10 August 2010

HBG4 featuring... The Tamale Place

The lineup of beers at Hoosier Beer Geek's Fourth Anniversary Party continues. And we have more beers coming, but we thought we'd mention where the food is coming from. The food we are announcing at HBG4 comes to us from...

The Tamale Place
Rockville Road and Lynhurst Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana

When it comes to finding new places to dine in Indianapolis, my favorite resource/guide is Ted Miller from Brugge Brasserie. He knows almost every hole in the wall joint in town, especially the ethnic joints. He's better than Urbanspoon. And he has never pointed me in the wrong direction.

About a year ago, he mentioned a little place on the west side of town that serves the best tamales and chicken nachos. So I followed his recommendation and came away sold that The Tamale Place had to be the official food of HBG4. I took Mike there for lunch to see if he agreed. He was blown away. We bought tamales for the RV trip to Dark Lord Day to share with the rest of the Knights of the Beer Roundtable. It was unanimous: The Tamale Place it is!

The Tamale Place is owned by the husband and wife team of Vladimir Ronces and Angela Green, along with Angela's mother, Leora Green. They started in the tortilla business but quickly moved over to producing tamales. "Tortilla Angelita" soon became known as THE tamale place. So a name change occurred.

The masa-and-filling combinations are incredibly tasty, which you will soon see. But what really sets them apart is that the tamales are about a half pound each! I'd say that they are tamales as big as your head but fear getting sued by a burrito chain.

But there is no lack in quality just because they are big. You will not find many places with tastier masa. They have a wide variety of tamales available. At HBG4, we will serve:

-beef in red sauce tamales (mild)
-chicken in green sauce tamales (mild)
-black beans & cheese in green sauce tamales (vegetarian)
-veggie tamales (potatoes,
zucchini, mushrooms, corn, peas,
onion, tomato, garlic, light jalapenos)
-spicy chipotle beef tamales (hot)
-spicy chicken in green sauce tamales (hot)
-poblano chili and cheese tamales (vegetarian, sometimes hot)
-hot & spicy pork tamales (hot)

Homemade chips, salsa, and guacamole

And don't worry about trying to finish an entire half pound tamale in one flavor. We will be cutting them up so that you can try a variety of flavors, if you prefer.

Please remember that the list is tentative and subject to availability. We promise to keep you informed of any changes.

About HBG4:
It will be held Saturday, August 28th, starting at 6pm. Sun King Brewing will again be hosting us at their brewery at 135 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis. Tickets are $30 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for regular tickets and $20 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for designated drivers. Tickets are available online only and are in limited supply. And yes, the tickets are on sale now.

If you didn't attend last year, you can see what you missed here. But if you did attend last year, you'll find it to be similar. Here is what we have so far (please note that all of this is subject to change).

Regular attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass that can be used to sample various quality beers from our favorite Indiana breweries as well as a few other breweries. Additionally, you'll be able to select a few larger pours of your favorite beers. Designated drivers will have a selection of non-alcoholic beverages such as soda, pop, cola... whatever regional term you like. And bottled water, of course.

All attendees will get to enjoy food from The Tamale Place. Those of you who have been know how good their food is. And those of you who have not been are in for a treat. There will be a variety of tamale flavors to sample, including vegetarian friendly options.

There will also be chips and salsa and such for your enjoyment all night as well.

And what's a party without gifts? And by gifts, I mean us giving stuff to you! That's right, prizes and giveaways and all sorts of stuff.

We're still filling in all the details, but if you've been to our events, you know it is a good time. And all tickets will be sold online. Tickets are not available at Sun King nor will they be available at the door. So don't miss out.

We appreciate that you follow us for the latest and craziest in the Indiana craft beer world. And we hope you'll come out and celebrate with us our fourth year of tomfoolery.

1 comment:

  1. I sure do love tamales. Especially ones from the tamale place.

    Now we know why Mike has replaced us all with wallabies.