...Sunday afternoon was probably the Broad Ripple Brewpub
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.