Many good friendships have started over a pint or tasting glass of beer. Tamre is one of them. For the past few months she’s been heavily working an event called Fishers On Tap, and I knew that when she told me there was not just beer but lots of food involved that I’d have to get myself a ticket to attend.
Located in the Forum Conference Center off of 116th Street in Fishers, this was the perfect mid-winter event to attend. Ample parking, lots of space inside the event despite the sell-out crowd and plenty of food stations that taunted me at every corner of the room.
For $40.00 presale, I had the opportunity to eat lots of delicious food and enjoy tasting beers from these fine breweries:
- People’s Brewing Company
- Sun King Brewing Company
- Union Brewing Company
- Barley Island Brewing Company
- Upland Brewing Company
- Bier Brewery
- Daredevil Brewing Company
- Flat 12 Bierwerks
And, I must point out that this was a fundraiser for Fishers Rotary Club, which raises money for various nonprofits. So, they pulled at my heartstrings and I was happy to hear that a portion of my “fun” would be turned into social good.
Daredevil and Union were the two that I was most excited to try because I haven’t had any of their beers before. I met the lead brewer from Union back at the chili and beer cook-off that I judged for Midwest Monk homebrewers last year, and to my surprise he remembered me before I could even say “I don’t know if you remember me or not.” His class was just as impressive as his beer. My favorite, “Honey Boo Boo,” smelled so good I could have worn it as perfume.
People’s Brewing Company had an IPA and an ESB to choose from. I love the look of the taps.
Thanks to MBP Catering, who provided all of the hors d’oeuvres for the evening. These shrimp cocktails were spicy and delicious.
I loved these black and white popcorn servings. Reminds me of The Night Circus, a book I’m reading this month.
Here’s the IPA from Tuxedo Park Brewers, the brew shop located in downtown Indianapolis. They were part of the Midwest Monk event I was telling you about.
Beer in cupcakes? Tamre’s done it before with Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes, and these were equally as delicious. Made with Barley Island’s Oatmeal Stout, a good choice for a cupcake in my opinion. Even though I love IPA’s, I don’t love the idea of a bitter cupcake. Hats off to Sweet Home Cupcakes for these.
Okay, is there really a better combination than mac and cheese and beer? I do not think so. Creamy cheese, salty bacon and a hint of crunch from the green onion, this mac and cheese paired perfectly with the Union Brewing Company beer in my hand. I ate two.
Pork sliders with a spicy horseradish mustard mayo were very tender and delicious, and I could have eaten 100 of them but I paced myself with this one. The flavor of the mayo really helped to clear my palate so I could get my tastebuds to focus on the beer.
What I forgot to take pictures of were the mini hot dogs and brats, because I was too busy eating. My apologies. However, it proves my point that this food was perfect for a beer tasting. Everything just worked, and I liked that. Nothing was missing, except for my recaps about Hearthstone Coffee House and Pub, a sponsor of the event who provided coffee samples to enjoy in between your beers or for the designated drivers. Hearthstone is half coffee house, half beer haven, selling cold Indiana beers. That’s a good combination.
Fishers On Tap will occur again in the summer, and I can’t wait to hear about the 30 breweries in attendance at that one.