Area hopheads are anxiously awaiting this Saturday, when the second annual Double Thai Day will take place at Bare Hands Brewery in Granger.

Bare Hands has always brewed solid IPAs (India Pale Ales) and Thai PA (7.1% ABV) is a most unusual IPA that I just happen to love.  Owner/brewer Chris Gerard does a lot of Thai style cooking, so he concocted an idea to brew an IPA using Thai spices.  It started out as a home-brew recipe and it gained a lot of popularity among Gerard’s friends.    

Gerard made some minor tweaks to scale up the recipe which was first brewed at the brewery in 2010 using Thai palm-sugar, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf and galangal (Thai ginger).  I absolutely love Thai food, and although I have never paired this beer with Thai cooking, it does make me crave it while drinking Thai PA.  The citrus characteristics of the spices balance nicely with the citrus flavors of the Columbus and Cascade hops to create a delicious IPA.

A group of friends gather to toast before enjoying craft beer at the 2015 Double Thai Day event at Bare Hands Brewery in Granger. (Photo Supplied/Mark Alstott)
A group of friends gather to toast before enjoying craft beer at the 2015 Double Thai Day event at Bare Hands Brewery in Granger. (Photo Supplied/Mark Alstott)

Double Thai PA followed as a progression and it just seemed to make sense to create an event around the release.  This year’s event will include five variants that will be on draft in limited quantities including:  Thai Peanut (9% ABV, brewed with lemongrass, lime leaves, Thai bird chiles, peanut butter, brown sugar and rice), Double Dry Hopped Double Thai (10% ABV, dry hopped twice with Mosaic and Citra hops), Mango Coconut Thai (9% ABV, brewed with rice, brown sugar, fresh mangos and organic coconut flakes), Black Thai (9% ABV, brewed with lime leaves, lemon grass and galangal coconut flakes and Thai bird chiles) and Mandarin Orange Thai (10% ABV, brewed with orange blossom honey and mandarin oranges).  Of these, only two are actually IPAs as the Thai Peanut and Mango Coconut are strong ale styles, and Black Thai is an imperial black ale.

“We put on Double Thai day because we love beer, and what goes better with beer than great music and delicious food and great company.  We have teamed up with some of our closest friends in the brewing, music and food industries in our area,” Eric Foust, events and marketing coordinator for Bare Hands, told me. There will be 11 breweries in attendance including :

According to Foust, “We are super excited to be able to offer Michiana residents the chance to experience such diverse beers that you cannot get at your local bar. Greenbush is even bringing their anniversary IPA that never has left their taproom.”

Three food trucks will be on hand as well including Greenbush Brewing’s brisket van, La Margarita, an authentic Mexican food truck from Indianapolis and the local Grateful Green Vegan food truck from South Bend.

There will be live music all day long with the following lineup:

People sit and chat, line up at craft beer tents and walk around during the 2015 Double Thai Day event at Bare Hands Brewery in Granger. (Photo Supplied/Mark Alstott)
People sit and chat, line up at craft beer tents and walk around during the 2015 Double Thai Day event at Bare Hands Brewery in Granger. (Photo Supplied/Mark Alstott)

General admission tickets will be available all day long for $20 + service fees that will include two beer tickets and designated driver tickets are $15 + fees.  No cash or credit sales of Double Thai PA or other variants will be conducted the day of the event.  Bottles to go are only available for those who previously purchased bottle tickets, which are no longer available at this time.

“We had a tremendous turn out last year and we can only expect it to be even bigger this year. That’s why we have added additional breweries and food vendors!” said Foust.

This is definitely one beer event not to be missed in Michiana!

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