Monday, January 21, 2013

A word from our sponsor (sort of): What's happening at NABC.

Over the next month and a half, the New Albanian Brewing Company will be completely revamping the main company websiteIn the interim, remains accurate insofar as basic information, menus, hours and routines at the Pizzeria & Public House and Bank Street Brewhouse are concerned. 

At the Pizzeria & Public House, we’re gearing up for Gravity Head 2013. The 15th edition of Gravity Head begins on Friday, February 22. Here is a mid-January update.

At BSB, the WCTU Reading Room gradually is being outfitted, and work can begin soon on Lloyd’s Landing, our evolving outdoor seating and events area. On Sundays, Bank Street's brunch, build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and carryout growler sales are unchanged, as is the strength of Chef Matt Weirich's menu.

Meanwhile, NABC’s beer and brewery event calendar is filling, even this early in the year.

NABC's core lineup for distribution in 2013 is stable: Black & Blue Grass, Elector, Hoptimus and (at present) Hoosier Daddy. Naughty Girl comes back on board in April. Beak's Best and Bob's Old 15-B are available to outside accounts on request.  

As for seasonal our beer releases, Solidarity Baltic Porter currently is pouring at both NABC locations, and because this year’s 22-oz bomber bottling of Solidarity was limited, bottles are available ONLY at the Pizzeria & Public House and Bank Street Brewhouse.

Draft-only Old Lightning Rod (Benjamin Franklin's Colonial-style dark ale) also now is on tap at both NABC locations. ConeSmoker is next to come on line, probably between now and Super Bowl. After that, there is Bonfire of the Valkyries, which has been brewed and is maturing. Bonfire will be kegged for distribution.

As a final note: NABC will soon be shipping 22-oz “bomber” bottles into Ohio via Cavalier Distributing Ohio. We're more than happy to be working with old friends at Cavalier Ohio. 

Here is a quick look at the company calendar.

The Brewers of Indiana Guild holds an annual indoor festival at the state fairgrounds; here is NABC's beer lineup at Winterfest in Indianapolis, coming on Saturday, January 26.

The Varanese/NABC beer dinner is Thursday, February 7, and I'm particularly excited about this opportunity because Varanese is a personal favorite among Louisville's many fine restaurants.

Note that the year's first quarterly Food and Dining magazine (February/March/April) is just about due to be published. My column in the coming edition is about six craft beer trends to watch in 2013. 

Lastly, my two most recent columns at, with another on the way next week:

"Getting Our Shift Together."

"Take It Off! Take It Off!" 

NABC's 70+ employees thank our patrons, and we all wish you a great year to come. 

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