Sunday, May 3, 2009

IPA overload, and rain.

It dumped rain the whole day of the Boonville Beerfest, but that didn't stop us. As long as you have a jacket, which I did, it was pretty much the same as drinking in the sunshine.

Over 40 brewers. Some dude said 70. I think he's a liar. He also said Pliny the Elder has some ingredients that make beer ferment a second time in your stomach, evoking a halucinogenic-seeming drunk fest that could last, if proper amounts were consumed, for days. Liar, and probably a thief. I digress. Over 40 brewers, and everbody and their damn mother had an IPA. I like IPA's, but this was ridiculous. If I was on a quest to discover which variety of hops I like best in an IPA, regardless of malt, I would have been in the right place. However, as always, there were a few saving graces (not that very many were bad). My favorites:

Orange Blossom IPA(forgot the brewery)-I know I might have gotten sick of them, but this one was worth buying. Made with real orange blossoms, it literally smelled like a very floral IPA with, you guessed it, orange blossoms! I happen to love oranges, and orange blossoms. Poured, surprisingly, from a can, it was well balanced, probably low on the IBU range for IPA's.

Vanilla Wheat and Chocolate Porter(or stout?)- A delicious blend, weighted more towards the vanilla wheat. Had to have been real vanilla, nothing artificial about it. Also probably the only wheat beer I've come across that I would willingly buy.

Despite the rain, and the annoyingly overabundant IPA's, it was a great festival. Camping in the rain is kinda fun. I could show you pictures, but I won't. I don't even have a picture of the plastered guy on drugs who fell down the embankment into the creek. Classic.

Cheers, brothers, and happy everything.

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