03 September 2013

Save the Date | Tailgate for Nothing 9 - Saturday, November 9

Our biannual Tailgate for Nothing is probably our favorite event. Incredibly, we've done eight editions of the event. And yes, we are having ninth.

The Hoosier Beer Geek Knights of the Beer Roundtable invite you to join us for--

Tailgate for Nothing Nein (9): Deutschland!
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 11 a.m. - ???
Back parking lot of Sun King Brewing Company
135 N. College, Indy

Before I get into the whole "Tailgate for Nothing is a shared event" spiel, I want to point out the theme.


Our ninth Tailgate for Nothing is on the ninth day of the month. That should make the date easy to remember. And sure, there's always beer at Tailgate for Nothing. Lots and lots and lots of beer. And yes, you're absolutely welcome to bring whatever food you'd like to bring. It's a tailgate party after all. Food and beer, right? Those are the key ingredients of a tailgate party. Well, perhaps cornhole too.

But we like a theme for Tailgate for Nothing. Every TFN has had a theme. So our theme for TFN9 is TFN Nein: Deutschland! For those of you who don't know, Deutschland is the German name for Germany. If you know your history, you know that Indiana has a rich heritage rooted in many things German: food, culture, and music among them. And bier. Especially bier. The German theme is where the "Nein" comes in too. "Nein" means "no" in German, as in "No, you cannot refuse to come to this event."

But we're not going to impose on you what you must do with the theme. Do with it what you wish. If you don't want to get into the theme, that's cool with us. But if you do want to get into the theme, feel free to bring German beer, German food, German music, German whatever. Hell, you can wear lederhosen if you want to. Drink your beer out of a boot. Come dressed like Jürgen Klinsmann or Lou Bega (yes, Lou Bega is German). Bring an '80s-style boombox that you will use to play every album ever made by Kraftwerk. Whatever suits you. It'll be like a second Oktoberfest for 2013.

So let's get to the details, Freunde von mir.

Event Info. What's Tailgate for Nothing (TFN)? All HBG Knights of the Beer Roundtable are fans of tailgating. It occurred to us that tailgating usually revolves around sporting events, but why should it have to? Getting together with friends, eating hearty and/or unhealthy foods, drinking beer, and just hanging out -- these are ideas we can all get behind.

TFN is exactly that: a tailgate for nothing. It's an opportunity for people to wheel out their everyday great beer, or the beer they never have an excuse to drink and to share it with like-minded individuals who are sure to appreciate what they are drinking.

TFN will be done in a traditional tailgate manner: bring your own everything (tailgate, beer, food, trash bags, chairs, bbq grills, games, whatever), cook and eat in a parking lot, and in the end, clean up after yourself. The main ideas are to share food and drink, hang out, and have a good time. You're also welcome to bring kids and/or dogs/cats/ferrets/monkeys/any other kind of domesticated animals. We especially welcome domesticated animals that bring beer. Unfortunately it's illegal for kids to bring beer. Someday...

This is a *no freeloaders* event; please bring food and beer with you. If you don't have a giant special beer, that's not a problem. Just make sure that you bring something tasty. This isn't a rare beer contest. It's just a good time. Also, it won't cost you anything to attend.

What to bring (aside from food and beer):

Tasting glasses - If you have any tasting glasses from past beer events, bring them along. There should be a lot of beer to share, and the smaller glasses are the best way to go about sharing.

Chairs - There won't be seating unless you bring some.

A canopy - We're not saying that it's going to rain at TFN9, but you never know. So if you don't want to get wet, bring a canopy if you have one.

Friends - BRING FRIENDS. Hopefully you'll be making some, but it never hurts to have a posse. We do our best to be friendly and get to know everyone, but this is just gonna be a bunch of people hanging out.

So mark your calendars for November 9.

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