(Note to readers: The third installment of "A Passage to Rogue" is coming tomorrow)
With the arrival of temperate weather comes the outdoor beer festival season, and this year's first entry takes place this coming Saturday (April 29):
Fest of Ale 2006 at Keg Liquors in Clarksville (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
The irrepressible owner, Todd Antz, has been working on this one for a long time, and here's his sales pitch for a great lineup of feautured beers.
Please join us for our first ever Beer Festival, we have dubbed Fest of Ale 2006. Falling on the Saturday between Thunder and the Derby, we will have brewers and importers from all around the world on site for a huge event.
So far we have:
Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, IN)
Bluegrass Brewing Company (Louisville, KY)
Bell’s Brewing (formerly Kalamazoo, brewer of Bell's Beers)
Barley Island Brewing (Noblesville, IN)
Thirsty Dog Brewing
New Albanian Brewing (New Albany, IN)
Browning's Brewing (Louisville, KY)
Wetten Importers (Delirium, Gouden Carolus)
Eurobrew Importers (Xingu, St. Peters)
Our three craft beer distributors (World Class Beverages, Cavalier Distributing, and North Vernon Beverage) will also be there to fill in the gaps with beers not available from our brewers.
There will be food, music, and plenty of great beer. We even have a silent auction planned with all proceeds going to Bridgepointe Goodwill Services. Tickets for this event will be $25 in advance, and $30 the day of the event. Tickets are available for advance purchase from our website at http://www.kegliquors.com/festofale.htm.
As NABC's contribution to the fest, and as befits our commitment to "go high, or go home," Brewmeister Jesse Williams is taking a few gallons each of our Hoptimus (Double IPA), Thunderfoot (Cherried Imperial Stout) and a special preview of the this year's edition of ConeSmoker.
Jesse's working the first half of the show, and I'll be there circa 4:00 p.m.