The unfortunate truth of the matter is that with the exception of Hoosier brewers, who can deliver their wares to a licensed pub or restaurant in Indiana, an on-premise establishment must rely on the wholesaler for inventory.
No inventory at the wholesaler, no beer at the tavern. The three-tier system giveth and taketh away, often in equal measure.
This is my subtle, back-handed way of informing the Pints&union beer-drinking customer base that tonight or tomorrow, Bell’s Porter will take the place of Anchor Porter on the draft list. There are no kegs of Anchor Porter at the wholesaler, and they will not return until early October.
Coincidentally, early October is the predicted time for Fuller’s London Pride to return to the draft lineup. You’ll recall we sold three kegs of Fuller’s in 12 days, thus depleting the entire state. Wychwood Hobgoblin has been filling this spot in the weeks since.
Outages like these aren’t as much of an issue for the majority of establishments that follow the relatively new trend of rotating draft selections on a constant basis. For Pints&union, where we’ve vowed to institute a significant degree of stability on tap, it’s a big deal. We’ll continue improvising where necessary, while hoping the pipeline eventually will work as we desire it.
Here is information about Bell’s Porter. Overall, I’m a tremendous fan of Bell’s, and if current sales continue, Pints&union may become one of the bigger draft Two Hearted Ale accounts in Southern Indiana.
But don’t underestimate Bell’s Porter. It’s very good in its own right.
Our award winning Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and heavily roasted stouts. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley are offset with just a slight hop bitterness. Enjoy any time of the year.
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