This past Saturday, the Indiana Brewers Guild hosted the 21st Annual Indiana Microbrewer’s Festival in Military Park. The event featured hundreds of varieties of beer and supported the Indiana brewing community. The website said, ‘Sample as many beers as you can responsibly drink from 3 p.m. until last pour at 6:45 p.m.’ Keyword: responsibly. I have one beer and I am a good time, so I had to ease into the festivities. The list of participants is vast, so I have highlighted a few of my favorites below.
I made a bold decision and decided to invite a date to be my beer drinking wingman and I have to say, it was the best idea I’ve had in a long time. We paced ourselves, took time for the necessary people watching, and found shady spots under trees to sit and take it all in. We finished the night with chorizo nachos at Ralston’s on Mass Ave, which were amazing after drinking for five hours. I cannot tell you which beer was my favorite because they all blur together, but I drank the majority of the samples, so I’d say there were some definite winners.
- Bier Brewery, Indianapolis
- Black Acre Brewing Co, Indianapolis (An Irvington favorite)
- Blind Owl Brewery, Indianapolis
- Bloomington Brewing Co, Bloomington
- Broad Ripple Brewpub, Indianapolis
- Brugge Brasserie, Indianapolis
- Chilly Water Brewing Co, Indianapolis (Oh hey, Fountain Square!)
- Daredevil Brewing Co, Indianapolis
- Flat12 Bierwerks, Indianapolis
- Fountain Square Brewing Co, Indianapolis
- Mad Anthony Brewing Co, Fort Wayne
- Sun King Brewery, Indianapolis (The first beer I ever fell in love with in Indy)
- Taxman Brewing Co, Bargersville
- Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co, Indianapolis
- Three Floyds, Munster (Gumballhead, anyone?)
- Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
- Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Milton, DE
- Goose Island Brewing Co, Chicago, IL
- Saugatuck Brewing Co, Douglas, MI
- Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA
- Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO
The Goshen Brewing Company guys rode this bike with a beer tap contraption 160 miles to Indy. Talk about dedication.
I snapped this photo of the canal on my walk to Military Park for the festivities.
HEAD AND THE HEART
My best friend from my sorority days, Franz, invited me a few months ago to join her at the Head and the Heart concert. I am usually an amazing planner (hello book club, Junior League, dinner parties, Frisbee in the park, you name it), but this time I dropped the ball. I mentally bought my tickets and moved onto whatever I was preoccupied with at the time.
Fast forward to this week when I receive a text from Franz asking if I want to get pizza before the concert….to which I reply, “Sure, what concert?” Have no fear, lawn tickets were still available and I was set! I had pilates beforehand, which ended up being the best thing ever because my yoga pants made for prime lawn sitting and dancing.
It was the perfect night of music: being barefoot in the grass among 7,000 Hoosiers enjoying one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. Oh, how I have grown to really, truly love Indy. There’s no place I’d rather be and it made me the happiest. PS – Drinking wingman mentioned above just happened to also attend this concert, so points for an appreciation for outdoor concerts.
I love the Monon Trail. It is the best therapy: riding under tree canopies, passing dads teaching their kids how to ride their first bike, dogs, free smells from Bub’s Burgers….the list goes on. So, get out there and ride your bike – you’ll never regret that time spent on two wheels, jamming to some music.
If it is possible to sweat (a lot of) beer, I succeeded.
Why did I make a peach pie after a long bike ride and a weekend of day drinking? Why not? My peaches were getting soft and I have a compulsive need to save almost rotten fruit. Smitten Kitchen has never led me astray, so I went with their recipe and it is a keeper. You can find the recipe here and photos below. I made the whole thing while still wearing my bike shorts because I have no shame.
Peaches from the farm stand on Allisonville Road!
Both of my rolling pins are lodged underneath the oven drawer. Yes, I have two rolling pins and yes, I used a mason jar, which left a nice Ball stamp on my pie crust.
Someone left this post-it on the window at Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee in Fountain Square and it made my day.
Hope you enjoyed my Sunday randomness! XO, Libby (Winston too!)