11 September 2012

Tailgate for Nothing 7: Wiener Time!

Our biannual Tailgate for Nothing is probably our favorite event. Incredibly, we've done six editions of the event. And yes, we are having a seventh.

The Hoosier Beer Geek Knights of the Beer Roundtable invite you to join us for--

TFN7: Wiener Time!
Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m. - ???
Back parking lot of the Sun King Brewery
135 N. College, Indy

Before I get into the whole "Tailgate for Nothing is a shared event" spiel, I want to point out the theme.


Sure, there's always beer at Tailgate for Nothing. Lots and lots and lots of beer. And yes, you're absolutely welcome to bring whatever food you'd like. But we like a theme. So while your beer doesn't or even shouldn't be wiener-themed, we hope that your food will be. Any kind of meat in tube form will do--not just wieners. And yes, vegetarians and vegans, please come with your innovative and tasty food creations. I'm a vegetarian and plan to pull out all the stops. For example, seitan sausage counts. Tofu sausage counts. Lettuce sausage counts. Hell, why not try to make a falafel-dog? Just as long as it tastes good and you can share it, you're welcome to come. Keep in mind that you don't have to bring sausage, but it would be cool if you did.

Event Info. What's Tailgate for Nothing (TFN)? All six HBG Knights of the Beer Roundtable are fans of the act of tailgating. It occurred to us that tailgating usually revolves around sporting events, but why should it have to? Getting together with friends, eating hearty and/or unhealthy foods, drinking beer, and just hanging out -- these are ideas we can all get behind.

TFN is exactly that: a tailgate for nothing. It's an opportunity for people to wheel out their everyday great beer, or the beer they never have an excuse to drink and to share it with like-minded individuals who are sure to appreciate what they are drinking.

TFN will be done in a traditional tailgate manner: bring your own everything (tailgate, beer, food, trash bags, chairs, bbq grills, games, falafel-dogs, whatever), cook and eat in a parking lot, and in the end, clean up after yourself. The main ideas are to share food and drink, hang out, and have a good time. You're also welcome to bring kids and/or dogs. And falafel-dogs. We especially welcome dogs that bring beer and falafel-dogs. Unfortunately it's illegal for kids to bring beer. Someday...

Why the theme of "Wiener Time!"? Because themes with exclamation points are annoying. Because our first TFN featured Coddogs. Because Jason is obsessed with wieners--*really* obsessed with wieners. Because sausages are easy to make--just grill 'em and stick 'em in a bun. Because as noted above, vegetarians and vegans will have to get creative.

Nota bene: This is a *no freeloaders* event; please bring food and beer with you. If you don't have a giant special beer, that's not a problem. Just make sure that you bring something tasty. This isn't a rare beer contest. It's just a good time. Also, it won't cost you anything to attend.

What to bring (aside from food and beer):

Tasting glasses - If you have any tasting glasses from former beer events, bring them along. There should be a lot of beer to share, and the smaller glasses are the best way to go about sharing.

Chairs - There won't be seating unless you bring some.

A canopy - We're not saying that it's going to rain at TFN7, but you never know. So if you don't want to get wet or sunburned, bring a canopy if you have one.

Friends - BRING FRIENDS. Hopefully you'll be making some, but it never hurts to have a posse. We do our best to be friendly and get to know everyone, but this is just gonna be a bunch of people hanging out.

Finally, we know that the date of TFN7 is also the date of various and sundry other events, such AHA's Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day and Indy's Monumental Marathon. That being said, based on past TFNs, the event probably won't end until sundown at the earliest. Therefore, even if you have something else going on that day, please come out and celebrate with us. And if you're a homebrewer, feel free to bring out your equipment and brew. We had several homebrewers come out last year for TFN5, and they brewed on site.

ANY QUESTIONS? Leave a comment. Planning to attend? Leave a comment. Don't want to leave a comment? Don't let that stop you from attending. We'll be there no matter what.