Tonight I’m off to drop off our dog at the in-laws. Tomorrow, I fly to Chicago for a 4 day weekend. I plan on coming back with some beery tales to tell. I’m most excited about trying some stuff from 3 Floyds Brewery, which I don’t believe I’ve ever had before. Have you tried their stuff? What beers should I seek out while I’m there?
Although I’m away and don’t have a beer review for you, I do have a brief picture recap of an event I went to last Friday. Jack’s Abby 3rd Anniversary Party was held at Rail Trail Flatbread Company in Hudson, MA on 7/25/2014. I showed up early to avoid the crowds, and man was that a good choice! Although I have no photos of the masses, trust me when I tell you that by 7:00pm when the event STARTED, the place was feeling seriously claustrophobic.
The beers on tap were amazing: 20 of Jack’s Abby’s finest brews. Although the brewery is only a 15 minute drive from where I live, there were a handful of beers on tap that I had never tried. The beer was fantastic and the food from Rail Trail was ridiculous. Melissa and I split a fig and walnut flatbread pizza. That’s right, fig and fucking walnut pizza. *foodboner*
As an aside, I was still on high-powered pain medication for my back that evening. Believe it or not, I actually do not recommend doing this. I was hammered after a half of a pint, and it all went downhill from there. And thus, no reviews of the beers I drank that evening!
This past Saturday I attended Wachusett Brewery’s 20 Years Brewfest. The event, as one might guess, celebrated 20 years of brewing for the company. I was lucky enough to attend on a press pass for which my thanks goes out to Kim, chief of PR.
The weather was perfect for the event: overcast and warm. We had to park a little far away, but there was a constant stream of shuttle busses, with no delay between arrivals and departures. The setup was fantastic. There was easy access to tents where you bought beer and food tickets (beers for $4 each). Two huge trucks served beer quick enough so that you never had to wait more than a minute or two to get your next brew. There was a grill and an adjacent HUGE tent with places to sit and chill. There was even a cornhole tournament. OH…and there were more than ample porto-potties!
I even got a chance to briefly chat with Ned LaFortune, president and co-founder who is always friendly and willing to chat. The whole thing was well planned, well executed and a ton of fun!