Traveling Tuesday: Sunday Brunch at NABC’s Bank Street Brewhouse

In talking with our fellow bloggers this past weekend at the 5B blogging conference, we realized that we haven’t done a Traveling Tuesday post in quite a while. Now that Cincinnati Beer Week, Cincy Winter Beerfest and 5B are behind us for this year, we’re starting to think about traveling again. Louisville is one of our favorite weekend getaway spots and one place we always stop is at New Albanian Brewing Company’s (NABC) Bank Street Brewhouse. With the recent closing of brunch favorite Lynn’s Paradise Café, Roger Baylor of NABC took a few moments to remind us of why we should think Bank Street Brewhouse for Sunday brunch when visiting Louisville:

Greetings,

Now that Lynn’s is gone, Bank Street Brewhouse gently reminds you that we have Sunday brunch, too, and moreover, Indiana offers a certifiable Sunday brunch bonus: Adult beverages can be served as early as 7:00 a.m. north of the Ohio — although at Bank Street Brewhouse, we don’t open until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday (brunch ends at 2:00 p.m., and we close at 6:00 p.m.)

10: 00 a.m.? That’s what we Hoosiers call a good three-hour head start.

The weekly Sunday brunch menu, including Kentucky Eggs Benedict, 3D Valley Farms Angus Burger and Croque Madame, is augmented on the first Sunday of the month with an Omelet Station and Prime Rib Carvery.

Every Sunday, our Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar starts along with food service at 10:00 a.m. The Blood Mary Bar dates from Bank Street Brewhouse’s inception in 2009, making it one of the first in the Louisville metro area. Choose from a selection of garnishes, spices, sauces and seasonings, and craft your own restorative flavor profile.

Other special drinks include Mimosas (with Huber Sparkling Wine), Sweet Lucy Cream Liqueur & Starlight Coffee, and a selection of small batch bourbons and spirits.

Of course, NABC is proud or beer lineup. Twelve draft lines and two hand-pulls pour our beers of proven merit: Standards like Beak’s Best, Black & Bluegrass, Community Dark, Elector, Hoptimus and Tafel, alongside rotating seasonals and one-offs (Solidarity; Bonfire of the Valkyries; Hoosier Daddy; Naughty Girl; and more).

In Indiana, small breweries and wineries are the exception to the Sunday carry-our prohibition, and we sell growlers (64-ounce draft jugs) and 22-ounce “bomber” bottles to go on Sunday (and every day of the week except Monday, when Bank Street Brewhouse is closed).

Thank you,

Roger A. Baylor
Carnival Barker and Nominal Co-Owner

Traveling Tuesday: D.G. Sullivan’s in Gibson City, IL

UPDATE: Sadly, D.G. Sullivan’s closed in 2014.

Back in May, we spent a week in Illinois visiting family. Most of our time was spent in Gibson City, a small town of about 3500 people. My dad told us about a new restaurant in town that a couple I went to high school with had recently opened. As we headed there, I was expecting the typical small town place. Imagine my surprise when I saw a Rogue Dead Guy tap as we entered. And then, a Two Brothers Bitter End and Domaine DuPage. Not your typical small town restaurant!

Jeff and Lisa Volker run D.G. Sullivan’s which is named after Jeff’s grandfather. In addition to the beers mentioned above, they also have beers from Southern Tier, North Coast and whatever sounds fun on their rotating taps. The food is as good as the beer selection: Chicago style deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, fish & chips and specials every day. Be sure to try the breaded mushrooms appetizer – sliced mushrooms that are hand breaded. Really great!

So, if you are ever in east central Illinois, we highly recommend you stopping by. Gibson City is just 30 miles north of Champaign-Urbana and about the same distance east of Bloomington-Normal. D.G. Sullivan’s is worth the drive!

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G.D. Sullivan's in Gibson City
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D.G. Sullivan's (actual name of Jeff's actual grandfather)
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Address and Hours
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Looking down the bar at D.G. Sullivan's
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Rogue and Two Brothers and Southern Tier! Oh My!

Traveling Tuesday: Bodega Cafe (Columbus, OH)

This past weekend, we attended WordCamp Columbus / PodCamp Ohio where we gave a session on building an online community. Being us, we also did some beer research while we were there. Our time was limited so we couldn’t go everywhere we wanted. Our first stop turned out to be a not-so-good choice so we were determined to make a better second choice. When we mentioned beer in Columbus, one place was recommended over and over: Bodega Cafe and Carryout. Located at 1044 N. High St in the Short North area, their menu features items like tandoori chicken pizza, a smoked salmon panini, grilled cheese Mondays and, oh yeah, lots of very fine beer. As usual, we chose to sit at the bar. It’s the best way to talk beer with the bartenders and Bodega has some great ones like Jeff!


Sign for Bodega
This must be the place!

Taps for Bodega
Bodega has 50, yes, 50 taps. The majority of them are mounted low below the bar.

Bar at Bodega
Notice that the TVs are projected on the wall instead of a screen. It really made them less obtrusive and almost like a piece of art.

Inside seating for Bodega
Of course, you can choose to sit at a table.

Outside seating for Bodega
Outside seating for Bodega

Boulder Mojo on Nitro
Of course, what we came for was the beer. This is Boulder Beer Company’s Mojo Rising on nitro. And, yes, it was as good as it looks. Another winner was the Bodega chocolate stout float, a devilish good combination of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and a scoop of salty caramel ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Indiana Homebrew Club Day 2009 – Brew-B-Q on June 6th

Passing along the info. Let me know if anyone attends this and how it was. I know some people had a really good time last year.

-Jared

Third Annual “Indiana Homebrew Club Day” Brew-B-Q 2009 on Saturday, June 6th !!!

Fellow Indiana Homebrew Club Members,
The big day is rapidly approaching!  Hopefully everyone already has this on their calendar.  The past 2 year’s events have been huge successes and this year’s looks like it will be even bigger and better.  Last year, we once again had about 100 people in attendance, but we would have had even more if half the state hadn’t been underwater on the day of the event.  Also once again, there were about 12 or 14 Indiana clubs represented (there are now 16 clubs – I think).  Clubs from the far southern and northern parts of the state both attended.  Everyone that attended commented that it was a truly great event and one they were glad they didn’t miss.  Let’s make this year’s event even better.  Here are all the details…

EVENT NAME: Brew-B-Q 2009 – The Third Annual Gathering of Indiana Homebrew Clubs
COST: FREE – But if you can spare a couple bucks donation to help cover some expenses, that would be great. Note: The FBI covers all the upfront costs, but some voluntary donations to try to help us break even are greatly appreciated and will insure that this great day can continue to happen.
DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 6th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Great Fermentations homebrew shop at 5127 E. 65th Street in Indianapolis.  This is just inside the NE corner of the I-465 interstate loop, so it is very convenient to get to (see directions below).  Anita Johnson, the owner of Great Fermentations, has once again graciously offered up the parking lot of her facility for this gathering.  Thanks, Anita!
WHY YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT: One of the featured attractions for this event is clear from the name, Brew-B-Q.  One of the FBI members, Frank Petrarca, has a giant smoker and cooks up some awesome smoked meats.  Frank has been known to stay up all night the night before the event to prepare an incredible selection of smoked meats.  Thanks Frank!  Various FBI members will also be providing an assortment of chips and side dishes, but your contributions are welcomed and appreciated.  Last, but certainly not least, there will be plenty of homebrew for sampling.  Please bring whatever you would like to share.  Last year, several clubs went all out, with custom jockey boxes, lots of kegs of beer, etc., and one club even brewed a batch of beer at the event out of a car (the Brewmobile) and gave away the beer as a door prize!  Whether you go all out or can just show up, it doesn’t matter, just come and enjoy the day.

Some other great reasons to not miss this event include:
— Although technically a little early, the State Fair Brewers Cup is allowing people attending the Brew-B-Q from around the state to drop off their entries at Great Fermentations while they are there.  Also, multiple BJCP judges will be available if you want some advice on the best category to enter your beer in.  Just bring an extra bottle or two for this evaluation.
— Door Prizes, Door Prizes, Door Prizes – In past years, we have had tons of door prizes including Beer Guns (donated by John Blickmann), Corny Kegs and brewing books (donated by Anita at Great Fermentations), a couple of the way-cool “Brew-B-Q” T-shirts (donated by the FBI), lots of craft beer (donated by World Class Beverages and Barley Island), and much more.  We are hoping that this year’s door prize list will be equally impressive.
— World Class Beverages and some Indiana Microbrewers will either be on hand or will donate some craft beer for sampling.
— We hope to have some homebrew equipment and supplies providers in attendance to show off their latest products.  Last year, the innovative John Blichmann was on hand to display and discuss his impressive list of homebrewing equipment.
— Check out Anita’s shop while you are there.  While you should always support your local homebrew shop, Anita has certainly worked hard to build one of the best shops in the country, so you might find some equipment or supplies at Great Fermentations that you can’t find locally.
— We are also working on a discounted rate at a local hotel, as well as transportation to that hotel after the event, for those of you wanting to stay overnight.  Contact me for details about this.  PLEASE: Be sure to have a designated driver or safe transportation to your destination after the event.  Don’t Drink and Drive under any circumstances.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1) Please distribute this email to all your club members ASAP – June 6th is rapidly approaching !!!
2) Review the club list below and let me know ASAP if any changes need to be made to your club listing for the T-shirt.
3) Let me know you are coming (either individually, or someone from your club can give me a rough estimate of how many people from your club will be able to make it), and put it on your calendar.  It will really help us to have a head count to plan for.
4) Plan to wear your club T-shirt if you have one, and bring some homebrew if you have any ready to drink (your favorite glass and a lawn chair will also be very helpful).
5) Prepare yourself to eat some great food, drink some great homebrew, and meet some great people / fellow homebrewers from all around the state in a fun, non-competitive environment.
6) Bring some money to order an event T-shirt.  These were a big hit each of the past year.  I will take paid orders and deliver your shirts to you (or someone from your club) at the Brewers Cup.  Prices are the same as last year (S, M, L, XL $20, XXL $23, XXXL $24, XXXXL $26).  I will be making some updates to the shirt design and club list for the 2009 version.  These are high quality, professionally designed shirts with the event logo and club listing printed on the back and a small logo printed on the front.

Here is the updated list of clubs…

– Bloomington Hop Jockeys – Bloomington
– Columbus Area Classic Alers (CACA) – Columbus
– Duneland Homebrewers Association (DHBA) – Valpo / Michigan City
– Foam Blowers of Indiana (FBI) – Indianapolis / Central IN
– Fossils (Fermenters of Special Southern Indiana Libations Society) – New Albany
– Homebrewers of Preferred Suds (HOPS) – Angola
– Howard County Homebrewers – Howard County
– Indiana Brewing and Drinking Society (IBADS) – Indiana
– Jasper Homebrewing Club – Jasper
– Mad Anthonys Serious Homebrewers (MASH) – Fort Wayne
– MECA Brewers – Central Indiana
– Michiana Extract & Grain Association (MEGA) – Mishawaka
– Muncie Indiana Brewers (MIB) – Muncie
– Ohio Valley Homebrewers Association (OVHA) – Evansville
– St. Gambrinus Benevolence Society – Bloomington
– Tippecanoe Homebrewers Circle (THC) – West Lafayette

Let’s make this THIRD ANNUAL INDIANA HOMEBREW CLUB DAY – BREW-B-Q 2009 a great event with all of your support.  You will be glad you made the trip.  Please contact me, Ron Smith, at RonSmith@MarketWiseSolutions.com with any questions, as well as to let me know if you will be coming, to put your name on my Indiana homebrewers email list (*see below), etc.  You can also call me at 317-201-6535 (mob).

Thanks,

Ron Smith
FBI (Foam Blowers of Indiana)
RonSmith@MarketWiseSolutions.com
Mob: 317-201-6535

* For anyone receiving this email, whether coming to the Brew-B-Q or not, if you would like to get on my email list to be contacted about this event, various other homebrew related events and news, BJCP study group courses, etc., please just send me a reply with your name and email address.

DIRECTIONS:
Great Fermentations is located on the northeast side of Indianapolis between Binford Boulevard and Allisonville Road on 65th Street.
From the North: I-69 magically becomes Binford Boulevard (Highway 37) south of I-465. Follow Binford Blvd.south to 65th Street. Turn west (right) on 65th Street for 4/10ths of a mile to 5127 East 65th Street. Great Fermentations is on the south side (left) of the street.
From the South: Take I-65 North to I-70 East. Exit I-70 onto Keystone Avenue north. Follow Keystone past 38th street and turn right (or east) onto Fall Creek Parkway just after you cross a bridge. Follow Fall Creek Parkway, which magically becomes Binford Blvd., until you reach 65th Street and turn left (at the Speedway Gas Station). Follow 65th street and look for us on the south side of the street (left) about 4/10ths of a mile west of Binford.
From the West: Take I-465 North to Exit 37 (Binford Boulevard). Head south on Binford, turn west (right) on 65th Street for 4/10ths of a mile to 5127 East 65th Street on the south side (left) of the street.
From the East: Exit I-465 at 56th Street (Exit 40). Turn west (left) on 56th street and follow down a hill and over a bridge where you bear right when 56th street splits into Kessler Blvd. Follow Kessler to the second light and turn right or north onto Binford Blvd. Follow Binford to 65th street and turn left or west (at the Speedway Gas Station). About 4/10ths of a mile and on the south side of the street (left) look for us.

Short Hops: May 12, 2009

Smallville: For session beer enthusiasts, less is more
A very fine article from Imbibe magazine on the joy that is a really nice session beer (aka little beers or low alcohol beers).

Randall the Enamel Animal
Check out this device called an organoleptic hop transducer module created by those lovers of extreme beers at Dogfish Head. Supposedly, it’s a three-foot-long, cylinder-filter packed with a half a pound of whole leafhops that is affixed to the beer line leaving a keg. The closest bar to the greater Cincinnati area with a Randall is O’Shea’s Traditional Irish Pub at 956 Baxter Ave in Louisville. They are promising Randall on last Wednesday of each month (call 502-589-7373 to verify). Thanks once again to Jared Whalen for telling us about this.

Miller Lite sales keep falling

Boston Beer Co brings back Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Choice for 2009
This year, it is a choice between a 5.2% Pilsner centered around Noble hops or a pale ale ( or IPA) this is 5.8% ABV with hops “brewed from three traditional growing regions.” Last year’s winner was Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier.