Dribs and Drams

September is a hot time in beer tents around the world. The Hoosier Hops and Harvest Festival and Mad Anthony’s OktoBEERfest are just over. If you missed both of them, a block of events on Saturday, Sept 28th should provide your fix if you’re near Indy:

  • Noblesville Brewfest at Forest Park - Shelter 1, 701 Cicero Rd in Noblesville. 3-7pm. $25 in advance, $30 day of event.
  • Sun King CANvitational, Pan Am Plaza and 100 block of Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. 1-5pm. Early entry (12pm) $75, General Admission $50, Designated Driver $10.
  • Brew Bracket Oktoberfest at Tomlinson Tap Room, 222 E Market St in Indianapolis. 6-9pm. Participant Ticket $35, Designated Driver $5.
  • Upland Oktoberfest at Military Park, 601 W New York St in Indianapolis. 3-10pm. $5 in advance, $10 at the gate.
  • Unfortunately for northerners that day’s Valpo Brewfest is sold out.

There are lots more reasons to get out of the house on our calendar.

Meanwhile, if you were in Britain you would have a choice of

  • St. Alban’s Beerfest – 350 real ales in a London suburb. Plus cider, perry, and foreign beers. £3 ($4.50). Sept 25-28.
  • Manchester Museum of Science & Industry Real Ale and Cider Fest. 90 real ales, 25 ciders and perries. £5. Sept 26-28.
  • Keighley Beer Fest. 79 real ales. Theme is Old Ale. £2.50. Sept 26-28.
  • Louth Beer Festival. 25 beers. Cider and perry. Sept 26-29.
  • Scunthorpe Beer Fest. 25 real ales. Theme is Yorkshire ales. Cider/perry. £2. Sept 26-29.
  • Taste of Cumbria Food and Drink Fest. At Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth. City-wide celebration including downtown streets, pubs, and restaurants. Sept 27-28.
  • North Cotswold Beer Fest. Moreton-in-Marsh Cricket Club. 40 real ales + cider/perry. Pig roast. £3. Camping £6. Sept 27-28.

This last is put on by my “home” CAMRA chapter. They also have a pubwalk on Sept 12th that starts at the Horse and Groom in Upper Oddington.

Why are the entry prices so low (usually free to CAMRA members)? While you can get a taste the norm is to buy 1/2 or 1/3 pints rather than spend the day/evening just tasting.

And of course there’s Germany – that means Oktoberfest. Sept 21 – Oct 6th this year. It’s a pilgrimage that must, someday, be done by all beer geeks. Beer is by the mass (liter) – which the official website defines as “important Bavarian measurement”.

Beer there is by Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten. Each has a massive “tent” that can seat up to 6,000. (click to bigify)








Meanwhile: Headlines:

Oh, that guy trapped by a croc on an island near Australia. He fell asleep just after the rescue – after the captain gave him a beer. Must have been a Fosters.

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