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

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  1. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    At Beervana back in October they had a limited supply of Utopias available starting at a specific time during the event. We saw the line forming, it was quite lenghty but moving very quickly. We hoped in and in no time we had a pour of, I believe the 2009 version. It was amazing (and I was expecting a big let down based on my experience with hyped stuff). So glad I got to try it! Also, big pat on that back to Beervana and Sam Adams who didn't charge an extra dime for the pour, it was all part of admission (as were a ton of other great brews).
  2. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2006 Alabama

    Good People's El Gordo Russian Imperial Stout at the Magic City Brewfest.
  3. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,191) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I'm going to presume that you work in a bar. We don't have tap take-overs where I work. Come to think of it, we don't even have taps. :slight_frown:
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  4. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Real Belgian waffes, that's almost as exciting as the beer itself!
  5. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (240) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    Victor Franc was the best of our tasting as well, we all agreed. And the Mattina Rossa actually had some carbonation - what a treat.
  6. brewsader

    brewsader Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    i do. we have 56 of them, so when i say "tap takeover" it's really like a quarter to a third of them.
  7. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    1969 KBS aged in westy barrels with a sour yeast strain added and butterfly tears added... so fuckin good. i drank it at the hopslam release with black tuesday and it was a full moon........
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  8. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    Vera Mae and Society & Solitude #4 growlers.
  9. erikl48

    erikl48 Initiate (176) Jun 29, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    The younger for the first time was awesome...iron abbey on 611 in SE PA.

    2nd, Fou Foune at Teresa's in Wayne.

    3rd, lou Pepe Kriek at Blue Dog in Chalfont for their wealth of riches.
  10. ferillo

    ferillo Defender (653) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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  11. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,440) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Too many tasters of great beer to pick something to write, but I do remember having full glasses side by side of CBS, KBS, FBS, and Black Biscuit at a tap takeover that was pretty enjoyable.

    A night of drinking a new and unheard of beer on tap at Rattle N Hum also sticks out. Oh yeah, beer was Hunahpu's.
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  12. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,424) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    CCB Pilot Series (now Wakefield Brewing) Dragonfruit Passionfruit Berliner. For sure.
  13. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

  14. MinnesotaMoon

    MinnesotaMoon Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013 Minnesota

    last year my first beer tasting with friends:

    2008 Darkness
  15. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (3,001) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    You and your brother have earned amazing beer experiences like that. You both have changed the beer drinking culture in the U.S for ever. Best I have had was at EBF 2011 when I had Meph Addict from Avery. My palate has never been the same. I am hoping that BA Plead the 5th will become the new one or one of the many other beers this year will. Two weeks tomorrow!
  16. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    This one is a piece of piss. I'm a lucky, lucky, lucky bastard who got to try 1875 Allsopp's Arctic Ale. Though that wasn't the best beer at the event. That honour went to 1977 Courage Russian Stout.
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  17. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Aspirant (202) Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    Special Event? At a bbq for my return from Afghanistan last time, a great friend brought a bottle of Cuir. Great beer and a great time with a great friend. I can still taste that beer. Special event to me.
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  18. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    say what? When did you have army of darkness?
  19. Archemedies

    Archemedies Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    A few months ago, after a crazy a night of tasting many vintage beers my friends day brought out a '94 Westy 12, a '94 Rochefort 10, and '94 Abt. 12 to finish the night off. Then I went to Ebenezers the next day. Great weekend.
  20. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 New York

    Cigar City Wild Guava Lychee Sour at 2011 Fruit In The Room
    Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter at 2012 Hunahpu Day
    Cigar City Cucumber Saison at Sustain Miami/Cigar City beer dinner in 2011 (the beer was originally done for this dinner, but was brewed again later and bottled)

    Why, exactly, did I move from Florida?
  21. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (210) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    De Struise Black Damnation VI - Messy

    Very delicious and sessionable.
  22. seplo

    seplo Aspirant (271) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    Kate The Great at Kate Day last year
    Black Tuesday at the first BA Stout Trooper release thanks to the owner Rob
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  23. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Some memorable examples at bottle shares:

    Double Black
    1991 De Neve Gueuze
  24. Wilb

    Wilb Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2011 Michigan

    Founders Bourbon Barrel Sumatra Brown
    Dark Horse Smells Like Weed
  25. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    I think, if I am correctly translating Ron's words, that he wasn't saying that Army of Darkness was a "piece of piss," whatever that may mean in American English, but rather that his answer was easy to come up with, in this case because the experience of tasting 1875 Allsopp's Arctic Ale (I'm extremely jealous) was far and away the most special beer he's ever tasted at a tasting event. Piece of piss=piece of cake more or less.
  26. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    I'm lucky enough to know the person who found a stash of them in the empty Allsopp's brewery.
  27. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Probably this at a tasting tonight.
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  28. vurt

    vurt Savant (944) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    Yes, you are indeed a lucky^3 bastard.
  29. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    How was the overall experience?
  30. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Truly magical.

    The Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) drank the same beer on a visit to Burton in the 1880's (with Winston Churchill's Amercian mother in tow).
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