This past weekend was the Beer Blogger’s Conference 2012, where over 100 beer bloggers from around the nation, and even a few from over seas, flocked to Indianapolis – this year’s chosen city. We gathered from Friday night through Sunday afternoon for education, networking, and of course – drinking.
If I had only known what laid in store for me that weekend, I may have cut back days before, but certain opportunities can not be missed when scrumptious beer is available.
And thus it begins —
|Left – Pere Jacques, Right – Bourbon County|
Once a month I try to do a beer meetup with some of my friends. Usually it is the tap takeover’s that are at the Sinking Ship. This month, I decided to get a group together to meet up at the Beer Sellar for the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Pere Jacques tapping. I figured the popularity of the Bourbon County Stout would be high, so even though the tapping didn’t happen til 7pm, we were there at 6. Beer Sellar has a new deal now that a variety of about 15 taps on their wall are now $3 for a pint – everyday. (Previous deal was on Mondays and they had a special on Indiana beers on Wednesdays.)
First pint up for me was Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace – a light, crisp saison, which I recommended to two other friends.
Then came the Pere Jacques and Bourbon County.
Those two were worth every penny of their $7 and $10 respective prices. I shared both of these as I could not have partaken both and walked out easily. The Bourbon County had every complex layer of an aged stout, slowly sipped out of its snifter and felt every ounce of the 14.5% ABV. I actually enjoyed the Pere Jacques more. It was creamy, a caramel finish but also required a great deal of slow drinking.
In capping the night off, I had a pint of Victory Brewing’s Summer Love. Not my favorite of the evening; something about the American and German hops used in the Blonde ale was slightly harsh to my tongue.
Round One – about 3 pints of beer.
Check out the next blog for Round Two!