NABC’s lineup for Gravity Head’s third weekend, beginning Friday, March 14

Each year at Gravity Head, NABC saves most of its gravity-worthy beers to be tapped on the same day as our friends at Founders and Flat12, which in 2014 falls on Friday, March 14.

It’s also a field trip for Cavalier Distributing, which is the Indiana wholesaler for NABC and Founders.

The festivities begin at 11:00 a.m., and representatives from all participating breweries will be on hand throughout the day, although NABC cannot take responsibility for declining coherence as the evening progresses (or regresses, as the case may be).

New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany IN

NABC/Bloomington Brewing Feastiality
Strong Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)
New Albanian Brewing Company (IN)
Bloomington Brewing Company (IN)
Malts: Warminster Marris Otter, Dingemann’s Biscuit, Simpson Dark Crystal, Weyermann Carafa II Spezial
Adjunct: Dark brown sugar
Hops: US Willamette, East Kent Golding
Yeast: McEwan’s Scotch
Bitterness: 36 IBUs
Original Gravity: 23 degrees Plato
Alcohol by volume: 9.2%
First-ever collab between BBC and NABC. Ben Minton previews: “Very malty, with noticeable hop flavor from the later kettle additions of EKG. Finishes slightly sweet; little or no alcohol warming. Repeated drinks uncover toasty, malty flavors mingled with piney undertones. Dark red/brown in color.”

NABC Jaxon (2011)
American Barleywine
Malts: Special Pale, Dingeman’s Biscuit, Cara 45, Special B
Hops: Centennial, Simcoe, Chinook in two additions;
Cascade in the whirlpool; dry hopped twice with whole cone Cascade
Yeast: House American Ale
Bitterness: 100 IBUs
Original Gravity: 28 degrees Plato
Alcohol by volume: 11%
The newest member of the Brewers’ Best Friend Series teasingly asks the question, “With a bark like that, who needs Pat?” It’s NABC’s first ever Barleywine, brewed and aged by David Pierce at Bank Street Brewhouse; only the first runnings are collected from the mash tun (with no sparge). Three separate mashes make up one batch.

NABC Oaktimus
Wood-aged Imperial IPA
Malts: Special Pale
Hops: Four additions of high alpha
Nugget, one late addition of Cascade, dry-hopped with whole cone Cascade
Yeast: House American Ale
Bitterness: 100 IBUs
Original Gravity: 22.6 Plato
Alcohol by volume: 10.7%
Aged in sterner stuff, Oaktimus is Hoptimus permitted to rest in oak. Hoptimus lives vivaciously, audaciously and capriciously through itself. With a snarky hop character that is blatantly unrepentant, Hoptimus ensures that meek palates surely will not inherit the earth.

NABC Stumble Bus
American Strong Ale
Malts: Rahr Pale, Weyermann Vienna, Simpson Medium Crystal, light malt extract
Hops: A delicate mix of Galena, Cascade and Golding
Yeast: House American Ale
Bitterness: 126 IBUs
OG: 25 degrees Plato
ABV: 11.2%
Fall Off the Bus … Along with Bourbondaddy, Stumble Bus is the most fondly remembered seasonal ale brewed by NABC’s founding brewer, Michael Borchers. Was it Imperial IPA, or was it Barleywine? What is it now? It’s not the destination; it’s the journey. Part of NABC’s (the brewery) 10th Anniversary Bygoner Series, brewed to celebrate NABC’s 25th company anniversary in 2012.

Founders lineup for March 14
Flat12 lineup for March 14

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