Another Microfestivus has come and gone and, hopefully, you’re not reading this with a Hangoverfestivus (?? hmmm … yep, I’m gonna stick with that). It was a gorgeous day yesterday, and with the highs staying in the mid-80’s it wasn’t as brutally hot as August has been known to be, even if the sun was beating down in spots. One thing we noticed this year was that there were more actual reps from the breweries at the tents, a fact we thoroughly took advantage of since we arrived early in the day, in the hours of pre-crowd calm. While we all love drinking the beers and ciders, if you’ve never taken the opportunity to talk to the brewers and reps themselves, you really should. You get to hear about what really went into the brewing. What flavors your tastebuds should be looking out for. There is truly nothing like spending some time with people who are passionate about what they do, and what they brew, to make what you’re drinking all the more pleasurable. Conversely, as a brewer, there’s nothing more fulfilling than getting some great, honest feedback on your creation and knowing that people are really enjoying it. It gives you all the warm fuzzies … and I’m not just talking about the liquidy warm fuzzies!
If you were looking for some help in finding the “best” beers of the day (it is still all subjective, like what you like and drink what makes you happy) then all you had to do was venture over to the Star City Brewers Guild tent on Church Ave. Members of the Guild, who were easily visible early on in the day by their clipboards & Beer Judge badges, judged all of the beers on hand and then named the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners in each category, as well as a Best Of Show Winner which went to Lost Coast for their Hazy IPA with second place going to Damascus for their Honey Mango Sour and third place going to Brothers for their Resolute. Honorable mention: Charm City Elderberry Mead. Check out the pic shared by Chaos Mountain Brewing’s head brewer, Thom Bradley to see the results. (Not Pictured were the results of the Light/Wheat was 3rd- Ardent Pils, 2nd- Reason Saison, and 1st- Founders Solid Gold).
In addition to all the great beers, there was lots of fun to be had listening to the music, singing karaoke, eating some delicious food from the variety of food trucks & vendors on site, playing some Giant Jenga, Connect Four, and Giant Peg Game (you know, like the one you find on the tables at old country restaurants). AND, Mr. Peanut was even on site with his NutMobile and he was definitely down for lots of photo opps. Because, what’s a beer drinking day without Mr. Peanut, right?!? We also thoroughly enjoyed checking out the really neat festie-wear and beer theme t-shirts. We even saw a live Gargoyle at Stone Brewing who was none other than our own Chaz Blevins’ wife, Amy. Cutest Gargoyle Ever … but truthfully, I want to know how she worked her stone cold magic to keep all the makeup on and not sliding off in the heat. For real.
We hope y’all had as much of a good time as we did and we look forward to seeing you all again next year. Until then, make sure to check out our photo album on Facebook, we took a ton of pics and you might just spot yourself in them!