It’s a little quiet round the brewery today, but sorta that quiet before the storm sorta way… there’s a lot happenin’ this weekend.
Several of our brewers left yesterday for the Great American Beer Festival ready to chill with brewers and beer geeks from across the country and basically have a helluva, beer-soaked weekend. They took six official beers for judging including:
- 1500 American Pale Ale
- Drakonic Imperial Stout
- Drake’s IPA
- Denogginizer Imperial IPA
- Aroma Coma IPA
- Barrel House Sour (aka the Amy “Beer in Wine” House, though we call it the “Amy” beer)- A Belgian Blonde sour beer aged in Chardonnay barrels.
Alex also hand-bottled an exclusive taste (just a couple bottles) of her Pink Boots Scholarship Saison for the Pink Boots National Meeting being held Friday of the festival, where she is one of the key speakers (nice job, Alex). Got to taste this beer earlier this week and it is pretty much exactly how she describes it: a classic Saison with a California hop edge. This beer comes out on draft in mid-October here in the Bay Area, and trust me, it should be on your list of beers to try before it’s gone.
Between the competitions, the hangouts, the Brewer’s dinners, meetings and tastings our brewers have a ton of beer in store for them this weekend, but those of us still in the Bay Area will be slinging some Drake’s beers for our home crowd too.
On Saturday, you will find us at two Oktoberfests in the East Bay: Oaktoberfest in the Dimond District in Oakland from 11-6pm and Parktoberfest at the Lafayette Park Hotel from 1-5pm. Then on Sunday our beer (along with live music and lots of meat) will be at the annual Sausages and Suds Festival from 10-6pm in downtown San Leandro.
So here’s to an epic beer weekend. Wish us luck, Monday’s gonna be fun.