Last Saturday, November 12th (which also happened to be my 23rd birthday!), I headed up to Munster, Indiana for the Three Floyds 15th Anniversary party. I was with my cousin, Nick, and my friend, Bobby. The plan? Make the 4 hours trek, drink a bunch of amazing beer, hang out with some awesome people, and bring home some delicious bottles of the XV Anniversary Imperial Stout – AKA Baller Stout. Here’s a short summation of the day.
We arrived at 2 PM. The line was already full of hundreds of people, so we had to suck it up and wait. And wait. And wait even more. The whole line took about 2 hours to get through. Luckily, I had some trades arranged, so I got a bunch of really awesome beers while waiting in line (thanks guys!). We also brought a few beers of our own to enjoy while waiting, so it wasn’t too horrible. Once we got in, we got the opportunity to wait in another line for the chance to buy bottles of beer. This time, though, members of our group were able to leave the line to go out and grab a round of beer. They had beers from Three Floyds, Struise, Surly, Mikkeller, and Pizza Port available on tap. We had plenty of time to get a few rounds, because his line took another full 2 hours.
When we finally got through, we had the chance to buy the Baller Stout as well as some special hand-bottled, hand-numbered beers. I was lucky enough to get a bottle of SoBro, a sour brown ale, and Barrel Aged Owd Engwish Barley Whine. Woo hoo! I also got some great brews like Gumball Head, Dreadnaught, Alpha Klaus, and Amon Amarth – Ragnarok.
After that, we dropped off beer to the car – we had CASES of the stuff! We went back and tried some of the awesome beers that they had on tap. I had so many different ones, it’s hard to remember them! One of the definite highlights was the White Devil Macchiato, which was a blend of FFF’s Dark Lord Imperial Stout and Intelligentsia coffee – WOW was it good!
Later in the night, we wanted to go into the brewpub (which was another hour), and once we got in it was last call! We managed to grab a few of the XV Baller Stouts, though. The beer is a definite heavyweight!
Overall, it was a really nice time. Even though I spend almost 6 hours waiting in lines, it was easily the best time I had while waiting in line! Thanks to Andrea and Zack for keeping us company, and thanks to Chris, Ryan, and Chris for the beer trades!
A lot of people think that the event was poorly planned and poorly operated. How do you think the event was? What other stories have you heard?