admin Thu, 02/02/2012 - 19:03
This past weekend we (Me, the wife, my Brother and Father) had a great time attending the Brewers guild of Indiana Winterfest, or Winterfest for short. Winterfest is a beer festival, similar to a wine festival like Wine in the woods or the Indianapolis Wine Festival.
The 2012 Winterfest had around 54 different brewers (plus or minus a few). You were given a glass at the start of it, and you simply visited the various brewers’ tables and sampled their beer. Pours were around 3-4 oz’s, and there was no limit (I.e. you did not have to have tickets to get a taste of the beer). Many of the brewer’s were from Indiana or nearby Kentucky or Pennsylvania, but there were some of the bigger, more well know National Brewer’s like Sam Adams, Stone and Sierra Nevada.
In addition to the 50 or so brewer’s that were housed inside, there were 2 outdoor areas, which in my opinion had some of the best beer at the event. The first of area outside was pouring beer from Firkins. Ok, little history lesson here…. A firkin is actually a unit of measure for volume. In old English and with reference to beer, it is equivalent to nine imperial gallons, or seventy two pints, or roughly 41 liters. Today, firkins typically refer to beer that is also known as cask ale, cask conditioned beer or Real ale. Firkins usually are an unfiltered, unpasteurized beer, which is served from a cask without using a pressurized gas like nitrogen or carbon dioxide. Winterfest had 8 – 10 firkins that were being poured, and they went quickly. Halfway through the event they were all gone. My favorite beer from the Firkin tent was one called Decrepit, but I have no idea who brews it.