First, we have a featured drink for this week’s Friday Drankin’: Water! Tomorrow is going to be a hot one. It is going to be one of the warmest games at Ross-Ade Stadium in recent memory. Starting at 4pm in the afternoon will help. But it is important to stay hydrated. The Stadium will have extra hydration stations throughout and you can bring in some extra sealed bottles of water as well. While we all want to have fun and partake of wonderful libations as part of the homecoming crowd, we also need to stay safe. Drink plenty of water as well.
As far as this week’s featured brewery, let’s go to my home town. Kokomo is known as the City of Firsts, and the first (and so far only) brewery in town has some excellent brews as well as tasty food at their brewery/restaurant on the south side of town.
4051 S. LaFountain St.
Kokomo, IN 46902
If you like full, flavorful brews you will love Half Moon. There are now watered-down Bud Lights to be had here. Even some of their stronger beers don’t overpower you with hops.
Milf-N-Honey Wheat – This is a refreshing and sweet honey wheat ale that is also very light. It checks in at 5.8% ABV and only 15 IBUs. You can definitely taste the honey, as it adds a sweetness that is not overpowering.
Stoplight City Red – Sometimes it is hard to find a good Irish Red, but Half Moon has a great one. This red has a good body and a nice punch at 5.4% and 25 IBUs. The deep red color and caramel sweetness makes it one of my favorites.
The Kokomonster – This is definitely my favorite beer at Half Moon and, quite honestly, one of my favorite beers period. It is a bit daunting when you look at the 8.0% ABV, but it only has 20 IBUs. It is a strong ale that is malty, but slightly sweet. For being a strong ale though it is not overpowering. I tend to bring home a growler every time I head back to Kokomo.
The rest of the beers list can be found here, and if you’re coming into Lafayette from the East on Indiana 26 it is worth the stop in Kokomo. Half Moon does not package their beers, but they do allow carryout growler fills for about $8 a fill (yes, even the Kokomonster!). it is also a place worth stopping for dinner.