It has been a crazy few weeks here in Bloomington. I have been frantically working on everything Southern C Summit and accepted a new job at the local newspaper here in town. With my new schedule I’m going to try and give y’all one post a week. Hooray! Now that I’ve settled in (sort of) to my new job, over the weekend I was able to experience one of Btown’s favorite festivals – Bloomington Craft Beer Fest.
50 breweries, 3,000 people, a pretzel necklace and a couple of hours to sample some tasty beer…
As most know, Ryan and I tend to run late so after a frantic bike ride down the BLine to the Woolery Mill we checked our bikes grabbed our glasses and hit the ground running.
The place was packed with tasters and craft breweries from all over Indiana and some from Illinois. With breweries popping up throughout the Midwest, craft beer is a growing business. Word is we’re getting a few new ones in Bloomington very soon (yay)! I’m still learning about the beer culture up here but I was blown away by the number of breweries just in Indiana.
I frequent the Bloomington breweries regularly so at the fest I tried to focus on breweries new to me. Note – arrive on time so you don’t miss out on all the sour beers and 3 Floyds (they go fast).
A few of my favorites:
- Coconut Porter: Great Crescent Brewery – Aurora, IN
- Blueberry Beer: ZwanzigZ Brewing – Columbus, IN
- County Brown: Outliers Brewery – Indianapolis, IN
- Stout Bottom Girls Milk Stout: Basket Case Brewing Co. – Jasper, IN
The people watching was also excellent.