So over the weekend, I went to Pennsylvania and hit up a bunch of breweries and brewpubs.
Started out at Golden Avalanche in Kutztown. Crashed overnight in Pottsville. Then to Yuengling Saturday morning. Down to Harrisburg for Troegs, then over to Adamstown for Stoudts, and finally Downingtown for Victory.
Probably the best Colorado beer to join the canning trend in the past year...
I am happy to see Avery getting into the canned business. At first I was a little weary after several Czars and hating them each time of the brewery. But DuganA and Maharaja put me back into being open to their brews.
Also got to ask anyone here in the DMV who go to Max's Taphouse?
Sure, it's called the "Southern" Brewers Fest because that's where it's located, but it features ~75 breweries from VT to CA and all points in between. Plus, ALL proceeds go to a local charity which supports kids, so you can get drunk for a good cause!
Other perks: it's downtown on the riverfront with live music all day, and there's plenty to do (and eat!) nearby if your liver calls time out. Oh, and I live about a mile away if you need a place to crash. The city has free electric shuttles so you don't have to walk far at all.
Here's a partial list of brewers (no Leinenkugel!):
7 Bridges Brewery & Grille | Jacksonville, FL A1A Ale Works | St. Augustine, FL Abita Brewing Company | Abita Springs, LA AtWater Block Brewery | Detroit, MI Back Forty Beer Co | Birmingham, AL Barley Mob | Signal Mountain, TN Big River Grille & Brewing Works | Chattanooga, TN Bluegrass Brewing Co. | Louisville, KY Bold City Brewery | Jacksonville, FL Chattanooga Brewing Company | Chattanooga, TN Depot Street Brewing | Jonesborough, TN Foothills Brewing Company | Winston-Salem, NC French Broad Brewing Company | Asheville, NC Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant | Atlanta, GA Green Mountain Beverage | Middlebury, VT Highland Brewing Company | Asheville, NC Lazy Magnolia | Kiln, MS Left Hand Brewing | Longmont, CO Moccasin Bend Brewing Company | Chattanooga, TN New Belgium Brewery | Ft. Collins, CO Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery | Charlotte, NC Samuel Adams | Boston, MA Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | Chico, CA Starr Hill Brewing Company | Charlottesville, VA Stevens Point Brewing Company | Stevens Point, WI SweetWater Brewing Company | Atlanta, GA Woodchuck Cidery | Middlebury, VT Yazoo Brewing Company | Nashville, TN Yuengling | Pottsville, PA
Quite a lot of change since last update. Mainly due to Quack Club and Irene. The Lord Chesterfield is now gone (Irene), as is the Heavy Seas, Saranac, Rogue, High and Mighty, and Hooker (8.20). I left behind a bunch of the Gansett (intended for Bunny) at 8.20, but brought some home.
Still around: 6x Yuengling Black n Tan 2x Fat Tire 1x Victory Hop Devil 6x Narragansett Stoudts 12 pack Troegs 12 pack
New: 3x Magic Hat #9 3x Magic Hat Single Chair (both came from a sampler 12 pack. The Blind Faith and Wacko went to 8.20) 2x Brooklyn Oktoberfest (from Bonnie, 8.20) 4x Long Trail Ale (from Quacker, 8.20) 4x Otter Creek... (from Quacker, 8.20. Not even sure what exactly I have, I know at least one is a Copper Ale) 1x Left Hand Sawtooth (Quacker again) 6x Lakefront Pumpkin Lager
Thanks to Quacker, Bonnie... all hell, everyone at 8.20. Fun times with good beers and good people.
Somethin' like $6-9 I think. A few of the few of the beers from the Brewer's tent make it to some sites in Centeroo. Mostly Bud/Bud Light, but I've seen Starr Hill's Love and Sweetwater's 420 as well.
Usually also have Sweetwater Blue, Magic Hat 9, and several "special brews" that are seasonal that they bring to Roo....It's defiitely the best place to sample new stuff though if there is a beer you know you like you can usually get it at one of the beer stands. Not all of them sell the good stuff, but a lot of them do. Definitely NOT the beer stand near the Which stage and only the beer stands mixed in amongst the edges of the What stage (with the food vendors) have the good beers. And frankly if you are going to pay $6 for a beer and you have the choice of Bud/Miller or Sweetwater/Magic Hat....to me it's a no brainer...