Thursday, July 23, 2015

The ROI on the OBF

But with a wristband and tokens you can get a lot of beer
My going rate is usually a bit more than $3 an hour, but that's what it worked out to yesterday at the Oregon Brewers Festival. 5 hours of pouring beer for $15 in beer glass (plastic cup) and tokens. That ROI doesn't pencil out for some, but I'd say I came out of the deal pretty good. This was my first time volunteering at a beer festival and I wasn't sure quite how it worked. I was pleasantly surprised when I showed up and was able to pick the beer I was going to pour. Seeing Emerald Triangle IPA by Eel River was exciting and I immediately grabbed the Humboldt brew. Over the next several hours of serving I got the chance to explain where Fortuna, California was to many people and also reminisce with others about living in Humboldt County. The great part about Wednesday afternoon at OBF is there is time to talk with those pouring your beers and those you are pouring for.

It's nice to so many styles of beer and
not an entirely IPA focused crowd. Being summer there was a dearth of stouts and while I didn't try it I heard great things about the Fort George Summer Stout.

Here's what I did try and thought.

These beers really stood out
Green Flash Brewing Co, Soul Style IPA - Most recommended (to me) beer of the night.
Laurelwood Brewing Co, Hipster Sunburn - Best named beer and great tasting too
Old Town Brewing Com, 1-Up Mushroom Ale - How can you not try this one?

I liked these beers
Anderson Valley Brewing Co, The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose
Breakside Brewery, Rainbows & Unicorns
Caldera Brewing Co, Caldera Dry Hop Mosaic IPA
Central City Brewers & Distillers, Red Betty Imperial IPA
Eel River Brewing Co, Emerald Triangle Session IPA
Flying Fish Brewing Co , Cold Pressed Pale Ale
Fremont Brewing Com, Summer Ale
Gigantic Brewing Co, Kölschtastic

Just alright, which is not what I expected from these brewers
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, Homestead
Firestone Walker Brewing Co, Pivo
Port Townsend Brewing Co, The S.H.I.P.

These were not my favorite, but I appreciate the experimentation
Burnside Brewing Co, Smoked Berliner Weiss
Seven Brides Brewing, Crooked Finger IPA
Widmer Brothers Brewing, Widmeritaville

Most disappointing. Oh MANdarin was recommended by several people, but didn't work for me
Sunriver Brewing Co, Oh MANdarin!

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