17 August 2011

HBG5 featuring Ram Restaurant and Brewery

The lineup for our fifth anniversary is a closely guarded secret. Why? Because we're bad salespeople. NO! Because we like to build anticipation. It's fun watching people freak out. And we think we've got a freak-out worthy lineup coming together.

Do you have any idea how good the beer at this party is going to be? Seriously? Did you buy a ticket yet?

Next up:

RAM Restaurant and Brewery

Total Disorder Porter
Rich and smooth, our award-winning brown porter features the flavor of chocolate and caramel.

But for HBG5 we're not having regular old Total Disorder Porter.. No Sir or Madam.

This is Bjava Disorder Porter.

Jim: This is Ram's Total Disorder Porter brewed with B-Java coffee beans. The coffee nose on this beer is beautiful, backed with a sweet, roasty coffee flavor. A true coffee beer, in welcome contrast to too many other coffee beers that taste like burnt espresso. Loved it. 4.50 Mugs.

Me (Mike): The nose on this one is like dipping your nose into a can of coffee. Iced black coffee throughout, perfectly balanced, hint of cream in the finish, yeahhh, put this on! 4.39 Mugs.

Jason: There is a difference between iced coffee and cold coffee. All too often, coffee beers taste like old, cold coffee. Andrew does it right. The porter and coffee combination is fantastic. 4.25 Mugs.

Gina: Now, we all know how I feel about coffee and beer. I want to drink this all of the time. 4.40 Mugs.

KOTBR Score: 4.39 Mugs
From KOTBR #128

Please remember that this list is tentative and subject to change based on availability. We will keep you updated if anything changes.

About HBG5:
It will be held Saturday, August 27th, 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 $15 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for designated drivers. Tickets are available online only and limited to just 150 paying customers. Like beer festivals? Don't like crowds? This is your event. 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. We can't promise that Jason will be performing from Cats (or will have a mustache). But 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 Papa Roux. Menu coming shortly. There will be vegetarian options.

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.

There are more details coming soon, but here's a reminder of the participating breweries/distributors to wet your whistle -

Barley Island Brewing Company - Barrel-Fermented Rust Belt Porter
Bee Creek Brewing Company - Alien Abduction Wheat
Bier Brewery
Broad Ripple Brewpub
Brugge Brasserie - Superkitty Fantastico!
Cavalier Distributing
Crown Brewing Company
Flat12 Bierwerks
Lafayette Brewing Company
New Albanian Brewing Company - Naughty Girl (Struise Colab)
People's Brewing Company
RAM Brewery - Bjava Disorder Porter
The St. Louis Brewing Company aka Schlafly - Raspberry Coffee Stout
Sun King - House Lineup (Osiris, Bitter Druid, Cream, Wee Mac)
Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company
Upland Brewing Company - Rad Red and Mother's Milk

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 fifth and perhaps best year of better beer buffoonery.

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