“Das Leben Ist zu kurz um scheiss bier zu trinken”-Life is Too Short to Drink Shitty Beer.
Not only is life too short, but the hours were fleeting to savor a taste of some Indiana’s finest ales, at the 18th Annual Indiana Microbrewer’s Festival, held on the grounds of Opti Park. Over seventy-five brewers from Indiana and out of state came out to in droves to offer their finest beers to hundreds of lucky Hoosiers Saturday. From local favorites like Brugge, Flat 12, Fountain Square, Indiana City Brewery, Black Acre, Black Swan, as well as favorites from the further reaches of the Hoosier State such as Evil Czech,(Culver) and Three Floyds (Munster).
Also out of state favorites such as Goose Island, Brooklyn Brewery, Tyranena, Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company. This was our first year attending the festival, and since we have our fair share of beer festivals under our belts, we weren’t too worried about navigating through the breweries and attempting to sample as many as 300 beers available.
Flat 12 as usual, probably proved to be the most interesting and creative with their cask ales on offer, including a Mint Kolsch, a Brazilian Coffee/Chipotle Vanilla Porter, Lemon Balm and Caraway Cucumber Kolsch, Saison Du Flát w/ Lavender and Motuka, and Lebowski’s Kolsch to name a few. There were ten cask ales in total. We made a point for this to be our first stop.
New Day Meadery offered a very interesting and refreshing Gin Barrel Aged Strawberry Rhubarb Mead, excellent and refreshing on a warm summer day. I didn’t think it could get any better than their Breakfast Magpie, and again New Day surpassed all expectations as masters of their craft.
Evil Czech Brewery out of Culver Indiana, had some interesting offerings, including Dracula’s Bite, a Black IPA, which had a faint taste of Jalapeno coming through the chocolate aroma (must be those Warrior Hops), this one was probably my favorite from Evil Czech, but I am sure it is not for everybody, and a close second was John the One-Eyed, a Belgian Dubbel.
Brugge also had an excellent Sour Ale, Spider, and Black Swan also had their delicious Sour Cherry Ale, and finally Black Acre had Coffee Cat, a foreign export stout infused with Bee Coffee Roasters Ethiopian Coffee, which reminds me what a fool I am to not get over to Irvington more, as this place continually proves to be one of my favorite local breweries.
While we had ample time to sample so many of the amazing beers, unfortunately we didn’t make it to all the breweries, as it became the case of so many breweries so little time. Indiana Microwbrewer’s Festival has been such a great way for locals to try beer from our great state as well as various other guest breweries from around the country. Can’t wait till next year.
On the way home, we happened across a guy that fresh from the Indiana Microbrewer’s Fest, we know this because he still had the tell-tale bright green IMF wristband on his wrist. He was loading a case of Coors Lite into his car. Don’t be that guy. Remember, Das Leben Ist zu kurz um scheiss bier zu trinken.