I’m sure many of you remember the 80+ breweries at this year’s Winterfest. You may remember the pretzel necklaces, the firkins, or the random bursts of cheering. What you may have forgotten was that there were video cameras seeded throughout the venue.Here is the epic video created by ACB Films, which documents all of your uninhibited shenanigans. The funny thing is I remember most of these people when we were pouring. Well documented! You can follow their YouTube channel here.
When’s the last time you remember holding your glass in the air and cheering with 5,000 other beer enthusiasts? Believe it or not, this post took me almost a week to create. There were so many people that worked their tail off to make Winterfest 2014 a success. A very special “Thank you” to the breweries that participated, the Brewers of Indiana Guild, Hoosier Beer Geek, and the 100+ volunteers that made this happen. The planning and execution of this beer festival were top notch. We had an awesome time pouring at Winterfest, and we also wanted to thank everyone that dropped by to say hello and sample our offerings.That said, this year’s Winterfest was HUGE. We loved the extra space that Champion Hall provided, however it was soon consumed by the 5,000 beer loving ticket holders. This was by far the largest beer tasting I’ve ever been to. Note to self: VIP tickets at Indiana beer tastings are becoming more and more validated 🙂 Eric Meyer has a fantastic photo album documenting the debauchery. Either way, I wanted to take some time to share some of my favorite picks from this past weekend. Here it goes:
| The Upland Sour Barrel Spin Game
Upland used a Twitter password to allow entry into this Wheel of Fortune! The wheel included Raspberry, Cherry, and Kiwi Lambic, and also the much coveted Sour Reserve 4.
|ZwanzigZ Brewing Eisbock
This beer was fantastic! This style of beer is created by freezing bock beer and removing the ice. This method concentrates the flavor and abv. Great work and thanks for sharing!
|Country Boy Brewing Chestnut Brown Ale
We were lucky enough to pour right next door to Country Boy Brewing. This beer really stood out for me. Very easy drinking and flavorful brown!
|New Albanian Phoenix Kentucky Komon Ale
This beer was great! Kentucky Common beer has the unique history of being America’s first sour! Lactobacillus is used to create a twang sourness that complements the malt profile of this beer. New Albanian pulled this one of brilliantly.
| Planetary Fly Casual Brown Ale
This was my first Planetary beer, and I was pretty impressed. I’m a sucker for Brown Ales. I’m sure I’ll be enjoying more Planetary beers in the not so distant future.
|Three Floyd’s War Mullet
I’m not sure how long this keg lasted, but my guess is it went quickly. War Mullet is, at the moment, a very rare Imperial IPA created by FFF.
|Reposado Du Flat Saison/Farmhouse Aged 6 months in Extra Anejo tequila barrels.
The evil geniuses at Flat 12 created a saison that they aged in anejo tequila barrels. Everyone was talking about it the first couple of hours at Winterfest. I did not get a chance to try it, but I thought it was worth a mention as it seemed very popular.
|Power House Barrel Aged Diesel Oil Stout
Diesel Oil Stout is a fantastic beer. Seeing a barrel aged version at Winterfest was a great comfort 🙂
|Rhinegeist Uncle English Dark Mild
We’ve been drinking a lot of English Mild beer lately and this one stood out. Smooth, great malt profile, and highly sessionable.
|Bier Brewery 1.21 Gigawatts Belgian Strong and Hator Dopplebock
Both these beers were served at Bier’s 3rd Anniversary Party this past year. I was glad to see they still had some left for Winterfest. Cheers if you had the opportunity to try these rare beers!
|MONK Wookie Tears English Brown Ale
These guys were great neighbors to us, and you can bet I made sure to sample each one of their beers. Wookie Tears English Brown was one of those great beers!
|Bloomington Hop Jockeys Sour Collection
There is no doubt that the Hop Jockeys have skill when it comes to brewing, but sampling their sour beer has become something to look forward to at these events. Thanks for sharing Luke!
Beer Is My Passion will be participating at this year’s Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest (now officially sold out) at the Indiana State Fair on February 1st! What will we be doing you ask? Pouring delicious homebrew of course 🙂 We will be sharing the stage with MONK, The Ohio Valley Homebrewers Association, and The Bloomington Hop Jockeys. Expect great beer from your favorite local/national breweries, but make it a point to drop by and say hi to your brewers next door! This year we’ll be sharing a Belgian Witbier with tangerine zest, chamomile flowers, and coriander; an English IPA (Sleepy Sailor if you’ve seen our recipe on our blog); a mulled cider (served hot for you firkin lovers wanting to warm up from the cold); and a jalapeno cider we got some cred from in the Indy Star this year. Stay tuned, as I’ll be updating my blog with a full list of brewers attending Winterfest sometime tomorrow.
The Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest 2013 is rapidly approaching, and we’ve selected a few brews to watch out for at the event this year. The full list is available at the Brewers of Indiana Guild page. There will be several high abv beers at this event, so PLEASE be safe and be responsible. Without further ado, here are our picks! See you at Winterfest
Corsair Rasputin Barrel Aged Spackle the Orb, Cask Conditioned Wakatube
Hopslam Ale, Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout
DFGIPA (Damn F*cking Good India Pale Ale), Belgian Dark Strong, or their Belgian Dubbel
Replicale Old Ale, Belgian Wit, Belgian Tripel, Belgian Session Ale
Hipster Bird Double Black IPA, Beard Tax Russian Imperial Stout
Gettin’ Figgy With It (Imperial Belgian Porter with fruit)
Lift Off West Coast IPA, Muse Belgian Golden Ale
Black Corridor w/Blueberries cask (Imperial Chocolate Ale), Dogma Dubbel
Secret Stache Stout
Farmageddon (Black Rye Saison)
1221 Imperial Stout, Backyard Porter
Imperial Porter (Aged in Templeton Rye Barrel)
Holly King (non-barrel-aged Replicale), Dirty Squirrel
Procrastinator Helles Bock, Ardelle 2012
Barrel-aged Apocalypto Barleywine 2009 Discombobulation Celebration Ale Batch 333: The Velvet Fog, Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil
McQueenies Scotch Ale, Old Lang Syne (Replicale) Picadilly Pale Ale, Cannonball Doyle Lil’ Sebastian ESB, Gilgamesh
You heard right folks, Beer Is My Passion will be participating at this year’s Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest at the Indiana State Fair on January 26th! What will we be doing you ask? Pouring delicious homebrew of course 🙂 We will be sharing the stage with 8 other Indiana Homebrew Clubs, each of which will be serving their mightiest homebrewed libations. I’ll be sure to update you all with a schedule of when our brews will be served. Hope to see you there!
Tickets to Brewer’s of Indiana Guild Winterfest 2013 are now available through etix.com! There are three tiers of tickets to choose from. VIP tickets are available for $55, which will allow you access to the event’s 150+ beers from over 50 breweries at 3pm (1 hour before everyone else). General Admission tickets are $40, and Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 (Doors at 4pm for both). This event gets better each year, and I’m expecting great things this go-round as well. The event takes place on January 26th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. See you there!
This year’s Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest will be held at the State Fairgrounds on January 26th. There isn’t much information on when tickets go onsale, but I’ll make sure to update the page when they become available. Looking forward to an awesome beer festival!
You can check out the full list of beers available at today’s Indiana MIcrobrewers Festival.
Here is a listing of all the breweries and their number of entries in the festival! Want to see the Mega-huge list of all Breweries and Beers?! Click the “Read More” Link below!
Akron, OH Hopin’ Frog Brewery (4)
Aurora, IN Great Crescent Brewery (3)
Bloomington, IN Bloomington Brewing Company (BBC) (4)
Bloomington, IN Cutters Brewing Co. (4)
Bloomington, IN Upland Brewing Company (10)
Boulder, CO Boulder Beer Company (2)
Boulder, CO New Planet Beer Company (3)
Brooklyn, NY Sixpoint Brewery (5)
Burlington, VT House of Shandy (1)
Chicago, IL Finch’s Beer Company (3)
Chico, CA Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (5)
Columbus, IN Power House Brewing Company (6)
Columbus, IN ZwanzigZ Pizza and Brewing (3)
Crown Point, IN Crown Brewing (4)
Detroit, MI Atwater Brewery (4)
Downingtown, PA Victory Brewing Co. (5)
Evansville, IN Turoni’s Main Street Brewery (3)
Fort Bragg, CA North Coast Brewing Co. (5)
Fort Collins, CO New Belgium Brewing Company (5)
Fort Wayne, IN Mad Anthony Brewing Co (5)
Granger, IN Bare Hands Brewery (8)
Greenwood, IN Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. (4)
Holland, MI New Holland Brewing (1)
Indianapolis, IN Bier Brewery (9)
Indianapolis, IN Black Acre Brewing Co. (3)
Indianapolis, IN Broad Ripple BrewPub (4)
Indianapolis, IN Brugge (3)
Indianapolis, IN Fountain Square Brewery (5)
Indianapolis, IN Great Fermentations of IN (1)
Indianapolis, IN RAM Restaurant and Brewery (6)
Indianapolis, IN Rock Bottom Brewery (College Park) (3)
Indianapolis, IN Rock Bottom Brewery (Downtown) (5)
Indianapolis, IN Sun King Brewing Company (13)
Indianapolis, IN Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company (4)
Kalamazoo, MI Bell’s Brewery Inc. (7)
Kokomo, IN Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery (1)
Lexington, KY Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company (3)
Location; Grand Rapids, MI Founders Brewing Company (6)
Location:Nashville, IN Big Woods Brewing Company (2)
Lockland, OH Rivertown Brewing (4)
Louisville, KY Against the Grain Brewery (6)
Louisville, KY Bluegrass Brewing Co (4)
Michigan City, IN Shoreline Brewery (1)
Munster, IN Three Floyds (6)
New Albany, IN New Albanian Brewing Co. (7)
Noblesville, IN Barley Island Brewing Company (9)
Normal, IL DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works (4)
Plainfield, IN Black Swan Brewpub (4)
Plainfield, IN Three Pints Brewpub (4)
Richmond, IN Big Dawg Brewhaus (6)
Richmond, IN New Boswell Brewing Company (2)
South Bend Four Horsemen Brewing Company (6)
St. Louis, MO Schlafly Beer (5)
Ukiah, CA Mendocino Brewing Co. (2)
Valparaiso, IN Figure Eight Brewing (6)
Whiting, IN Bulldog Brewing Co (1)