Books, Booze and Brains at Centerpoint Brewing
Books, Booze and Brains at Centerpoint Brewing: If you haven’t guessed already from the “Tomes” half of my nom de plume, I love books. So when I heard that Indiana Humanities was holding a nonfiction book club involving alcohol and science, I was all in. Originally, it was held at Broken Beaker Distillery, but when they tragically closed their doors, the meetings were moved to Centerpoint Brewing.
This move has so far been a success, at least in my opinion–the space is slightly bigger, there’s more space for discussion–and I mean, come on…there’s beer.
If you haven’t been to Centerpoint yet, think of your parents’ detached garage. Now push out the walls and lift up the ceiling. Add some brew tanks, long wooden tables, and add a tap room off to the side. If you weren’t lucky enough to have some 80s game machines in the back, go on, add those too. It’s a super casual space–wear your patched jeans and converse, bring a tabletop game. (Unless you’re here for BBB night and then be ready for some serious…or not so serious…science discourse.)
Dogs are welcome, but make sure they are feline friendly because there’s a striped bar cat running around. Clustertruck menus grace every table in case you feel like ordering in. This is a place you’re gonna want to hang out for awhile.
WHAT ABOUT THE BEER, HALEY?? I’m getting there, I’m getting there.
I only had one this time, as I was driving and the weather was not conducive to heavy drinking. I was not disappointed in my choice though–the Blood Orange IPA was sweet, slightly tangy, and not super hoppy. This super juicy drink was almost more reminiscent of a witbier than what we normally think of as an IPA nowadays, but it did have a slightly bitter back end. This is one you could grab a growler of and drink on your patio all weekend. Remember those “crushable” beers I mentioned in my last post? While I still don’t like that term, this is probably one I would think of as a high quantity drinker. It goes down super easy (maybe a little TOO easy), without being too high on the ABV. You’re not lacking on the quality or flavor though AT ALL. Those who like their IPAs way hopped up are going to be disappointed in this, but someone looking for pure drink ability? Pick this one every time.
I remember being really happy with their Schwarzbier last time I was in house last time, as well. While I can’t make any specific flavor notes on this post, I will say that if you’re looking for a great German style brew, this is the way to go.
One last note about Books, Booze, and Brains: the next book we are reading is In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. The event is up on my Facebook page for anyone wanting to come to our next meeting. It’s a good way to get to know some of the scientists in our community doing really cool work!
–Haley M. from Taps and Tomes
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