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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Casedogg43, Feb 3, 2013.
I havent been to many beer events, but Fobab wins easily.
Had an amazing time at The Festival in Worcester last June! No Lines, So many breweries, so many brewers pouring my beer. Was a volunteer ALL DAY Saturday and got to go for free on Sunday.
That's hard to beat but I also was lucky enough to attend the Armsby Abbey 4th Anniversary/Hill Farmstead Dinner that was put on by Alec and Shaun Hill. The food was Offal and the beer was spectacular. Check out the pairings.
Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.
Yeah man. I've been to both and really enjoy it.
Firestone Walker Invitational. Attended the 1st one last June and have tickets for the '13 event. Great list of brewers show, great venue, good food, etc... I've also attended Stone's Winter Storm 7 years straight. Pretty laid back, very decent beer lineup.
Events I'd like to attend but haven't been to able thus far....
GABF, Savor, Funky Buddha Anniversary.
I've been a huge fan of the various beer events at the Wynkoop. Their upstairs offers a lot of room, prices are always reasonable, and their staff really knows what they're doing. The Rare Beer Tasting and Parade of Darks in particular are terrific.
Darkness Day is always a fun event, great bottle share the night before, greater times the morning of, great food, an great people. Not counting the way that Surly puts on an event, rolls out kegs for the masses at random times so (was my first chance at Moe's Bender). The "shant town" that is created with all the tents, just makes for a fun time.
I will second Pre Dark Lord Day bottle share at the Hampden, it's an amazing conglomeration of beer and people. Incredible generosity and just a great time.
Great Taste of the Midwest!!!!
1) The Festival, MA/ME
2) The Aporkalypse, NYC (2012 fest)
4) Beervana, RI
Really, really hard to pick one, but these all stood out for me
Yards - Real Ale Invitational. Lots of nice cask conditioned beers, limited number of tickets, short lines and good food. Only complaint is that it is on a Sunday and going to work on Monday is never fun afterwards....
Last year's Bruery Reserve Society party. I finally got to try beers like Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain, and got to sample some experimental beers that will be coming out in the future like Oude Tart with sour cherries. Plus, there was a killer bottle share at a hotel after the party.
I am really looking forward to this year's event and also the FW Invitational (I missed last year's event).
--Vermont Brewers Festival on Lake Champlain: beautiful setting and awesome brews, including Lawson's
--Firestone-Walker Invitational: unsurpassed beer selection and the best-organized event ever
--Rare Beer Brunch at Stone: great beers and food in the bistro gardens
Founders Brunch at Meridian Pint in Washington DC
CBS, KBS, Blushing Monk, Kaiser Curmudgeon, two years of FBS, Backwoods Bastard
All paired with great food.
The Surly event at Churchkey last year was pretty ridiculous too. Darkness, Abrasive, Five, etc etc. All on tap. God bless the DC gray market law.
in philly, monk's PtY comes to mind: 100% of younger to charity; charity raffles with packages consisting of T20, Iris 1996, vintage westy; 5 year old keg of la folie(WINNNER); and a ton of extra fun from the industry people.
this event i attended, though, on saturday at teresa's in wayne, pa was a monster in terms of what i was able to drink in one sitting. here's the list:
Zwanze Day 2012 at West Lakeview Liquors. A great bunch of BA's at the event, great beers on tap, great people working the event, awesome food, and there were great bottles available for purchase to take home.
grewt beer at Zwanze but the venue is way too small and it's very overcrowded.
The Daily Walk to My Fridgefest.
The Festival in Worcester last June. By far the best beer event I've ever attended in the last 22 years of chasing good beer.
Drakes Hopocalypse release party on Saturday was a great time....killer beer too
The Anderson Valley Beer fest is always a great time. (When its not held on Mother's Day weekend.)
Sourfest and Brouwers for me too. By far the best event Ive ever been to.
churchill's pub renaissiance in san marcos, ca Hands Down
CBC in Copenhagen last May.
My favorite (that we don't host) is easily the Real Beer Expo in Rochester, NY. It is the first Saturday of Rochester Beer Week and it is just chill. Al the breweries bring their A game, lots or rarities and it has the feel of the coolest block party ever. My job now consists of going to these types of events (and delivering kegs) and this is the event I look forward to every year.
When is that this year?
Just recently (last weekend) Went with a buddy to foothills brewery for the sexual chocolate release. Didn't expected too much but it was an amazing time. Met lots of really great BAs.
Extreme Beer Fest in Boston a few years back. Went with my brother-in-law and my nephew. All strong beers. Strong ales, DIPA's. TIPA's. Barleywines, Imperial Stouts, Imperial Porters, Doppelbocks, etc.. Beers that put you on your butt!!! This event sells out quickly as it has become so popular.
Extreme Beerfest is crazy good!!!
I'd imagine that the GABF is the Holy Grail of beer events. Hope to make it some day. On my bucket list.
Mine too. But I imagine there will be way too many people there for my liking.
The Michigan Beer Festival over 100 breweries with over 600 different beers. I was able to try Dark Horses bourbon barrel plead the fifth, Four Elf and Scary Jesus Rockstar, Bell's Black Note stout, Founders Devil Dancer and Frangelic Mountain Brown and that was just the highlights of all the great beers I was able to try. It was absolutely awesome and I can't wait until this years.
For me, Armsby Abbey's Hill Farmstead tap takeover. So many great beers. So much great food.
After that, probably the Abbey's Stoutfests. I've yet to score tickets to the Founder's Brunch, whick kick off Stoutfest each year....but we did drool through the window at the plates people were being served. Looked a-mazing!
KTG day a few years ago was pretty good too, but it's hard to beat the whole feel of the Abbey. We went to Kate day the last year before they went to the lottery ticket style event.
That's got to be close enough that I can make that one too!
The "Barrel Terrarel" at Vintage Brewing during last year's Madison Craft Beer Week. All barrel aged beers (about 20 of them or so) and hardly anybody there. We could walk right up to whatever counter we wanted & get a sample. No huge names, but Vintage's barrel aged beers were all very good, plus a couple of local Wisconsin ones like O'so bourbon barrel aged Night Train & Sprecher Czar Brew. I was very happy with that event.
I've been to the Great Taste, but it's way too much standing in lines for me, plus the weather is a total unknown. I think it was the hotest day of the year the one time I went. Ugh. Try the Great Taste "pre-party" bars the day before in Madison - much easier to deal with... unless you are trying to get in on the Central Waters special tappings at Brickhouse.
You're in luck friend! This year it's May 4th
GABF. And all the days leading up to it. Total trainwreck, total fun
I got to the biggy in '85 Oktoberfest , other than that it's been the GCBF , for over 20 years here in Victoria