On Friday night, the Mr. and I ventured to the Seaport area for the opening night session of the American Craft Beer Fest. Not exactly sure what to expect, we arrived about 45 minutes after the doors opened and breezed right in. We were a little overwhelmed at first (and completely missed the tasting cup distribution table), but quickly got our beer fest legs under us and we were off.
The Mr. hugs his favorite beer.
The Mr. also likes his hops.
Beerfesters-in-the-know brought their own pretzel necklaces. I was so jealous.
Some of the lines were pretty long but we figured out that getting a tasting at one table and then immediately standing in the next long line made it go much faster.
Even though we tried to sample beers we couldn’t get in every bar or liquor store in Boston, we did get in line for Cisco Brewers.
I generally got the darkest beer at each place and the Mr. sampled his beloved IPAs.
OK, I know I spend a lot of time in Provincetown, but is this really the kind of Bear that I’m thinking it is?
THIS beer was over 13% alcohol and was basically a dark beer syrup. I thought I’d get a tiny pour on this one but they practically filled my cup. I loved it and would have finished it but cooler heads prevailed. There was much to be tried that night and curling up on the floor was not in the plans.
Points for outfits, Cape Ann!
Best label by far.
The line for the Maine Beer Company was super long. I LOVED the branding — great use of white space so uncommon in the beer world. I tried the Mean Ol’ Tom and the Mr. tried Lunch. Great names, too!
Red Hook’s Man Cave …
It was recommended that we try beer from the Cody Brewing Company. I sampled the Carrot Cake Porter (yummy!) and the Mr. had the sourest beer I’ve ever tried. Not my taste.
The longest line of them all was for Duck Rabbit, which gets our vote for best logo. Beer wasn’t bad either.
And the best beer of the night (by unanimous vote, I might add) was the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale — slightly sweet, slightly smoky, and really, really tasty!
I would definitely go again next year and am busy sketching out a fabulous design for our pretzel necklaces!