Great beer, great weather, plenty of samples, talking to breweries. That pretty well sums up a good beer fest. Indiana Microbreweries Fest provided all 3 on July 29.
The very best part: Plenty of beer available all day from 100+ breweries, 77 from Indiana. There was plenty of space between tents, There were appropriate diversions such as vendors, water stations, a cask tent, and space to sit or just chat with friends.
Here are some beers you might look for found at this festival: There is no way to sample all and I likely missed some I’d love to try.
Broad Ripple Brew Pub, Broad Ripple, Indy, IN, BeerdyMcBeardface (love that name) Russian Imperial Stout 10.2% of solid darkness!
Cedar Creek, Martinsville, IN, Coconut Porter, I’m in a coconut craze and this was a nice malt balance with the flavor of coconut yet not a pie. I’ve been a fan of their Martintucky (Common style) for awhile.
Daredevil, Speedway, IN, Muse Belgian
Four Day Ray Brewery, Fishers, IN, Identity Crises brown ale, an award winning heavy at 6% malt of caramel and chocolate.
Function Brewing, Bloomington,IN, with Interest Pale, with 3 peppers has a great opening pepper flavor and a nice burn finish
Flix Brewhouse, Carmel, IN, Omerta Baltic Porter is so dark, deep and sultry
Kopacetic Beer Factory, Monticello, IN, Workation session pale at 4.4 with great flavor. Had to try the delicious Smoke That Cherry Smoked Amber
Lafayette Brewing Company, Lafayette, IN, Black Angus Oatmeal Stout, as this venerable Indiana institution knows a stout.
Planetary Brewing, Greenwood, IN, Solar Milk Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (5 words) that drinks so solid and rich.
Scarlet Lane, McCordsville, IN, Dorian Stout with Coconut, what it sounds like. One of the owners shared this beer costs substantially more to make than one of the standard mashbill/recipe beers but this is another one of our favorites at ib.com
Saint John Malt Brothers, St. John, IN (da Region), Hanging Curve Wheat at only 4.8% delivers as a light, crisp beer that is not typical so just drink it!
Sun King, Indianapolis, IN, had many regular beers that Indiana loves. I got the (oh, yeah I did) King’s Reserve Cherry Busey — I love this so happy, happy mouth. So much cherry flavor on a nice, tart Flanders red!
Taxman Brewing, Bargersville, IN, and now in McCordsville (opens August 11 officially), Barrel Aged Mexican Cake Deduction dubbel, so complex with cinnamon, dark chocolate on top of the dark fruit character of the dubbel. Yum! The Q2 Saison with brett is nicely funky on top of tart.
The Tap Brewery, Bloomington, IN, bourbon barrel aged Old Wooden Head barleywine; brewer Jarrod May looked at me and said, “you want that.” He was right!
ZwanzigZ, Columbus, IN, Ghost Pepper Imperial Stout. All associated with indianabeer.com have raved about this for years.
I will look back at other beers sampled as there were SO many good ones!
Sun King Canvitational: SEPT 9, A fest to love brings beer from ALL over the U.S. and ready to go even to venues: MORE HERE
Gnaw Brew: SEPT 15, we’ve written about this before, almost a “beer camp” in the woods MORE HERE
Columbus IN Craft Beer Fest: SEPT 29, in its first year became the fest everyone wanted to attend, well run! MORE HERE
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