LIBA Beer Meetup – March 2011 (recap)

Yesterday was the second LIBA Craft Beer Meetup of the year, moving me one step closer to completing one of my goals for 2011.

Before getting to the recap, I must thank some people.

Dory Dinoto – Our photographer. Many thanks for donating your time. You can check out all the pictures in the above slideshow, or you can see them here. Dory took awesome pictures, don’t you think?

The Cambridge Brewing Company: Thank you for hosting us, providing our guests with free appetizers, and providing two gift certificates towards door prizes.

The Craft Beer Cellar: Thank you for donating two gift certificates toward the door prizes. I hope we can work together again in the future!

The attendees: Thank you for coming and making the event successful. To those of you I met for the first time, it was great meeting you. For those of you who are “regulars”, always great to see you again!

It's all about quality, not quantity
It's all about quality, not quantity

The event started out slow with a handful of people trickling in. I had 77 RSVPs, so I was hoping for a big turnout. We ended up with ~25 people, which was much less than where I wanted to be. HOWEVER, the quality is what’s important, and we had some awesome people turn-out. Thank you once again to everyone who attended, and to those who couldn’t make it: hope to see you next time!

Who wants to win some stuff?
Who wants to win some stuff?

We had some excellent door prizes to give away. Below are our winners.

Ranjit, winner of a $25 gift certificate to the Cambridge Brewing Co.
Ranjit, winner of a $25 gift certificate to the Cambridge Brewing Co.
Rakiesha is a lucky winner of $25 towards a purchase at the Craft Beer Cellar
Rakiesha is a lucky winner of $25 towards a purchase at the Craft Beer Cellar
Joel is #winning
Joel is #winning
My friend Amy is another winner
My friend Amy is another winner
Eric won the first ever "LIBA Experience"
Eric won the first ever "LIBA Experience"

The door prizes included:

The “LIBA experience” prize winner (Eric) gets to schedule an evening of beer reviewing with yours truly. I bring the beer. I blog live as we both comment on the beers. Eric’s an avid homebrewer, so I expect we’ll also be reviewing some of his homebrew!

Caleb and Chad: loyal meetup attendees!
Caleb and Chad: loyal meetup attendees!

As far as beer, I drank:

    ’07 Scotch Ale – deliciously malty.Project Venus – A Stone, Victory, and CBC collaboration. Strong Belgian. FANTASTIC! Many of the attendees were having this.
    Resolution #9 – a super-sour brown ale. NOT for the weak of heart. Brutally sour.

To this day I’ve never had a bad beer at the CBC. I didn’t hear any complaints from the guests either.

Overall the event was once again great fun. The next event is scheduled for April 30th at the British Beer Company in Framingham, MA. You’ll probably start to see me promote the event this coming week. I’m working on getting a little something special going for that event….although I’ll have to leave it shrouded in secrecy until I have the plans locked down! Stay tuned.

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

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