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Mon, Jun. 23rd, 2008, 01:24 pm
The Safest Place in Indy...

...Sunday afternoon was probably the Broad Ripple Brewpub. feyfern and I popped in for a pint or two and to meet some of the folks whose blogs I read. It was a good time. The people were great and the beer was excellent! I had a pint of their cask conditioned American pale ale, and two of the India Pale Ale. The quality and variety of beers in the US, and Indiana in particular have dramatically improved since I turned 21. When I turned 21 fourteen years ago, nobody knew what cask conditioned ale was, let alone had it on tap. In the late `90s specialty bars in the big cities started carrying some. My first pint of it was at the Ginger Man in Manhattan in about `98. That trip to the Ginger Man was about like a pilgrimage for a beer geek back then. Now you can get cask conditioned ale in about any decent sized city in America. Brewpubs and small breweries are everywhere. Every small town liquor or grocery store carries at least one or two decent beers. It's a glorious time for beer in America.

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)

I remember when the only decent domestic beer you could get was Sam Adams and Anchor Steam.

No wonder I didn't like beer. ;)

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)

My early experiences were about the same. I think the first "beer" I ever had was Miller Lite. If that won't turn you off the idea of beer, I don't know what would. Being at Purdue when I turned 21 was a stroke of good fortune. I had alt.beer to read on USENET and two or three liquor stores in walking distance with really good selections.