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Goose the Market, Sun King, Flat12, Umph

Posted Jun 29 2011 9:20am

Thanks to everyone for reading my recap of Slow Food’s Feast in the Field ! I got a lot of nice feedback about that post, so I really appreciate all the readers.

Hope your week is going well! Summer is always a busy time but sometimes I overexert myself and plan too many things. This coming weekend, I had planned to travel to Kansas City (a good four hour drive) to see Umphrey’s McGee in concert again, but decided that I really needed the weekend to decompress, clean the house, and relax, especially since we’re going out of town the following weekend! Don’t worry, Matt is still going :)

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For now, I’ll leave you with our weekend in Indianapolis.  We’ve been there plenty of times before – when I lived in Michigan and Matt lived in St. Louis, Indianapolis was the perfect spot to meet in the middle! Needless to say, we’ve spent many a weekend there, but now that I’ve taken an interest in food and brews a bit more, it was nice to get some suggestions and explore!

Via a few twitter friends, I received some great lunch and brewery suggestions. The most appealing lunch spot? Goose the Market .

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Goose the Market is part deli, part salumeria, part wine cellar, and part market! They do it all. When we arrived, it was a bit confusing to figure out exactly how and where to order and get our food but once we did, we were in cold cut heaven!

I ordered The Goose – prosciutto with fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. So tasty! The prosciutto is such a great alternative to bacon (like you would ever need an alternative to bacon!).

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After lunch, we met an Indy friend (John Weller himself, for those in the know!) for a two-stop Indy brewery tour. Matt and I have already been to Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Alcatraz Brewing Co (now closed!), and Broad Ripple Brewpub, but we had two smaller, newer breweries to try.

First stop: Sun King Brewery

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Sun King has a pretty awesome setup. The entire main section of the building is one giant tasting room – you are literally tasting the beer next to where it was made! Every guest gets four regular samples and two specialty samples for free, and tours of the brewery are offered every so often.

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Sun King is known for their Sunlight Cream Ale, which is an excellent beer. I thought the Osiris Pale Ale was OK, but I really enjoyed tasting the specialty brews. The Norwegian Blue literally tasted like a pine tree! That was a tough one to get over. However, I loved the Few Hops More, an incredibly bitter Imperial IPA. This beer is a 98 on the IBU (International Bitterness Units) scale, which means it’s really bitter, but I loved it!

I also promptly spilled my sample all over the table. Sad day.

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One cool thing about Sun King is that they only sell their beer in cans, no bottles! Any amount of light is bad for beer, and even with brown bottles, some light gets through. With cans? No light! Our friend did fill a couple growlers and we went on our way.

Next stop: Flat12 Bierwerks  

I believe this is Indy’s newest brewery. They had a really neat tasting room, and the staff was super friendly! The Half Cycle IPA was a big winner but with an IBU of 104, I could only have one sample. I’m loving bitter, hoppy beers, but that was a big one!

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A great compromise was their Summer Cycle IPA. While still 104 on the bitterness scale, it had a citrus flavor that killed a bit of the bitterness and made it easier to drink. I really liked that one!

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We picked up one more growler and headed to the hotel to get ready for the Umphrey’s McGee concert at White River Lawn.

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(We had quite the collection of beers going at this point!)

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The Lawn at White River State Park is an awesome place to see concerts. It’s an intimate venue in the heart of downtown that is just the right size.

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We saw what was once again a fantastic Umphrey’s show. If you are into Phish, DMB, or just rock music in general, I highly suggest you check them out! They are incredibly talented and so fun to go see. Here are some photos:

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We left early the next day, so I could be home in time for Feast in the Field . I love our trips to Indy!

Later this week, I have the next installment of Eating Through St. Louis coming, as well as an amazing twist on vegetarian tacos. Hope you’re having a great week!

Question: Have you ever been to Indianapolis?

(It’s an incredible Midwestern town – and they’re hosting the next Super Bowl!)

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