Best new beer to me: Brass Monkey Green Tea Pale Ale. It was nice and crisp with a hint of fresh citrus fruit that came in nicely.
Best Indiana Brewer: New Albanian Brewing Company. I didn't have a bad beer from them, and it looked like they brought at least six beers with them. I've only just started to have beer from them, and I will be having more based on the beers I had at the festival. Roadtrip anyone? My two favorites were their saison and Hoptimus DIPA.
Best Firkin: Bell's Two-Hearted. If you are a fan of Two-Hearted you need to try it out of a firkin.
Tapping a firkin
Best Brewer of the Fest: I have to give it to Founders. Every single beer I had from them was a real treat. Backwoods Bastard, Red's Rye, Devil Dancer, and finally Kentucky Breakfast stout from them were all top notch, and every single beer would go in my tops list for the day.
Best Beer of the Fest: Three Floyd's Dark Lord was my favorite beer of the day. My palate was shot by the end of the day, but I was still able to pick up on so many of the nuances of the beer. I could still taste chocolate and coffee notes that were helped by dark fruit and lingering toasted malt in the finish. It was a nice way to finish out my day. I wasn't complaining about them filling our glasses with alpha king in line either.
I had a great day, and I want to say a big thank you to the people that put this together every single year, and I am very excited that Indiana beer is heading in the right direction.