4/23/2005

Beer and Brewing in South Bend and Elsewhere

Ok...
Been living in South Bend since August, talked to a number of people about beer and brewing. Sent long messages to some of them. Hopefully, didn't scare them off too badly... ;-)
Thing is, there's a lot of resources for/about beer and brewing. Here's just a few to get people started. And once you get started, well, anything can happen.

Local/Regional

Relevant for North Central Indiana and some other parts of the MidWest
  • Legends of Notre Dame
  • Beer pub on Notre Dame Campus. The site has their beer menu...
  • Mishawaka Brewing Co.
  • Michiana's only brewpub, at this point. They have some limited brewing supplies.
  • Zeke's Beer pub in Dowagiac, MI.
  • Indiana Beer
  • A site about beer events in Indiana.
  • Great Lakes Brewing News
  • A beer newspaper which is distributed for free at Legends and MBC. Jim Herter, business manager for Notre Dame's food services, writes for the Indiana section.
  • Chicago Beer Society
  • Group of beer lovers and homebrewers. They do cool events like "Thirst Fursday" the first Thursday of each month.
  • Grape and Granary
  • A mail order brewing supply shop which has a good selection and ships to Northcentral Indiana pretty fast. There are other homebrew supply shops, including online, but this is the one that my friends in town have been using.
  • Theta Ridge Coffee
  • Importer of green coffee beans. As other beer lovers seem to enjoy fresh coffee, I thought I'd mention this one.
In my humble opinion, the best liquor store for beer in South Bend is City Wide Liquors' downtown location:
109 E. Jefferson Blvd. (Across from Keybank, down the street from Century Center) South Bend, IN 46601 574-287-8652

General Beer Sites

Lots of information about homebrewing
  • Palmer's How to Brew
  • A homebrewing book available online for free.
  • Papazian's Complete Joy of Homebrewing
  • A good, inexpensive brew book for beginners and intermediate brewers.
  • HomeBrew Digest
  • A mailing-list for homebrewers and a "library" of brewing information. Some of the library's stuff is a bit old but the mailing-list is a cool place to contact brewers.
  • Beertown
  • A site for different brewing associations, including the American Homebrewer Association
  • Real Beer
  • A general site about beer with a lot of information about brewing.
  • Bodensatz
  • A site with lots of info about homebrewing.

Miscellaneous Beer Sites

  • Beer Judge Certification Program
  • The most useful thing, IMHO, are "style guidelines" that are used for homebrew competitions. I hope people won't get too stuck on the details as some of it is very arbitrary. But it's a good way to get information about some styles, like "Irish Red Ale" or "Dunkelweizen"...
  • Rate Beer
  • A site where one can rate beers they try and/or read people's comments about beers. Some of these comments are a bit strange and those people tend to like specific types of beer, but it's sometimes a good way to choose a beer you want to try. Hops are liked by raters and so are strong full-bodied beers but the best-rated beer is in fact a Belgian Trappist...
  • Michael Jackson the Beer Hunter
  • The best-known beer writer, not the youngest member of the Jackson 5.
  • Beer Advocate
  • I mostly use it to look for beer pubs across the US and in other places, especially when I travel. Many places have lists of brew- and beerpubs and may even do pubcrawls for beer geeks...
  • PubCrawler
  • Another site listing beer pubs in the US and elsewhere. Actually, I was confusing PubCrawler with BeerAdvocate. They accomplish similar goals...
  • All About Beer
  • A brewing magazine.
  • Siebel Institute
  • A very serious institute where you can get a degree in brewing technology. Education you can actually use!

0 Comments:

Publier un commentaire

Links to this post:

Créer un lien

<< Home