Once again, the beers at Winterfest were an absolute treat. I didn't go in with any plan in mind and, in fact, didn't bother picking up a program. I prefer to wander around, drinking what I come across and chasing down referrals from others. Oftentimes this means I miss especially interesting beer, but so be it. I wasn't disappointed with this years results.
Beers of Note
I had my first taste of Elisha's Olde Ale and Rainwater from Brau Bros. and was very surprised at how drinkable they were (for me) given that they were both 10% ABV. Very dangerous, indeed.
I also really enjoyed Surly's Jesus Juice (wine-barrel aged braggot - Three). I'd had it last year when it was released and didn't care much for it, but this seasoned rendition was damn good.
As usually, Bob & Joel at Great Waters brought some fantastic and interesting brews. I especially enjoyed their Winterye Mix.
Finally, I was very delighted with Rock Bottom's pulled Rotator IPA. It had the sour, funky BO aroma that I enjoy and some of the funk carried through in the flavor. Damn fine beer.
There was really only one source of disappointment about the event for me. I didn't quite have enough time to have any beer from Schell's or Barley John's, nor did I get a chance to have as many beers as I would have liked. There was just too much ground to cover in three hours and I spent too much time wagging my tongue.
Best of All
The best thing about this year's Winterfest is that there was no throw-down at Great Waters after the event. Thanks Keith!