Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Taxman Brewing Company Preview

Last week, I had the opportunity to check out the new Taxman Brewing Co. in Bargersville, In. Taxman Brewing was hosting the Indiana chapter of Girls Pint Out and they were gracious enough to let me crash their party! Thanks Amanda and Leah!
These guys actually launched last year and have been producing some fantastic Belgian beers for almost a year now. That's right, Belgians. And that's all they brew. So much for your standard new brewery offerings of a blonde, pale ale, IPA and a stout. Taxman Brewing launched with The Standard (abbey blonde), La Maison (saison), Deduction (dubbel) and Exemption (tripel). Qualified (quad) was/is available in limited release. But, they haven't had a place to call home until recently. Taxman has been contracting with Cutters in Avon, In. while they work on their permanent space in Bargersville. And now that the final pieces are coming together, I'll tell you it's going to be one of the premier brewpubs in the southern half of the state.
Taxman Brewing - Bargersvill, Indiana
They completely gutted an old building across from a couple railroad grain silos in this small, rural town. The whole place is decked out in salvaged barn wood mixed with a hard, industrial iron theme. Then, they more than doubled the size of the building adding a brand new brewhouse, coolers, outdoor patio, etc. And with 24 taps downstairs, 12 upstairs, there shouldn't be a lack of beer selection. Initially, expect 12 Taxman Brewing beers to be tapped with about as many guest taps, mainly focused on Indiana breweries.
Taxman Brewing 24 taps downstairs, 12 upstairs
This week, Taxman released a new fall seasonal, deFallt. Most of their beers have a tax/accounting theme based on a few of the owners being former accounts. deFallt is their autumn seasonal rendition of the Belgian Bière de Garde style, brewed as “beer to keep” over the summer for fall release.  Smooth and spicy French oak flavors blend with cinnamon and Indiana Hunter's Farm wildflower honey.
I didn't get to try deFallt while I was there last week, but hopefully it will be available on September 20th, when they celebrate the grand opening at the Bargersville location. They'll also be releasing Hop Collector, a Belgian style IPA. Be sure to check them out, the doors open at 11am. It will be 21+ only and they'll be serving food from a limited menu. Bargersville Fall Festival will also be happening in the town with live music, etc.
Style: Bière de Garde
ABV: 7%
IBU: ~22 IBU
Description: French oak provides a warm, silky spice note with vanilla tones - less obvious and 'woody' than American oak, Beer is autumn amber in color and on style. Alcohol is typical of style; high alcohol traditionally helped preserve beer through the summer
Hop Collector
Style: Belgian IPA
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 65
Available: Very Limited
Description: Hop Collector is our Belgian twist on a traditional American style IPA. Amarillo and
Simcoe hops provide a bright aromatic nose of citrus, flowers and pine, complimented by moderate
bitterness. Traditional Belgian malts, candi sugar and unique Belgian esters finish off this complex
beer with a sparkling dryness. The Hop Collector has arrived and the coffers are overflowing.

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