With a lack of advertising not sure how anyone found out about this thing (heard from a friend on our side), and it showed since it was practically empty. This is not a complaint. In fact, this was the best beer fest attended in many considering:
1) no lines for beer
2) all taps (not anti-bottles, but nothing like a fresh pour)
3) plenty of beer reps (over volunteers) who were happy to interact and discuss the beer
4) heavy pours in a glass lacking any dotted lines
5) 3 hour session at $38 including food and a game of bowling
6) beautiful scenery/smells of a nice bowling alley vs the usual spilled beer on concrete at an expo center
The event represented what a beer festival should be since most festivals translate to shit shows these days. In fact, this post is a petition for companies to start defining these events more specifically than festivals. While Shit Show may not fly with the advertising or legal department, why not go with party or trade show? Party since it’s often people just getting totally hammered and trade show since they are usually held in event halls common to said event.
It’s probably a futile effort but let it be known with the rise in popularity of beer festivals comes the party atmosphere of chugging over testing/trying the hundreds of beers listed on their website. Thankfully events like these come along where you can sit back and relax, as if you are at a great beer bar like The Owl Farm where you can try 20-30 new beers every few weeks.
Should they call it tea parties instead? I wouldn’t mind. If it keeps out the crowds, all the better.
Speaking with the fresh flower that repped Sixpoint “Cool-Aid” Brewery who didn’t take kindly to any constructive criticism provided on the beer.
Lager (Euro Dark), Anderson Valley, El Steinber Dark Lager
JC – 5, CE- 6.5, Avg- 6 Notes: sour then dry, very unique, sweet smell/taste, butter scotch, easy to go down (rest of notes illegible- “ready die- less carb, tail end >again”
Gimmick/Spiced, Left Hand, Good Juju
JC- 5.5, CE- 5, Avg- 5.5 Notes: ginger beer/lager mix, ginger is weird, like a cider/shandy
Pilsner (Czech Style), Sierra Nevada, Summerfest Lager
JC- 5.5, CE- 4.5, Avg- 5 Notes: fruity BO, flowery, sweet pils ending, hint hops. draft just as crisp as bottle but tastes better, JC – reminded me of light version of their IPA
Ale (American Blonde), Victory, Summer of Love
JC- 2.5, CE- 0.5, Avg- 1.5 Notes: hop hell, onion ring nose
Stout (American 2x), Green Flash, Double Stout Black Ale
JC- 1.5, CE- 1, Avg- 1.5 Notes: tastes dirty, shit on rye with a bitter finish (must be the rye seeds)
Lager (Imperial Pale), Ballast Point, Fathom IPL
JC- 1, CE- 0.5, Avg- 1 Notes: hop smell, body odor shit, you’ve heard it all before, (IPL = Imperial Pale Lager)