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Friday, October 19th, 2007

Sarah and I went to Big Red Liquors’ 15th Annual Beerfest last night, which features over 200 different beers. It was held at the Bloomington Convention Center from 6-9 pm. We met up with a couple of her classmates from IU’s School of Library And Information Science. We had a great evening of drinking beer and talking about libraries. I felt a little out of place being a Web developer amongst library science students, but it was fun and I know enough through Sarah (knowledge tends to rub off, you know) that I could keep up most of the time. We got pretty drunk and walked around in the rain debating where to eat, eventually settling on the Irish Lion where we drank some more (I had some really tasty Mead) and ate Celtic Stew and cheese.

Beer-wise, we found some really fantastic brews. Of the local beers, I just loved Upland’s new beer, a black lager whose name I can’t remember right now. It’s not available yet, but I’ll definitely be buying some of that when it comes out (Upland is our favorite local brewery). We tried some beers from the Oaken Barrel Brewing Company in Indianapolis that were good but not great. I had heard good things about Bloomington Brewing Company’s Java Porter, which I finally tried and really liked. The coffee flavor was a lot stronger than I expected.

We all really enjoyed the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale — it had just the right amount of pumpkin and some good spice. I also spent a good 10 minutes at the Breckenridge Brewing Company’s table sampling everything they had to offer. Sarah and I had had their Vanilla Porter before, which we call “The Milkshake of Beers,” but that’s the only thing we’ve been able to find. Their Oatmeal Stout was fantastic and I really enjoyed their Amber as well. The guy at that booth also recommended a couple of places to buy Breckenridge locally, so hopefully we’ll actually be able to buy some of this stuff.

I also noticed after trying Upland’s new Black Lager that Sam Adams has a Black Lager too. I tried theirs and it was good, but Upland was better. One thing that surprised me is how much I enjoyed stouts. I have never been too into stouts but I found some great ones last night. The Breckenridge one was great, as was Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout. I also enjoyed Saint Peter’s Stout and I think a couple of others, but my memory is a bit hazy for some reason.

One more thing I’d like to mention is Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice Beer was really good. Sarah brought over what I thought was a hard cider and I took a sip and was very impressed. I was a little surprised when she told me what it was. Good stuff.

Now, a full list of everything I drank, whittled down from the full list of beers (to the best of my recollection):

  • Allagash Double
  • Chimay Reserve
  • Piraat
  • Abita Purple Haze
  • Anchor Steam
  • Flying Dog Gonzo Porter
  • Avery Salvation
  • McEwan’s Scotch Ale
  • Leinenkugel Apple Spice
  • Peroni
  • Sam Adams Black Lager
  • Sam Adams Brown Ale
  • Schlafly Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Hefeweizen
  • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
  • Oaken Barrel Brewing Indiana Amber
  • Oaken Barrel Brewing Razz Wheat
  • Oaken Barrel Brewing Gnaw Bone Pale Ale
  • Bell’s Amber
  • Bell’s Lager of the Lakes
  • Bell’s Best Brown Ale
  • Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
  • Wychwood Hobgoblin
  • St. Peters Stout
  • Franziskaner Hefeweiss
  • Moosehead Lager
  • Woodchuck Granny Smith
  • Woodchuck Pear
  • Goose Island 312
  • Goose Island Matilda
  • Goose Island Pere Jacques
  • Guinness Draught (keg)
  • Stella Artois
  • Hoegaarden
  • Sierra Nevada Wheat
  • Upland Wheat
  • Upland Oktoberfest
  • Upland Bad Elmers Porter
  • Upland Amber Ale
  • Upland Black Ale
  • Bloomington Brewing Company Java Porter
  • Sea Dog Blue Paw Blueberry
  • Jewbelation Eleven
  • Breckenridge Brewery Avalanche Amber Ale
  • Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter
  • Breckenridge Brewery Oatmeal Stout
  • Breckenridge Brewery 471 Small Batch Series ESB

8 Responses to “Beerfest”

  1. Sarah Says:

    You know what tends to rub off other than knowledge? Temporary tattoos that are passed out by beer distributors. Just sayin’.

  2. furiousball Says:

    how the crap did you remember that? seriously the FBI needs to get a hold of you or something

  3. i, squub Says:

    Mmmmmmm, beer.

  4. Revrunner Says:

    Good thing you didn’t have to ride your bikes home!

  5. John Says:

    “Upland’s new beer, a black lager whose name I can’t remember right now.”?
    “Now, a full list of everything I drank, whittled down from the full list of beers (to the best of my recollection):”?

    Both are quotes from your Saturday night. And with a list of beers you tried that is as long as the list of small college’s graduating class, it’s no wonder>

    So????? How did you get home? Or did you?

  6. Apertome Says:

    John: The short answer is, we took the bus home.

    The full deal: We left my car at work (which is a few blocks from the convention center). We took the bus home, and then I rode my bike to work the next day. After work, I drove home with my bike on the roof rack.

    What, you didn’t think I DROVE after all of that, did you?

  7. Marty Says:

    Okay, first many apologies for taking this long to get to your posts – particularly this one. I mean, it took me a month to comment on BEER?

    As to your beers – Breckenridge has always been a good brewery although I have not had their Vanilla Porter, but it sounds delicious. I like Black Lagers, too, but I doubt I’ll be able to find it locally here.

    I have to say that I am VERY impressed with your tally – I don’t know that I got through even half that many at the last beer festival I went to. Chimay is a fantastic beer – love all of their varieties – and you have some great other varieties up there (Allagash, Avery Salvation and the Goose Island beers stuck out). Here, I’m going to survive on La Chouffe’s new christmas beer and the new Saranac Winter Sampler. And a Unibroue Edition 2008 if I can find one…

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