Saturday, March 14, 2009
BEERFEST. Part 1 - The Beer
That is another Beerfest in the books. What can I say, i loved it? I can't wait until the next one? I do that every time. So what was the best part of Beerfest?
There were hundreds of different beers to taste. The amount of quality beers available is almost overwhelming. I felt a little stressed when I first arrived. I thought quietly to myself,
- "How am I going to try all these beers in just six hours"?
- "How am I going to try them all with only 24 tickets in my pocket"?
The answer to that daunting question. "One at a time"
So lets get started.
My strategy was to get in and out as fast as possible. Just like a "whore in Church". (That seems to be a popular quote lately). I needed to hit the breweries that I knew would be the "E Ticket" lines. So I started with the ever popular breweries like Stone, Dogfish Head, Deschutes, Rogue, and New Belgium. Time, and beer, well spent. I might have actually hit a couple of them two or three times. But who is counting (Stone 3 times).
For the rest of the afternoon, I made my way in and out of most of the other breweries lines. I looked for beers that were the newest creations, or the ones which I have never tried. That was a hard task. But I did manage to try a few that I really enjoyed. And I did happen to try some that I think I will never try again.
So that is my story. Now, here is the beer list.
1. Stone Brewery - Oak Aged Ale: "This is a great beer. Very flavorful, and great mouth feel"
2. Deschutes - Green Lakes Organic Ale: "Hoppy and Nutty. Clean finish"
3. Reaper Ale - Morality Stout: "Malty flavor. Clean Finish. No aftertaste"
4. Sam Adams - Imperial Reserve: "Gooooood! I Like It"! "Buy some.
5. Bitch Creek - 20th Anniversary Double ESB Ale: "Very Good"
6. Sun Up Brewery - Armadillo Red Ale: "Hoppy aftertaste"
7. Oak Creek - King Crimson Red Ale: "11% alcohol. Kinda taste it. Enjoyable"
8. Dogfish Head - Raison D'Entre: "Yummy". (I remember asking where Sam was. The guy said "Who"?)
9. New Belgium - Seasonal: "?"
10. Oggies - Asylum something Triple something Ale: "O.K."
11. Speak Easy IPA - Big Daddy: "Dude is a dork" (I remember this. I asked for something else. The stupid "volunteer" didn't know what it was. He started asking the other volunteers. So I told him, give me that. Speak Easy was right behind him.)
12. Port Brewing - Hop 15: "I like this one"
13. Old World Brewery - Wit: "I don't like Wits. Bit this is good".
14. Deschutes Brewery - Inversion IPA: "Un legible" (Is this correct grammar? It must have been the beer talking)
15. Dogfish Head - 90 Minute IPA: "Thank you GOD for creating Sam. I love this Beer". (Something like this. That is what I meant to write)
16. Odell Brewing - IPA: "O.K."
17. Boulder Beer - Hazed & Confused: "?"
18. Sonoran Brewing - Inebriator: "No"
19. New Belgium - Mothership Wit: "+" (Whatever this means)
20. Coronado Brewing - Red Devil: "+" (Again? I don't know what I meant)
21. Old World Brewery - Stout: "Gooooood".
22. Lost Abbey - I don't know: But "I LOVE it"!
Unfortunately, I didn't get to try all the beers. My list ended somewhere around 28. But I can't figure out exactly what they were. I guess I was feeling pretty good by that time. And my handwriting is proof of it. And a side effect of this, is that my reviews became very archaic. You can see some had nothing more than a +, or No, or ?. I don't know what I was saying.
What is amazing is that when I got home, I had 38 sample tickets in my pocket. That's weird, because I started with 24. O well, at least I got to try twenty something great beers. I think next time, I might take a recorder. That should make for some great audio.