There were 4200 attendees this year. A sell-out before the gates opened. Busy bustling crowded field. 56 pouring stations in 6 tents. Only 8 from bottles. Never more than 10 steps to a cask-conditioned firkin.
World Class's Hopapalooza tent had 26 IPAs at the start and 21 at the end despite the longest lines. Stantions?!? Call by number, an alphabetical physical organization, and busy busy pourers kept the line moving very fast.
First time breweries included Bee Creek, Crown Brewing, Half Moon, and Sun King.
No arrests. EMTs completely bored. Plenty of cabs at the exit. The Louisville bus finally did get parked (after trying to turn around on 66th St.). One golf cart got parked (by me) for the duration with a bent tie rod.
50% more port-a-potties but they were very busy for during the middle hour (cooler weather means less sweat, more pee). No drunks at the end begging for beer (although one woman did flash the pourers in the attempt).
Thanks all for coming, working, etc.
Favorites mentioned at BeerAdvocate's discussions so far include
Brugge Diamond Kings of Heaven 09
Lafayette Big Boris Barleywine vintage 1998
Barrel aged Reds Rye
Broad Ripple Brewpub Relegator India black ale on Firkin
Firestone Walker Double Barrel Pale Ale
Boulevard Double Wide IPA
Upland's Pappy Van Winkle aged Chocolate stout
Many of the brews I tried from Sun King
Shoreline Rillo Rye
NABC Beaks Best
Hoppin Frog Silk Porter through coffee beans
Bee Creek Honey Wheat
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Boulevard Tank 7
Shoreline Beltaine Scottish
Three Floyds Gorch Fock Helles
Upland Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout
Barley Island Beastie Barrel Porter
Three Floyds Dark Lord
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
Upland Rad Red firkin
Lafayette Double Dry Hopped Tippecanoe Common firkin
Sun King Osiris Pale Ale