On August 16, 2008 the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging
(SWIRCA) held it's 5th annual beer and wine festival fundraiser in
Evansville, Indiana. SWIRCA is the main charity of my local
homebrewing club, the Ohio Valley Homebrewer's Association
(ovha.net). Besides serving mass quantities of our homebrew at the
fest, the club helps the attending breweries and wineries with setup,
serving, and promotes the fest in various ways. This year with our
help there was a huge jump in attendance (and beer); up at least 300
over last year's numbers.

Bar With Crowd

The night included great weather and
atmosphere, but I'm most proud of our club's new 12-tap mobile bar
whose grand unveiling was at this event. The bar was reconfigured
from a 2-tap cart purchased from eBay to it's current 12-tap form by
lots of hard work from several of our members. It is a true work of
art with all the shiny stainless and painted up in our club colors of
highway-worker orange. Even with the 12 taps on the bar, we had to
also use our old 7-tap jockey box because our club members donated so
much of their kegged beer. On top of the 20 or so beers, cider, and
root beer on tap we also had 16 different varieties in bottles!
Needless to say our booth was the hit of the fest and we were very
busy pouring beer all night.
Working the taps
Many of the Indiana breweries were also in attendance including
Barley Island, Broad Ripple Brew Pub, Brugge Brasserie, Half Moon,
Mad Anthony, New Albanian, Power House, Turoni's Main Street Brewery,
Two Brothers, Warbird, Upland, and bottles from midwest breweries
Bell's, Bluegrass, Dark Horse, Three Floyds, and Schlafly. Our local
distributors also contributed beer from all over the nation and world
for a truly outstanding variety of beer. There were also 12 Indiana
wineries in attendance with this segment of the fest becoming more
popular every year.

Chris Norrick is a homebrewer and member of the Ohio Valley Homebrewer's Association