It’s National Beer Day, + prepping for Bloomington Craft Beer Fest 2017.

Ship Hop Hooray Collaboration

Why is it National Beer Day?   April 7 was the day Americans could drink beer (up to 4.05% abv) according to the Cullen-Harrison Act of 1933 – oh NOW you remember!   This preceded the full end of prohibition in December of that year.

In 2017 in Indiana it is a good day to take a warm-up lap for the Bloomington Craft Beer Fest, to be held at historic The Woolery Mill just minutes from Indiana 37 on the south side of Bloomington from 2-6 pm (early bird at 1 pm) Saturday, April 8.  Check out my post of some beers to look for at the fest! Here: /whats-on-at-the-bloomington-craft-beer-fest-april-8/ TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

here are a few pre-fest highlights!

Function Brewing, the smallest brewery in Bloomington is tapping a local Bloomington Collaboration Beer!  It is American Oak infused firkin of Ship Hop Hooray, brewed with local ingredients and all local   Function might still have some Mayan Chocolate Stout (recipe of bartender Ding Prud’homme) tapped Thursday. Function will have TWENTY ONE beers at the fest! (See my write up. link above)

Nick’s English Hut, an historic and revered Bloomington Bar and now the home of many craft beer selections, has Bloomington Brewing Tap Takeover from 7-9, Friday night.

The Tap Beer Beer Bar & Brewery features their version of Ship Hoop Hooray and also taps Midnight fUEL tonight, an American Stout with local coffee roaster Eul-Zing’s special blend of coffee then aged in bourbon Barrels.

Upland Brewpub Bloomington features the return of Campside Session IPA with $2 pints all day, and a special food menu.

Ship Hop Hooray, the collaboration is also featured at Lennie’s (Bloomington Brewing Co.) and at Quaff On Bloomington this week, along with the local beer brewed by each.

So Cheers!   The past 12 months have been a GREAT year for beer. Beer brings people together. Beer is the “Cheers” in our life.  The ‘hey, let’s get together’ reason to greet.  Enjoy National Beer Day. If you can make it to Bloomington, try some local beer!  Or wherever you are, there IS a good local beer. I know, I’ve been drinking them in about 10 states over the past 12 months. Always fun to find a new one!

Greg Kitz