“Since we’re drinking beer at 8:30 in the morning, does that make us alcoholics?” a friend asks only half sarcastically. “I can’t say I’ve done this — on purpose, anyway — in a long time.”
Me, either, I tell him, save for last year’s Gravity Head kickoff at the NABC Pizzeria and Public House in New Albany.
That marked the first time in decades I drank beer so early, the first time ever that it was actually good beer, not to mention, consumed under civil circumstances. (That short-on-civility event was the Talledega 500 NASCAR race in 1987. Just use your imagination.)
Begun 15 years ago as a celebration of high-alcohol (i.e. “high gravity”) beers, Gravity Head has grown into a month-long event where nearly six dozen, seriously potent brews (some from NABC, most from guest breweries) get top billing at the brewpub.
Always held on a late February Friday, it used to begin at a more respectable time in the evening. But several years ago the start time got pushed back to 7 a.m., when Indiana allows restaurants to begin serving beer.