A couple of months ago, while following my twitter feed, I found out about Brew Bracket. I knew instantly that I must go to this event. Not only for the fact that it was a new and interesting way for beer lovers to decide the winner of an event, but because it was all about stouts, one of my favorite beer styles, and it was my 30th birthday, which to me equaled – my destiny to attend.
The basics of Brew Bracket is simply this — Blind taste testing of 16 local breweries versions of Stout. March Madness style with four rounds. After the fourth round, a winner is declared.
The event was held at the Indiana State fairgrounds from 1-4:30.
Upon entering you receive two tasting glasses, a pen and a voting tablet. Each sheet has a gray or orange option and after tasting you cast your vote into a paint can.
|Me Being Silly Before Hand|
Round one was separated into two parts 1a and 1b since there were only four corners to taste and only two beers at a time.
|Where is the Beer!?!|
The event overall was pretty well organized. Definitely low key. there were picnic tables scattered through out the all with oyster crackers in bowls and stickers from some of the participating breweries Along the wall were gate-leg tables with more crackers and hundreds of bottles of water. Each side also had a rinsing station. Towards the East end was a food vendor and in the middle the prize stage, voting area and announcement area.
On to the Beer Highlights:
First.. I want to say that the two breweries in the finals appear to be the only two breweries who actually brewed a stout specifically for Brew Bracket. Because of that I am glad they ended up being 1st and 2nd place. Not that the other stouts weren’t good, I know I’ve bragged about Upland’s Mother’s Milk stout before, but I think it was nice to have a new stout to try. Instead of comparing previous tried stouts.
After 3 1/2 hours of tasting, contests, food and talking… a winner was announced:
I’m really glad that as a local brewery that I frequent often, due to their great quality bier, won the Stouts competition Congratulations Darren, Corbin, Jerry, Tara and all associates of Bier Brewery. Hope to see your trophy in the tap room.
The event was great to be part of and I’m glad I chose this to do for my birthday. I can’t wait to see what the spring version will be about!
A final shout out:
DoItIndy — You guys did a great job with promoting Brew Bracket. Ben — Thanks for the saying hi! 🙂
Brew Bracket — Nicely organized! – Thank you for the birthday wishes
The 14 Breweries that particpate: Bier Brewery, Lafayette Brewing Company, Barley Island, Rock Bottom – College Park, Rock Bottom – Downtown, Twisted Crew Brewing, Brugge Brasserie, Half Moon Brewing, Figure 8 Brewing, Bee Creek Brewing, Flat 12, Bloomington Brewing Company, Upland ,Triton — All great stouts!