I have pondered how to share my experience at the fest. I can’t share tasting notes on all 26 beers I tried because nobody is going to read a post that long. I decided to offer some highlights and a few pictures in an attempt to convey my considerable enjoyment and plans to track down many of these beers again, including those I didn’t get the chance to try!
Bad Ass Beers (this is my new category for beers that are just so bad ass good!)
Allagash Curieux – a Triple aged in bourbon barrels. The flavor influence form the barrels was intense and made this beer taste like a spirit.
Dogfish Head Olde School Barelywine – The concentrated flavors of dried fruits made me think of dessert wine instead of beer. This isn’t an everyday drinker, but was bad ass nonetheless.
Oskar Blues Grill Ten Fiddy – Imperial stout in a can. Need I say more?
Cambridge Brewing Citra Tripel – the fruitiness from the hops was incredible and got me thinking of how versatile this beer would be with different foods.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout – this booth had the longest line and it was worth the taste. I liked the beer but could only see myself drinking it like port to finish a gourmet meal. It was very sweet and super nuanced, two things casual beers can’t have to be successful.
Ithaca Beer Apricot Wheat – there is no way you would miss the fruit in this one and the light wheat beer that backed it up was very refreshing.
( Early on it was slow, but it got busy! )
Magic Hat Wacko – Made with beet sugar. It was tasty, but a big draw for me. The color made it stand out!
Narragansett Bock – Say what you will about ‘Gansett but their bock is a very respectable beer that I could see myself picking up to drink.
( Pouring at Sierra Nevada. I had the Weizenbock which was in the spring bock style. )
( When I roll with my camera and notebook people often ask if I am a reporter. These guys were having a great time! )
( I enjoyed my ACBF time with my friend Rob. The friends of the guy taking the photo were making me piss! )
After this fest I look forward to the next one that comes along. There are always new beers to try from new and different places. It never gets old!
Doesn't that look like fun?? I love the names of some of the beers... truly creative. I would have enjoyed this tasting!! Glad you wrote about it, I've forwarded the post to my husband for some new inspiration!
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