This past weekend was the 11th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. This event showcases special beer creations that must be 8% ABV or higher. It may have been the name that significantly increased the popularity, but Bacon & Eggs by Pizza Port Brewing (California) was the beer to try. The name describes exactly the type of food to enjoy it with: breakfast. It smelt of pure coffee beans and tasted like coffee. The Bacon & Eggs Porter would be great with breakfast for dinner or at weekend brunch
Just the other day, I saw delicious chocolate Bacon & Eggs pretzel snacks over at Lick the Bowl Good. Someone cleverly thought they would fit in at the beer festival this weekend so I got to try them!
The Girl Who Ate Everything does a St. Patty’s Day twist with Green Eggs and Ham.
There was plenty of amazing beers which made the choices difficult. Some of my favorites were:
Whiskey Barrel Samaels (Avery)
Old Soul (Crazy Mountain)
Sentience (Crooked Stave)
Palate Wrecker (Green Flash)
Madrugada (Jolly Pumpkin)
Raspberry Beret (Mountain Sun)
Whiskey Barrel Aged Ten Fiddy (Oskar Blues)
Order in the Port (Pizza Port)
Poorman’s IPA (Pizza Port)
Pliny the Younger (Russian River)
Fishwater Double IPA (Telluride)
Whiskey Barrel Chilly Water (Trinity)
Well, now you’re thinking I don’t know how to pick favorites! Lol, but this just shows how many amazing beers were present!
A lot of people have been going crazy in Colorado trying to get a taste of Pliny the Younger by Russian River. It was a very tasty, sweet IPA. There isn’t really another IPA that I have tried that compares. Pliny the Younger would be easy to sip in the warm summer weather.
Another popular beer with the most beautiful color was the Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Nectar. It was described as a light crisp mead with black raspberries. It was not a favorite of mine because it made me think of cherry cough syrup but many people enjoyed this one. It also tasted rather delicious mixed with the Oskar Blues Whiskey Barrel Aged Ten Fiddy.
Though I could probably go on and on about all the beers, the only other one I want to mention specifically is the Whiskey Barrel Chilly Water by Trinity Brewing. It was like sweet chilly water that was delicious and SO easy to drink…it was like drinking water.
States Represented: California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah
Breweries Presented: Allagash, Asher, Avery, Big Choice, Bootstrap, Boston Beer, Boulder Beer, Boulevard Brewing, Bristol, Cambridge Brewing, City Star, COOP Ale Works, Copper Kettle, Crazy Mountain, Crooked Stave, Deschutes, Dry Dock, Elevation Beer, Epic, Fate, Firestone Walker, Fort Collins Brewery, Funkwerks, Gravity, Great Divide, Green Flash, Grim Brothers, Jolly Pumpkin, Lefthand, Loveland Aleworks, Mountain Sun, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, Pagosa, Pizza Port, Brewery Ommegang, Redstone Meadery, Renegade, Rockyard, Russian River, Ska, Strange, Telluride, Trinity Brewing, Twisted Pine, Two Brothers, Upslope, West Flanders, and Wynkoop.
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