Boston Beer Summit: November 19, 2011


Obama could not make it to this beer summit but there were plenty of wonderful ladies and gentleman enjoying sample beers from over 60 different local breweries.


With over 200 different brews to be sampled from the two ounce beer mug given upon entering, and 210 minutes – it’s a monumental seasonal event filled with heart laughter, glowing faces, and merriment. Not to mention the good eats, live music, and the cigar vendors.


Yeah, it’s in a giant castle – where else would you enjoy fantastic brews by the people that make them?


A word to the wise – do not operate heavy machinery after the three and a half hours of drinking beer, even if it is out of a two ounce cup. By the end of the night, most were slightly slurring their words – not exactly becoming – but not exactly avoidable with the amount options available. Plus, think about it like this – if there are 60 brewers and you try each, that’s 120 ounces of beer; but each brewer has multiple styles – there were over 200 beers available to try. 400 ounces or more, in under 210 minutes? Yeah, don’t worry – there are plenty of hotels within walking (or zigzagging or stumbling) distance from the castle.


Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…wait was I supposed to take the other left at the fork in the road to get there? Hmm, I did not make it to 400 ounces (barely to a quarter of it) but even so, high-octane brews likes these will make details [slightly] fuzzier with every two ounce mini-mug of magnificence. To remedy this, the Beer Summit offers an application to record notes about the samples. However, with as many quality brews available, it is hard to keep track of each one – but here’s a list of the brewers that seriously stood out as favorites:
1. Cody Brewing
2. Cape Ann’s Imperial Pumpkin Stout
3. Backlash Convergence
4. Mayflower
5. Trinity IPA
6. Lacunitas IPA
7. Woodchuck

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