Big Brew Day at Great Fermentations turned out to be a winner. Rain was expected in the forecast for the event, but after some slight spitting during the morning hours the sun decided to stick around the rest of the day. There were several notable events throughout the day including a brewing equipment “garage sale”, an introductory cheesemaking class, an off flavor seminar, Ask-A-Judge, and a class on making Sour beer. BBQ’n Fools was churning out some pretty fantastic smoked food including some excellent smoked bratwursts. At 1:00pm over 40 attendees participated in a global toast given by Mayor Greg Ballard. GF staff counted 25 batches brewed right in their parking lot, including a batch of mead. BIMP brewed a Wheat Wine and Dunkelweizen.
Although we were brewing somewhat outside of our comfort zones, GF offered burners, propane, filtered/RO water, and even a mobile wort chilling station (two daisy chained counterflow chillers, a couple of pumps, and a cart for transferring your hot wort to the chillers) to ease the stress of brewing away from your home setup. Another perk was that if you forgot any supplies or ingredients (WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!! ;)) all you had to do was head into the shop. We had a great time and wanted to thank Great Fermentations for putting on event, and everyone that hung out and celebrated National Homebrew Day with us. We are definitely looking forward to a bigger and better Big Brew next year!
Come celebrate National Homebrew Day with us at Great Fermentations on May 4th. The Big Brew event looks like it is going be a great time. The event will include a Homebrew Garage Sale, Cheesemaking Class, Off Flavor Seminar, Sour Brewing Class, Ask A Judge, and a Worldwide Toast at 1pm. Beer Is My Passion will be there and plan on brewing two all grain batches. You can register for any of the events on GF’s Big Brew Registration Page.
Upland Brewing is hosting their second annual Sour Wild Funk Fest at Developer Town in Broad Ripple this May 11th from 1 to 5pm. Last year’s highlights included a raffle for Upland’s coveted Sour Reserve, a food pairing, and of course 50+ beers from 20+ breweries. Styles ranged from Lambic, Flanders, Farmhouse, and Saison and included locally brewed beers as well as beers from around the world. Some of my favorites from last year were Upland’s Gilgamesh, Goose Island’s Lolita, and Samuel Adams American Kriek. It’s a great small event for those looking to immerse your self in all things Sour. Tickets are onsale now, but going fast. Don’t miss out!
Caleb Staton of Upland Brewing Company will be doing a presentation on Sour Ales at Great Fementations on November 3rd. As many of you may have already heard, Upland took home a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival this year for their Sour Reserve entry into the Belgian Style Lambic or Sour Ale category. This is going to be such a great event! There are a limited amount of seats available (30), so make sure to reserve your spot here ASAP. I’ll see you there! Here’s a great interview with Caleb from Embrace the Funk.com.
Upland is putting on Indy’s first Sour ale festival on May 12th. Upland’s Sour + Wild + Funk Fest will be pretty awesome! Upland’s page touts that they will “have more than 30 styles of sour ales from around the state, country, and world, and all paired with foods designed to accentuate the unique flavors of these specialty beers.” Brugge, Sun King, and Mad Anthony will also be rocking out their Sours.