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The Musical Lineup | Amber Waves Brew Fest

The much-anticipated festival of the summer is bursting at the seams with musical talent this year. The musical lineup is much different from the previous year.  Amber Waves has brought in a variety of different artists and genres to help round out the musical preferences of all guests.    

From country to 80s rock, here is the musical lineup for Amber Waves BrewFest:

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VIP Concert: Hasting & Co.

Hasting & Co., a well-known country band from Nashville Tennessee will be kicking off the VIP party with some upbeat jams.  The country duo just finished performing with names such as Jake Owens and Gretchen Wilson and is traveling to Jasper County to entertain our VIP guests.  The band will be performing an array of covers and originals.  The concert starts at 1:00pm CST at the main stage.

Celtic Rock New Element

New Element

New Element is doing just that, bringing a new element to Amber Waves Brewfest.
 Their uniqueness derives not only from their musical skills but also from their high energy stage show. Sounds and personality are very warm and unique as New Element takes its audiences on a “musical journey” that is a must see.  New Element performs at 2:00pm CST on the second stage.

Boy Band Review

Boy Band Review

Joining us from the Windy City on the main stage is Boy Band Review.  Boy Band Review – Is the best Boy Band Tribute Show in the country! Boy Band Review transports their audience back to the days of choreographed shows and frosted tips.  No need to say bye bye bye, when you can drink a brew and dance to NKOTB.  Boy Band Review will be taking the main stage at 2:30pm CST.

One Man Band MG Bailey

MG Bailey

Bringing excitement and enthusiasm to our second stage is the one-man band himself, MG Bailey.  Enjoy the energy of a full band packed into a single body!  MG Bailey will be performing at 4:00pm CST on the second stage.

All things 80s Rock

Breakfast Club

Joining us all the way from the Windy City and busting out the long hair and neon colors is The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club® is the longest running, most recognized ’80’s tribute band in the United States. The Breakfast Club will join us on our main stage.  We are taking it back to big hair and tight jeans at 4:30pm CST on the main stage.

Stairwell 6 Alternative Rock

Stairwell 6

Rounding out the festival, local talent Stairwell 6, joins us for an epic performance on our second stage.  Enjoy this amazing rock performance while enjoying your brews and crew!  Don’t miss the last performance of the day at the second stage starting at 5:30pm CST.

As you can see, the musical lineup this year is packed full of energy, talent and various genres.  Grab your tickets and join us on August 17, 2019 at Amber Waves Brewfest!

Who’s The Brew | John Blichmann of Blichmann Engineering

Amber Waves is getting to know the brewers who will be in attendance in a series called Who’s the Brew. In this special edition of Who’s The Brew we get to sit down with John Blichmann, President and Founder of Blichmann Engineering. John has more than a quarter of a century brewing experience under his belt and he’s also a BJCP judge.

On top of being an Amber Waves Brewfest sponsor, Blichmann Engineering offers the most intuitively designed, innovative brewing equipment with the highest level of quality for brewers who expect the same in their beers. A family run business here in Indiana that has supplied brewing equipment and solutions to several craft breweries that will be pouring at Amber Waves Brewfest including Upland, Teays River and Fenwick Farms to name a few.

John, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions.

Was there any defining factor that took you from brewing as a hobby to turning this passion into a career?

My introduction to home-brewing was when we were invited to dinner at my wife’s coworkers house. We arrived and her husband had a cooler full of oatmeal stuff. I asked what that was and he said “I’m making beer”! Now that was in 1991, so all grain was really uncommon back then. So shortly after I started brewing extract beer at home. Although I did recall my dad always having some beer or wine fermenting in the basement when I was little. I still use the old school bottle capper he uses, and his father before him. So I guess it was always in my heritage to brew!

With the boom of craft beer over the past couple decades, has that changed the scale of the equipment you offer? Has there been a larger demand for pro brewing over home brewing as a result?

As a leader in the home-brew market, and craft breweries being started predominantly by home brewers, getting into the commercial sized brewing equipment was pretty much a natural progression for us. We had been selling out 55 gal kettles (1 BBL batch size) to breweries for years, but we got serious about the pro brewing side of our business a few years ago.

Do you feel that home brewing helps sustain the craft beer industry?

I think the energy and creativity in the home-brewing side really drives things in the craft beer side. And it always has. Home-brewing had really grown over the past 15 years because of the desire for “craft beer” but there was limited availability. But now craft beer is everywhere. So the home-brewing market has slowed down quite a bit lately, but is still a prominent part of the whole beer scene.

What are some of the innovative trends you’re seeing in home brewing right now?

A lot of the innovation has been moving to simple all grain systems that allow about anyone with an interest the ability to all grain brew at home. Oddly, there has been an up-tick in sales to people wanting over-the-top high end equipment. Our ANVIL Brewing line covers the simple systems, and the Blichmann brand covers the high end, and we’ve seen growth in both. In the Pro market, we have really focused on the small breweries (7 BBL and below) developing very cost effective systems tailored to tap rooms and pilot systems. It is interesting how each niche has its own unique needs.

Are you still brewing yourself?

Sure do! We do most of the testing of our equipment in-house. We’ve got a number of dedicated home brewers and we all have a different approach to things, so we have that advantage in creating some really innovative and reliable products.

Have you tried anything exciting lately?

I like to brew a variety of beers actually. I love Lawson’s Finest Liquids “Sip of Sunshine” and have been brewing that. I’ve also done some really big beers like a triple mashed barley wine, a sour wee heavy, and a Russian Imperial Stout. But have also been doing some old school beers like a simple American Amber, and some basic American and English pales, all of which are in that 5% ABV or less. So very drinkable.

I believe Upland Brewing has seven locations now. Have you partnered with them since the beginning? How did that relationship come about?

Upland actually reached out to us for a quote early last year for their upcoming Fountain Square location. They are actually having the grand opening this week. After the 2018 Indiana Brewers Cup, Drew from the Pro Brewing division of the company, ran into Pete Batule at the Upland Tap Room in Broad Ripple. They talked for a while, and Pete expressed his interest in working with an Indiana Company and how that is very important to Upland Brewing. We were excited to work with Upland as well, and let them know that we could absolutely help them out with their brewing equipment needs. We love working with Indiana Breweries and helping them to succeed. After that meeting things really took off. This 7bbl brewery in Fountain Square was right in our wheelhouse. So this was really the first time we have had the pleasure of working with them. The neat thing on this particular project is that they will be using this system for test batches and to do collaborations with other Indiana Breweries.

What is most recent brewery you’ve partnered with?

We consider each sale as a partnership actually. But one brewery I got personally involved with is Textile Brewing in Dyersville IA (home of The Field of Dreams movie). Dyersville is about 20 min away from my hometown of Dubuque IA. Turns out the owner, Tom Olberding, and I were at Iowa State University at the same time, lived in the same dormitory, but had never met! So it has been a great fun helping them to achieve their goals.

Thank you so much for being an Amber Waves Brewfest sponsor. Its a great event that introduces several breweries to the area. Gives attendees a chance to sample something they might not have heard of or had the opportunity to try. All while enjoying some great music on two stages this year. And thanks again for taking the time to talk with us.

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Breweries at the Festival

See a list of the 30+ breweries pouring at Amber Waves Brewfest. Attendees will be able to sample more than 50 regional craft beers.

18th Street Brewing

Just awarded USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Brewpub, 18th Street is currently the second largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Their beers range from saisons to double India Pale Ales to double milk stouts to pilsners and lagers. 18th Street is comprised of hard working, motivated individuals who strive to be the best.

Three Floyds

From their humble beginnings in 1996—armed with only a few hundred dollars, a five-barrel Frankenstein wok-burner-fired brew kettle, repurposed open Swiss cheese fermenters (Hammond Squares) and an old Canfield’s Cola tank—”It’s Not Normal” ales and lagers were born. Three Floyds refuses to compromise “Not Normal” quality and flavor for their incredibly loyal following.

Upland

At Upland, their brewers are always experimenting, and putting their own spin on traditional brewing recipes with unique local ingredients. Their beers—from wood-aged sour ales to traditional ales and lagers—are as complex, interesting and approachable as the people who make and enjoy them.

Revolution Brewing

Revolution is Illinois largest independently-owned brewery. The change in the U.S. beer scene has undoubtedly been revolutionary. The evolving tastes of beer drinkers has demanded bigger flavors, more variety, and better beer. That’s exactly what they give you at Revolution Brewing. Between the brewery and brewpub, Revolution produces dozens of different beer styles every year. IPAs, porters, pilsners, Belgian-style ales, pale ales, barrel-aged beers—the list goes on!

Fenwick Farms Brewing Co.

Fenwick Farms Brewing Company is extremely proud to be Rensselaer’s first brewery sharing a lot of the same values as the little town that they call home. They believe in hard work and taking pride in everything they put our name on. A genuine smile, a firm handshake, and an honest day’s work. They work hard to keep all these values at their core – every day, every beer.

New Holland Brewing Co.

New Holland Brewing Company’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. Their role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something they take seriously, yet engage lightheartedly.

New Holland Brewing believes the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for their customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for their creativity and artistry, New Holland’s mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in their diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits.

The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co.

At The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co., they take pride in brewing quality hand crafted beers. Their mission is to produce aromatic, clean and full flavor craft beer. Brewed with old world tradition and new world imagination.

People’s

Their passionate staff brew classic American ales, German lagers, and more with the hope of bringing people together around fresh local beer. Beer for the People… who enjoy hand crafted full-flavored beers.

Greenbush Brewing Co.

Greenbush Brewing Co. is nestled in the historic downtown of Sawyer, MI. Specializing in robust & inspired beers, southern-style barbeque, from-scratch cuisine, artisan meats & a DIY mentality, Greenbush is a haven for both beer and food enthusiasts alike.

Zorn

The legacy began back in 1871, when Bavarian immigrant Philip Zorn Jr —the son of a signature brewer—migrated to Michigan City to start his own microbrew venture. Today they introduce a new series of exceptional craft beers to rival any of the past. Michigan City’s oldest microbrewery is now its newest.

Crasian Brewing Co.

Not just another craft brewing start up, but a venture of quality, flavor and taste. Tom and Michele Bulington’s family-owned micro brewery is ready to bring Brookston, Monticello and the greater Lafayette area some of the tastiest unfiltered ales, seasonals and one-offs. Crasian’s Brewing philosophy is simple, they want their customers to enjoy that classic old brewery feel combined with small town comfort where one feels at home, no matter where home may be.

Shoreline

Shoreline Brewery has been serving handcrafted beers at the edge of Lake Michigan since it’s opening in August of 2005. To this day Shoreline is family-owned and independently run by its original founder and Head Brewer, Sam Strupeck. With twelve beers always on tap, everyone will find a beer to fall in love with, whether it be the award-winning Beltaine Scottish Ale, the fan-favorite Curse the Goat, or the seasonal Stellar Blue blueberry ale.

St John Malt Bros.

St. John Malt Brothers Craft Brewers offers a broad beer lineup keeping over 17 original beers on tap. On tap you will find a combination of traditional styles, beers with a Malt Brothers twist, some more esoteric pilot batches and barrel-aged special releases.

Evil Czech Brewery

Founded by George Pesek using the same philosophy he’s employed throughout his career as a chef and restaruanteur; use only the highest quality ingredients, surround yourself with people who are as passionate about your product as you are, improve your technique each and every day, and give your customers what they want! The result is a line of fantastic hand-crafted brews that will match any mood you’re in, and enhance any occasion you’re celebrating.

Lagunitas

Tony Magee started brewing on a stovetop homebrew kit and, after a couple batches, some stray wort had spilled down the back. When Thanksgiving night came, and the wort caught fire and burned the turkey to a crisp, Tony’s wife Carissa kindly asked him to move his new hobby elsewhere.  

He moved into an old storage shed in the town of Forest Knolls, Calif. (next to the town of Lagunitas, which Tony thought had a cool-sounding name…) and he started brewing more. The beers ranged from vile and repugnant, to delicate and exceptional. Tony grew out of that space and moved just down the road to Petaluma, bringing his recipes and the Lagunitas name with him. Whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories and songs with IPA and other fine ales, they’ve learned one thing (aside for how to cook a turkey)… Wherever you go: beer speaks, people mumble.

Leinenkugel

In May 1867, the Leinenkugel family brewery was founded in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin by Jacob Leinenkugel. He was a family man driven by an iron work ethic, and he knew that his German family heritage would play an integral part of his brewery’s success. Today, the sixth generation of Leinenkugels continues to brew some of the same family-inspired recipes that Jacob poured his heart and soul into.

Ballast Point

The perfect balance of taste and aroma. An obsession with ingredients. An exploration of techniques. And while they savor the result, they’re just as fascinated by the process to get there. What started as a small group of home brewers, who simply wanted to make a better beer, evolved into the adventurers known today as Ballast Point.

New Oberpfalz Brewing

Taking their name from a district in Bavaria called the Oberpfalz (“Upper Palatinate”). The Oberpfalz is located in the northeast corner of Bavaria and is comprised of the frontier between Nürnberg, Germany and the German/Czech border. It is a rugged landscape, rich in brewing history, and home to many great beers. The brewery was commissioned in Dec. 2014 and released their first beers in Jan. 2015.

They produce a variety of beer styles, but specialize in classic German beer.

Teays River

At Teays River Brewing & Public House, their focus is always on quality, innovation, creativity, and fostering memorable experiences in a fun, comfortable, and casual environment. Whether it’s a quick stop for a pint or a growler refill on the way home from work, a casual evening with friends, date night, or family dinner with the kids.

Bell’s Brewery

It started with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through their breweries and Eccentric Café. They continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to their mission; to be fiercely independent, 100% family owned, deeply rooted to our community, committed to the environment and brewers of inspired beer.

10-56 Brewing

Owner/Brewer Erica Hemphill is on a mission to brew mindful, tasteful ales for your enjoyment. She focuses on consistent basics with recipes from Light Pilsners to the darkest of Stouts and many in between.

Firestone Walker

Beer runs deeper than blood. Funny how brothers settle things the old fashioned way. Try brothers-in-law who own a brewery together. David, AKA The Lion, and Adam, AKA The Bear, may battle, epically at times, but at least neither ever forget it’s for the love of beer.

Black Dragon Meadery

Black Dragon Meadery produces the traditional and unique meads of our award-winning Meadmaster rediscovering the lost art of meadmaking as an authentic discipline from the Olde World, dating back to the ancients and producing their motto, “Return to the Olde Ways”. What you get is as close today to what the ancients drank using real natural ingredients (raw honey, real fruit), and natural processes to achieve maximum flavor with maximum clarity without filtration, a flavor-removing process.

And more!…

If you don’t have tickets to Amber Waves Brewfest, now is the time! We are only days away!!

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How to Prepare for Your First Brew Fest | Amber Waves Brewfest

Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned professional, we could all use a little help preparing for your first or the next brew fest of the summer.  We’re here to help.  We are about to give you some great tips on how to prepare for your first brew fest.

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Step #1:  Bring a Bag

Trust me, this one has got to be at the top of your list.  Typically, when you go to a brew fest you are going to get so much kick ass swag that you’ll want something to carry it in.  Besides, you need your hands free to sample all of the beer!  We suggest a drawstring bag or something lightweight.

Step #2:  Wear Comfortable Shoes.

Yeah, we get it hot stuff, you want to look cute. But, if you don’t want your little piggies aching by the end of the day, you will want to wear some comfortable shoes.  We’re not saying you have to strap on some Velcro trainers with arch support (although not a bad idea) but you may want to skip the high heels for this type of event.

Step #3: Pace Yourself

Look, we know that once you arrive you feel like a kid in a candy store.  There are so many breweries and so many varieties that your heart starts racing and you start salivating like no other.  However, pace yourself.   This isn’t a race; this is a chance to familiarize yourself with new beer and varieties to widen your horizon.  Besides, you don’t want to be the first one carried out.

Step #4: Deodorant

I can’t stress this enough.  Brew fests happen right in the dead of summer and you will be sweating in places you didn’t realize you could sweat.  Protect your dignity and your neighbors and wear deodorant.  We are all going to be crowded around one another and you want to feel fresh and smell fresh.  Use deodorant!

Step #5: Enjoy Your First Brew Fest

This step is the easiest.  Just enjoy yourself.  Meet new people, talk with brewers, dance to the music and toast to a great summer. 

We hope that these tips help you prepare for your first brew fest.  Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Amber Waves Brew Fest that is scheduled for August 17, 2019!

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Top 4 American Ales for Independence Day

With Independence Day around the corner, it’s time to salute some of the best American Ales to drink for the holiday.  Maybe these are regulars in your fridge, or maybe it’s time to step outside your comfort zone and toast to these interpretations on classic American beer styles.

American Ale can be traced back to English roots, although Americans put a different spin on these earthy ales.  The American-inspired beer has more of a fruity, pine-like taste to the beer and also embodies a medium maltiness, making it the perfect foodie beer.  It pairs well with most foods because of its diverse flavor and simple ingredients.

Now, that you’ve learned a little more about these American ales, let’s get into our choices for the top American ales for Independence Day, shall we?

1: Agrestic American Wild Red Ale – Firestone Walker Brewing Company

This particular American Ale was the foundation to the Firestone Walker Brewing Company when it first opened its doors in 1996.  This beer was matured in French and American oak making it trés delicious and carrying a wonderful aroma!

ABV: 6.6%

 

2: 3 Floyd’s Pear Bear American Wild Ale

Are you into the sours?  3 Floyd’s Pear Bear is brewed with pears and leaves your nose and tongue doing tangling happy dance.  Your nose will think you’re drinking gummy candies, but your tongue will recognize the tart flavor right away – think juicy pears!  If you’re into sours, better pucker up!

ABV: 7.5%

 

3: New Oberpfalz Brewing American Porter

If you’re looking for something a little dark, try this American Ale that leaves remnants of chocolate and coffee.  The smooth semi-sweet taste is that off dark malts and smokey flavor. The robust flavor of this beer does not disappoint.  This American Porter is currently draft only.

ABV: 5.7%

 

4: St. John Malt Brothers Brewing AP4K American Pale Ale

Rounding out our top 4 picks for Independence Day is the AP4K American Pale Four Thousand.  This beer is fairly new to the world of ale but has received some great reviews from new customers.  It’s pleasant aroma and sweet taste is pleasing beer geeks for sure!  This beer is jam packed with Cascade hops, but it doesn’t overpower the sweet malt taste!  The availability on this beer is limited but worth a try!

ABV: 5.9%

 

Celebrate Independence Day by toasting to American Ale and don’t forget to purchase your tickets to the 2019 Amber Waves Brewfest to sample and speak with these breweries in person!

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