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Cooking with Walkabout Pale Ale

We love trying new recipes with all of our core beers, and here's one of our favorites with our Walkabout Pale Ale, a single-hopped pale with Galaxy hops from Australia!

Potato, Walkabout Beer Cheese Soup with Bacon

from CookingAndBeer.com

  • 6 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or stock
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups Walkabout Pale Ale
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (plus extra for garnish)
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped
  • 1 cup micro greens

Instructions

  1. Add the quartered potatoes to a large stock pot. Add just enough water so that the potatoes are just submerged. Season generously with salt. Bring the pot to a rolling boil and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 10-12 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. Add the milk and butter to the potatoes and mash with a potato masher, hand-held mixer or stand mixer. You want the potatoes to be completely pulverized. No lumps must remain. If you need to add more milk, feel free. Season with salt and black pepper. Place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.
  3. To a large dutch oven, add the chilled mashed potatoes and the broth or stock. Stir to completely combine. This may take a couple of minutes. Season with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Heat over medium-high heat and cook for 15 minutes. At this point, add the honey if you have a trouble with the bitterness you tend to get when drinking a beer. This soup is very bitter, add honey to your desired amount.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the beer and cornstarch. Add it to the pot, along with the heavy cream. Cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the soup has thickened substantially. Reduce the heat to low, and add the cheese, in 1/4 cup increments. Stirring to melt after each addition.
  5. Keep the pot on low heat, covered, until you are ready to serve.
  6. Garnish with bacon, micro greens and additional cheddar cheese. Enjoy warm!

Notes

Yes, the mashed potatoes may be made ahead of time, up to a week and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

The hoppiness of the pale ale shines through in this soup. A pilsner will tone it down, but not completely. If you are looking for some sweetness, add honey or granulated sugar.

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Flat12 Brewery Expansion

Flat12 Bierwerks Expanding Indianapolis Brewery With New Canning Line and Shrink Sleeve Labeling System

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (March 10, 2017) Flat12 Bierwerks is excited to announce a state-of-the-art expansion of the downtown Indianapolis brewery with the addition of a beer canning line and steam tunnel shrink sleeve application machine. VIDEO HERE

The brewery recently purchased the canning line from the industry’s leading canning machine maker, Wild Goose, based in Boulder, Colorado. Wild Goose canning solutions are “tailor-made and precision engineered to meet each customer’s individual needs.” Wild Goose hand-builds every system in their Boulder, Colorado facility using American-made parts.

In addition to the canning line, Flat12 is one of the first breweries in Indiana to purchase and run a Tri-Pack shrink sleeve application machine utilizing a steam tunnel system in tandem with the canning line. According to Tri-Pack, “Heat shrink sleeves and labels are a fast growing trend in the craft brewing industry.” Tri-Pack’s cutting edge system enables a quick-to-market product launch opportunity to craft breweries. In addition to core beers, the new can sleeving machine will enable Flat12 to nimbly can small batch and specialty beers.  

The craft beer consumer has a growing awareness that cans are better for beer because they prevent exposure to light and form an airtight seal preventing oxidation, both of which can negatively affect quality and taste. With the addition of the complete high-tech can production system, Flat12 will be making the switch from 12 oz bottles and 16 oz cans, to all 12 oz cans in Spring 2017. “We’ve worked really hard at pulling all the logistics for the new equipment together, and we’re looking forward to seeing it up and running. We’re going this direction to increase the quality of our product and to provide our customers an even better experience with the core and specialty beers we create,” said Head Brewer, Sean Lewis. 

Flat12 President and Founder Sean O’Connor added “We’re excited to make the move to a 12 oz can format because we want our consumers to enjoy the mobility of a package they can take hiking, biking, to the racetrack or the lake, but on hot summer days, the beer isn’t always cold at the end of a 16oz can. We wanted our beers to stay cool until the last drop. Additionally, 12 oz cans keep the beer fresher than bottles, are eco-friendly, and many consumers agree it just tastes better.”

The brewery will immediately begin canning all of their year-round flagship beers including Half Cycle IPA, Walkabout Pale Ale, Upside Down Blonde, and Pogue’s Run Porter. The first specialty brew to hit the Flat12 canning line will be the popular spring/summer offering, Hinchtown Hammerdown Pilsner, brewed in collaboration with Indy Car driver, James Hinchcliffe. Consumers can expect a variety of other limited release canned beers going forward.

About Flat12:

Flat12 Bierwerks is a production craft brewery formed in 2010 located in the fast-growing Holy Cross neighborhood— just east of downtown Indianapolis. The ingenuity of Flathead 12 cylinder engine revolutionized racing in the great state of Indiana. They foster that same spirit of ingenuity with every beer they create. 

Flat12 currently distributes across Indiana and Louisville, and in 2015, opened a second location on the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just across from downtown Louisville.

Download hi-res photos and video of the new system in action HERE.

Media Contact:
Valerie Green, Flat12 Marketing & Events Director
valerie.green@flat12werks.com | 720-289-6393

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In Remembrance of Sean Lamb (News)

In Remembrance of Sean Lamb (News)

With heavy hearts, we thank everyone who has reached out with kind words and remembrances of Sean Lamb (also known as News.) We have lost a very dear friend and member of our Flat12 family and our hearts go out to his family in this painful time. 

As a celebration of Sean's life, we will be hosting a private memorial at Flat12 on Sunday, February 19th at 7:00p. All friends and family are welcome. All beer sales from the evening will be donated to Sean's family to help with arrangements. Join us at 414 Dorman Street, Indianapolis, IN. 

Our team is currently working on brewing one of Sean's fantastic small batch beers to release in his honor. Details on the release forthcoming.

We'd love to have any photos of Sean to include in a memorial slideshow in the taproom. Please email photos to HERE.

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Two Special Anniversary Bomber Releases!

Two Special Anniversary Bomber Releases!

We're excited for the release of the Official Beer of our Sixth Anniversary, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged Pogue's Run Porter! Only 220 of these 22oz soon-to-be wax-dipped, cherrywood labeled bombers will go on sale at our Sixth Anniversary Beer Festival Saturday, January 21 at 1:00p in the beer garden. Limit one per person, first come, first served. 

BUFFALO TRACE BOURBON BARREL AGED POGUE'S RUN PORTER

6.5% ABV | 34 IBU

The award-winning Pogue's Run Porter has been with us from the beginning. With a sentimental nod to our second home in Kentuckiana as well as our own backyard, we aged our porter in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels creating a special brew tasting of rich chocolate and coffee that melds into robust bourbon and oak notes. We couldn't be happier to share this with our friends and family as we turn six!

The Return of Indiana Maple Barrel Aged Pinko Russian Imperial Stout

It all started with a Corsair Artisan Triple Smoke Whiskey barrel. Flat12 brewers sent the barrel up to our friends at the Newmun Homestead in Fort Wayne, and they filled it with their famous Indiana maple syrup, "Martha's Maple Madness." Once they emptied and bottled the barrel aged maple syrup, they returned the barrel to Flat12. The crew then filled it with our Pinko Russian Imperial Stout, and thus was born Indiana Maple Barrel Pinko, an award-winning Russian Imperial Stout available only once a year. 

Brewed to age. Brewed for barrels. Indiana Maple Barrel Pinko is rich and velvety with notes of woody vanilla and waffles. The bitter roastiness balances out out with a warm, lingering, sweet maple finish. In Soviet Russia, you don't drink Imperial Stouts, Imperial Stouts drink you. 

10.5% ABV | 86 IBU

In honor of our 6th Anniversary and available for one day only, we're releasing our award-winning Indiana Maple Barrel Aged Pinko Russian Imperial Stout in numbered, wax-dipped, custom cherrywood labeled bombers at our Sixth Anniversary Beer Festival Saturday beginning at 1:00p.

No ticket, no lottery, only 80 of these bombers will be available at the Indy taproom first come, first served for $25 each at 1:00p.

*20 more IN Maple Barrel Pinko bombers and 30 Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Porter bombers will be available at the Flat12 Bierwerks Jeffersonville Anniversary January 28th! #roadtrip

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The Return of Indiana Maple Barrel Aged Pinko Russian Imperial Stout

Soon to be wax-dipped by hand by Flat12 brewers.

The Return of Indiana Maple Barrel Aged Pinko Russian Imperial Stout

It all started with a Corsair Artisan Triple Smoke Whiskey barrel. Flat12 brewers sent the barrel up to our friends at the Newmun Homestead in Fort Wayne, and they filled it with their famous Indiana maple syrup, "Martha's Maple Madness." Once they emptied and bottled the barrel aged maple syrup, they returned the barrel to Flat12. The crew then filled it with our Pinko Russian Imperial Stout, and thus was born Indiana Maple Barrel Pinko, an award-winning Russian Imperial Stout available only once a year. 

Brewed to age. Brewed for barrels. Indiana Maple Barrel Pinko is rich and velvety with notes of woody vanilla and waffles. The bitter roastiness balances out out with a warm, lingering, sweet maple finish. In Soviet Russia, you don't drink Imperial Stouts, they drink you. 

10.5% ABV | 86 IBU

In honor of our 6th Anniversary and available for one day only, we're releasing our award-winning Indiana Maple Barrel Aged Pinko Russian Imperial Stout in numbered, wax-dipped, custom cherrywood labeled bombers this Saturday beginning at 1:00p.

No ticket, no lottery, only 80 of these bombers will be available at the Indy taproom first come, first served for $25 each at 1:00p.

*20 more will be available at the Flat12 Bierwerks Jeffersonville Anniversary January 28th! #roadtrip

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Flat12 Sixth Anniversary Beer Fest FAQs

Flat12 Sixth Anniversary Beer Fest FAQs

We're looking forward to our biggest event of the year! Thanks for joining us! 

In order to avoid long lines the day of the event, beginning Wednesday, January 18th, sample package ticket holders can pick up their wristbands, glassware, and gloves at the Indianapolis taproom between the hours below. 

MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR GLASS, GLOVES, AND WRISTBAND THE DAY OF THE EVENT. There will be no replacements on hand. 

Glassware Pickup Hours:

Wednesday: 12:00p-8:00p

Thursday: 12:00p-8p

Friday: 12:00p-9:00p

FAQs

Is the event 21+?

Yes, of course. It's a beer festival! Make sure to have your ID for entry.

Is the event free? 

Yes, the party is FREE to attend. We will have live music from The Innocent Boys from 3-4p, then again from 5p-6p,  Hoagies & Hops located right inside the brewery will have food specials and their full menu, plus 16 oz pints and half pints of 30+ beers will be available for purchase.

Are there free samples of these awesome, limited, super rare beers?

3 oz samples will be included with the purchased glassware & sample package ONLY. Half pints and pints are available for purchase without the package. Buy the sample package HERE.

How does the glassware & sample package work? 

If you purchased the glassware & sample package you will receive a commemorative 11.5 oz Rastal Teku glass, Flat12 branded touchscreen gloves, and 3 oz. samples of 30+ beers for the duration of the event. Please bring your ticket and ID with you and check in at the station in the beer garden upon arrival. If you have purchased a package, you can pick it up early beginning Wednesday January 17th during open hours. If a package is not purchased, attendees may purchase half pints and pints of any beer, but samples are not included.

Will the glass & sample packages be available at the door?

We're close to selling out, so we suggest getting them while they're available in advance HERE.

Is there free parking?

We highly recommend taking Lyft or Uber to and from the event. For your designated driver, there is plenty of free street parking around the brewery. Check out the map below.

What food is available?

It's a beer fest with lots of high gravity beers to enjoy, so please plan on eating! Hoagies & Hops is the new east coast style hoagie shop located inside the taproom. They’ll have their full menu, and a variety of $5 five inch hoagies and $7 five inch cheesesteaks. Another note: Please stay hydrated. There will be free water stations located at each beer station around the brewery and taproom.

What's on the beer lineup?

See the epic beer list and choose your own adventure HERE.

Can I fill my growler?

Growler fills of core beers will be available plus some other festival beers TBA

What time does the band play? 

If you haven’t heard the The Innocent Boys, they’re great drinking music! They’ll play two sets; from 3-4p, then again from 5-6p.

Can I bring my dog?

Although we are very dog-friendly at Flat12, dogs and beer festivals don't mix. Our Anniversary Beer Festival is one of our biggest events of the year and highly attended, so it's not the best environment for pooches. We suggest leaving furry friends at home for this one. (The four-legged kind, your bearded friend is welcome.)

Are there any special bomber releases at the event?

We're glad you asked! We are very excited to release our Official Sixth Anniversary Beer, a Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel aged Pogue's Run Porter (qty 220) and a super special Maple Barrel Aged Pinko Russian Imperial Stout (qty 80) both in hand wax-dipped bombers with custom cherrywood labels. These bombers will be on sale first come first served, so get here early to ensure you get one!

Any other questions, please contact Valerie Green, Marketing & Events Director. She's here to help!

See you there!

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New Year Bomber Release!

New Year Bomber Release!

2017 is right around the corner and we're ringing in the New Year with a special bomber release this week!

BEL-GIN 12TH

11.5% ABV | 37 IBU | $15 each | Limit One | Only 23 Available

A brand new barrel aged brew crafted by Head Brewer Sean Lewis in celebration of a New Year, our Bel-Gin 12th is a traditional Belgian Tripel aged in gin barrels.

Pouring a deep gold color with a dense, creamy head, bright herbal qualities complement this balanced tripel. Candy sugar lends a light sweetness to a smooth, boozy finish.

We recommend letting this one come close to room temperature for maximum flavor.

Enjoy this brew now or later as Bel-Gin 12th is suitable for cellaring in hand wax-dipped 22 oz bombers.

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12 Beers of Christmas coming December 7th

12 BEERS OF CHRISTMAS

December 7-24 | All tappings at 12p | Flights available

Beginning December 7th, Santa is stopping by the brewery to drop off the first of the 12 Beers of Christmas. Each week leading up to Christmas, we will release 4 of the holiday-themed brews available in Christmas flights or pints.

December 7th:

  • The 12th 2016 Belgian Tripel
  • Glazed Ham Porter English-style porter with glazing spices
  • Irish Coffee Milk Stout Milk Stout with whiskey, vanilla beans, and coffee
  • Fireside Red Irish Red with chipotle and cinnamon

December 14th:

  • Spruce IPA Piney India Pale Ale with essence of spruce
  • Starfruit of Bethlehem Walkabout Pale Ale with Australian Galaxy hops infused with starfruit
  • Fuggy Pudding Earthy, English Pale with Fuggle hops, figs, and dates
  • Snicker Doodle Blonde Blonde ale with cinnamon, milk sugar, and salt 

December 21st:

  • Barrel Aged 12th Belgian Tripel aged in Bourbon barrels
  • El Niño Tropical, juicy IPA
  • Cocoa B. Ware Rich and malty with Ovaltine, Dutch cocoa and marshmallow
  • 4 Brewers Brewing Flat12 Production crew collaboration

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Craft Beer Holiday Gift Guide

CRAFT BEER HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Stop by the taproom and check out our stock of brand new merchandise just in time for the holidays. You'll find new mens and ladies t-shirts, barrel pint glasses, hats, stickers, sunglasses, and of course, great craft beer in growlers, cans, bottles, and bombers. Pick up a Flat12 VIP Mug Club Membership for yourself and a friend. You can also take advantage and save with our gift card special. Buy a $25 gift card, get $5 free, or buy $50 and get $10 free. 

We've got the best deal in town with our daily Pint & Package special. Buy a pint of any house or seasonal beer (including Lacto-matic Milk Stout,) and get a 4 or 6 pack for only $10. Enjoy a pint and pick up a six pack while you're shopping. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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VIP Mug Club

Flat12 Bierwerks Launches VIP Mug Club

Flat12 Bierwerks is excited to announce the launch of its VIP Mug Club. Indiana craft beer enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy $1 off all beers for life, a custom VIP Member stainless steel pint glass with bottle opener bottom, a VIP t-shirt, access to member-only events like limited tastings, bottle/bomber releases, and early beer tappings. Members will also get early notification & access to all events and upcoming releases. Members can enjoy all of these perks and more at both of the brewery’s two popular locations: Flat12 Bierwerks Downtown Indianapolis Brewery and the Jeffersonville Taproom.

“Since launching in 2010, we’ve had an amazing amount of support from our regulars and the downtown community,” said President, Sean O’Connor. “The VIP Club is our way of thanking our loyal customer base and offering a little more to their Flat12 experience.”

Patrons are invited to come sign up at either taproom. Each time a member visits either taproom they will bring their stainless steel pint glass to redeem their membership benefits.

Full membership benefits include:

  • $1-off all Flat12 beers for life

  • Custom stainless steel VIP mug with bottle opener bottom that can be used to redeem membership perks at either location

  • VIP member t-shirt

  • First access to beer and bomber releases

  • First access to ticketed events

  • Invitation to member-only events and tappings throughout the year

  • Exclusive VIP Club emails, with the inside scoop on new beers, events and more

 

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LACTO-MATIC MILK STOUT IS OUT AND LOOKING BETTER THAN EVER!

LACTO-MATIC MILK STOUT IS OUT AND LOOKING BETTER THAN EVER! 

We’re excited to announce the release of our malty and rich winter seasonal, Lacto-Matic Milk Stout, AND it’s in 6-packs of 12oz cans for the first time! Starting November, Lacto-Matic will be available on tap and in cans at both taprooms, as well as bars and package stores all around Indiana and the greater Louisville area.

Offering 5.0% ABV and 29 IBUs, Lacto-Matic Milk Stout is creamy with a complex roasted flavor. Pouring dark brown with an off-white/tan head, this beer features hints of chocolate and a subtle coffee finish complemented by a milk-sugar sweetness that gives body and a full mouthfeel. This beer pairs perfectly with desserts and winter dishes.

We’re loving this new can look! Keep an eye out for these hitting shelves near you!

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Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale is OUT! Now in 12oz cans!

Flat12 Bierwerks is excited to announce the release of our Fall seasonal Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale. Following the successful launch of Pinko! Russian Imperial Stout in 8oz can 6-packs and Cucumber Kolsch in 12oz can 6-packs, for the first time, Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale will be released in 12oz can 6-packs. Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale (ABV 5.7% | IBU 22) is a spiced seasonal beer and the brewery’s first fall release of the season. The beer starts with a light pale ale base with a special blend of Indian spices and pumpkin shining through just enough to complement this slightly sweet and malty brew. It’s a balanced, light and very drinkable tribute to the season of hayrides and bonfires.

Flat Jack is a favorite regional fall brew and has been listed among the best Fall and Pumpkin beers regionally.

Top 10 Best Fall Brews - Visit Indiana

Named Best Indiana Pumpkin Beer - Kegerator

“Just enough pumpkin, not a ton of nutmeg, and really hit the spot.”- Louisville Beer

Available seasonally in 12-oz six-packs and on draft, Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale is hitting shelves and taps all around Indiana, Louisville, and at the Indianapolis and Jeffersonville taproom. A bourbon barrel Aged version of the Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale will be available at both the Indianapolis and Jeffersonville taproom.

Flat Jack is the character depicted on the can design. Flat Jack is known to be a bit of a trouble maker and likes to pull antics around the brewery. Follow @Flat12Bierwerks on Twitter and Instagram to find out what kind of mischief and chaos Flat Jack will cause this year.

 

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