima Valley Citra hops; resinous in the nose; fruity and yeasty, placing #22 with a Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.63 out of 5.” 

Snagging the #3 spot, is 3 Floyds’ BBADL (Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout), “Sweet, strong (15% ABV), and so thick that it's almost chewy, with an aroma that's part vintage Port, part molasses. There are a number of Dark Lord variations, in vintages ranging from 2007 through 2019, sold only at the brewery on one day each year…It was June 30 this year – but check for next year's date.” 

The Big Woods Experience” has been growing exponentially since its 2009 founding in Nashville, Ind. The newest, a 4,000 square-foot location at Indiana Premium Outlets in Edinburgh, opens to the public on Sept. 28. According to the news release, “Big Woods Edinburgh will offer full-service dining as well as fast carryout and delivery options to area hotels. A full slate of adult beverages from Big Woods’ Brown County-based sister companies, Quaff ON! Brewing Co. and Hard Truth Distilling Co., will accompany the in-person and carryout menus.” 

Hard Truth Distilling Co., Big Woods' sister company, unveiled their newest addition to the distillery’s line-up of spirits "and first-ever bourbon whiskey product: Hard Truth Sipes’ Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 

“The product name is a tribute to Brown County’s rich history and the area’s first known distiller, Henry A. Sipes,” said Jeff McCabe, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Big Woods Restaurant Group, Quaff ON! Brewing Co., Hard Truth Distilling Co., and Hard Truth Hills (BWQOHT, Inc.). 

“Since we started Hard Truth Distilling Co., we’ve continued to stay true to our Southern Indiana roots, and our first-ever whiskey product is a nod to the pioneer of distilling in Brown County," added McCabe.  "The release of Sipes’ marks the beginning of Hard Truth’s rollout of an array of whiskey and bourbon products while celebrating the history of Hard Truth Distilling Co.’s birthplace.”

Outdoor concerts are continuing Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. through Oct. 24 at Hard Truth Hills, 418 Old State Rd. 46, Nashville, Ind. 47448. Details here.

Guggman Haus Brewing Co. reported, “We've started construction on the larger building (concrete flooring was poured Sept. 3).” Meanwhile, from their nano-brewery, they currently are bringing up three new versions of their ongoing experimental NEIPA series.

Sugar Creek Malt Co. in Lebanon, Ind., announced on Sept. 1: “Steeping in our first batch of 2020 harvest today. This is the best barley harvest we have ever had.”   Founder Caleb Michalke added, “I am really excited to see the malt it will make!”

Sun King is stepping in for the COVID-19 canceled annual #CoffeeBeerDonuts Girls Pint Out event, with the Sept. 5 release of Bourbon Barrel-aged Donuts, a collaboration pastry stout made with 500 chocolate donuts from Jack’s Donuts.  

Sun King Brewery opened in July 2009 as a production brewery with a taproom to showcase their core beers. In 2018 they introduced spirits. Now, in 2020, SKB is introducing mixed 12-packs of Sun King Hard Seltzer in 12-ounce cans featuring black cherry, mango, passion orange, and lemonade. 

“Sun King decided to experiment with new beverage styles after watching the growing trend of craft beer drinkers exhibiting a similar passion for trying new beverages yet still favoring local producers,” reads the news release. 

“Since the days when we were developing the plan for Sun King, Dave (Colt) and I have never stopped dreaming of new beers and new ideas,” said Clay Robinson, co-founder of Sun King Brewery. “Our hard seltzers are the first of many fun new beverages that we’re excited to roll out for the future.”

Triton just tapped their annual Wet Hopped Harvest Rail IPA, wet-hopped with fresh Centennial hops grown in the Beer Garden at Triton Brewing Company®. “These mature hop vines have been producing consistently high-quality cones for years and we enjoy utilizing them after they are harvested fresh,” announced David Waldman. 

Their Sept. lineup also includes Blood Orange IPA, Barn Phantom Gose with Mango, and Peanut Butter Milk Stout.

The string of comments from brewers promises new barley-centric beers statewide.

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