What's the best beer you've had the privilege of tasting at a special event?

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  1. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    For now it will be Army of Darkness by HUB. Hands down the best Stout i have ever had. It almost ressembled a port it was so rich and unique. I wish i could have it all the time!
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  2. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (452) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    Baladin Xyuayu was the best I have had and also had that port taste!
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  3. beerFool28607

    beerFool28607 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 North Carolina

    Duck Rabbit BA Baltic Porter at Peabody's!!
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  4. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Black Tuesday
    Grey Monday
    Heady Topper
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  5. Rau71

    Rau71 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2011 California
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    Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Dark Lord at the Firestone Walker International Beer Fest last year.
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  6. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,296) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Zwanze and Fou Foune on draft @ Zwanze day 2012!
  7. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    BCBVS and PVW Dark Lord at Borefts. Needless to say, things got a little silly.
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  8. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    I'm not sure if this really counts, but...Buffalo, WY, a small town about 45 minutes away from my small town had a homebrew competition brewfest. Homebrewers from around the region brought 5 gallons of any of their beers, and you got to wander around sampling. Hands down my favorite beer of the day (and I still hold it in high regard, even against the pros), was a Belgian wit. It had been an all grain brew, and the guy had come up with the recipe himself. It was awesome. I'd absolutely buy a case or a growler or whatever else of it if it had come from a brewery. The whole event was pretty neat, but that was the stand out for sure.
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  9. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Devotee (476) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Nothing special, but for me it was Victory headwaters PA. I was at victory talking with their catering rep Diane about my wedding in the same room as some release event for the victory higher ups and friends. The guy running the event took a glass over to my fiancée and I and said we must be friends of the company and deserved to get a sneak peak at their new beer. Ended up picking it as one of the two beers to serve at our reception :-)
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  10. jacob4999

    jacob4999 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2008 Michigan

    I'll have to go with a 7 year old Westy 12 standing in line on KBS day. Amazing!
  11. PHBoiler

    PHBoiler Meyvn (1,342) Jan 14, 2013 Illinois
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    I had never heard of Ninkasi before they tapped a keg of Tricerahops at Hop Juice Festival at Two Brother's Roundhouse last summer. I've now got a buddy in the Sacramento area buying me some to ship my way back here in Illinois. I've had a lot of great draft only stuff from Bell's, 3 Floyd's and even 2 Brother's at the breweries that you can't get elsewhere, but trying Ninkasi for the first time was my only festival home run. That same event I tasted Surly 5. I learned that as much as I love Surly, I certainly do not like sour/wild ales one bit.
  12. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    the best? I went to a De Dolle tasting that blew me away. The 00 and 05 reservas were fantastic.
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  13. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    BA Batch 9000 followed by BBPt5, BA Cherry Stout and a slew of one-off's from Greenbush just for the Winter beer festival in the D last November.
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  14. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Well so far thanks to the tasting group weve assembled, Ive had Cherry Rye (meh, too sweet) , BCBCS (yes), RareR DOS (ive actually acquired a growler since then), 11 BA Plead the 5th (much, much better than fresh), HF Anna (a great honey saison, but not as good as Vera Mae), 09 Lou Pepe Kriek, Eclipse 4 roses, Melange No. 3.

    The winners of best beer at a tasting Ive had were clearly CCB Moat Water and Leon. holy hell.
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  15. koopa

    koopa Poo-Bah (1,825) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey
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    Wooden Hell
  16. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    Go to a three floyds event with a few beers to share and you can pretty much sample anything you could possibly dream of. The most epic graveyards I've ever seen.
  17. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,502) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Both Cantillon Zwanze at 2011 and 2012... although I would take Fou Foune over them any day... :wink:


  18. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Aspirant (227) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    Thanks for hosting! That tasting was epic!
  19. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    and you brought the heat, sir! I cant believe i forgot Cognac Sweet Stout!
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  20. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Aspirant (227) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    After the line-up we had, understandable. However, the sweet stout was phenomenal to me:slight_smile:
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  21. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    same here! Honestly, I went through my untappd to see what I had. That was a long day of drinking wale blood.
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  22. jfh

    jfh Initiate (181) Apr 25, 2008 California
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    Sam Adams Uptopia. 2 years in a row at a "whiskey club" monty meeting that was turned to beer tasting.
  23. tozerm

    tozerm Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2005 Washington

    5 year vertical tasting of Alaskan Smoked Porter. Not my absolute favorite beer, but it was very cool to have 5 vintages laid out at once with some brewery reps a few years back.
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  24. benbking

    benbking Disciple (308) Dec 11, 2009 Rhode Island
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    I think probably the Privilege Ale at the 7th grade spelling bee. Old Mr. Thompson was a crafty corrupting influence. Looking back, this never actually happened. I don't even know anyone named Mr. Thompson.
  25. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (225) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    I'd have to say it was Ithaca Hop Stash and Brute on tap at a wedding, summer '11. I pretty much just turned the keys over to my wife and had at it.
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  26. TKEbeerman

    TKEbeerman Zealot (544) Jun 6, 2009 Florida
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    Stonewall ale at a stone beer dinner with Greg Koch. I dont think ill ever top that
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  27. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Shit, I didnt include anything from the ORF tasting. Oil of Aphrodite, Eclipse EC 18, Bruery Otiose/White Chocolate/Mother Funker, and Beatification batch 5.
  28. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Cantillon Fou' Foune
    GI King Henry
    Black Tuesday
  29. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    Cantillon Bourgogne Lambic

    In the Summer of 2007, we had a huge gathering in Cleveland that brought people in from 7-8 states. The list was huge - HOTD Adam from the Wood Magnum, 3 Font. Millenium and 50th, just about every Pizza Port/Lost Abbey beer released up until then, etc. But the star of the show was the Cantillon above.
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  30. nogophers

    nogophers Aspirant (257) Jun 28, 2011 Minnesota

    Surly Tea bagged Furious at the MN Autumn Brew Review a couple of years back.
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  31. IPA4LIFE

    IPA4LIFE Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2010 California

    My wife surprised me for my last birthday- I went to Stone, where Mitch Steele gave me a tour of the brewery, then shared 2012 RIS (before it went on sale), 2012 Old Guardian, and Bottlework's 13th Anniversary Ale (before it went on sale too).

    Then two days later- at the Stone Farm Fresh Dinner, I sat right next to Greg Koch and Steve Wagner and had Arrogant Bastard out of the fermenter, as well as Ruination that had been kegged that day.

    For me, it isn't the beer that was drank, it was the company that I was with. When Mitch Steele pours you a beer, it is automatically one of the most important beers of your life . . .
  32. skycracksopen

    skycracksopen Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 Colorado

    Came in to post this exact thing.

    The bottle share at Crooked Stave that day was amazing as well.
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  33. Zuidman

    Zuidman Zealot (590) Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    2012 Two Brothers Hopjuice Fest
    Ten Fidy Whiskey Barrell aged
    Surly Five (3 of these at the end if the night was a mistake)- don't remember the rest
  34. Brandywine

    Brandywine Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012 Washington

    Bravo Brown by Firestone Walker, an imperial brown ale aged in brandy and bourbon barrels. Amazing brandy bomb of a beer!
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  35. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,019) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    # All the Stone Vertical Epic Ales w/ Greg, crew & friends

    # Utopias from the barrel while hangin with Jim

    Much much more ... best is somewhat subjective to the ambiance and people you are with as well IMO.
  36. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    The first time I read this thread, I never looked at the content of your initial post. Anyway, that may be the best beer name of all time(at least for a nerd like me.)
  37. gratefulbeerhead

    gratefulbeerhead Defender (608) Dec 7, 2009 Indiana
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    2011 event at the Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo. Goose Island BCS 06-11, Bramble Rye, KH, Vanilla Stout, Coffee Stout, Lolita, Juliet, Rare, and as a bonus, The Livery Cherry bomb and trippel weizenbock. What an incredible night.
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  38. repivk

    repivk Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2012 Minnesota
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    Oak cask darkness at darkness day 2011
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  39. AmitC

    AmitC Crusader (720) Sep 21, 2012 New York

    Joe at my fav beer store had an awesome lineup of more than 40 beers at the tasting. Some of them:

    2008 Dark Lord
    2008 DFH WWS
    2009 DFH Olde School
    Vintage Behemoth
    2008 and 2009 FBS
    Avery Mephistopheles 2009 or 2010
    Vintage DFH Raison D'Extra
    2012 Ostuchi Old Stock Ale
    2010 Double Bastard
    Avery Samael's Ale.. don't remember the vintage
    Westy 12
    Samichlaus Classic Bier
    Hoppin Frog Natasha Rocks

    to a newbie that was like OMG.. best event so far. Most of these beers from his personal cellar. Thank you Joe. I cannot ask for more on a single day.
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  40. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Surly Moe's Bender at Darkness Day 2010 and 2011. My first beer epiphany.
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