Ultimate Traveling Tuesday: GABF?

Most Tuesdays, we have a post here on one of the better beer locations that one of your fellow Hoperatives has had the pleasure of visiting. For many folks, the ultimate Traveling Tuesday location would be to attend the annual Great American Beer Festival held each year in Denver, Colorado at the Colorado Convention Center. We haven’t had a chance to go out there ourselves and it’s not looking possible for this year here.

But, if you would like to go this year, we can tell you that tickets for GABF will be going on sale on August 2, 2012 for the general public. If you happen to be a Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association member, you can get your tickets on July 31, 2012. Both days, tickets go on sale at 10:00 am MDT (12:00 noon Cincinnati time) and are available through Ticketmaster.

Pricing is as follows:
Thursday, October 11th session from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. — Cost: $65
Friday, October 12th session from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. — Cost: $65
Saturday, October 13th session from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. — Cost: $65
The Designated Driver ticket is available for all sessions and costs $25. It “includes festival program, special gift, unlimited sodas, and hospitalities in the Designated Driver lounge.”

For more information, go to this link on the Brewers Association web site.

So, have you been to GABF? Are you planning to go this year? Let us know!

Indiana Homebrew Club Day 2009 – Brew-B-Q on June 6th

Passing along the info. Let me know if anyone attends this and how it was. I know some people had a really good time last year.


Third Annual “Indiana Homebrew Club Day” Brew-B-Q 2009 on Saturday, June 6th !!!

Fellow Indiana Homebrew Club Members,
The big day is rapidly approaching!  Hopefully everyone already has this on their calendar.  The past 2 year’s events have been huge successes and this year’s looks like it will be even bigger and better.  Last year, we once again had about 100 people in attendance, but we would have had even more if half the state hadn’t been underwater on the day of the event.  Also once again, there were about 12 or 14 Indiana clubs represented (there are now 16 clubs – I think).  Clubs from the far southern and northern parts of the state both attended.  Everyone that attended commented that it was a truly great event and one they were glad they didn’t miss.  Let’s make this year’s event even better.  Here are all the details…

EVENT NAME: Brew-B-Q 2009 – The Third Annual Gathering of Indiana Homebrew Clubs
COST: FREE – But if you can spare a couple bucks donation to help cover some expenses, that would be great. Note: The FBI covers all the upfront costs, but some voluntary donations to try to help us break even are greatly appreciated and will insure that this great day can continue to happen.
DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 6th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Great Fermentations homebrew shop at 5127 E. 65th Street in Indianapolis.  This is just inside the NE corner of the I-465 interstate loop, so it is very convenient to get to (see directions below).  Anita Johnson, the owner of Great Fermentations, has once again graciously offered up the parking lot of her facility for this gathering.  Thanks, Anita!
WHY YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT: One of the featured attractions for this event is clear from the name, Brew-B-Q.  One of the FBI members, Frank Petrarca, has a giant smoker and cooks up some awesome smoked meats.  Frank has been known to stay up all night the night before the event to prepare an incredible selection of smoked meats.  Thanks Frank!  Various FBI members will also be providing an assortment of chips and side dishes, but your contributions are welcomed and appreciated.  Last, but certainly not least, there will be plenty of homebrew for sampling.  Please bring whatever you would like to share.  Last year, several clubs went all out, with custom jockey boxes, lots of kegs of beer, etc., and one club even brewed a batch of beer at the event out of a car (the Brewmobile) and gave away the beer as a door prize!  Whether you go all out or can just show up, it doesn’t matter, just come and enjoy the day.

Some other great reasons to not miss this event include:
— Although technically a little early, the State Fair Brewers Cup is allowing people attending the Brew-B-Q from around the state to drop off their entries at Great Fermentations while they are there.  Also, multiple BJCP judges will be available if you want some advice on the best category to enter your beer in.  Just bring an extra bottle or two for this evaluation.
— Door Prizes, Door Prizes, Door Prizes – In past years, we have had tons of door prizes including Beer Guns (donated by John Blickmann), Corny Kegs and brewing books (donated by Anita at Great Fermentations), a couple of the way-cool “Brew-B-Q” T-shirts (donated by the FBI), lots of craft beer (donated by World Class Beverages and Barley Island), and much more.  We are hoping that this year’s door prize list will be equally impressive.
— World Class Beverages and some Indiana Microbrewers will either be on hand or will donate some craft beer for sampling.
— We hope to have some homebrew equipment and supplies providers in attendance to show off their latest products.  Last year, the innovative John Blichmann was on hand to display and discuss his impressive list of homebrewing equipment.
— Check out Anita’s shop while you are there.  While you should always support your local homebrew shop, Anita has certainly worked hard to build one of the best shops in the country, so you might find some equipment or supplies at Great Fermentations that you can’t find locally.
— We are also working on a discounted rate at a local hotel, as well as transportation to that hotel after the event, for those of you wanting to stay overnight.  Contact me for details about this.  PLEASE: Be sure to have a designated driver or safe transportation to your destination after the event.  Don’t Drink and Drive under any circumstances.


1) Please distribute this email to all your club members ASAP – June 6th is rapidly approaching !!!
2) Review the club list below and let me know ASAP if any changes need to be made to your club listing for the T-shirt.
3) Let me know you are coming (either individually, or someone from your club can give me a rough estimate of how many people from your club will be able to make it), and put it on your calendar.  It will really help us to have a head count to plan for.
4) Plan to wear your club T-shirt if you have one, and bring some homebrew if you have any ready to drink (your favorite glass and a lawn chair will also be very helpful).
5) Prepare yourself to eat some great food, drink some great homebrew, and meet some great people / fellow homebrewers from all around the state in a fun, non-competitive environment.
6) Bring some money to order an event T-shirt.  These were a big hit each of the past year.  I will take paid orders and deliver your shirts to you (or someone from your club) at the Brewers Cup.  Prices are the same as last year (S, M, L, XL $20, XXL $23, XXXL $24, XXXXL $26).  I will be making some updates to the shirt design and club list for the 2009 version.  These are high quality, professionally designed shirts with the event logo and club listing printed on the back and a small logo printed on the front.

Here is the updated list of clubs…

– Bloomington Hop Jockeys – Bloomington
– Columbus Area Classic Alers (CACA) – Columbus
– Duneland Homebrewers Association (DHBA) – Valpo / Michigan City
– Foam Blowers of Indiana (FBI) – Indianapolis / Central IN
– Fossils (Fermenters of Special Southern Indiana Libations Society) – New Albany
– Homebrewers of Preferred Suds (HOPS) – Angola
– Howard County Homebrewers – Howard County
– Indiana Brewing and Drinking Society (IBADS) – Indiana
– Jasper Homebrewing Club – Jasper
– Mad Anthonys Serious Homebrewers (MASH) – Fort Wayne
– MECA Brewers – Central Indiana
– Michiana Extract & Grain Association (MEGA) – Mishawaka
– Muncie Indiana Brewers (MIB) – Muncie
– Ohio Valley Homebrewers Association (OVHA) – Evansville
– St. Gambrinus Benevolence Society – Bloomington
– Tippecanoe Homebrewers Circle (THC) – West Lafayette

Let’s make this THIRD ANNUAL INDIANA HOMEBREW CLUB DAY – BREW-B-Q 2009 a great event with all of your support.  You will be glad you made the trip.  Please contact me, Ron Smith, at RonSmith@MarketWiseSolutions.com with any questions, as well as to let me know if you will be coming, to put your name on my Indiana homebrewers email list (*see below), etc.  You can also call me at 317-201-6535 (mob).


Ron Smith
FBI (Foam Blowers of Indiana)
Mob: 317-201-6535

* For anyone receiving this email, whether coming to the Brew-B-Q or not, if you would like to get on my email list to be contacted about this event, various other homebrew related events and news, BJCP study group courses, etc., please just send me a reply with your name and email address.

Great Fermentations is located on the northeast side of Indianapolis between Binford Boulevard and Allisonville Road on 65th Street.
From the North: I-69 magically becomes Binford Boulevard (Highway 37) south of I-465. Follow Binford Blvd.south to 65th Street. Turn west (right) on 65th Street for 4/10ths of a mile to 5127 East 65th Street. Great Fermentations is on the south side (left) of the street.
From the South: Take I-65 North to I-70 East. Exit I-70 onto Keystone Avenue north. Follow Keystone past 38th street and turn right (or east) onto Fall Creek Parkway just after you cross a bridge. Follow Fall Creek Parkway, which magically becomes Binford Blvd., until you reach 65th Street and turn left (at the Speedway Gas Station). Follow 65th street and look for us on the south side of the street (left) about 4/10ths of a mile west of Binford.
From the West: Take I-465 North to Exit 37 (Binford Boulevard). Head south on Binford, turn west (right) on 65th Street for 4/10ths of a mile to 5127 East 65th Street on the south side (left) of the street.
From the East: Exit I-465 at 56th Street (Exit 40). Turn west (left) on 56th street and follow down a hill and over a bridge where you bear right when 56th street splits into Kessler Blvd. Follow Kessler to the second light and turn right or north onto Binford Blvd. Follow Binford to 65th street and turn left or west (at the Speedway Gas Station). About 4/10ths of a mile and on the south side of the street (left) look for us.

Decisions, Decisions…

As Hoperative #43 5chw4r7z pointed out, this Thursday has a plethora of choices for the tri-state beer lover. Luckily, they’re not all at the same time (just most of them).

At 6:00 pm, you have three beer events to choose from: Cock & Bull: Pint Night Thursday which is featuring Delerium Tremens this week, Rock Bottom’s Mug Club Tapping of Catcher in the Rye IPA and Party Source’s inaugural Burgers and Beers “Thirstday” featuring Bluegrass Brewing Company out on the Patio. This is a really tough choice so you may just want to go with your beer preference on this one. Unfortunately, we will be out of town, but some of our intrepid Hoperatives are going to be taking one for the team and covering these events for us.

Catcher in the Rye

We rarely miss a Rock Bottom tapping. You get a sample of the beer just tapped and there’s an appetizer to try too. Be sure to ask to sit in the bar area and watch for Mitch (the brewmaster) to jump up on the bar to announce the tapping. We were lucky enough to get to taste the Catcher in the Rye IPA this past weekend and it’s really nice (full review to follow). Also, as you enter, look to the left up above the corner booth. It’s one of our favorite Rock Bottom logos.

If you remember, we told you about the new Burgers and Beers “Thirstday” event at Party Source back in February when Danny Gold announced it at the “Won’t You Beer My Valentine?” event we attended. The idea is to match the burger toppings to somewhat about the beer. With BBC, there was some discussion of a Kentucky hot brown burger. Hoperative #39 AmyInOhio has offered to cover this for Hoperatives. Can’t wait to see what she finds out!

If you’ve never experienced the Cock & Bull English Pub on Covington’s Main Strasse, you really need to check it out some time soon. During their Pint Night Thursdays, you buy a pint of the featured beer and keep the logo glass and then get discounted refills all night. But get there early! We tried to go a couple weeks ago and it was packed.

The main event of Thursday night is at 8:00 pm — Beer Wars LIVE! with Ben Stein. This is a screening of the new documentary Beer Wars: Brewed in America, followed by a live discussion with some of America’s leading independent brewers and experts. It is showing at Showcase Cinemas De Lux Florence, Regal / Deerfield Town Center in Mason, OH and National Amusements / Springdale Showcase Cinemas in Springdale, OH. Hoperative #14 Jared and a group of fellow beer lovers are covering the Florence showing for Hoperatives.

It’s been interesting that in the last few days, there has been a bit of backlash from various beer bloggers in regards to this movie. Check out A Good Beer Blog and The Mad Fermentationist.

So whatever you decide to do tomorrow night, have fun and enjoy better beer!

–Carla and Tom

BEER WARS LIVE : Movie April 16, 8pm EST


I’m not sure how we missed this for so long but it seems like something I may be making a trip to the theater to see. Who’s coming with me?

Playing LIVE April 16th at 8pm EST.

I have checked and this is playing at the Cinema De Lux in Florence on the 16th at 8pm in HD. Check your local theater to see if it’s playing there.



In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world.

Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

Beer Wars begins as the corporate behemoths are being challenged by small, independent brewers who are shunning the status quo and creating innovative new beers. The story is told through 2 of these entrepreneurs – Sam and Rhonda – battling the might and tactics of Corporate America. We witness their struggle to achieve their American Dream in an industry dominated by powerful corporations unwilling to cede an inch.

This contemporary David and Goliath story is ultimately about keeping your integrity (and your family’s home) in the face of temptation. Beer Wars is a revealing and entertaining journey that provides unexpected and surprising turns and promises to change the world’s opinion on those infamous 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

Fathom and Ducks In A Row Entertainment present “Beer Wars LIVE” with Ben Stein, a one night event taking you inside the boardrooms and back rooms of the American beer industry. The event will feature the exclusive never-before-seen documentary “Beer Wars,” followed by a riveting live discussion led by Ben Stein with America’s leading independent brewers and experts. Playing in movie theatres nationwide on Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. MT / 8 p.m. PT (tape delay), beer industry insiders will take you behind-the-scenes of their quest for the American Dream.