What's the most epic beer you've gotten to try at a beer festival?

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  1. myuncle

    myuncle Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Illinois

    Lagunitas Gnarly wine 2007
  2. Schmittymack

    Schmittymack Zealot (581) Sep 3, 2008 Colorado

    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!
  3. amalburg

    amalburg Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2014 Michigan

    UNfortunately not any more........ Never to be made again. :slight_frown:
  4. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (471) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    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.
    Hill Farmstead.
    Randallized Dogfish Head.
    More I can't remember.
  5. itchytasty

    itchytasty Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2008 Connecticut

    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..
  6. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont

    Narke Konjaks at Borefts 3 years ago.
  7. BeRightBock

    BeRightBock Initiate (169) Apr 27, 2007 New York

    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.
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  8. Zhillsgator

    Zhillsgator Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2014 Florida

    Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Life is Like at Huhnapu Day '14....incredible stuff!
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  9. Elivictus

    Elivictus Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Stone Reason Be Damned and Dogfish Head 2012 120. I don't go to many festivals.
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  10. barnzy78

    barnzy78 Poo-Bah (4,638) Jun 2, 2008 Illinois

    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.
  11. xdtfx

    xdtfx Defender (640) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois

    Had some epic brews at The Great Taste this year including Mornin' Delight, BA Abraxas, BA Dinosmores, and Mecha Hugs.
  12. daryk77

    daryk77 Aspirant (251) Jun 16, 2005 District of Columbia


    Was pouring under the same tent, drank lots. most delicious.

    Happy trees.
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  13. Fahz

    Fahz Initiate (0) May 31, 2012 New York

    Lost Nation had a firkin like vessel pouring their Gose dry hopped with some hops at HopJam, mmmm good
  14. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas

    A Deal With The Devil and a bottle of Lou Pepe Kriek that was about 8 years old I think
  15. illinikap

    illinikap Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Illinois

    Prop, BCBCS '13 and '14, BCBS '14, Bramble, BCS Violet Hour Manhattan, BCS Buffalo Trace, Backyard and Cherry Rye...mmm I wanna go back
  16. stonermouse

    stonermouse Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts

    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.
  17. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,099) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Society Trader

    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.
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  18. Trystero

    Trystero Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Ohio

    Probably Cherry Bourbon County at DLD 2011
  19. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,758) Feb 15, 2010 New York
    Society Trader

    I actually can't tell if you are taking the piss here or not. It's great either way.
  20. DawgPhan

    DawgPhan Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2012 Georgia

    meh...it's just a blend of 4 barrels.
  21. jimmypa

    jimmypa Initiate (166) Nov 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Pretty much everything at EBF!
  22. TheKlevin

    TheKlevin Disciple (300) Aug 6, 2014 Michigan

    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!!!!
  23. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2006 Ohio

    Utopias at GTMW a couple of years ago. Same event, Larry Bell pouring BBA Batch 7000.
  24. Snowdog

    Snowdog Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio

    Haven't been to any of the right festivals yet. :astonished:
  25. pjvie

    pjvie Initiate (0) May 30, 2014 Oregon

    And gold flakes. Duh.
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  26. thomda11

    thomda11 Aspirant (232) Jun 5, 2014 California

    I recently tried Stone's Xocoveza Mocha Stout at the San Diego Festival of Beer and it was crazy delicious.
  27. whatsheshaving

    whatsheshaving Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2014 North Carolina

    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!
  28. Lorianneb

    Lorianneb Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 New Jersey

    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......
  29. BarefootRock

    BarefootRock Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2013 California

    Lost Abbey - Cable Car
    Sam Adams - Kosmic Mother Funk
  30. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 Virginia

    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.
  31. olradetbalder

    olradetbalder Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2011 Sweden

    I would say everything at Sour & Bitter in Copenhagen back in 2012.

    Drie Fonteinen
    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
    Malvasia Rosso
    Millenium Geuze

    And off course Isabelle Proximus from Lost Abbey.
  32. adman08

    adman08 Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2011 Wisconsin

    Vanilla bean dark lord.
  33. Jimmy_me_Jules

    Jimmy_me_Jules Initiate (0) May 13, 2014 Florida

    DB Hunahpoopoo and Mornin Delight at Huna Day this year. MBCP and Push were great as well.
  34. halo3one

    halo3one Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia

  35. halo3one

    halo3one Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia

    Cable Car, Assassin, Churchill's Finest Hour, Last Snow, Backyard Rye, BCBCS, NG Wild Peach, ANTEAD
  36. justlovebeer

    justlovebeer Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2013 Alaska

    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
  37. mjmcdonough73

    mjmcdonough73 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2014 Florida

    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.
  38. Phocion

    Phocion Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2005 Minnesota

    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.
  39. Lochnessmonster

    Lochnessmonster Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2013 Florida

    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.
  40. woolybully67

    woolybully67 Initiate (90) Feb 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    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 :grinning:.
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