Fishers On Tap

Fishers On Tap: Feb. 22, 4-7 p.m., Forum Conference and Event Center, 11313 USA Parkway, Fishers

As we head into the gray days of winter, many of us are looking for a reason to get out and about. Well, I have an event for you to consider: Fishers On Tap — Winter.

I recently sat down with Bill Jerrow and Michele Whelchel, the co-chairs for the Fishers On Tap Indiana craft beer-tasting fundraiser, and discovered that the event is much more than an excuse to try some great local beers. In addition to sampling beer from local breweries, attendees can enjoy food samples provided by some local restaurants, including a dessert booth featuring mini cupcakes. Live music will be provided by Phoebe and the Mojo Makers. There will also be a 50-50 raffle and home brewing demonstrations.

Fishers On Tap is not your typical beer-tasting event and is sought after by the breweries for the quality time and conversations they are able to have with local craft beer enthusiasts. But the real winners from this event will be the local charities serving children who will be the beneficiaries of this fundraiser.

Fishers On Tap is brought to you by the Fishers Rotary Club, which comprises 116 men and women who believe in service above self. Since the inception of the club in 1992, members have raised and donated more than $670,000 to more than 85 nonprofit organizations and given an untold number of volunteer service man-hours. Some of the Fishers Rotary projects include:

  • Kids Voice: serving at-risk children
  • Pink Ribbon Connection: breast cancer support
  • Promising Futures: anger management for youth
  • Girls on the Run: adolescent girls’ self-image
  • Hear Indiana: hearing-challenged resources
  • Youth Mentoring Initiative: one-on-one help
  • Fishers Liberty Plaza: celebrating our veterans
  • Prevail: victims of crime and domestic abuse
  • Fishers Fire Department
  • Brooks Place: grief counseling for youth
  • Ambassador House: local historical residence
  • College Scholarships: HSE and Fishers high schools
  • Shelter Box: disaster relief shelters
  • Fresh Starts: domestic violence survivors
  • Partners in Housing Development
  • Servants at Work: wheelchair ramp building
  • Alzheimer’s Association

Fishers On Tap - ParticipantsSo come out to Fishers On Tap and enjoy a fun evening with great food, craft beer and live music, and most important, support a great cause.

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at fishersontap.com. There are a limited number of tickets and they do sell out, so go online and secure your tickets today. For more information on the Fishers Rotary Club, visit fishersrotary.org.

Comments from Previous Participants:

“We always look forward to the Fishers On Tap events because they do such a great job of combining craft beer, local food options and entertainment into a community-based event.” —Shane Pearson, Daredevil Brewing Co.

“A great display of when local craft beer meets local food. Awesomeness!” —Jerry Connor, Bier Brewery

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Rockstone Pizza Pub

For years, Ed Sahm has been one of the lone bastions of local quality food. Well, he is at it again! Through a partnership with Ryan Bucksot, they have opened Rockstone Pizza Pub at 11501 Allisonville Rd. next to Sahm’s Restaurant.

In full disclosure, I have been a fan of Ed Sahm for many years and frequented the old Flying Horse Pub when it was as big as my current closet. For many years, my wife and I have enjoyed steaks “Pittsburgh-style” and the breaded cauliflower. In fact, Sahm’s catered our wedding reception at River Glen Country Club back in 1996. In addition, Ed has been a major supporter of the Megan S. Ott Foundation, so I am always eager to support his businesses.

My family and I arrived early on a Saturday, so we could beat the rush and catch Ryan with time to talk. Upon meeting Ryan, Managing Partner/General Manager of Rockstone Pizza Pub, I immediately saw that Ryan gets it; he wants to provide a quality local experience.  Rockstone sources meats from Chris Ely and Smoking Goose. They also bring in local Amish chickens which ”never touch the freezer” as Ryan put it.

If you are a craft beer fan, you will be very happy with the selection at Rockstone. They have 24 craft beers on tap that they display on a fantastic stainless steel backdrop that has a unique grinded artistic patina to it. In addition, they have a cooler full of many unusual bottles of beer and high end saké. Yes, I said saké, and yes, it is in the cooler. Ryan tells me that saké is produced exactly like beer, and the good quality ones are chilled, not served warm or hot. If you prefer wine, there are many great options for wine, not just the requisite red and white.

From delicious appetizers and a fantastic meal followed by dessert, the Pizza A Smore’ (the house pizza crust with graham cracker crumbs, Nutella, chocolate and marshmallows), this place has it all! We selected our pizza and had them cook it wood-fired style. You see, while most pizza places have either a traditional chain driven pizza oven or a wood-fired oven, Rockstone’s philosophy is “Why not offer both?” So you have your choice of oven and crust style. By the way, all of the crust is made in house each day.

The wood for the wood-fired oven is locally sourced hardwoods. In a world right now of $10 pizzas that taste like the box they come in, this classic trio is true pizza like it is supposed to be. In fact, Ryan had a couple of East Coast transplants in recently who told him they no longer need to go back to the East Coast to get good pizza.  Rockstone’s atmosphere is conducive to both families with children and for adults who want to be an adult for the next big game on television.

Not only are the owners of this establishment supporting local businesses by using local businesses, but they are also giving back to the community with their kind hearts. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The owners of Rockstone Pizza Pub help make a difference when it comes to this disease. They have touched the hearts of my friends by supporting organizations like the Megan S. Ott Foundation which makes me want to support them. Together as the Fishers community, we can make a difference for those battling this disease and their families.

The Megan S. Ott Foundation was started in March 2010 when Megan Ott realized the difficult emotional and physical anguish of fighting breast cancer that the disease placed upon not only the women fighting breast cancer but to the families as well. Megan envisioned an organization that would help families cope. Megan and Tom Ott founded the Megan S. Ott Foundation one month before Megan passed away.

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Bring Luxury to Your Door

If you want to bring luxury to your door, I suggest you invite Bill Geer over.  Bill is an executive clothier with the Tom James Company.  Bill just crossed into his 19th year providing clients with “to-your-door service” for all manner of clothing. He provides custom and ready-made suits and shirts, casual wear, and golf attire including the Fairway and Green and Zero Restriction lines.  In addition, he has shoes by Allen Edmonds, Ferragamo, Cole Hahn and more, and a full catalog of accessories.  Bill will come directly to your home or office and assist you with creating not only the most fashionable wardrobe you have ever had, but also the best fitting.

If you’re thinking, “I can’t afford custom clothing”, think again – because you really can.  Bill has custom cloth for suits that start at $599-$699 including a shirt and tie.   Also if you are thinking, “is there really a difference with custom clothing”, the answer is yes.  Once you have Bill make you a suit, shirt or trousers that are custom fit to your body, there is no going back.

With custom clothing, not only is it tailored to your body, but it can also be tailored to your taste.  If you want a single-button jacket with a peak lapel, Bill can do that.  Perhaps you want a three-button jacket with flat front pants. Bill can do that.  A couple of my favorite touches that Bill puts into my suits are functional buttons on my sleeves which is a true mark of a custom suit. And, the label inside my jackets reads “Turner and Brewer’s Dad”, instead of simply my name.  This calls to mind one of the things that Bill has said, “Quit wearing someone else’s name inside your suit and wear your own.”

Gentlemen, if you are hard to fit, you will be amazed at the fit Bill can provide, and the convenience is tremendous.  Once Bill has your sizes determined, you select the fabric you like and he delivers the garments ready to wear. The selection is unparalleled. If you are accustomed to finding seven or eight suits in your size in a retail store, Bill can show you hundreds of fabrics for your garment.

Think of it this way – Bill visits your spouse, partner or significant other prior to a birthday or Christmas and they pick out a fabric for a suit or sport coat.  When they receive the garment as a gift, not only does it fit and is ready to wear, but your loved one has selected the fabric, so you know they like it.  It is a win-win gift!

If you ask Bill what the best thing has been about his years with Tom James, he will tell you it’s the relationships he’s built.  Bill still has clients from when he started, and now serves the children of clients for their clothing needs.  Not only has Bill made clothing for weddings and anniversary parties, he has attended those ceremonies as an honored guest.

Bill currently serves between 350 and 400 clients locally, and I will tell you from experience that Bill is one of the most kind, genuine men you will ever meet.  He is the epitome of sartorial elegance.  I know the relationships are very important to Bill, but I’m guessing that one of his other favorite things is his wardrobe.  I am always anxious to see what Bill is wearing when I see him.

If you have never heard of Tom James, it doesn’t surprise me. Tom James has been around since 1966 and is the largest custom clothier in the country with annual revenue exceeding 250 million dollars. They do not advertise.  Unlike the well-known design houses that spend millions on full page ads in magazines, and put up billboards in Times Square, Tom James gains business from referrals, and puts money into the clothing not advertising.

I encourage you to reach out to Bill Geer and see what he can do for you and your wardrobe.  He lives in Bridgewater and will be happy to come by your home or office. To learn more about Tom James, go to www.tomjames.com. Bill can be reached at 571-9191 ext. 139 or b.geer@tomjames.com

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Indiana Gun Club: A Long-Standing Tradition

When I was a child, I spent many enjoyable hours at the Indiana Gun Club. Sometimes I was shooting, but mostly I was watching my dad and his friends practice or shoot in competitions. We would often pull our pop-up camper to the Indiana Gun Club and camp on the property for the weekend when there was a sanctioned shooting event. I have very fond memories of my dad, Jim Edwards, who passed in 1996, and his friends, Doc Gottschalk and Stu Warner, playing cards in the clubhouse on Wednesday nights. Some nights, we would venture over to Kingons Gun Club and shoot there as well. I grew up on the East side of Indianapolis in Irvington, and it seemed like we were constantly driving to get to the Indiana Gun Club; so I find it amusing now that I live a stone’s throw from the club and it is in my daily surroundings.

At the Indiana Gun Club, located at 14926 East 113th Street in Fishers, you can participate in Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays. In addition, they have a full retail store for all your shooting needs.  The club has been there since the 1960’s and has enjoyed tremendous growth over the last 5 years since Phillip Baker and his wife, Amanda, have managed the property. During the Bakers’ tenure, the membership has risen from approximately 500 to over 1100 members today. Membership costs $100 the first year and then $50 for every year thereafter. Membership entitles you to discounts of $2 per round of Trap and Skeet and $10 per round of Sporting Clays.

In addition to membership, instruction and corporate events have had steady growth. Recently, the club had a few dozen individuals from a petroleum company out for a day of team building. You will hear Sporting Clays sometimes referred to as Golf with Guns. Sporting Clays is a great way to enjoy a round with family and friends and maybe a cigar or two.

Phillip is tireless in constantly working to bring about improvements to the club including the Sporting Clay course and the new card-operated systems for the stations on all the disciplines. You must also see for yourself the tremendous new retail operation within the club. Ask for Rich Self when you are in, and he will get you on the right track for the perfect firearm to suit your needs. In fact, the Indiana Gun Club is the only gun club in the Midwest where you can try before you buy. In a sport where each individual shooter can react or perform very differently with each brand of shotgun, this is a very big deal. As some will tell you, sometimes the gun picks the shooter – not the other way around. If you are looking for a place to shoot rifles and pistols, Amanda and Phillip also manage the Atterbury Shooting Complex in Edinburgh. I have frequented the Atterbury facility many times, and it is well worth the drive.

Within the Hidden Gem that is the Indiana Gun Club, there’s an even bigger hidden bounty. This gold mine of knowledge and experience comes in the form of Bob Self. Bob is an N.S.C.A. Master Class Caesar Guerini Pro Staff Shooter. Caesar Guerini is a preeminent Italian manufacturer of fine shotguns. The stated goal of Caesar Guerini is to build the finest quality shotguns that people enjoy shooting.  After 10 years as a Browning staff shooter, Caesar Guerini lured Bob away. He has been excelling with a Caesar Guerini shotgun ever since. Bob has won world championships and has instructed as far away as Thailand. Not only do we have a world champion in our midst, but Bob is an instructor as well.

From the moment you meet Bob, you quickly learn that he is dedicated to helping his pupils learn to shoot better and delights in watching them improve. Bob offers instruction to all ages in private or group settings. Within the same day, Bob may find himself, one hour giving some fine-tuning advice to a lifelong shooter who is going pheasant hunting in Spain, to the next hour instructing a junior novice shooter. Both are equally important to him. When the Super Bowl was in town, Bob hosted an event for members of the NFL. Bob also offers gun fitting from his office on-site. Bob can be reached at shotgundisciplin@aol.com.

I encourage you to discover this family-friendly gem in Fishers.  Come out and enjoy some Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays. Or drop by to observe others. And keep the gun club in mind for your next corporate outing. Whether you are new to the sport or looking for some additional instruction, Bob will be happy to work with you to enhance your enjoyment.

Some upcoming events at the Gun Club are the Indiana State Trap Shoot July 9-14, and the Pheasants Forever Sporting Clay Shoot August 24. The Club’s hours are: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday, Noon-6:00 p.m.; and Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. You can reach them by phone at 317-485-6540.

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Does Your Beer Tell a Story?

Monarch Keg RoomWhen the publisher called and said, “Hey! I have a story about beer. Are you interested?” I replied, “When? Where? How? You name it, I’ll be there!” In full disclosure, I am a fan of beer.

I arranged for a meeting with James Printz, Sales Division Manager for World Class Beer. James has recently moved to Fishers from Kansas. Rarely do I meet someone with so much passion for their line of work. From the moment we sat down, I could tell that James has a true passion for all things beer. Now I know what many of you might be thinking right now: “Big deal! I love beer too!” I am here to tell you it is different with James. Not only does he know the history of beer itself, he is dedicated to helping craft breweries tell their story, build their brands, and ultimately gain market share. Let me give you an idea of what we (James and I) are talking about when we say market share for craft beer. Nationally, craft beer makes up 6.5% of all beer sales. In Indiana, we are talking about 4.5%. That 2% gap equates to about 4 million cases. James and World Class Beer are dedicated to helping fill that gap and telling the story of craft beer.

So you might be asking yourself right now what is craft beer and how does it tell a story. Craft beer is not your buy-it-by-the-30-pack-and-guzzle-it-at-the-track-or-the-lake kind of beer. Craft beer is made from high-quality raw materials including fine hops and barley. It is labor intensive and ultimately produces a high-quality beer that, in most cases, amounts to smaller quantities; in some cases, very small quantities.

Let’s talk about how craft beer tells a story. One example James shared with me is when the British occupied India; the British soldiers wanted their English beer.  With no breweries in India, they had to ship the beer to India from the British Isles. In order to keep it preserved, they threw hops on top of the barrels. As the barrels traveled around the horn of Africa and up to India on a journey of 6-8 weeks, they took on a wonderful hoppy flavor that was a big hit with the soldiers. Upon arriving home, they wanted their local breweries to produce what they called an India Pale Ale; and that is what we still call it today.

Another great story comes from hundreds of years ago in England. When two people were to become betrothed, they were required to drink Mead (which is made from honey) for a full cycle of the moon or 30 days. This is where the term honeymoon comes from.

Now let’s talk about how we can experience our own stories from craft beer today. When I travel, I don’t go into a bar and sit down and ask for a mass-produced, dime-a-dozen beer. The first thing I ask the bartender is, “What local beers do you have on tap?” From this, I have my own stories that include drinking a Golden Spike Wheat at 8000 feet in Park City, Utah, at the top of the lift. Another great memory is having a great rack of ribs on the Red Arrow Highway in Michigan and drinking a 22-ounce Oberon from Bell’s for $4. The coldest, most refreshing beer memory I ever remember having involves a Paulaner Hefe-Weizen while sitting on a patio with my family on Catalina Island.

There are many large brewery beers I have had on the back patio with friends. However, taking the time to sit, sip, and enjoy a truly quality craft beer is from where the stories and memories come. The smell of a craft beer can take me back instantly to a place and a time that I had it.

World Class Beer is all about great beer. They are helping to tell the story in many ways, including social media. You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook.  They have a fantastic app called World Class Beer where you can learn more about beer or find who has your favorite craft brew on tap or on the shelf. The first thing I did upon downloading the app was to find out where I could get some Gumballhead wheat from Three Floyds Brewing Company. Much to my delight, I found out I could get some just down the street.

We have many other great story tellers here in Indiana such as Flat12 Bierwerks, Triton Brewing Company, Fountain Square Brewing, and Daredevil Brewing Company. I encourage you to go out and support these local breweries and pick up something new so you can sit back, relax, and let them tell you a great story.

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Would You Like to Buy a Time Machine?

Time Machine - SeatsSome people sell cars, some sell widgets, and some sell carpet. I know a man who sells time machines.

Oh I know what you’re thinking: “I’ll take one, and I am setting the date in the past to coincide with Senior Prom night.” Or better yet, “I’ll manipulate time so I know what the winning lottery numbers are for the next drawing.” Sorry to disappoint you, but it is not that type of time machine.  This time machine provides you more time and a better quality of life. This time machine comes in the form of private air travel.

If you are interested in this type of time machine, you should meet Doug Foley. Doug works for First Wing, a division of Eagle Creek Aviation Services. Eagle Creek Aviation Services, located on the west side of town off I-465 and 38th Street, is owned by Matt and Cathy Hagans. Besides the Indianapolis location, they also own and operate Naples Jet Center based in Naples, Florida.

First Wing has a fleet of aircraft, and each has its own specific mission depending on number of passengers and distance traveled:

Citation Excel (Jet) – Top-of-the-line time machine, classified as “mid” size. Luxurious way to travel, stand up cabin, can fly from Indy to Las Vegas non-stop, seats up to 8 passengers.

Citation SII (Jet) – Classified as “light” size. Fast, long-range capabilities, cabin size not as big as the Excel, seats up to 7.

Twin Commander 1000 (turbo prop) – Economical, like the family van of aviation. Seats 7, roomy, can fly from Indy to Naples non-stop.

Phenom 100 (Jet) – Classified as a “very light jet”. Newer aircraft, largest cabin in its class, fastest in its class, yet economical. Great for short to mid-range trips, seats 4.

When talking to Doug, you quickly get a sense of his passion for helping people get from Point A to Point B in a much more efficient manner. Now if you’re like me, I thought immediately that this form of travel was something I could not afford. After talking to Doug, I realized it is not out of the question at all.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of private air travel. How would you like to skip arriving 2 hours prior to departure time and avoid the ticket, baggage, and security lines and instead arrive at the airport 15 minutes prior to departure? This is the way it works when traveling with Foley. If you have a prior meeting that runs long, you simply call the pilot and tell him/her your schedule is pushed back an hour. The plane leaves when you and your party arrive. Another tremendous benefit is the capability to fly into one of 5000 public airports across the country, putting you closer to your meeting destination and saving your extra driving time.

“When you hear about companies flying their employees and clients via private aircraft, it’s really because they value their employees’ and clients’ time,” says Foley. Employees can be home in time for dinner and other family funtions.

On an average day trip flying commercial out of Indianapolis, travelers can anticipate a 20-hour day when factoring in the time they wake to get to the airport until the time they arrive home. This is not speculation; I have personally lived this many times in my own business travel. For example, if you had to fly to Nashville, Tennessee, your total flight time is OVER 7 hours. Since there are no direct flights to Nashville, you also have 1 stop on each leg of your trip. When you consider that the FAA suggests arriving at the airport 2 hours in advance of your departure, you’ve now added an extra 4 hours of non-productive time to your day.

With private air travel, your total flight time is just over 2 hours. Instead of arriving 2 hours prior to departure, you can show up at Eagle Creek and your plane departs within 15 minutes. So, flying commercial takes a total of 11 hours out of your day versus 2-½ hours by chartering a private plane. Also, your commercial trip means you’ll probably have to spend the night in Nashville. Flying private gets you home in time for the more important things in life saving you time, hassle, and energy.

Doug can help you with a few different options for private air travel. He will give you an idea if this will work within your company’s plans and budgets. When private air travel becomes an integral part of your travel, then you (or your company) can consider purchasing a plane either outright or fractionally. Fractional ownership allows you to purchase a percentage of an aircraft, and the costs of ownership are spread out among the other owners. First Wing manages all the operations for you – maintenance, scheduling pilots, booking trips, and setting itineraries. They can also reserve car rentals, limousine service, and hotel accommodations if necessary. The biggest advantage to both Fractional and 100% ownership are the tax advantages you get with depreciation. If you can’t use the tax advantages, then check into their Fleet Cards and Charter program.

If you ask Doug, he will tell you what he and First Wing do best is a Business Shuttle – last-minute, same-day trips or 1-2 overnights that require 2 to 7 people traveling out of town for meetings. Keep in mind, though, if you want to take 3 or 4 couples to Vegas or the Caymans for a weekend getaway, they can certainly do that, too.

So while originally you may have been thinking hot tub time machine and manipulating time, I believe Doug can certainly affect your amount of time spent traveling and relieve the stress and aggravation of doing so. Contact Doug Foley at 317-241-3302 or email him at dfoley@firstwing.com for information on these realistic time machines.

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