Jeff and I found ourselves in Decatur yesterday for the annual Decatur Beer Fest. What a great time. The weather was perfect, there were a ton of great beers, and we actually bumped into a bunch of people we knew.
Before we get into the beers, I would like to go on record as saying that I hate pretzel necklaces. It’s always difficult to recap a beer festival. You drink so many beers, pour out a bunch of the crappy ones (I do anyway) and always end up with less capacity for memory than when you started, if you catch my meaning. However, these were a few of my favorites:
- Duck-Rabbit Imperial Russian Stout: tasted more like a barleywine than a stout, but quite delicious
- Avery Kaiser: an imperial Oktoberfest. Normally I don’t like Oktoberfests, but this was one malty, high gravity bombshell of a beer.
- Oskar Blues Ten Fidy: an imperial stout in a can? My oh my this beer was money.
- Port Brewing: there were 2 excellent beers from Port, and I can’t for the life of me remember their names. One was a Belgian IPA, a collaboration between Tomme Arthur and, uh, someone else. The other was a funky, funky farmhouse ale. Delightful.
- Post Road Pumpkin Ale: of the 2 pumpkin ales Jeff and I tried, this was hands-down the winner.
- Flying Dog Horn Dog Barleywine: I’ve had a bunch of Flying Dog beers, but not the barleywine. It was great. Had it towards the end of the festival, don’t remember much else.
There were, of course, other highlights. The cool tasting glasses we got, for one:
Though for $35 the glasses better be cool. We also tried the Budweiser American Ale. Much has been said of this beer recently, and I think it deserves its own post. Look out for that later this week. And Jeff tried to convince me that the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is an acceptable beer. It tastes like cough syrup. To which Jeff replied, “I LOVE cough syrup.”
I think the 28 rating on RateBeer.com says it all.