Saturday June 7, I descended to Avery Brewing's taproom in Boulder and was greeted with a long line. I happen to be in line with Stefan Beck, beer director at The Kitchen in Boulder. It didn't take too long waiting before the line started to move, the excitement of what's ahead was palpable.
We went through a gauntlet showing ID and our tickets then a wristband was affixed to the wrist, handed 16 taster tickets, and a commemorative Belgian beer glass.
|Pumpkin Smash from Cascade Brewing.|
|Long line to taste Cascade Brewing's sour ales.|
I met up with friends, Mitch, Max, Brad, and Steve to name a few. I also bumped into a few people in the business, Ali Benetka from Renegade Brewing, Kyle Krebsbach from Crooked Stave Artisan Project, Abby and Steve, bartenders at Gravity Brewing and John Feyman owner of Backcountry Pizza.
I tried a few other sour ales that didn't impress me much either they were flat with no depth of flavors or they were too sour for me so I won't name names.
|Ali Benetka and Mitch Smith.|
The next brewery that I tried their sours was AC Golden, a offshoot of Coors Mega-Brewery. The barrel-aged brown at 5.5% ABV was really good with that sweet/tart front end and a nice boozy aftertaste. It tasted like a bigger beer in alcohol. The American brown ale was aged in fresh Kentucky bourbon barrels.
|Brad, Steve, and Tim in the Avery Taproom.|
All in all it was a nice day for this festive with friends, food, and great sour ales. And what's really cool is that all profits from the fest will be donated to the family of Owen Meyer who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
I came away from the fest feeling good, I paced my drinking. I hope next year to be here again, what a great time.