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.