So it’s been two weeks since we served beers at the LA Weekly Burgers and Beer festival. Time for a wrap up – both because we had a great time, and because we received a very nice compliment. First though I’d like to thank Brew Crew Inc for hooking us up with the opportunity to serve at the event, and LA Weekly for putting together such a well-organized and, well, just plain terrific event.
We served two of the most popular beers we designed for the BCT Brewing Project brand – a Champurrado Imperial Stout called Captain Jack Turtle, and a wild yeast fermented Pale Ale with Hibiscus, Rose Hips, and Szechuan Pepper called Tingle Me Pink. Kind of polar opposites from a beer style standpoint – but consequently quite fun to serve.
We were in good company, with fellow Orange County Brewers Guild Members Cismontane Brewing Co., Noble Ale Works, Pizza Port Brewing Co., The Good Beer Company – and other great breweries like Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Founders Brewing, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. With peers like this, the compliments we received, and being called out as having the best beer at the event by a CBS Local food and beer writer was a very pleasant surprise.
And I’m going to guess that I probably had the best educated bevy of servers at the festival. Family and friends including an M.A.Ed., one near Ph.D., and one M.D. Them plus me – a guy who makes beer – and a crash course on beer in the morning, and we were all ready to pour. The weather was gorgeous, the servers were sharp as tacks, and the beer (with the exception of a minor and brief equipment failure) poured great all day.
People loved the beers, especially Captain Jack Turtle. Quite a few people came by near the end of the event to tell us that we had the best beer at the festival, and to get a last pour. Many were disappointed to find that the full keg of Captain Jack Turtle had kicked. We got about an hour in to the event and people were walking up and saying “I was just told that I HAD to try the Captain Jack Turtle.” It kicked about an hour before the end. Unfortunate, but I took it as a good sign of a beer well liked.
A few days after the event, CBS Local food and beer writer Hungry Hungry Harris wrote up the event and called out Captain Jack Turtle as the best beer at the fest, and “one of the best stouts I have ever tasted.” Altogether I would call the event a great success, both from a fun day perspective, and from the generous compliments we received for the beers we brought. I’m hoping to participate again when it comes around next year.