26 February 2013

Save the Date | Tailgate for Nothing 8 - Saturday, April 20

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

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

Tailgate for Nothing 8: Pot Food!
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 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 our theme is pot food. Yes, food that can be cooked up in a pot: gumbo, stew, chili, goulash, soup, etc. While your beer doesn't or even shouldn't be cooked-in-pot-themed, we hope that your food will be. Any kind of pot food will do. 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, cabbage soup counts. Tofu soup counts. Lettuce soup counts. Hell, why not try to make a falafel-soup? 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 food cooked in a pot, but it would be cool if you did.

Event Info. What's Tailgate for Nothing (TFN)? All nine 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, 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/cats/ferrets/monkeys/any other kind of domesticated animals. We especially welcome domesticated animals that bring beer. Unfortunately it's illegal for kids to bring beer. Someday...

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 TFN8, 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.

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.


  1. May have to venture down from Wisconsin this time with New Glarus brews in hand.

  2. Please do, Josh. We'd love to see you.

  3. Currently soliciting ideas for themes and locations to buy domesticated monkeys.

  4. Replies
    1. Yes, Craig, they do. Feel free to bring your brewing equipment.

  5. what time do the gates open to start set up?

  6. Can we park our car and use the electricity for the food? In other words, is there room for us to "Tailgate" in the parking lot?

  7. Folks usually start arriving between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. And yes, there is room for you to tailgate in the parking lot. You'll just need to arrive early to secure a parking spot. Also, please take a look at the ground rules here: http://hoosierbeergeek.blogspot.com/2013/04/ground-rules-tips-for-tailgate-for.html