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

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  1. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,032) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Canadian Breakfast Stout at a Founders beer dinner at HopCat. It was 3 ounces of beer heaven.
  2. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Cherry Bourbon County (not Cherry Rye)
    King Henry

    I have more but can't think of them off hand.
  3. vacax

    vacax Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2008 California
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    One, Coconut Vanilla Speedway Stout at The Full Pint's 5th Anniversary.

    Two, bourbon barrel Papier straight from the barrel at a bottle share at The Bruery, back before anyone outside of locals had heard of The Bruery.

    Three, because you can't stop me from listing more, I have to second the vote of Firestone Walker Bravo. My favorite Firestone beer of all time.
  4. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Savant (953) Nov 13, 2008 Georgia
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  5. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (295) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    Seven or eight years ago I visited HOTD and Alan gave me a sample of Dave.
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  6. Kelp

    Kelp Defender (694) Mar 6, 2008 New Hampshire

    The stone tap takeover at lord hobo's a few years ago. Meeting Greg and getting to try a bunch of barreled versions of their seasonals and older vintages as well. Crazy day out with friends followed by an arquebus at CBC to finish the day.
  7. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    Strong Ale Fest 2011 at Pizza Port Carlsbad had an amazing line up. Best I had to was Barrel aged Serpent Stout with cocoa nibs and cherries. Wow!
  8. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    The only 5/5 rating I have ever given was for Tea Bagged Furious. Of course, the Bros don't see fit to list it as a separate beer, so it shows up under regular Furious.

    I have a problem with this decision, since their guidelines say a 5 should be reserved for a beer that cannot be improved. Since I most definitely think Tea Bagged Furious is an improvement over Furious, I shouldn't award a 5 to Furious. But I really want to give a 5 to the Tea Bagged variant.
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  9. dckepley

    dckepley Aspirant (201) Aug 13, 2006 Iowa
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    GABF...many special tastes to put a perma-smile on my face!
  10. mark99

    mark99 Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2010 New York

    J&J Blauw and 3 Fonteinen oude geuze vintage 2003 still remain as the best beers I've ever had after all these years. :slight_smile:
  11. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,309) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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    I guess 2005 Avec Les Bon Voeux. But I haven't been to many special events that were of true quality. Even at the event I'm referring to, I hardly got any at all to try.
  12. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,096) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Definitely Fou Foune
  13. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    1988 JW Lees Vintage Harvest ale

    6 year vert of NC Old Stock
  14. immobilisme

    immobilisme Aspirant (231) Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    '99 3F Oude Geuze... Basically $4 per ounce and the best deal ever.
  15. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (558) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    Alternating tulips of Rose de Gambrinus and Younger @ SF Beer week 2012
  16. vurt

    vurt Crusader (753) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    Tasting a 30-year-old berliner weisse at Woodshop a couple years ago was unique and enlightening.

    Sampling un-barreled Papier (called Virgin Papier) and a young version of the beer that would eventually become Oude Tart at The Bruery are both very fond memories.

    But the crown has to go to the tasting hosted last year by jerz and vacax, where the highlights included M, Brabantiae, and Don Q. Not just epic, but legendary (like the generosity of the hosts).

    And I hate to say it (because I will probably never taste it again), but M was spectacular.
  17. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,215) Sep 3, 2007 California
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    Stone Vertical Epic 02/02/02 - opened and consumed in 2013. Thanks, Vurt!
    Kate the Great
    1994 Chimay Grande Reserve (blue label) - opened and consumed in 2008.
  18. C2H5

    C2H5 Disciple (383) Jan 7, 2012 Illinois
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    This year I had the pleasure of trying some of my all time biggest wants in one night, I wish I could remember that night, someone told me I had fun and enjoyed the beers very much....
  19. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Vanilla bean dark lord at fw beer fest...honorable mention dos osos(revolution/fw colab) and hop ninja(beachwood bbq) same event...cant wait for this years event!
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  20. CStrife187

    CStrife187 Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 North Carolina

    Stille Nacht Reserva, Tsjeeses Reserva Bourbon Barrel aged, and Mikkeller's Santa's Little Helper Scotch Barrel aged at the Essen Kerstbierfestival. It was a great first beer fest.

    These may change in Bruges next weekend depending on how long the samples last.
  21. GrindFatherBob

    GrindFatherBob Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2010 New York

    Imperial Brown Goose at ACBF last year was awesome.

    2011 Brandy Barrel Dark Lord, 2012 Cognac de Muerte Dark Lord and 2012 Cognac Dark Lord at a tasting during Rochester Beer Week last year was probably the best though.
  22. huysmans

    huysmans Disciple (351) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    Allagash rep had a bottle of Mattina Rossa, the never released raspberry wild ale, at an Allagash event on Tuesday night. And I thought the Bourbon Black was good!
  23. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Oude Tart w Sour Cherries
    BA Decadence 07
    Veritas 10
    FB Morning Wood
    Allagash Mattina Rossa
  24. beefmental

    beefmental Initiate (180) May 26, 2005 Iowa
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    CBS at the 2010 Great Taste of the Midwest.
  25. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Wooden Hell at Pinocchio's for Dan's (beer manager's) birthday.

    Russian River Registration at TJ's for Philly Beer Week Leftovers.

    2007 Saint Lamvinus and 2009 Fou Foune at Monk's Cafe after Zwanze Day.

    For pure ambiance and enjoyment: Hefeweizen-Dopplebock at Sly Fox Goat Races 2012.
  26. goalie33

    goalie33 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2009 New York

    Summer 2011, Rattle n Hum had a Goose Island event and one of the beers they had was 2008 brandy barrel bcbs. That was a treat.
  27. Cascade77

    Cascade77 Initiate (0) May 14, 2009 Vermont

    Happened to have the best and worst at the same event.

    Best - Dirty Horse
    Worst - Sink The Bismark
  28. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Agree with this!
  29. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    ACBF- Lawson's Maple Tripple and pistachio beer
    KtG at KtG day
    Allagash Coolship Red on release they game my wife a sample and I when we bought them. My wife did not like beer but thought since it was rare and drove for it she tried it. It was the first beer she liked and now will drink sours because of it. Was Very special to me.
    Bachelor party with friends we blind sample/tasted Dark Lord, Darkness and Abyss side by side.
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  30. mctizzz

    mctizzz Devotee (483) Dec 23, 2010 California
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    Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, FFF BA Dark Lord, and CC Hunahpu at Hunahpu's Day 2012.
  31. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Yellow Bus...Night of the Funk
    Konjaks! Stormaktsporter... Borefts 2012
    Framboos & 2002 Drie Fonteinen Vintage Oude Gueuze....with dear friends Jeroen & Ron
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  32. kneary13

    kneary13 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    I've have to say anytime I'm tasting a beer at the brewery in the company of the brewer, it's a special experience. I've done this at Grey Sail, Squam, Jack's Abby, Idle Hands, Green Dragon, and Barrier to name a few. As a homebrewer, to be able to talk through the beer with the brewer and get some brewing tips in the process is priceless.

    Vertical Epic day at Lord Hobo in Cambridge with two great friends was a close second.
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  33. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    The one that comes to mind right now is Black Tuesday at last year's Pour it Black fest wiith my wife and some good friends. My wife liked it so much, she went back for 2 or 3 tasters of it. And I think that is what influenced her to want to join the Bruery Reserve Society this year:wink:
  34. danoeltico

    danoeltico Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2011 North Carolina
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    Hunahpu day last year, awesome trip with one of my best friends, getting to try HH DL, Wiskey Huna, Funky Budha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and on and on and on and on
  35. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (186) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
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    Couple things come to mind from a Wild Beer Fest last summer...

    Fou Foune (Draft)
    50n 4e
    Flaming Fury
    '94 Rose de Gambrinus
    Open Container
    Framboise for a Cure
    Wild One
    Armand Winter, Spring and Summer

    ...many other great brews as well...only thing I really missed out on was a Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic
  36. brewsader

    brewsader Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    "due to a special event..." i think the only time that's applicable is when my boss brought some PtE back from GABF. other than that, the only other "events" i've been to were tap takeovers at work.
  37. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (237) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    Several rare & vintage krieks, frambois, and gueze at Night of the Kriek at Eb's in August. This past weekend - every Allagash special/koelschip release in one evening, with homemade waterzooi and Belgian waffles. Had been trying to put that one together for 2 years. The 4 of us couldn't quite get through them all, though. Just as well - they will stand by for Round Two!
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  38. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    Either Moe's bender by surly or...

    a 1994 Cantillion cherry (kriek?)
    same day as all 4 of the spring summer fall winter sour series. mmm...$200 beer...so good.
    Also same day, 3F guezue from 03' 04' 05' 07' 09' 11' 12'...that was epic.

    all blew my socks off. (as most sours do)
  39. witness

    witness Initiate (0) May 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Pinocchio's in Media, PA always has stellar events. This one in particular was an Allagash tasting from last year i believe. To add to the awesomeness that is Allagash, the owners decided to open up some bottles from their own personal stash. Boy did they open some good ones. I was able to try some of the coolship series, but the big one for me was Victor Francenstein! I felt very lucky to part of that tasting
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  40. Dannywhitewash

    Dannywhitewash Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Ohio

    Bodhi imperial IPA at cincy winter beer fest.
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