In a sort of reprise of last year's recap of our one-year anniversary party, here's what we learned at Thursday evening's proceedings at Brugge, commemorating our two years of beer blogging:
- Actually, I'll start with that something we already knew--Ted Miller and Charlie Midgley are consummate gentlemen and true assets to the Indiana brewing and beer-consuming community. We couldn't have asked for better hosts than Ted, Charlie, and the Brugge staff, who kept our glasses full all night. Thank you a million times over!
- Once again, beer and tomato juice make a . . . well, a weird, exotic combination. But the party wouldn't have been the same had we not started the night with Chelada de Brugge.
- Chris of the Indianapolis Beer Meetup Group and the few Meetup Group folks I was able to chat with definitely share, and perhaps even surpass, our love for craft beer. If you like to drink high quality stuff with people possessing keen beer instincts, then the Meetup Group seems like the great group to be with. Sorry I didn't get to spend more time with you guys and gals. That will have to change the next time we get together to throw down some pints.
- When Charlie says he wants to pour you a half-glass, he always means a full glass.
- Diamond Kings of Heaven '08 was indeed heavenly. Ted, Charlie said you think this is one of your best efforts. I'd have to agree (and I think a few of my fellow Knights would agree).
- I still am not sold on bacon beer. My apologies to the Smoke Beer Riff-Raff.
- According to my taste buds, Schlafly's Grand Cru is perhaps the best beer they've ever produced. Thanks to our friends at the St. Louis's top brewery for providing us with a several growlers fresh from their tap room.
- Craft beer appreciation is no longer largely the province of dudes. Every time we meet new good beer freaks, we see more and more ladies. I, for one, am thankful for that.
- Gina made a great choice in not eating that post-party La Bamba burrito, right Gina?
Thanks once again to everyone who came out to celebrate two years of going crazy for beer with us. We enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. And if you couldn't come this time, well, there's always next year. Or better yet, there's always the next public roundtable or BART tasting. Stay tuned to Hoosier Beer Geek for more details.