Winterfest! (Indianapolis Brewfest)

Waiting in line for Winterfest!

Waiting in line for Winterfest!

WINTERFEST!

Saturday was Winterfest in Indianapolis, where 70 breweries from all over the country joined at the Indiana State Fair Grounds to pour out unlimited 3oz samplings of their most cherished brews. It is 3 hours of all-you-can-taste beer sampling.

Sounds like heaven, am I right?

This event was entirely sold out weeks ago, with the VIP tickets selling out extremely quickly. Knowing this fact, we set out for the fairgrounds donning our pretzel necklaces, aiming to get there early, get a good place in line, and be in the doors with a beer in our hands at 4:00 on the dot.

Oy Vey.

About a half mile of excited beer enthusiasts in front of us, about another half mile behind us. Envy doesn’t describe our feelings for those who had purchased VIP tickets who were already warm inside enjoying their larger glasses and early access. (We will definitely pay the extra for VIP next year)

Once inside, it was like thousands of adults in an adult candy store.

Sea of beer enthusiasts.

Sea of beer enthusiasts.

Hopping brewery to brewery, trying to sample everything, from everyone.

With each brewery offering an average of four options, this was just not humanly possible, but you could pick and choose those that sounded most delicious or interesting to you, and trust me there was something there for everyone.

From the Imperial Stout infused with Ghost Peppers from Zwanzigz, to the firkin tent, to the Komodo Drangonfly Black IPA from Upland, to the Double 574 Double IPA from Bare Hands Brewery, any beer lover would not have any trouble finding their new favorite beverage.

The trouble is always remembering it the next day 🙂

The classics such as Sum Nug from Shoreline Brewery, Alpha King from Three Floyds, Superfly from Oaken Barrel, and Amazon Princess from People’s did not disappoint when stacked against the other offerings.

To be expected it was intensely crowded, verging on uncomfortable at times, with lines for the bathrooms extending into the common area (for both sexes). However, the lines for samples were never too long and usually gave you just enough time to enjoy your previous sample before asking for another… and another… and another…

The breweries in attendance included:

Breweries from Indiana:

Upland
Fountain Square
People’s
Thr3e Wise Men
Rock Bottom
New Day

A little blurry, but here we are at Winterfest!

A little blurry, but here we are at Winterfest!

Iechyd Da
Daredevil
Crown
450 South
Zwanzigz
Flat 12 
Bier
New Albanian
Triton
Three Pints
Powerhouse
Hawcreek
Evil Czech
Bulldog
Back Road
Black Acre
Sun King
Bloomington
Mad Anthony
Turoni’s Main St.
Shoreline
Tin Man
Ram
Half Moon
Figure 8
Broad Ripple
Bare Hands
Cutters
Three Floyds
Barley Island
Brugge
Twisted Crew
Oaken Barrel
Great Crescent
Four Horsemen
Big Woods
Big Dawg
Union
Lafayette

Out of State Breweries:

Ace Hard Ciders
Mendocino
Boulder
Sixpoint
Sampling some fine brews.

Sampling some fine brews.

New Holland

North Coast
Tyranena
Founders
Finch’s
Lexington
Falls City
Country Boy
Against the Grain
Traveler
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada
Destihl
Victory
Bluegrass
Rivertown
Schlafly
Bell’s
Boston
New Albion

It was a great time with great people, and I don’t think there was a guest in attendance that walked away disappointed.

Next year, the VIP pass will be a must!

… and our pretzel necklaces will be more creative… I’m thinking a mini pretzel version of my Soft Pretzels recipe…….

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