Great beers and some day-off fall baking.
As usual, Great American Beer Festival was a TON of fun. For the first time ever, my parents flew in and joined us for a beery good time.
While there is more beer at the festival than any one human can consume, I prepared a list of breweries I wanted to check out and more or less stuck to it. This is the first time I've ever done so, and I have to admit the structured plan made for a very enjoyable experience. I probably drank less and left far more sober than any year in the past, but I also avoided drinking any bad beers.
Let's face it: there's a lot of mediocre beer poured at GABF. The breweries pay to participate, and ultimately they have to make business decisions about which beers to send as their competition entries and which beers to pour. The size and scope of the festival makes it inevitable that some breweries will pour beers with off flavors, major flaws, etc.
My favorite beers this year:
Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing
Bourbon BA Dark Star - Fremont Brewing
Dreamland - Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Cor Cordium - Cambridge Brewing Co & Jester King
Scratch Brewing - Unconventional beers to say the least! We tried and liked both Bark and Flowers
Fat Head's Brewery - Never a mediocre beer from them, but I enjoyed the black IPA the most
Prison City Brewing - I really liked the Cypress Pils
Lupulin Brewing - While I was disappointed they didn't bring Hashy to GABF, I enjoyed Dortmunder
After all the GABF fun, I decided to spend the next day off relaxing at home. It happened to be the first snow day of the year, so I decided it would be a good time to make some apple pie. Reheated & served with a slice of sharp cheddar melted on top, it was delicious!