World Class Beverages Indiana

June 28, 2010

A Card That Needs To Be Played

Filed under: Beer Business — Jim Schembre @ 10:55 am
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While traveling in Northern Indiana to visit Three Floyds brewery one summer evening I was told about a country bar in a small town that had great tenderloins. Indiana is noted for their tenderloins and it is an Indiana tradition I love to partake in.

I arrived at the local bar with notices in the window proclaiming “We Love Our Troops” and displaying American flags in all the windows.  Upon entering I also noticed even more American flags hanging on the back wall along with red white and blue flashing lights across the bar. This most certainly was the “Heart of America”.  I also found the bar very clean with lots of people, small children, and I was sure everybody knew everybody and that I was the outsider.



June 16, 2010

Craft and Specialty Beer Update: June 16, 2010

Filed under: New Product Releases and Placements — Bob Mack @ 4:43 pm
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Each week we try to give you the low down on what’s happening with our craft and specialty brands in the state of Indiana. We highlight new products, expected shipments and arrival dates for each brewery and importer in our portfolio.

US Craft Brands –

Abita (Louisiana): Satsuma Wit is in stock now. Also, a special pilsner called S.O.S (Save Our Shoreline) will be bottled and shipped to Indiana in August.  75 cents of each bottle of S.O.S. will benefit recovery efforts of the Louisiana coastline. From Abita: “This unfiltered Weizen Pils is made with Pilsner and Wheat malts.  It is hopped and dry hopped with Sterling and German Perle hops.  It has a brilliant gold color, sweet malts flavor, and a pleasant bitterness and aroma.   It is 7% ABV and has 35 IBU.”


June 14, 2010

Beer Review: Barley Island Barfly

Filed under: Beer Reviews — Bob Mack @ 4:41 pm
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I’m an IPA guy. In other words, a hophead. So I like to think I know a little bit about this sort of beer. I’ve certainly had plenty of them. I love trying new ones and old favorites from all parts of the country. But they say that “there’s no place like home” and Barley Island’s Barfly IPA, brewed right here in central Indiana, has become a home, of sorts, for me.


April 21, 2010

Take Beer out of the Ball Game?

Victory Field, IndianapolisI just spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Victory Field with my lovely wife and daughter enjoying a sunny day of baseball and a few good beers. Sitting on the outfield grass I couldn’t help but feel blessed that the beer gods had smiled enough on me that local brewers like Oaken Barrel, Sun King and Upland would be represented at the ballpark in addition to great brews from Bell’s, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium. Truly, I was blessed to have such choices.

But why can’t every ballpark, stadium or concert venue have such choices? It’s a question I am often asked about and a situation I sometimes despair over.

Why can’t there be great craft beers at venues like Verizon Wireless, Conseco Fieldhouse or Lucas Oil Stadium?


March 25, 2010

New Beers to Indiana – March 25, 2010

There are a bunch of new beers to Indiana this month and next, with most of them hitting store shelves this week on into April and May. In addition, Bell’s Oberon makes it’s long awaited return to Indiana on March 29th. A complete map to all Indiana bars and restaurants who will be pouring Oberon draft on March 29th is now available at the World Class Beverages website.

It’s March Madness, World Class Beverages style!


February 17, 2010

Hop Dam! Coming Soon to Indiana

Filed under: New Product Releases and Placements — Bob Mack @ 9:26 am
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Fred Karm, Owner and Brewer

Hoppin Frog Brewing of Akron, Ohio isn’t the biggest brewery in the northeast part of Ohio, but it’s earned a reputation for being the best. Just this month, they were ranked by as the 24th best brewery in the world! (See the story at Hopping Frog’s website at:

”I’m just blown away,” Hoppin’ Frog owner and brewer Fred Karm said. ”I just think of myself as making beer for my friends and family. It’s unfathomable.”

Hoppin Frog’s reputation and status is built on big beers like BORIS the Crusher, an astounding Russian Imperial Stout that also comes in a very scarce barrel aged version. But Hoppin Frog has also been quite liberal in their use of hops and coming soon to Indiana is their “triple IPA” called Hop Dam. We’re grateful to Fred for getting us 30 cases of this amazing beer!

From the Hoppin Frog website:


February 10, 2010

Batch 9000

Filed under: New Product Releases and Placements — Bob Mack @ 12:15 pm
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Bell’s Batch 9000 arrived safely in Indiana and is ready to start shipping to stores across the state!

Our Beer Spy will start listing retail locations as they arrive in stores beginning on Monday. Beer Spy list EVERY beer bar, restaurant and retail location of the many brands we distribute in Indiana. Visit the Beer Spy at

It really does exist!

The latest in Bell’s series of milestone releases, Batch 9000 Ale offers up aromas ranging from the sweet caramel & molasses of dark rum to fruits such as raisins and plums. Brewed with the idea of a Double American Stout in mind, Batch 9000 Ale is a unique, one-time-only recipe. Well suited for vintage aging, this limited release will continue to develop in flavor & complexity over the years.


ABV: 12.5%
Original Extract: 29 Plato
Bitterness: 52 IBUs
Color: Black
Availability: Special release; Bottle & draft
Shelf life: Unlimited

Batch 9000 Ale celebrates another milestone in Bell’s history, offering a wealth of flavor in a Double American Stout body.

February 5, 2010

Have a little Hair of the Dog

Alan Sprints, owner and head brewer at Hair of the Dog Brewing of Portland, Oregon has been kind enough to send 3 of his acclaimed beers to Indiana. Cases of Hair of the Dog Adam, Fred and Ruth just made their way to Indiana this week, but in very small amounts of only 24 cases each, so get them while you can!

Just to give you a little insight into the quality of these beers, here are the individual ratings from Adam – 100, Fred – 99, Ruth – 84.

Yea. They’re that good.

Hair of the Dog only makes about 500 barrels annually and their distribution is limited to a handful of states, mostly in the Pacific Northwest. We’re grateful to Alan for sharing a little bit of these tremendous beers with us!

January 15, 2010

Winter Fest Beers and the Malt Shoppe

Filed under: New Product Releases and Placements — Bob Mack @ 5:56 pm
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Hot off the press – here is what I know about beers coming to the Winter Fest on Janaury 30th. As a reminder, this event will sell out ahead of time! Get your tickets online or at your favorite Indiana microbrewery soon!

A couple of cool things: Schlafly and New Albanian are doing a collaboration beer that they’ll be sampling! Also, Bluegrass Brewing of Louisville is bringing something exciting that they don’t even want me to mention! So forget I told you about it, because I didn’t. I’m hearing also that Sierra Nevada will debut their new Glissade Golden Bock winter seasonal along with some good ‘ol Bigfoot!

World Class Beverages is presenting our winter version of the popular “Hopapalooza” and we’re calling it “The Malt Shoppe“. Here are the DRAFT beers we’re currently planning on bringing:

  • Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale
  • Flying Dog Gonzo Porter
  • Avery Hog Heaven
  • Avery The Reverend
  • Avery Salvation
  • Brooklyn Winter
  • Brooklyn Backbreaker
  • Bluegrass Brewing Scotch Ale
  • Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Doppelbock
  • Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout
  • Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout
  • Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
  • Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine
  • Rogue Shakespeare Stout
  • Schlafly Coffee Stout
  • Victory Abbey 6
  • Victory Golden Monkey

January 5, 2010

Hopslam Cometh

Filed under: New Product Releases and Placements — Bob Mack @ 8:36 am
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Bell’s Brewery is shipping Hopslam to Indiana this week which is news of interest to many a craft beer enthusiast. This high abv, outrageously hopped beer is always highly anticipated during it’s one time release each January.

Here’s what I can tell you about the logistics of Hopslam’s arrival in Indiana.

1) We won’t have enough kegs to fill every order we get. Sorry. That means that Bell’s will be making some judgement calls on who gets kegs since there won’t be enough to go around. My apologies to those with kegerators, but Bell’s won’t be happy if we short a bar or restaurant that sells Bell’s beer all year just for an individual to enjoy it in his or her basement. But..

2) There will be plenty of cases out there starting late this week and into next week as retailer orders come in. We should be able to start making deliveries of Hopslam by Thursday, but some retailers won’t have orders to place until the following week. So there should be some Hopslam out and about this weekend, but you’ll really see the majority of it next week. And speaking of next week…

3) Barley Island in Broad Ripple will be holding their own Hopslam release party on Wednesday, January 13th at 6pm. Bell’s beer will be the guest feature beer all month, but on Jan 13 they’ll have a few special treats, including an Expedition Stout firkin – the first one in Indiana in a long, long time!

See you at Barley Island (corner of Broad Ripple Ave & College) next Wednesday!

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