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13th Annual Bistro Double IPA Festival

Discussion in 'US - Pacific' started by BlakeSmith, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Is anyone going this?
    If you've gone in the past is it worth it?
  2. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    I'm planning to go, but I don't understand the system. Is all admission at the door?
  3. Yeah that's one of the questions I had too? And I've seen admission prices of $25, $50 and $80. The Bistro's website doesn't do the best job of really explaining any of it either.
  4. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (470) California Dec 11, 2010

    I've never been to this - I'd probably get palate fatigue after about 10 different samples. I assume that's what happens to the judges every year since they pick winners like Hoptologist.
  5. I will be there.
  6. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    I like the Bistro's events. The way they work is you show up and then pay. I forget exactly what admission is, but it's typically like $40-50 for a glass and 10 tasters, and more tasters are $2 each or so. For this one there will be a line at 11, but it moves pretty quickly. They'll have multiple kegs of Younger, so don't worry, you'll get some.

    And yes, you get palate fatigue pretty quickly. Line up the things you want to try early. They provide pretzels to help with that, but it only goes so far.

    Oh, and there's food available for purchase, usually like $8 for a tri-tip sandwich or $6 for a sausage. There's also Buffalo Bill's up the street if you want restaurant food.

    EDIT: Oh, the one potential knock is something some friends have noticed, which is that sometimes stuff you're familiar with isn't as good there, and so they wondered about the cleanliness of the lines. I didn't notice it last year with Younger, but the Citra was definitely off. I attributed it to being a small batch, but it has made me wonder... (Citra was the first beer I tried, so it wasn't palate issues.)
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  7. I'm planning to be there.
  8. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    I'd guess it was the line. I had Citra at Gourmet Haus a few days later, and it was flawless.
  9. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Savant (285) California Jan 12, 2009

    It's a great event, just be there, you won't be sorry.

    And Stu is right about Younger, there is plenty, you'll score a taste or two.... no need to run like a crazed dog to find the tap (although it is entertaining to watch).
  10. hophead247

    hophead247 Savant (430) California Jan 27, 2008

    I'm pouring Younger...so yes.
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  11. Yeah I definitely want to make this, I'm leaving for Disneyland that night so I got to get it in early. Thanks for all the info, I appreciate the insight

    EDIT: And I definitely want to be able to get my hands on that Pliny since working M-F, 8 to 5 is damn near impossible for me to get to RR on a weekday.
  12. Damn, same weekend as Lunar New Year. This event is usually my yearly Younger and Citra fix but not this year.
  13. Ynot2

    Ynot2 Savant (310) California Jul 24, 2009

    I promised my wife a Napa event on the 9th before I realized DIPA fest was on the 9th this year. Nice event, you will not be disappointed.
  14. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Initiate (0) California Sep 10, 2010

    I thought the exact same thing. It tasted way off. Why couldn't they have put something like Mad River dipa on that line dammit. Or actually had all clean lines. What a concept.
  15. Anita05

    Anita05 Aficionado (125) California Dec 30, 2009

    Ever thought it was just the Citra. You are implying that all of the lines were not clean, an incorrect assumption. The Bistro is a a great place to have a beer. I can't complain about them. The Bistro serves the beer community well.
  16. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Initiate (0) California Sep 10, 2010

    No, I am not implying that they had all dirty lines. The Bistro having one dirty line means not all their lines are clean, which is why I stated having all clean lines would be a novel concept. Never said they were all off. Rodgers Last Stand, Younger, and many others tasted great.

    I am implying that the line on the Citra was dirty or off in some way. Likely diacetyl infection because the aroma was not there at all and subtle notes of butter were in the beer. People told me that it tasted phenomenal at Gourmet Staudt Haus days later from the same batch. So common sense tells me this was a dirty line.
  17. Gonna be at this one. Made the Barrel-aged one and had fun, but this is the one I've been really looking forward to.

    Having recently moved up from socal, looking forward to meeting some norcal BA folk.
  18. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    Alternatively, someone was pouring the wrong beer. That wouldn't surprise me.
  19. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Initiate (0) California Sep 10, 2010

    Me neither. The Bistro are good people and have all the best intentions. I doubt I would do any better hosting a festival with 60+ taps, a lot of high abv beer and drunk "volunteers" and patrons. Double IPA is a good time. I'll be back this year for more.
  20. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    Yeah, I feel the need to, after being a negative nancy for a while, say that I fully intend to go and enjoy myself. I haven't missed a bistro fest since I got into beer, and won't start now. Even if I think that they have some problems.
  21. What's on your list to try?
    Besides say Citra or Pliny.
  22. Is there a list of what will be pouring yet? Didn't see on on their (ancient-looking) website or on FB.
  23. They don't usually post a list of who's pouring at these events until the day of.
  24. Last year, this was my first "fest". I am going again this year since I feel I definitely got my money's worth. Lots of great IPAs to enjoy. I don't want to shoot myself in the foot, but go for the triple IPAs since those sell out first. I missed out on Citra and am hoping to try it. Just in case I am trading a Black Label for some in hopes I am not disappointed since black label is Only 2 per person and tasted AWESOME last year when I had it on tap at Drake's (smells like weed....in a great way). :)
  25. Anita05

    Anita05 Aficionado (125) California Dec 30, 2009

    At last year's DIPA Fest there were about 15 "Triple IPA's" : Dogfish Head-- Burton Baton, Triple Rock--Rodger's Last Stand, Schmaltz--Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA to name a few. As stated above, the beer list is available the day of the fest. I have last year's list and am referring to it. Consider beer from El Toro Brewing, Boneyard, Grand Teton.
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  26. Anita05

    Anita05 Aficionado (125) California Dec 30, 2009

    Excellent point. Last year there were 43 DIPA's. My money is on someone pouring the wrong beer.
  27. Anita05

    Anita05 Aficionado (125) California Dec 30, 2009

    Thanks for the clarification.
  28. Rampage1

    Rampage1 Aficionado (175) Arizona Mar 10, 2011

    Any one figure out the cost of admission? Is it really 50 and you get 10 pours? How big are the pours?
  29. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    I think they're ~6oz. The glass you get is some weird, tall, conical thing (IIRC). The cost of admission varies per event but it should be around that. I think this one and the BA one are more expensive, the regular IPA fest is cheaper (and the wet hop is really just a bunch of stuff on draft).
  30. I'll be on the lookout, thanks for the heads up :)
  31. teamizm

    teamizm Savant (385) California Feb 4, 2005

    Any idea if kids are allowed at the DIPA Festival? I went maybe 4 years ago and I vaguely remember seeing a stroller, but this was pre-children for me so I didn't pay much attention.
  32. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    I'm pretty sure it's fine, but you can always just contact them.
  33. hophead247

    hophead247 Savant (430) California Jan 27, 2008

    I can ask, but I'm pretty sure it's frowned upon...unless its in the front seating area.
    This event get pretty packed and wouldn't be fun playing bumper cars with your stroller.
  34. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (470) California Dec 11, 2010

    They called Burton Baton and Lenny's RIPA triple IPAs??

    Compare Hop Venom or Notorious from Boneyard to Younger (assuming they'll have those available.) Stuff from El Toro and Grand Teton aren't even in the same league.
  35. Anita05

    Anita05 Aficionado (125) California Dec 30, 2009

    Last year both Hop Venom and Notorious were present. The Triple IPA area was kind of a hodge podge bar that included PtY, Burton Baton and others. I'm not comparing El Toro and Grand Teton to PtY. I happen to like Grand Teton Lost Continent. As you know El Toro is somewhat local ~ 50 miles from Hayward. Someone wanted to try something different and maybe something else from the area, that's all.
  36. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (620) California Jun 12, 2009

    El Toro's DIPA is pretty damn tasty, had some a few days back.
  37. hophead247

    hophead247 Savant (430) California Jan 27, 2008

    The Bistro just announced that they will be tapping a keg of Younger on Thur, Feb 7th at 1pm.....for those of you that cant make the IIPA fest or don't want to drive all the way to Santa Rosa.
  38. Having gone to the BA fest a few months ago and also having a 3 year old, I would caution against bringing your child. If it's anything like the BA fest, having a stroller there would be a huge PIA for everyone involved, yourself included. Not to mention it's kind of a drunken sh*t show later in the afternoon. Not really a place for kids in my opinion.
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  39. Would it be worth it to have a "Younger Sightings outside of RR" thread or is everyone going to keep these kind of appearances a secret?
  40. teamizm

    teamizm Savant (385) California Feb 4, 2005

    I figured, they won't be coming along anyway. I've taken my kids to mellower beer events like the Linden Street Winter fest and its been fine, but a SFBW event, especially nowadays, is going to be a shit show. I think when I went to the DIPA festival 4-5 years ago it was actually somewhat mellow. Things have changed.

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