Beer News: Eureka Heights Celebrates Parks and Recreation This Halloween

Plus, Sigma changes its name to Equal Parts Brewing and is throwing a party.

By Timothy Malcolm October 30, 2020

Where should you celebrate Halloween? Well, if you like to drink, a few breweries in town are hosting some fun themed events. Or you could dress in your best Ron Swanson or Leslie Knope costume and head to Eureka Heights ...

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These are some Sweetums! 6 delicious beers coming your way starting tomorrow at 3pm. Very Good Beer - 4.5% Session Beer with Hallertau Hersbrucker Buy this beer for your drinking needs. Or do not. We’re good either way. Nothing Rhymes With Orange - 4.9% ABV Blood Orange Cream Ale Just a sip of this beer will make you experience muscle confusion. Orange zest and blood orange puree combine to make one rad wagon. Flush with Cash - 6.5% ABV Hazy IPA with Cashmere Hops This hazy boi is literally the wooooooooooorst. Your senses will experience 720 degrees of amazing. Just Got Jammed - 7.1% ABV Milkshake IPA w/ Strawberry, Cherry, Raspberry, and Lactose Let the record show that this Milkshake IPA will be blown way out of proportion, you have our tart word on it. Snork Juice - 13% ABV Long Boil Barleywine This beer is so good we forgot its actual name. English malt plus a ton of waiting around for something amazing to happen. Distraction Waffles - 12% ABV Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout with Maple and Vanilla Almost as good as friendship waffles. 10 months in bourbon barrels plus JJ’s favorite of Maple and Madagascar Vanilla, it’s the best thing on the menu.

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News & Events

Last year, Eureka Heights turned its taproom into the Duff Brewery for Halloween. This year, its stretch of 18th Street is Pawnee, Indiana. Eureka Heights is now home to Sweetums, and the brewery has a bunch of Parks and Recreation-themed beers available: Snork Juice (barleywine), Flush with Cash (New England IPA), Nothing Rhymes with Orange (orange cream ale), Distraction Waffles (imperial milk stout with maple and vanilla), Very Good Beer (cream ale dry-hopped with Hersbrucker), and Just Got Jammed (milkshake IPA with strawberry, cherry, and raspberry). If only there was a food truck on site called Meat Tornado.

The big news this week comes out of 3118 Harrisburg Blvd. That's the home of the former Sigma Brewing Co, now called Equal Parts Brewing Co. According to an announcement made by owners Matt Peterson and Nick Sorenson, they decided to change the name because they wanted to better "convey the feeling that the brewery is not really ours anymore, but equally belongs to our staff and our community."

Equal Parts will be throwing its four-year anniversary celebration this weekend, and as the taproom has been closed for the last eight months, it'll be about take-home beer. A number of new beers will be available including Eggs Erroneous (New England double IPA with Ekuanot, Citra, and Simcoe hops); Entropic (IPA with Simcoe and Mosaic hops); Mutatis Mutandis Vol. 1 (Mocca) and Vol. 2 (Tozzetti), the former being brewed in collaboration with Xela Coffee Roasters; and a 2020 version of Burial in Space, the brewery's bourbon-aged stout. A number of variants are also available for VIPs. Check the new website for order details.

Karbach is throwing its annual Día de los Muertos celebration at 11 a.m. Sunday. There'll be food, a market by East End Studio Gallery, special merchandise and glassware, and plenty of ofrendas, altars, calacas, calaveras, and more. Dressing up is encouraged.

B-52 has a whole weekend of Halloween fun planned. Bring in a decorated pumpkin by Saturday to be entered into the brewery's pumpkin decorating contest; prizes will be given, and you get a free draft pour for entering. There'll also be a Smoothie Tart beer release today.

New Magnolia is hosting a bunch of activities starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, including live music, an adult costume contest, and a stein hoist. 

Beer Releases

An 8th Wonder and True Anomaly collaboration called Weird Flex is now available. It's a Belgian golden strong ale at 8-percent ABV, and it's available at both 8th Wonder and True Anomaly. Go, EaDo, go.

It's possible there are a few more crowlers remaining of Fruit Madness Lost in Paradise from Ingenious. The 9-percent ABV imperial sour ale smoothie with pineapple, coconut, banana, kiwi, and mango went on sale Wednesday.  

Platypus has a new one called Chain Rattler, an imperial stout now available at the taproom.

Local Group is getting tropical with a new batch of POG (passionfruit, orange, guava) at 7.7-percent ABV.

Two beers to nab this weekend at No Label: Nightmare on 1st Street and Murky Meyers DDHIPA. The former is a pumpkin-style beer, while the latter is a double-dry-hopped New England-style IPA with Pacific Sunrise hops (a New Zealand hop). The brewery is also offering a VIP experience for folks, which includes a tour, glass with samplings, lunch, and swag. That starts at 10 a.m. Saturday; get your tickets ($50) here.

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