So beerfest. The venue and general layout was to my liking. Despite the number of people, I seldom had to wait any great length of time to get samples. I was disappointed that Dogfish Head mailed it in by sending 60 Minute and Indian brown (by comparison, they brought Positive Contact, Theobroma and Black & Blue to the Millvale Beerfest, and had Sah tea the year before). I do wish that the provided map was a little more organized... A couple times I was seeking out a specific brewery and either they weren't where I expected or seemed to be missing altogether from the map.
I made a couple stops at beers I had before (Couldn't resist getting some Simon Girty and Aureus from Draai Laag, for instance), but largely I was looking to try some new things. I didn't end up hitting all of the IPAs I wanted to try, but I got a few.
My favorite was the Hop Ottin IPA as I mentioned the other day, and inspired me to grab a case. I tried Green Flash's West Coast IPA. I enjoyed it, was probably around as hoppy as I would want... but the guy serving the beer really rubbed me the wrong way. He seemed visibly and audibly shocked and appalled that I wanted "only" the IPA, and not the DIPA. I have never had their beer, so I wanted the one that was most highly rated on BA. By comparison, The AV guy was ready to steer me to hop ottin, which was why I was there.
Interestingly, I really didn't care for the various Wits/Hefes that I had. They ranged from ok to meh. I really wanted to find Troegs near the end to grab some Dream Weaver to right that situation, but couldn't find them at that point.
At one point, we wanted to grab something to eat. We were looking for pretzels, but spotted someone with chips and cheese, which we determined were from the BRGR stand. We got 2 orders to split between the 3 of us. They ran out of their so-called "Crack sauce" so we only got one cup of that for the 2 orders of chips. It wasn't bad, basically was like a chili-cheese sauce kinda deal, but not really living up to its namesake IMO. The chips were good though.
Most interesting beer of the night was probably Sweet Baby Jesus by Duclaw. It is listed as a "Peanut Butter Porter". It smells like a peanut butter cup. The taste is unfortunately not quite on par with the AMAZING aroma. You could really taste the peanuts in the brew, but it didn't really deliver on the promise of peanut butter cups overall. Still a solid brew, one worth trying if you have a chance, but prob. not something you'd get a case of.
Froggy has also now been inducted into the Draai Laag cult.