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BevMo Holiday Beers 2010
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BevMo Holiday Beers 2010

By Jasmine · December 21st, 2010 · 5 Comments

We predicted this would happen. Last year the BevMo Beer Festival was small. Quiet. Chill. In short, awesome. The problem with awesome things is that other people hear how awesome they are and then want to do them too. And then it gets crowded. My jacket gets stolen (a whole other story). Beer gets slopped everywhere, especially since there were no dump buckets (yes, beer drinkers are swallowers, not spitters, but not every beer is a keeper).

Despite all that, the festival was still pretty great. This year’s Scaldis Noel and He’Brew’s Jewbelation were winners, as usual. There was a surprise in Ale Industries’ Orange Shush (or Kush) and orange juice beermosa. I want that to come free with my next breakfast buffet. Joe calls it “ballsy”.

Other notables: Drake’s Jolly Roger, Marin Brewing’s Hoppy Holidaze, Telegraph’s Winter Ale (we tried this again at a Fondue/Holiday beer night–really a lovely, tasty beer. Check out the Beer at Joe’s Facebook page for more on that evening). Deschute’s Jubeale was slightly underwhelming this year. The beer I kept coming back for though¬†(in fact, the only beer I managed to have seconds of) was Anderson Valley’s Winter Solstice Ale.

Also, it’s possible that I somehow made off with a six-pack of Velvet Merkin from the Firestone-Walker table, a beer that I have yet to hunt down in San Francisco stores. Maybe there really is a Santa Claus.

Tags: Tastings

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dan // Dec 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

    They carry Velvet Merkin at The Jug Shop.

  • 2 Joe Ruvel // Dec 22, 2010 at 9:43 am

    The Jug Shop?…that is waaaay too easy for Jasmine. She needs to be mysterious and only get it from the brewery or from the brewery’s table at a beer fest.

  • 3 Jasmine // Dec 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

    They didn’t have it LAST time I was there. Sorry I don’t check in with them once a week like SOME people.

  • 4 Dan // Dec 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Ha! You guys should have a full blown argument in the comment section of your own blog.
    Anyway, they had a few six packs as of Friday.

    Also, I would add the winter version of Saison Dupont to the list of awesomeness from the BevMo party. And the Grand Teton selection.

  • 5 craig // Dec 31, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    i had a great time…i really enjoyed the beer from “telegraph brewing” in santa barbra…i go to a lot of beer fests and that find was a pleasent surprise…

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