Sounds of the crowd, glasses clanking, a bustling bar staff scurries in preparation for the inevitable 'take over.' The clock strikes 5 p.m. and the only words that come from my mouth, "I'll take a Bourbon County Barelywine."
A little background for those of you who’s only knowledge of Oktoberfest is giant tents somewhere in Germany filled with tourists swilling beer from giant steins, the history and style of Oktoberfest is significantly more than that.
The Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs California hosted it's 3rd annual "Craft Beer Weekend." Over the course of two days, the Ace hosted a beer dinner (Friday night) and a beer festival complete with live music (Saturday.) We have never stayed at the Ace Hotel before and it was a great experience to be a part.
When is a Craft Brew Festival more of a Craft Brewers Festival? When volunteers are used to serve all their delicious refreshments and the brewers are able to meander about the crowd tasting each other’s creations and chatting with the patrons.
The Beer Geek Radio crew recently got a chance to visit Bread & Barley in downtown Covina, California to record the final episode of our Saison De Biere Geek Tournament. It was the first visit for all three of us and I can confidently say that we were all very impressed with not only the beer, but the people, the food, and the ambiance as well.