Suns Out, Guns Out: Top 3 Indiana Blonde Ales

Suns Out, Guns Out: Top 3 Indiana Blonde Ales


By Cory Huffman

The sun is out, and the guns are out. 

It’s about time. Now that I’ve written that, I’m sure it will rain…again. I can’t help but wonder if it’s a coincidence that since Prince died, all it’s done is rain.

Oh well.

Now that the weather is looking and feeling a bit more like summer, it’s time to grease the chain on the bike and get outside. If you’re anything like me (and maybe you’re not) you enjoy a cold blonde ale after a long hot summer day. For me, there isn’t a beer quite as refreshing as a blonde after a sizzling day spent doing yard work or tossing out a line.

If you’re not like me, maybe it was a day well spent in absolute darkness being reclusive in mom’s basement playing video games with your online “friends” that got you all worked up thirsting for a refreshing beer to assure you it was a day well spent. Regardless, your choice of hot weather activity has earned you the right to try and enjoy a cold one.

Here are this writer’s top 3 Blonde ales in the Hoosier State.

Honey Blonde – Turoni’s Brewery (Evansville)
A blonde ale brewed with forty-five pounds of local wildflower honey. This (along with Upland Wheat) was my gateway into the craft beer world. If there is anything more relaxing than sitting at Turoni’s, munching on one of their phenomenal pizza’s, talking about life and all its profound mysteries, while drinking this…I’d love to hear about it.

Son of War – Indiana City Brewing Company (Indianapolis)
Son of War is a fresh citrusy golden ale, crafted with Belgian ale yeast and heavily dry-hopped with American hops. It’s a smooth beer that’s light on the palate with big tropical fruit hop aroma. If I’m not mistaken, I’m pretty sure it’s on tap at the brewery right now.

Bombshell – Norris English Pub (Liberty)
This is balanced, light bodied and somewhat lager like. It’s an all-malt brew with a light malt taste. There is subdued fruitiness with hop characteristics of the noble variety leaving a light to medium bitterness. The color is deep golden with a white, creamy head. This beer pairs great with a story from brewer/owner Wayne Norris. 

There you go. Agree? Disagree? I’m sure both sides of the fence are well represented. However, if you haven’t had the chance to try any of these, do yourself a favor, throw on your raspberry beret, jump in your little red corvette and go get ‘em.

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  • Chris
    Posted at 09:37h, 30 May Reply

    If you’re being loose enough with your blonde ale definition, then Four Fathers from Valpo’s Father’s Beer, which is a Belgian-style blonde ale, is a really delicious one. Do Kolsches count? Goshen Brewing’s Heritage is a fantastic example of the style.

  • Cory
    Posted at 19:05h, 30 May Reply

    Noted! Thanks for the recs!

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