2009 American Craft Beer Fest

This past weekend, Leah, Casey, Molly, and I attended the second session of the 2009 American Craft Beer Fest held in Boston. It was a beer lover’s dream: 75 American craft breweries offering unlimited samples of 300 of their finest beers (at 2 ounces at a time). This is the place in a beer lover’s dream, a place where the last rule about the event was “Respect Beer” with a capital B, a place where one of the most distinct differences between America and the rest of the lot was celebrated, and a place where being a hot Asian girl ______________ .

Below is a list of the beers we sampled. Italics indicates that it was really damn good. Admittedly though, I don’t think there was a beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.

  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company Summer Solstice: American Cream Ale
  • Bear Republic Brewing Company Crazy Ivan: Belgo/American Amber Racer 5 IPA: California IPA
  • Berkshire Brewing Company Nitro Coffee: Nitrogenated porter with organic coffee beans
  • Cisco Brewers Indie: IPA The Grey Lady: Belgian Wheat with citrus zest Whale's Tale Pale Ale: English style pale ale
  • Flying Dog Brewery Double Dog: Double Pale Ale Old Scratch: Amber Lager Woody Creek White: Witbier
  • Foothills Brewing Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout: Imperial Stout infused with cocoa nibs
  • Honest Town Brewery Southbridge Ordinary Bitter: Ordinary Bitter
  • John Harvard's Brew House Mobay Stout: Jamaican Swestrong Stout
  • Kennebec River Brewery Kennebec River Porter: Kennebec River Summer Ale
  • New Holland Brewing Company Dragon's Milk: Oak Aged Ale
  • Opa Opa Brewing Co Watermelon Ale
  • Prstrongty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or: Saison Americain Saint Botolphs Town: Northern English Brown
  • Shmaltz Brewing Co Coney Island Human Blockhead: Imperial Amber Barleywine-style Munich Vienna Lager HE'BREW Bitterswestrong Lenny's RIPA: Rye-based Double IPA HE'BREW Rejewvinator: Half Dopplebock, Half Belgian Inspired Dubbel brewed with date juice
  • Terrapin Beer Co. Special Taco Mac 30 Year Anniversary Ale: Brewed with 30 ingredients
  • The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Barrel Aged Porter: Aged in 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout: Milk/Swestrong Stout Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout
  • Watch City Brewing Co ClockWork Summer Ale: Fruit Flavored Kolsch
  • Woodstock Inn Brewery Kanc Country Maple Porter: Brewed with maple syrup Pigs Ear Brown Ale
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