Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gravity Head 2011: Schedule of Events.

Special events and appearances that will occur on fixed dates during gravity’s annual amok time.

Friday, February 25
“Gravity Tailgate Breakfast”

In 2008, we convened early for gravity breakfast with Terry Meiners of WHAS television in Louisville. In 2009 and 2010, we tweaked the concept, and so breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m., when it’s actually legal to drink beer in Hoosierland. There’ll be doughnuts, breakfast snacks, Ed Needham's home-roasted coffee, the marvelous Sarah and Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout. What’s that? You didn't see it in the 2011 listing? That’s because we’ve been holding out on you.

Founders Canadian Breakfast
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids MI
Alcohol by volume: 9.4%
Gravity Head Twist: What happens if Founders Breakfast Stout is aged in barrels that formerly held maple syrup? Well, you’re about to find out. Could there be a better choice to accompany Gravity Head Tailgate Breakfast?

No, there probably could not be, so stop by and get into the spirit before you go to work. C’mon, it’s Gravity Head: Why even go to work?

Friday, February 25
“Opening Ceremonies”
Regular hours and menu begin at 11:00 a.m. Members of the FOSSILS and LAGERS homebrewing/beer appreciation clubs enjoy preferred seating in the entire Prost room, beginning at 3:00 p.m. We’re expecting Lincoln Anderson of Three Floyds to join us later, and also Upland Brewing’s Cari Crowe, who’s bringing some Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer. Stay tuned.

Saturday, February 26
“The Annual Patty & Larry Buckeye Contingent Visitation”
In the past, the Saturday afternoon arrival of these hardy perennial Buckeyes called for the tapping of a special wooden pin of cask-conditioned, barrel-aged JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale, but this year, the tradition is being updated. In keeping with the All-American theme being observed and perpetuated:

NABC Willett Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout
New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany IN
Alcohol by volume: 8++%
Gravity Head Twist: FOSSILS 20th Anniversary Chocolate Stout with chocolate three ways (malt, nibs and cocoa) and some raisins to round it out. Aged for six months in a freshly dumped wooden barrel from Willett bourbon (a.k.a., Kentucky Bourbon Distillers).

Consumption is open to all, not just the Ohioans. Look for all-day barroom duty,
Sunday, February 27
"Optional R & R"
The Pizzeria & Public House is closed. We’ve only just begun, so listen to your body. Drink liquids, rest, and avoid both lifting and the operation of heavy machinery. But, if you insist on living like a rock star: The Bank Street Brewery is open from Noon until 8:00 p.m., and the locally famous Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar will be ready and willing to assist in your recovery from opening until 3:00 p.m. There’s also beer, carry-out growlers and Chef Josh Lehman’s stellar cuisine.

Monday, February 28 (and on into March)
“Office Hours w/the Publican”
Join the Publican for 6:30 p.m. Monday skull sessions. During Gravity Head, topics may have to do with gravity in the sense beers, not pure science. BJCP style definitions may apply. Cost is $5 or $10, depending on the topic.

Friday, March 11
“Cavalier & Founders”

John Host of Founders joins the gang from Cavalier Distributing (Indianapolis) for an evening of mannered sipping. We’ll save choice kegs of listed Founders to keep them happy.

Thursday, March 17
“St. Patrick’s Day”
Wearing of the green is one thing, but ingesting green-tinted swill is tantamount to wearing a badge that reads, “I’m neither Irish nor particularly bright – scoff at me.” The accepted colors of Irish beer are black, red and gold, and in our traditionally minimalist fashion, we’ll be offering one keg of beer that roughly approximates each (Stone Imperial Stout, Upland Ard-Ri) while shunning other, more inauthentic forms of Hibernian revelry. Don’t forget: The third annual Celts on the River concert is at the New Albany Riverfront on Saturday, June 18.


March 15-16
First and second rounds
of the 2010 NCAA basketball tournament

March 17-20
Second and third rounds
of the 2010 NCAA basketball tournament

March 24-27
Regionals of the
NCAA basketball tournament

Saturday, April 2 & Monday, April 4
Final Four and Championship
of NCAA basketball

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