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Report from the Craft Brew Festival

March 4, 2008

Philly craft beer festival

It seems to happen more and more often: You go out for a beer and the guy on the stool next to you is a fellow beer-lover/beer-geek. Mark is one I met just this week and he was kind enough to send BLCB a complete report from the beerfest this past weekend.

From Mark (My notes are in parentheses)

For the record, here was the list of beers that I sampled:

Scarlet Lady
Stoudts

Copper Ale
Otter Creek

Blonde
Hooker Ales

Extra Brune
Brooklyn

Nut Brown Ale
Spanish Peaks

Extra Dry
Asahi

Kellerbier
Triumph Brewing

La Nuit
Triumph Brewing

Vibrator
Nodding Head

Double White Ale
Southamptom

Ruination IPA
Stone Brewing

Big Dicks Olde Ale
Arcadia Brewing

Oktoberfest Biere
Spaten

St. Bridget’s Porter
Great Divide

Pomegranate Wheat
Saranac

Hoptimus Prime
Legacy Brewing

Porter Ale
Cricket Hill

Golden Ireland Parish Ale
Paper City

Amber Ale
Eel River

Railbender
Erie

Scottish Ale
Gritty McDuff

Old Brown Dog
Smuttynose Brewing

#9 (to clear your pallet?)
Magic Hat

Double Bag
Long Trail

Morimoto
Rogue

Shakespeare Stout
Rogue

Hairy Eyeball
LaGunitas

Small Craft Warning
Heavy Seas

Loose Cannon (I was raving about Loose Cannon just last week)
Heavy Seas

Pils (I’m glad to see Straub still kicking. Wish I could find it on tap in Philly)
Straub

Helles
Climax Brewing

Big Black Voodoo Daddy
Voodoo Brewery

3 Philosophers
Ommegang

Grand Cru
Atomium

Best in Show (my opinion) went to Big Black Voodoo Daddy, a pretty strong, Imperial Stout made by a relatively new brewery up near Erie in a little town called Meadville… decent name for a brewery’s home town.

They give you 4 hours to sample as many beers as you’d like. Pacing is critical so that everything doesn’t start tasting the same. There were probably more than 100 brewers represented and each had between two and five beers.

It’s Sunday morning and I’m up writing emails… how bad could it be? One solid word of advice, don’t drive to the Beer Fest because you’d have to drive home.

You gotta give him props for remembering every beer he tasted. He must’ve written ’em down on his arm!

Thanks, Mark!

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