Sunday, February 22, 2009

Extreme Beer Fest Recap

BeerAdvocate took over Boston's beer scene this weekend with their annual Extreme Beer Fest. With a pre-party on Thursday night, Night of the Barrels on Friday, two sessions on Saturday, and a post-party on Sunday morning, there was certainly plenty of beer to be enjoyed. Although the EBF has come and gone, it was an amazing event, with a enormously impressive line-up of brewers and extreme beers. I was able to attend session one on Saturday and snapped a few photos of some of the brewers, people and the event's cool venue, the Cyclorama.

Extreme Beer Fest at the Cyclorama
A total of 33 breweries were at the Saturday sessions of the EBF, each on average bringing 3 or 4 of their deliciously extreme beers. Much of the country was represented, with West coast brewers such as Stone and Bear Republic, Dark Horse and Founder's from the Midwest, and a solid representation of local and East coast brewers, like Foothills Brewing of North Carolina.

Foothills Brewing
Dogfish Head sponsored the event and had solid showing of beers, including the BeerAdvocate-Dogfish Head collaboration, the BA Select, or as voted by members of BeerAdvocate, "Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-BA-Select."

List of Dogfish Head Beers - EBF 2009
I really enjoyed the event, and was able to try some of the best beers I've had in quite some time. For starters, I was finally able to try Troegs Nugget Nectar, which has this cult-like following...I now know why. A great local beer came from the Cambridge Brewing Company, a barley wine called Arquebus. One of the more unique beers that my friend and I kept on going back to was Foothills Double IPA, aged in bourbon barrels. The bourbon comes through in the beer's after taste, which was unbelievabley smooth and tasty. There were so many good offerings it is tough to recollect any other real specifics, but overall an awesome selection. Ultimately, all this beer drinking left us with some drunken creativity late in the session. We tried to show a small sampling of some of the beers available at the EBF.

2009 BeerAdvocate EBF
To check out more photos of the Extreme Beer Fest, just head over to my Flickr photostream.

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