My name is Bean and this is my blog. Hence the name. If you have comments or questions, just leave them in the comments area.
Stef and I have filled our last two weekend with beer festivals. Here's the run down:
Fest of Ale
This was the second annual Fest of Ale and it was put on by The Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN. 10 local breweries and 2 major distributors were there doing one of my favorite things: serving free beer. Okay, so it cost $30 to get in... but still. We got hit by some rain, but that didn't stop the fun. The rain brought cooler weather with it and forced us to mingle and meet new people under the tents. My favorite beer from the event was Barley Island's Sheet Metal Blonde. It just seemed to hit the spot for me that day - I love Wits in the summer. Good times!
Stef, m1, and I all represented IBADS at the first annual gathering of Indiana homebrewing clubs. We got to meet people from all over the state, talk brewing, enjoy an unending variety of craft and homebrewed beer, and eat free smoked meat. I took a random sampling of bottles and 5 gallons of a simple, tea-infused ale (6-row and 2-row grain bill, Danstar Windsor yeast [read: fruity], single infusion @ 150F and light on the hops). I took it in a 5-gallon cooler (same cooler as the margarita pump, different lid) with a picnic tap on it and bought a little CO2 charging system when we got there. I was able to get rid of about 4 of the 5 gallons. not too bad considering the amount of beer available!
Here's a pic of me drooling over a sweet stainless conical fermentor brought by Blichmann Engineering. Also, check out IndianaBeer.com for some m1/bean/stef cameo's, and this pic taken during a big toast. Special thanks to Anita at Great Fermentations for allowing the event to happen in her parking lot, and to Ron Smith and the FBI for taking the initiative and getting this event going. I'm looking forward to next year already! Also, a wide wide world of web shout-out to the Bloomington HopJockeys, of whom I met 3, and who's website posting allowed us to find out about this event!
Finch (June 12, 2007 at 10:38:33 AM):
Oh man, I miss going to Anita's shop and drinking her beer.
Finch (June 12, 2007 at 10:39:10 AM):
Also, did she move away from Broadripple? I don't recognize that as being her parking lot.
bean (June 12, 2007 at 10:45:46 AM):
Yeah, they relocated to 65th street, a little east of the ripple. It's a nice new shop with a huge warehouse for grain storage, etc.