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American Craft Beer Fest

It’s been a while! In case you have forgotten my name is andy and this is a blog about beer and sausage.

Liz and I have just gotten back from the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston. We tried lots of great beers. This was our first beer festival to go to and I was not disappointed.

We woke up nice and early yesterday morning, grabbed some coffee, and hit the road. We were a little upset that the festival had to fall on this day because it was also NECI’s graduation for the classes above us and Alton Brown was the guest speaker. A few friends of ours got to have their pictures taken with him, lucky.

Anyway, I got stuck with driving while Liz slept so I got to see some pretty sights going through southern New Hampshire in I-89. This was both of ours first time in Boston and it was pretty cool. We didn’t get to check out any of the historical sites but we took some nice strolls through the city.

We arrived at the Seaport World Trade Center about 15 minutes before the event and found a nice long line. We got in fairly quickly, were handed our 2 ounce tasting cups and immediately saw hundreds of different beers for the taking. 45 different beers with an average of 7.4% alcohol and 3 1/2 hours later our first beer fest was over and we were more than satisfied. For a complete list of the breweries and beers that were at the event click here. Below is a list of everything we tried.

Anchor Brewing Co. – San Fransisco, CA

Anchor Porter – Porter 5.6%

Anchor Steam – California Common 4.9%

Atwater Block Brewery – Detroit, MI

Detroit Pale Ale – Altbier 6.2%

Teufel Bock – Weizenbock 10.9%

Brewery Ommegang – Cooperstown, NY

Hennepin – Saison 7.7%

Ommegang BPA – Belgian Pale Ale 6.2%

Cisco Brewers Inc. – Nantucket, MA

Pechish Woods – American Wild Ale 4.9%

Summer of Lager – Munich Helles 6.5%

Heavy Seas Beer – Baltimore, MD

Holy Sheet – Belgian Strong Dark Ale 9%

Marzen – 5.78%

DL Geary Brewing Co. – Portlan, ME

Hampshire Special Ale – English Strong Ale 7%

Summer Ale – Kolsch 6%

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Milton, DE

Robert Johnson’s Hellhound on My Ale – Imperial IPA 10%

World Wide Stout – Imperial Stout 18%

Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Petaluma, CA

Hop Stoopid – Imperial IPA 8%

WTF (the bartender said that this was a “surprise” beer and left it at that. brown, hoppy, and delicious)

Lawson’s Finest Liquids  – Warren, VT

Acer Quercus – Rye Beer 9%

Double Sunshine – Imperial IPA 8%(my favorite!)

Left Hand Brewing Co. – Longmont, CO

400 Pound Monkey – English IPA 6.7%

Left Hand Milk Stout – 5.2%

Matt Brewing Co. – Utica, NY

Sarnac Adirondack Lager – German Pilsener 5.5%

Sarnac Black Forest – Schwarzbier 5.5%

Narragansett Brewing Co. – Providence, RI

Narragansett Bock – Helles Bock 6.5%

Narragansett Lager – American Lager 5.1%

Odell Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO

Myrcenary Double IPA – Imperial IPA 9.3%

Odell 90 Shilling Ale – Scottish Ale 5.5%

Rogue Ales – Newport, OR

Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale – American Pale Ale 6%

Dad’s Little Helper – Black IPA 5.2%

Shipyard Brewing Co. – Portland, ME

Double Old Thumper Ale – ESB 11.2%

Shipyard xxxx IPA – Imperial IPA 9.25

Shmaltz Brewing Co. – San Fransisco, CA

Human Blockhead – Doppelbock 10%

He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. – Imperial Rye IPA 10%

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Chico, CA

Kellerweis Hefeweiven – 4.8%

A California Common that was not on the list

Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Lakewood, NY

Mokah – Imperial Stout 11%

Raspberry Wheat Ale – 4.5%

Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido, CA

Highway 78 Scotch Ale – Wee Heavy 8.8%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout – Russian Imperial Stout 10.5%

Three Heads Brewing – Rochester, NY

Blimey English-Style Pale Ale – ESB 6%

Java Sutra Coffee Porter – American Porter 6.5%

Tullycross Tavern and Micro Brewery – Manchester, CT

Silk City Stout – Irish Dry Stout 4.2%

TCT  Pale Ale – English Pale Ale 5%

Uinta Brewing Co. – Salt Lake City, UT

Cockeyed Cooper – American Barleywine 11.1%

Tilted Smile – Imperial Pilsner 9%

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Easton, PA

Fourteen Ale – Wheatwine 11.8%

Thirteen – Imperial Stout 13.6%

Randal the Enamel Animal at the Dogfish Head booth full of coffee beans with the World Wide Stout running through it.

Me and the Alstrom Brothers

Getting a Stone brew

That lady ruined my shot

Patiently waiting for some Left Hand

Allagash booth

Cisco

In the can ay?

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Montbeerlier

Tomorrow, April 30, 2011 from 3pm to 10pm Montpelier will be host to it’s second annual Montbeerlier Beer Festival. Unfortunately I will have to be in class. To make matters worse, the group of windows in the restaurant will overlook the parking lot that the event will take place, so while everyone is out there drinking amazing beers and eating awesome in house made sausages hot off the grill, I will be peering out the window like a little kid grounded watching all of his friends play.

Anyway, Three Penny Taproom will be putting this even on in the Onion River Sports parking lot on Langdon St in downtown Montpelier. They will have 23 casks, in house made sausage, and plenty of nice kegs. Here is a list of some the casks to be enjoyed.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Double Sunshine
Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Pirata’s Darkness 2

Zero Gravity – Red-Handed (dry-hopped with Simcoe)

Trapp brewery’s newest creation two ways
A firkin of Maibock
dry-hopped pin of Maibock

Victory – Headwaters Pale Ale
Victory – Uncle Teddy’s Bitter

Schlenkerla – Fastenbier (wooden 30L)

Farnum Hill – Dorryard Cider

Shed – Three Penny IPA (dry hopped)

Stone – Levitation (dry hopped)

Sierra Nevada – Brown
Sierra Nevada – Stout
Sierra Nevada – Torpedo

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