February 28, 2011

Brewvival 2011

Once again, the fine folks at Charleston Beer Exchange and Coast Brewing put on an intensely enjoyable beer festival. Tons of great people, great food, awesome weather, and awesome beer. Here's a rundown of what I was able to try at this year's Brewvival... photos follow.

Allagash: Avance, Little Big Beer, Bourbon Black
All Good Brands (importer): Urthel Hop It, Bocker Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge
Avery: Joe's Premium Pilsner, Dichos Dactylion
Bell's: Hopslam on cask, Batch 9000
The Bruery: Coton, Trade Winds
Brooklyn: Monster Ale 2007, Blast
Coast: Blackbeard 2010, Rye Not
Foothills: Sexual Chocolate, Sexual Chocolate on cask, Sexual Chocolate 2009, Seeing Double IPA
French Broad: Belgian Stout, Flanders Abbey Ale, Wee Heaviest
Great Divide: Hades, Grand Cru
Heavy Seas: Below Decks on cask
Highland: Dynamite Porter
New Belgium: Tart Lychee
New Holland: Dragon's Milk on cask, Charkoota Rye (light smokiness)
Palmetto: Espresso Porter
Saint Somewhere: Pays du Fleur on cask
Shmaltz: R.I.P.A. Sazerac barrel aged
Sierra Nevada: Bigfoot Barleywine
SweetWater: Happy Ending
Terrapin: Big Sloppy Monster
Thomas Creek: Banana Split Chocolate Stout
12% Imports: Hopfenstark Framboise
Westbrook: Uberbier #3
Cigar City: Hunahpu, Improvisacion O.R.I.B.A. (Oatmeal Rye India Brown Ale)
Founders: Breakfast Stout
21st Amendment/Firestone Walker/Stone: El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

Notable favorites: Allagash Avance, Avery Dichos Dactylion (sour ale), The Bruery Coton, Brooklyn Monster Ale 2007, Foothills Sexual Chocolate 2009, French Broad Wee Heaviest, Saint Somewhere Pays du Fleur on cask, Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout, Westbrook Uberbier #3, Cigar City Improvisacion (oatmeal rye India brown ale), Founders Breakfast Stout

There were only two disappointments: Urthel Hop It and Bell's Hopslam on cask. Hop It seemed flat and didn't have much flavor. Bell's Hopslam is delicious, refreshing, and has a nice hop bite from the bottle; but on cask it seemed watered down and lacking that bold flavor it usually has. Oh well, I came home with two 6-packs of it!

2000 happy beer lovers

Bell's, love them

Allagash Avance, I went back twice for this

Robin and Kristin with Brandon from Charleston Beer Exchange

One of my new favorite brewers, French Broad

Daniel from It's A Fucking Beer, and me

Foothills Seeing Double IPA, yum!

Foothills Sexual Chocolate 2009


The hops weren't green anymore but they still smelled great

When Katie from Thomas Creek hands you a Banana Split Chocolate Stout with ice cream in it, you don't argue.

Great Divide Hades & Hibernation Ale

Westbrook's Uberbier is uberdelicious! But I forgot to go back for a shirt...

21st Amendment/Firestone Walker/Stone "El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

Daniel from It's A Fucking Beer with Julie from Bruisin Ales

A little taste of home.

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