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Devil's Trumpet craft brewery expects crowds for Heaven's Court release

Devil's Trumpet in Hobart will release its Russian Imperial Stout Saturday.

Though of course not as big as 3 Floyds' Dark Lord Day, Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co. in Hobart draws crowds every year when it releases its own acclaimed Russian Imperial Stout.

The popular craft brewery at 8250 Utah St., which has an outpost at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary and has found commercial success at retailers with its roster of IPAs, will release its highly regarded Heaven's Court Russian Imperial Stout Saturday.

Heaven's Court is aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels and flavored with El Popular Mexican chocolate and Dark Matter coffee. Beer Advocate readers have given the 13.5 ABV beer, which is made and sold only once a year, an "outstanding" 4.4 out of 5 ranking.

Devil's Trumpet will celebrate the Heaven's Court bottle release with an outdoor festival, also marking its fourth anniversary, from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday. The Surfaholics and Dave & Dave will perform live music, and Lawney's BBQ and Leroy's Hot Stuff will provide food.

"Heaven’s Court encompassed the Beast," the brewery said in an event announcement. "Exposing all of man’s ungodly temptations, the blood of sin’s victims drained from the Beast’s claws, and a Russian-style imperial stout spewed forth from his veins."

The event is free, with the specialty beer selling for $30 per four-pack of 12-ounce bottles.

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"The brewery tap room is also always open for normal business during the festival as well," owner Steve Carter said.

Devil's Trumpet has had hits with popular beers like My Ghetto India Pale Ale, the Night Goat Stout and the Make It a Cheeseburger IPA, which it self-distributes across Indiana. The brewery plans to triple its production this year, and is in the process of increasing its production capacity 10-fold.

For more information, visit thedevilstrumpet.com or call 219-576-7118.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.