I'll be trying to liveblog from the well of the Holiday Ale Fest today. No idea how (un)succesful it may turn out to be. One thing's for sure: iPhone + jostling crowd + distractions + beer ... typos will be made.
10:09 am. HAF have annunced the 11am tastings. Three beers from Bear Republic, including one aged in a 100-year-old cognac barrel. (!)
11:42 am: the eagle has landed. Crowd mellow but growing. First pour Dogfish chicory stout. Eh. Chalky, tannic. Not me fave.
12:21pm: the Trebuchet, Bear Republic's cognac-aged beer, when warmed, was very nice. A trippel, intense, alcoholic. Ninkasi's lavender heather stout--also a bit charred. Herbs are ... odd.
12:39: First pour of Cascade Sang Noir. Damn, what a beer. Moving on to another will take some willpower.
1:01: Block 15's entry is a real winner. Aged on oak, but dry-hopped. Oak is a bit overmuch--I would have blended it 50-50 with a non-oaked batch. Still, impressive.
1:24: first whoop. Crowd getting big, lines still okay.
1:43: second whoop.
1:52: Ill Tempered Gnome. Huge, massive, large, ginormous, and so on.
2:07: another Sang Noir or Dupont?
2:19: damn. Mislaid Sally...
3:02: long chat with Peter Kruger, the Bear Republic brewer, and just learned that they do spontaneous fermentation!