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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Hefewiseman, Sep 6, 2014.
Lagunitas Gnarly wine 2007
Besides SA Millenium and then Utopias at GABF (before I started purchasing Utopias), I'd say it was the Deschutes Black Butte Anniversary vertical at GABF a few years ago. Missed out on the Alaskan Smoked Porter vertical there several years back--didn't know they were doing it!
UNfortunately not any more........ Never to be made again.
I've been lucky enough to catch some pretty "epic" beers at various fests - Utopias a few times, the Kosmic Mother Funk at EBF this year was really really good, KBF several times, various Bourbon County variants, Cigar City,
Stones Ruination on Cask at NERAX a ways back was incredible.
Ithaca Flower Power on cask, dry hopped with who-knows-what.
Randallized Dogfish Head.
More I can't remember.
I was at the Am Craft Brew Fest a few years back and had some Stone - Old Guardian that had been aged 6 years. It was really good. I have been collecting them each year since then..
Narke Konjaks at Borefts 3 years ago.
YEARS ago, Schneider brewery (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/72/) tapped their very first draft keg of Aventinus in the USA at one of Brooklyn Brewery's Oktoberfests. Had one of the first glasses from said keg (Herr Schneider! Es gut bier! Oh, danke, danke). A fond memory.
Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Life is Like at Huhnapu Day '14....incredible stuff!
Stone Reason Be Damned and Dogfish Head 2012 120. I don't go to many festivals.
Parabola. It was 2009, and I was relatively new to craft beer. I had no clue what I was about to drink. Still one of the best beers I've ever had. That was the one and only festival I've ever been to.
Had some epic brews at The Great Taste this year including Mornin' Delight, BA Abraxas, BA Dinosmores, and Mecha Hugs.
Was pouring under the same tent, drank lots. most delicious.
Lost Nation had a firkin like vessel pouring their Gose dry hopped with some hops at HopJam, mmmm good
A Deal With The Devil and a bottle of Lou Pepe Kriek that was about 8 years old I think
Prop, BCBCS '13 and '14, BCBS '14, Bramble, BCS Violet Hour Manhattan, BCS Buffalo Trace, Backyard and Cherry Rye...mmm I wanna go back
Two stuck with me from 2012 EBF- BBA Plead the 5th, and 2004 World Wide Stout that had aged from a beer that I find rather gross new into an astonishingly delicious stout after 8 years.
Sooooo many can't really list, but memorably was TAP NY some years back when I spent half the fest going back for more Brute pours.
Probably Cherry Bourbon County at DLD 2011
I actually can't tell if you are taking the piss here or not. It's great either way.
meh...it's just a blend of 4 barrels.
Pretty much everything at EBF!
CBS at the Michigan winter beer fest two years ago. Only time I've seen it come on tap, and I live two miles from the brewery!!!!
Utopias at GTMW a couple of years ago. Same event, Larry Bell pouring BBA Batch 7000.
Haven't been to any of the right festivals yet.
And gold flakes. Duh.
I recently tried Stone's Xocoveza Mocha Stout at the San Diego Festival of Beer and it was crazy delicious.
My first beer fest, which I went to this past summer, was High Country Beer fest. It blew me away. Green Man was there pouring some usual stuff, but I mentioned that I had never tried Destroyer and was curious if they still had it at their brewery. Destroyer was a IIPA they played KISS to during the fermentation process, by the way, so it was totally rad. Anyways, turns out they had brought a few growlers of Destroyer to pour from for people that asked. It was delicious and it made my day! I'm so glad I mentioned it!
A firkin of Utopias was tapped at the first atlantic city beer festival about 10 yrs ago. 5 of us got 1oz pours and nobody liked it but me. I drank them all......
Lost Abbey - Cable Car
Sam Adams - Kosmic Mother Funk
Mine is just because of the experience, but I got to try Hardywood Bourbon GBS from the first keg of it they ever tapped. I've had more "epic" beers, but that was cool to be one of the first to have it.
I would say everything at Sour & Bitter in Copenhagen back in 2012.
4 year Lambic
Oude Geuze - Armand & Tomme
Armand’s 4 - Lente
Armand’s 4 - Zomer
Armand’s 4 - Herfst
Armand’s 4 - Winter
Framboos - 2010
And off course Isabelle Proximus from Lost Abbey.
Vanilla bean dark lord.
DB Hunahpoopoo and Mornin Delight at Huna Day this year. MBCP and Push were great as well.
Cable Car, Assassin, Churchill's Finest Hour, Last Snow, Backyard Rye, BCBCS, NG Wild Peach, ANTEAD
That sounds like a GI Block Party line up to me.
It was a one-off randall at an otherwise unspectacular alefest, but coffee coconut BCBS
Double Barrel Hunahpoopoo - Dude got one small sample of it at Hunahpu Day this year and let the entire group take one small sip out of it. Germaphobic issues aside, it was awesome.
I was at a festival in 2010 and tried Town Hall's Russian Roulette on cask. I seem to recall them saying that was the only time they ever filled firkins of it.
Second best beer I've ever tried.
Wanted to make my way over to that one but the crowds got out of control before I could.
At least I got to try Monin' Delight and some Double Sunshine before it all went to hell.
At Snallygaster this year I had Fou'Foune and BA Abraxas which was my fave of the festival by a mile. Missed out on Chocolate Rain and BA Sump and a few others I wanted to try but you can't win 'em all, plus if I had managed to get all of those huge stouts I would have passed out too early to try all the other beers. My favorite non-whales were the cask Dirt Wolf, Atomic Kangarue, and Weissenohe Bonator from a gravity keg. The best strategy I saw there was to team up with a few others and have everyone split up to go to the rare ones first then get a table and pass them around to taste...that is if you are willing to share .