The signature event at the Beer Bloggers Conference; here’s their own description:
It is a fast-paced, fun event that is sort of like speed dating with brewers. You will sit at a table with other conference participants as a brewery representative has five minutes to pour you a select beer, describe it, answer questions, and allow you to blog or Tweet about it live. Brewers will then rotate to a new table and you will ultimately meet 10 breweries and try 10 beers in 50 minutes.
They say (tongue-in-cheek) if you’re good, you’ll do a single blog post, and if really good, 10 separate blog posts; I myself opt for a single post that is continuously updated so I don’t flood everyone’s feeds with too many posts at once. So, let’s go!
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Coffee
Side-by-side tasting with warm (room temperature) vs. cold samples to taste the difference temperature can make. Quite a noticeable difference, the warmer is fruitier and luscious, the cold analogous to an iced coffee—good, but roasty and muted.
Green Flash Citra Session IPA
Brewed entirely with Citra hops, distinctive note comes from the hops and it finished dry. Another win from Green Flash, a great palate-cleansing IPA.
Boardwalk Food Company Beer Bread
Four varieties of beer breads (made with Miller Lite to highlight the bread itself), they just launched, and they are delicious—they served up 4 flavors. They are dry mixes that you add beer to. I’ll post more details later on how to order.
Samuel Adams KMF Grand Cru
Just bottled like 3 days ago, deliciously tart with beautiful cherry notes and a sweet notes that undercuts the acetone-tart, I really quite like this. (The KMF stands for Kosmic Mother Funk.) When this hits the shelves I will be buying it.
Number one German pilsner in the US. This is a great pilsner, super clean, amazing malt flavor, this is one I can drink all day long.
Firestone Walker Pivo Pilsner
Another pilsner to follow up the Warsteiner—a “German pils with a Bohemian twist” as the rep says. Brewed with Saphir hops to give it a lemongrass character. It’s the current reigning GABF gold medal winner. Crisp, delicious pils—the hops give it a nice bite and this is another all-day drinker that will also satisfy hop lovers.
The Lost Abbey Deliverance
Oak-aged blend of Angel’s Share and Serpent Stout, about 12% holy…! Raisins, luscious barrel notes, this beer is amazing and super limited. Hats off to The Lost Abbey for an amazing, amazing beer.
Rough Draft Weekday IPA
Lovely nose, reminds me of Flat Tail’s Little Green a little bit, a 4.8% session IPA that’s clean and lightly bitter and really nice drinking.
Lagunitas Sucks and Sonoma Farmhouse Sour
We all know about Sucks, but the Sour is something special—a sour mash Somethin’ Extra aged in wine barrels with Brett and cherries and a bunch of other complex stuff. Really, really lovely sour beer, they have pulled out a great beer.
Stone Collaboration – Chris Banker, Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout
Described as Mexican hot chocolate in a glass. First smell impression—chilis. However it’s chocolatey and roasty and not spicy at all. Lovely bitter/dark chocolate comes through and this is a nicely suprising beer.