As we at Mad Anthony make our final preparations for the annual “Octobeerfest,” It gets my juices flowing (probably beer!) and my thoughts turn to what a great event and weekend this is for fans of MABC, beer aficionados, anyone that wants good value for their drinking dollar and especially us brewers. It is an event that allows us to get together with friends we have not seen in a while, trade stories about our breweries successes and failures and most of all, a chance to try many of the newest and best offerings from the majority of the small brewers in Indiana. The event also offers a chance for the craft brew fan to talk to the actual brewers of the beers and maybe to get behind their thought process on their beer formulations. Octobeerfest also offers a chance to try many of the great homebrews produced by our local homebrewers and a chance to mingle with many of Fort Wayne’s most accomplished homebrewers
Octobeerfest has always been an event that is about the brewers, the craft beer fan, and most importantly THE BEER. As a business, this event is not about profits but the opportunity to bring a “big city” type tasting event hosted by the brewers themselves and not just faceless distributors pouring beers out of bottles. It has remained fairly small (300ish people) and intimate over the years to really differentiate itself from the typical schwag beer tent event so typical of Fort Wayne. Not attempting to disparage other events if that is your thing, but from a brewers perspective this is a “real,” grassroots beer festival where the people who make it take it fresh from the tank put it in the keg, transport it here themselves, and pour the beer from the taps, giving you a chance to see and taste their passion and hard work.
I can’t really think of a better way to spend Saturday Sept 10 2011 from 2-6 PM than being in the Mad Anthony Brewing Company parking lot sampling the best offerings from 17 (that’s right 17!) of Indiana’s best breweries. Cost is only $30 and includes a tasting glass, entertainment, t-shirt, Marshmallo war, and lunch (if you are a MABC mug club member).
Check out this lineup:
Barley Island Black Swan
Bloomington Brewing Broad Ripple
Brugge Crown Brewing
Figure Eight Brewing Granite City
Half Moon Lafayette
New Albanian Peoples
Rock Bottom College Park Rock Bottom Downtown
Shoreline Sun King
Should be a great day and a great time! See you there!