southern california homebrewers festival 2012

last weekend I packed up the truck and drove out to lake casitas for the annual southern california homebrewers festival.

  • the weeks leading up to the event were full of hype – thousands of homebrewers and hundreds of taps were to convene at an idyllic location for an eleven-hour pouring session.  I was a little apprehensive at first, but by the time the smoke cleared late saturday night, it was clear the festival had delivered in spades.
  • a great variety of beers were on draft all day, from awesome gruits and tasty barrel-aged projects to jalapeno stouts and truly “herbal” pale ales.  there were also tons of unique meads, oude geuzes and bruins, and satisfying riffs on IPAs (this was in addition to a six-year flight of SN bigfoot, a three-year flight of la folie, and a bottle of unibroue 11 anniversary, amongst many others, that were circulated back at camp).
  • after sampling dozens of beers over the hours I realized I had barely scratched the surface of what was offered, but plenty of  food, hydration, and pacing left me in good shape on sunday morning.  pacific gravity organized a great camp site and the weather was great all weekend, which made for an awesome experience.  I’m already looking forward to next year!
  • the flickr set of additional photos can be found HERE.




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