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Hop Notes celebrates 6 years with a beer book giveaway

This week Hop Notes is celebrating its sixth anniversary, and with Beer Book Month right around the corner in March, how about a book giveaway?

Quarto Publishing USA is offering a copy of “World Bottled Beers: 50 Classic Brews to Sip and Savour.” This hard-cover, beer-shaped book lists 50 bottled beers with their countries of origin, alcohol by volume, tasting notes, brewer’s websites and similar beers to try.

If you are interested in winning this book, email me at with “50 Bottled Beers” in the subject line. I will draw a random name and the publisher will ship the book directly to the winner.

The book features well-known U.S. classics such as Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (available in Michigan) and Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale (available seasonally in Indiana and Michigan), as well as Adnams Broadside in the UK and German lagers and wheat beers that include Ayinger Celebrator and Schneider Weisse (both available in Indiana and Michigan).

Other featured countries include Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy and Australia. Beers range from best bitters and IPAs to stouts and porters, Trappist ales and oak-aged brown ales to lagers and wheat beers.

Author Adrian Tierney-Jones is an award-winning beer writer, general editor of the best-selling “1001 Beers to Try Before You Die,” and author of several other books about beer.

He is secretary of the British Guild of Beer Writers and travels regularly to many countries as a beer judge, writing and tasting as he goes. His work appears in The Daily Telegraph, All About Beer and the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

As mentioned above, March is Beer Book Month. I will be coordinating more beer book giveaways with Better World Books, downtown Goshen, and DIY Coffee and Ale Supply. More details coming soon. Better World Books has a nice selection of new and used books about beer, so check them out.

Last week Upland Brewing Co. announced the date for its fourth annual Sour + Wild + Funk Fest (more on that later). Thanks to a local beer buddy, I recently experienced one of the funkiest beers in my memory: Rogue Beard Beer (American Wild Ale, 4.8 percent ABV, IBUs 25).

The part of this beer that is really funky, other than the flavor, is where the yeast was discovered. Since you already know the name of this beer, you probably have figured out where this is headed (no pun intended).

Rogue Brewmaster John “More Hops” Maier had not shaved his iconic bushy beard since 1978, and what began as a joke in fall 2012 turned into a search for suitable yeast in Maier’s beard.

After removing nine follicles from Maier’s beard, lab workers found a yeast ideal for brewing beer.

There is no need to be grossed out. Wild yeasts are found everywhere, and brewers have been using them for centuries. After brewing some 18,000 beers with this beard, it’s no surprise that suitable beer yeast was found there.

To see some photos of John and his yeasty beard, check out his blog John’s Beard.

Rogue beers are distributed to our area; however, I’m not sure this particular beer ever made it this far. I’m grateful to have had the chance to try it, especially since I sport a nice beer beard myself.

The fourth annual Sour + Wild + Funk Fest will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the historic Indianapolis City Market.

The festival is taking over Market Street to allow more space for breweries and guests. A VIP presentation will precede the event from noon to 1 p.m., with a Secret Barrel Society members-only afterparty in the building’s catacombs from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale at noon March 9 at

Ticket options will include VIP, general admission and designated driver. VIP tickets are $75 and will include a VIP lanyard, commemorative T-shirt, tasting glass and swag bag. VIP ticket holders will be able to enter the festival at 1 p.m. and have access to a lounge with snacks and separate bathrooms.

General admission tickets are $45 and will include a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited samples of sour, wild and funky brews. Heavier fare will be available from City Market Food Vendors.

A designated driver ticket is $20.

For more Michiana craft beer news and commentary from Eric Strader, subscribe to the Hop Notes email newsletter. Stay tuned all week for more giveaways celebrating six years of Hop Notes.

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