Telluride Brewing made what may have been my favorite beer of the festival - Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale. The beer was awesome, nice and crisp, a bit earthy with lighter malts, bready notes, a perfect amount of spice from the rye, and an IPA-sized citrus hop flavor and bitterness. If we start getting this beer in our local stores soon I would buy it all the time, perhaps as much as I buy Ska's Mexican Logger (which is a lot). I've been talking with Isaac and a few other people about how no Colorado brewery makes a light but ultra crisp IPA, one that leans heavily toward the hops but not necessarily 'balanced' by caramel-like malts. Those caramel notes can just get to sweet for me. I've wanted to see something along the lines of a Laurelwood Workhorse IPA or a Half Acre Daisy Cutter. This is that beer! Can't wait to try more of it.
21st Amendment (San Francisco) Hell or High Watermelon Wheat. They said that beer is their reward for running.
|There were lots of dogs running around this festival|
|We had to stick a naughty-Ska photo in here somewhere|
|Daniel found a good way to protect his beer|
- Telluride Brewing Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale - Like I said above, perhaps my favorite beer of the festival.
- Sun King Brewing (Indianapolis) - Everything was awesome and I especially liked their Sunlight Cream Ale and Osiris Pale Ale.
- Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles) Point the Way IPA was lovely. Had it multiple times.
- Steamworks (Durango) Colorado Kölsch I've had before, but not often, so I tried it and I really think this beer is top notch.
- 21st Amendment (San Francisco) Monks Blood is a dark and complex belgian beer with cinnamon, vanilla, figs, and oak. A lot of fun to drink.
- Great River (Davenport, IA) Roller Dam Red Ale was a nice malty and earthy red ale with a nice earthy bitter finish.
- Maui Brewing (Hawaii) Mana Wheat is a refreshing pineapple wheat beer that is perfect on a hot day.
- Other Mental Note - I noticed that I'm much more inclined to drink a light and/or hoppy beer out of a can than a heavier or roasty beer.
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