When someone tells you about this amazing beer place you must visit usually in the middle of nowhere (or at least far away from public transportation) – you have to ask yourself a few things:
1. Do I trust this person’s definition of a beer destination place?
2. How much out of my way will I go for this brewery?
3. How crazy is this beer nerd that I am talking to?
Everyone says that Three Floyds is worth a detour and that it is amazing. Their beer has won awards, scores very high on beer sites, and has even inspired competitions. They have one of the most anticipated beer release parties every year, and they love Satan (or at least bow to his dark metal heart). All of this aside they are in Munster, Indiana, which is not on most people’s radar. Luckily, I was passing through that area on my way to visit family on a crazy two day drive-a-thon and stopped in right when they opened.
Right away I could tell this was not your usual beer destination. It is a Tuesday at 11:30am and a steady rain is coming down. In an industrial area near the highway, around 15 or so people are in line waiting for the to-go window to open. One after another people go in and were buying cases of beer. There were only a few types of beers available to buy in bombers, six packs, and cases. I wanted to try everything but instead went for a somewhat reasonable selection that I could have in my rental car and finish over the next few days. Here is what I got:
Alpha King Pale Ale (6.66% ABV 66 IBUs – METAL!) – all hail the king!! I could write an epic poem about this beer. So drinkable and yet very hoppy. Such a nice balanced beer. You get great citrus notes, a great bite, and all finished with a creamy malt base. It is a little like grapefruit pudding with caramel whipped cream. Oh I want one right now. Try this beer whenever you can.
Arctic Panzer Wolf (9.5% ABV 100 IBUs) – this guy does not pretend to be anything but what it is – a hop wolf coming to get you. OK that was cheesy. It is a damn fine big IBU hop beer. The booze hides pretty nice and the hop smell is intoxicating.
Evil Power (7.2 ABV) – An imperial pilsner brewed with their friends in the band – Heavy Metal Warriors Lair of The Minotaur – I wasn’t sure what to think of this one. But overall I liked it. The sweetness is there but not overpowering. It had a light smell. It acted as a good after dinner drink with a few people.
Gorch Fock (5.0% ABV 25 IBUs) – a Helles Lager. I didn’t taste this one – a present for a friend. Excited to see what they thought.
I did not plan to go into the bar and taste anything (I had a lot of miles to drive) but I couldn’t resist a few small tastes before I left. Real cool inside with lots of artwork on the walls. Metal was playing and lots of people were packed in drinking beer and ordering food. I got to try:
Gumballhead (5.6% ABV 35 IBUs) – oh wow another world class brew. An American wheat beer with plenty of hops and great wheat flavor. The bitterness is low but the hops are definitely there. I crave more of this beer. A great brunch beer I bet.
Pride & Joy (5.0% ABV 42 IBUs) – a refreshing hoppy mild. Nice change of pace from some of their other beers.
Zombie Dust (6.4% ABV 60 IBUs) – another great display of hops – this time a good bit more intense.
The food looked great too – but I was already there more than I should have been. Trust me, if you are within a few hours of Three Floyds and are thinking about going – do it – it IS worth it.