A good name can get you far in life: 10 of our favorite Indiana craft beer names

A good name can get you far in life: 10 of our favorite Indiana craft beer names

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By Cory Huffman for Indiana On Tap

When trying to remember all the breweries I’ve visited and all the beers I’ve drank, things can get a little hazy. I get around. So when the idea came up to list the ten best beer names in Indiana beer I figured, why not?

I’ll be honest – I became overwhelmed when rifling through names and breweries. There are a shitload of beers to choose from and a TON of great names.

For one, I am a huge fan of a great pun. However, dear reader, I am not going to limit myself to just that. I’ve scoured my brain and dug out what I believe are the best names (at least they sounded great at the time of this writing.)

Now this list could ultimately change dozens of times per day. I don’t expect you to agree with all of the beer names I’ve listed, but I’m hoping you can try to see my point on a few of them.

10. Walter – Bare Hands Brewery
An American style White IPA brewed with white wheat and pilsner malts creating a light and crisp body. Generous amounts of Australian Galaxy hops are added throughout the boil and for a big dry hop to create a tropical hoppy finish. When it comes to adding hops…….we’re done when we say we’re done!

9. Teddy Bear Kisses– Upland Brewing Company
A dark and robust beer brewed in the traditional stout method. Teddy Bear Kisses features an abundance of dark malts and high alpha hops for a powerful impact of roast, chocolate, and sweet bitterness. The lucky few who cuddle up to a warming session with Teddy Bear Kisses, can sense the velvety malt character, balanced bitter intensity, and soothing chocolate notes created by long aging on fair trade cocoa nibs. Teddy Bear Kisses will make you feel warm and happy inside, but it’s definitely not your childhood cuddle toy. Teddy Bear Kisses won a Gold Medal in the 2010 World Beer Championships.

8. Hop For Teacher– Fountain Square Brewing Company
As a teacher would you had to see this one coming. A beer dedicated to the hop heads among us. An aggressively hopped American pale ale that is fairly light in color with a noticeable citrus aroma due to late hop additions. The slightly bitter finish will keep the hop heads coming back.


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7. Sex Pretzels – Burn Em Brewing Company
A porter brewed with yogurt pretzels.

6. Prison Shoes – The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Company
I’m pretty sure this beer got its name in homage to the shoes the brewers wear when brewing at The Devil’s Trumpet. Mango and tropical fruit aromatics offer a preview of delicious flavored you are about to experience. A firm up front bitterness hits your palate, a strong malt backbone adds enough sweetness to make this well balanced pale ale.

5. Insert Hop Reference – Brew Link
I’m a sucker for puns. And sarcasm. Insert Hop Reference…pun intended, is a hoppy American Pale Ale bursting with Centennial and Citra Hops.

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4. Little Pink Houses– Powerhouse Brewing Company
Why wouldn’t a beer bearing the 1983 hit of Indiana’s own prodigal son make this list? It’s an American style wheat beer brewed with hibiscus flowers.

3. Not Our Porter –Wabash Brewing Company
Everyone has to do their first commercial batch at some point. “We got 95% of it right, but not close enough to call this our regular porter, although quite tasty still!” they say. This beer is a robust rye porter that has chocolate and coffee notes with the right amount of spiciness from the rye.

2. Great Quad Almighty– Deviate Brewing Company
Of course I had to toss another pun in here. This Belgian Quad is delicious. It’s really that simple.

1. Permanent Funeral– Three Floyds Brewing Company
Not only does it have an intimidating name, but the beer itself is both delicious and not for the faint of hearts or palates. The wolf inside this pale ale is trying to walk upright. This bright and aromatic beer was brewed with the band Pig Destroyer.

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​There you have it. My 10 best names in Indiana beer. Did I miss some? I know I did. Feel free to comment away with your favorite names.


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