Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beerfest 2012

July 28, 2012

Beerfest Day 2

And what a day! Check out the whole photo album on Facebook, but as for some highlights:

- Lake of Bays had a crazy huge section with blind beer tasting contests and a bird show featuring 5 crazy cool birds including a bald eagle. Yes, we got to hang out with a bald eagle. Eat your heart out Steven Colbert.

- Everywhere you looked, you saw red and green Beau's hats. I was really happy to see the stand there.

- Caskapolooza was one of my favourite areas. It had its own corner area in the festival full of awesome beer pumping trucks, a Great Lakes Brewery 666 car paired with dancing girls, and of course cask beer. I'm a big fan of cask conditioned ales, so we spent quite some time in this spot, drinking, and even doing a little dancing.

- Special mention to Great Lakes Brewery Blonde Jager. You could just ever so slightly taste the Jag, but... it was good!

 Some of my tastings included:

1. Lake of Bays Crosswind Pale Ale
5%, 20IBU, no apparent aroma, small bubbles with a nice warm finish

2. Lake of Bays IPA
Dark amber in colour, lightly fruity scent, clean and fruity taste, low carbonation, with a delightful medium to low dry finish.

3. Lake of Bays Red Ale
The colour of Coke - totally. Had a cool passionfruity aroma, medium to heavy taste, and a strangely coffee-porter-like finish. Good beer.

4. Mill Street Lemonade
Light-golden colour, a distinct lemonade aroma with a strong lemonade taste.

5. Black Oak Pale Ale
Bright gold in colour, could barely taste any hops, light malt flavour, quite carbonated. It was crisp, sweet, and light.

6. Black Oak Summer Weiss
Quite cloudy with a light and welcoming aroma. Heavy orange and wheat taste.

7. Beau's Lug Tread
A 5.2% lagered ale. Light yellow in colour with low carbonation. It's definitely a lager.

8. Great Lakes Brewery Skinny Dip Saison Cask
REALLY strong aroma and taste but instantly disappears. I'd describe it as smashing a lemon and orange together and making it 6%. I loved it.

9. Flying Monkey's Criminal Double IPA
5% abv, cloudy, tang-like appearance. Very very little carbonation; citrusy. Really nice.

10. Great Lakes Brewery Uvula Ale
I had this twice. No carbonation at all and sweet, but not too sweet. It smelled like gummy bears and tasted like jolly ranchers. If I had to rate it, I would give it a 17/10.

11. Tennent's Original Export Lager
From Scotland. 4%. Very flavourful, medium to yellow gold in colour.

...and that's where my notes started to become illegible.

Readers, to end off, this is why I go to beer events. Not just to have a few beers and a great time, but to try the many different types of one-offs or special beers that you'll never be able to get again, anywhere else. So next year, go.