I finally finished Erik’s novella below and thought I’d give the Cliff Notes version for our ADD friends in attendance. There was beer, it was good. Not enough? Read on for my personal favorites from the event…
Best Beer – I tasted many and disliked few, so this was a tough call. When it came down to it though, I couldn’t decide between the Ballast Point Sculpin and the Craft Brewing Co. Raven Stout. Completely different beers obviously, and each @ the top of their class.
Best Tchotchke – Maybe I missed a booth or two (a crime if so), but Sierra Nevada was offering up a nice looking key ring bottle opener that takes the prize. That being said, there were way to many business cards and stickers and not enough “useful” freebies. My beer glass doesn’t fit on your business card, gimme’ a bar coaster with your logo!
Best Music – Without making any disparaging remarks about the KROQ entertainment, anytime the pipes are present they steal the show. The Orange County Fire Authority Pipes and Drums closed the event with style.
Coolest “Event” – No contest, Beer Geek Island. This was like another beer tasting @ the beer tasting! The nice surprise was that the beer snobs broke out the good stuff to share. Except for whoever brought that coffee beer. C’mon, really?
Quote of the Day – A fine gentleman with whom I am familiar exclaimed for no apparent reason that if it was 20 years ago, he would be “wreckin’ some hos”. I am still not sure if this exclamation was the result of beer consumption or him feeling emasculated as he had a very large sausage in his mouth at the time. In either case ladies, consider yourselves lucky that it’s not 1991.
Best Surprise – The people. A great eclectic mix that really did behave themselves. The douchebaggery was @ a minimum, even in the restrooms. No line cutting, no peeing in the sinks or trashcans. Nice going people, you’ve increased my faith in humanity by a pint.
Worst Surprise – No shows. I know there were quite a few of us looking forward to Russian River and Dogfish Head but neither brewery made it. I was so upset that I had to come home and open a Pliny to dull the pain.
All in all a great day shared with great people for a great cause. Oh, and beer. There was beer.