Wild Friendship Blend

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  1. Cheesemoose

    Cheesemoose Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2009 Florida

    Session 1 wrapping up, you guys are gonna love it
     
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  2. mlhyatt

    mlhyatt Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 Georgia

    Anyone know what time the shuttle comes to the portland harbor hotel for the 5pm session?
     
  3. Cheesemoose

    Cheesemoose Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2009 Florida

    430 I guess. I'm on it and it should be leaving here soon.
     
  4. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (370) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    A-mazing event. Loved how spread out it was. Top 3...Wild Friendship Blend (Allagash version), Lou Pepe Kriek, Mattina Rossa
     
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  5. tokimedo

    tokimedo Aspirant (249) Feb 28, 2015 California
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    Great event. Really well planned out and Set up well. Just wish we had an extra hour! I found myself drinking cold beers faster than I wanted to when I wanted to let them warm up a bit.
     
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  6. Cheesemoose

    Cheesemoose Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2009 Florida

    Anyone in town wanna drink some beer?
     
  7. MarkF150

    MarkF150 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2009 Massachusetts

    What a spectacular event. One of the best events I've ever been to.
     
  8. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Devotee (443) Nov 9, 2012 Indiana

    GREAT event!! having the various stations spread over the allagash campus really worked out for good traffic flow. faves on the event: fou foune, lou pepe & beat (even if it was young). blown away!
     
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  9. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (256) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont

    Beautifully run, lots of room, brewers in attendance, food ok. A very rewarding experience.
     
  10. ChrisMyhre

    ChrisMyhre Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    Great time, loved the format and layout. It was really kind of the anti beer fest. No fear of anything running out, no pressure to overdo it. Congrats to everyone involved for a great event. My favorites were Beautification, Fou, Supplication, St. Gilloise and Mattina Rossa. People don't seem to think highly of Session Brett but I loved it. Finally, I would have guessed that STS Pils would have been a low point, but it's such a great hoppy pils and was actually a nice palate break. So fresh and biscuity.
     
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  11. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (370) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Also...... those freakin' dumplings were on another level...my buddy and I wished we went back for seconds.
     
  12. RedEcho

    RedEcho Initiate (77) Oct 23, 2012 Massachusetts

    Was a superbly run event; a tip of my hat to everyone involved. Great chance to try some great beers.

    Also, duck sausage? Great stuff!
     
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  13. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Savant (903) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
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    Absolutely blown away by yesterday's event! What a great set-up. Now If I could have had a second pour of Lou Pepe, It would have been perfection:wink:!
     
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  14. tokimedo

    tokimedo Aspirant (249) Feb 28, 2015 California
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    went back for seconds, thirds, and fourths. judge me! haha
     
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  15. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    There was one person at the Lou Pepe table periodically very loose with the pours and happily not stamping. I had a few pours. There was a ton of it.

    Unreal event. So laid back, spread out perfectly. No need to fret about getting beers. It was the best beer related event ive ever attended. My favorites of the night were Lou Pepe, resurgam, and fou. Beat was not ready yet but still delicious. The friendship blends were awesome. I preferred the cantillon version but that was probably more a function of having a bit more age on it. They were both awesome. Allagash killed this one.
     
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  16. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    I will, I got none, thanks dude!
     
  17. jomobono

    jomobono Aspirant (247) Mar 12, 2012 Massachusetts

    Making sure the lobster rolls fro Eventide get a mention. Sorry Session 2!

    Those 3 hours went by fast, so many great people to talk with.
     
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  18. zman_

    zman_ Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    They ran out right in front of me. Glad to hear some people had 4...
     
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  19. ChrisMyhre

    ChrisMyhre Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    After hearing how great they were we looked everywhere for them.
     
  20. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Ok, I'll be that guy.

    I thought the event was one of the best that I have ever attended. Of course the beers were phenomenal, venue was perfect and Allagash's staff could not have been more helpful. The lack of food is my only complaint, I did not get any dumplings, lobster rolls or raviloi and most of the vendors were apologetic but came right out and said there were many people making numerous return visits for food.

    This by no means is a bad reflection on Allagash, just disappointing that some people just do not care about anyone other than themselves.

    Fortunately the great City of Portland has great resturaunts, so we did not go to bed with empty bellies.
     
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  21. Bizoneill

    Bizoneill Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2012 Connecticut

    Feel the same way... Seemed like vendors ran out of food half way in to session 2. I had the pork buns and the mussels but was looking forward to the lobster rolls and left hungry. The beer was amazing and the waits if any were minimal. It wasn't crowded at all and you could roam freely throughout the brewery. It was quite an event! We really enjoyed our time.
     
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  22. NickDrista

    NickDrista Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    wow they had lobster rolls?!?!?!?! Man we didnt get any either!
     
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  23. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Champion (837) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I too missed out on the dumplings and lobster roll. I did get a ravioli though. I don't necessarily think it was people not caring about others, but I don't recall any signs asking for only 1 trip though each food line.
     
  24. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Was food included in the ticket price or was it an extra cost?
     
  25. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Included in cost
     
  26. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Given the cost of the ticket, particularly for those that traded in the secondary market, that really sucks to not have food. But I suppose the beer list more than made up for it
     
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  27. woodfinish

    woodfinish Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2005 Massachusetts

    On food: I'll admit to having two dumplings in the evening session (though my co-ticket holder skipped hers). I apparently missed out on these legendary lobster rolls, so that's karma.

    I can understand criticism of those being gluttonous, but it was really up to Allagash to coordinate better between attendees and vendors: If they told vendors to shoot for 350 servings, they should have made it clear to us that the plated dishes were one/person. I think people would have been at least a little more cognizant of the supply and acted accordingly, even if it wasn't enforced.

    The food was terrific and a great advertisement for Portland cuisine. My friends and I hit up Bao Bao later that night to satisfy our continued cravings.

    Kind of unfortunate that one of the best things about the beer side of the event, namely that you didn't have to worry about anything running out, got turned around when it came to food. I know HF has had similar problems even with their paid food at past festivals; beer drinking works up an appetite!

    Given how well every other aspect of the event worked, I'm sure Allagash will learn from this the next time they put together something similar.
     
  28. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    My wife and I had one dumpling a piece. They were awesome. By the time we got back around the food was basically gone. A bit disappointing but we weren't there for the food. There were some cheese scraps left at the enterance so we had a bit of what was there. Went to the great lost bear afterwards and met a few people who were also pretty much shut out of eating at the event as well. I'm sure it's just a stiff learning curve putting on an event like this. I couldn't have been more satisfied food or not.
     
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  29. iong516

    iong516 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I don't recall ravioli, pork buns, or dumplings, so perhaps different sessions got different food? Flawless event imo, but maybe a stamp system could have been used to make others happier. Food stamps would have detracted from my experience. Hope the LPK lasted through session 2. I reminded a few of the pourers to stamp my ticket and imagine quite a few people got multiple pours of Fou and LPK.
     
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  30. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (256) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont

    I socialized with a member of local food media after, and we compared notes on food from both sessions. There were different vendors for each session according to our respective maps. And the offerings were quite a bit nicer for session one. Never got a single dumpling at session 2, but there were plenty of cupcakes - lol! We ate lunch at my fave foodtruck, CN Shwarma parked at Rising Tide beforehand for insurance - glad we did.
     
  31. tmbgnicu

    tmbgnicu Zealot (509) Mar 15, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Everything about this event will be what I measure others against. Perfectly planned, perfectly laid out and a perfect time. Yes, food was a bit of an issue, though I hung near the dumpling table a while and got about 3 of them. Had multiple pours of several beers, my wife's pour of LPK, went out for a nice dinner at our hotel afterwards, and then ended up doing a very small share in the lobby of the Hyatt in downtown Portland. Brought a shitload of beer home and got home in time to take my wife(who loved the event as well)and kids out for dinner to celebrate a late Mother's Day. Weekends don't really get any better than that.
     
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  32. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (824) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Amazing event - every beer was great, and I was so glad RR brought a perfectly executed Pils to reset the palate. I also love the fact that there are 3 solid breweries right across the street from Allagash, and Oxbow downtown blew me away (made it twice over the weekend).

    My only complaint is the couple years of life I lost drank and ate away in Portland.
     
  33. WBruder

    WBruder Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2014 Virginia

    Let's make it clear that there were different food vendors for both sessions. Lobster rolls were from Even Tide for the first session, pork buns (dumplings) were from Bon Bon for the second session. I attended the second session, immediately hit the 4 year old Cantillon lambic and the cheese/charcuterie station and enjoyed that for quite some time. The pork buns from Bon Bon ran out with about 30-40 mins left in the event so there was plenty of time to get everything unless you saved the last four or so beers for the end. Rob Tod didn't get a pork bun if that makes anyone feel any better. Overall, the best event I have ever been to.
     
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  34. Janeinma

    Janeinma Devotee (438) May 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    We went to the second session and went from Allagash in the back to Lou Pepe in the front. When we got to where the vendor in the main brewery area should have been it was totally cleared out and I heard that happened before 7pm. So no there was not time to get everything. This is the first I was hearing of cupcakes from the second session.The vendors for the second session totally blew it while from everything I heard the vendors in the first session had masses of great food. Certain Portland vendors owe people an apology.
    Allagash gave the same instructions to each vendor so it wasn't Allagash's fault. As to the beer it was sublime, I wish I had more time to drink and appreciate each one but while the numbers of beer seemed minimal on paper I felt the number to be perfect in reality.
    Awesome if hungry night.
     
  35. tokimedo

    tokimedo Aspirant (249) Feb 28, 2015 California
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    laughing over here at people getting upset over me getting extra helpings of the pork bun. like i said, judge me, but it was the best thing there and yeah, i waited until 7:30 to go back for more.
     
  36. RKing44

    RKing44 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    Laughing over here cause you keep bringing it up. It's cool you did wait though! Pretty admirable,
     
  37. WBruder

    WBruder Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2014 Virginia

    Had a friend in the first session that didn't get a lobster roll. Womp. Let's focus on the fact that we had 13 world class beers in one of the best breweries on the east coast. Amazing event. Period.
     
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  38. F2brewers

    F2brewers Champion (820) Mar 12, 2005 Massachusetts
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    @brewinsue and i thought it was a fantastic event. We did the first session and with the exception of *very* minor lines at Allagash (2 min?) and RR Beatification (though you did your best @Heater) it was all smooth sailing.

    The food was awesome (lobster sausage or duck sausage (Thirsty Pig), smoked salmon hash browns, lobster rolls and duck fritters (Eventide), or meat/cheese/vegetable charcuterie (tomatoes and grapes were awesome) and the chili (Rosemount) was great.

    The beer was fantastic (those of you hating on STS pils were mistaken) and Jean, Rob and Vinny (and Natalie) were great and very accessible.

    Jean mentioned that the same barrel of 4 year unblended lambic went into both batches of the friendship blend, but different batches (he couldn't speak to the details) went into the RR and Allagash portions. That beer was divine.

    My only real concern was (as others mentioned) the swirling/dreg dumping of the Allagash WFB. The pourers (caterers...Maine law doesn't let brewers pour their own beer) claimed "the brewer" told them to do so, but we ran into Rob Todd and Jason Perkins at Liquid Riot later and they apologized , saying it was not their intent. My wife's pour was borderline ropey, but I was relatively lucky.

    Still, all in all, a magnificent event. Cheers to all involved...and let us know if you want ideas on how to get people in the door faster... :wink:
     
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  39. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    What's a ropey pour?
     
  40. tokimedo

    tokimedo Aspirant (249) Feb 28, 2015 California
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    Perfect example. My friend got the pour on the left, while i got the pour on the right.

    Was a bummer that I flew across country to get the bottom of an ICE cold swirled bottle, but was having a great time and was super grateful to even be there in the first place, so i wasnt complaining.

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    AMEN.
     
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