The basics of Brew Bracket is simply this -- Blind taste testing of 16 local breweries versions of Stout. March Madness style with four rounds. After the fourth round, a winner is declared.
The event was held at the Indiana State fairgrounds from 1-4:30.
Upon entering you receive two tasting glasses, a pen and a voting tablet. Each sheet has a gray or orange option and after tasting you cast your vote into a paint can.
|Me Being Silly Before Hand|
Round one was separated into two parts 1a and 1b since there were only four corners to taste and only two beers at a time.
Unfortunately two breweries didn't make it to Brew Bracket, so two lucky breweries had a bye on Round 1: Triton Brewing Company and Bee Creek Brewery.
|Where is the Beer!?!|
One part that was really nice was a live twitter feed wall, where any tweet with the hashtag #BBStouts would pop up onto the wall. The goal was to get #BBStouts trending on twitter for Indianapolis about about 3/4 through the event, we succeeded!
**Yes, my twitter name -
KJLSlauzis was up on the
wall a lot**
On to the Beer Highlights:
First.. I want to say that the two breweries in the finals appear to be the only two breweries who actually brewed a stout specifically for Brew Bracket. Because of that I am glad they ended up being 1st and 2nd place. Not that the other stouts weren't good, I know I've bragged about Upland's Mother's Milk stout before, but I think it was nice to have a new stout to try. Instead of comparing previous tried stouts.
Secondly.. It was great that some of the newer breweries like Twisted Crew & Triton were participants in the competition.
Coffee or Oat stouts seemed to be the favored styles for each
brew. Unfortunately there wasn't a way to tell at the end which one you really did vote for, but I know there was a stout that had an aroma and taste of banana. Which made it seems like you were drinking a chocolate covered banana. By process of elimination
I'm leaning towards saying it was Brugge Brasserie's Black.
Triton's Stout was their Deadeye Stout aged in a Bourbon Barrel, which I am a total sucker for Bourbon Barrel aged anything.. even an IPA ( see New Albanian B'urban Trotter - A bourbon barrel aged Imperial India Pale Ale)
Classic favorites where there as well:
Upland - Mother's Milk Stout
Flat 12 - Lacto Matic Milk Stout
Bee Crew - Clay County Coffee Stout
A stout that Darren literally said Fuggit and put in all they had into it!
The event was great to be part of and I'm glad I chose this to do for my birthday. I can't wait to see what the spring version will be about!
A final shout out:
DoItIndy -- You guys did a great job with promoting Brew Bracket. Ben -- Thanks for the saying hi! :)
Brew Bracket -- Nicely organized! - Thank you for the birthday wishes
The 14 Breweries that particpate: Bier Brewery, Lafayette Brewing Company, Barley Island, Rock Bottom - College Park, Rock Bottom - Downtown, Twisted Crew Brewing, Brugge Brasserie, Half Moon Brewing, Figure 8 Brewing, Bee Creek Brewing, Flat 12, Bloomington Brewing Company, Upland ,Triton -- All great stouts!