Mike and I attended the Extreme Beer Fest presented by BeerAdvocate on February 16 (that’s last Saturday for those of you keeping score at home). It was and is a tremendous time. There are many takeaways in experiencing the results of brewers pushing the limits of beer. High alcohol content is just one part of the “extremeness” of what was offered at the fest. Odd ingredients and brewing methods were also on hand, and certainly gave tasters a lot to wrap their palates around.
Beyond all the beers, there was a cool speaker panel session that we sat in on where brewers like Jim Koch from Sam Adams and Matt Cohen from Magic Hat spoke and answered questions from the crowd.
There were many great beers to discuss here on our site. We videotaped our sampling of the Three Floyds Brewing Company’s Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. Here is the video of our experience:
We had to wait in line for 10 minutes (or so…I think it was longer) to actually get a sample. They opened the tap for the Dark Lord at 4PM…the fest started at 1PM…last call was at 4:15PM…you do the math.
A lot of fest attendees were out of luck since the keg ran out before everyone got a sample. After we tried the Dark Lord, Mike’s wife and I walked across the hall to try Sixpoint Craft Ales’ Sixpoint Bolshoi…which we liked better. 🙂