Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Chill, Wind, and a Little Rain Won't Deter a Soldout Crowd at Detroit Fall Beer Fest

Written by  Paul Starr
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 Chill, Wind, and a Little Rain Won't Deter a Soldout Crowd at Detroit Fall Beer Fest

As always, the Michigan Brewers Guild Detroit Fall Beer Festival didn't disappoint. With 60 breweries and over 450 beers available, there was enough to satisfy everyone's thirst. This is the second year they offered the festival on Friday and the 5th year on Saturday, and I really enjoy it because the breweries showcase their fall seasonal beers such as Oktoberfests, Pumpkin Beers, Brown Ales, Stouts, Barleywines, and different barrel-aged beers. 
This year, it was a little chilly and windy on Saturday but the rain held out until the last half hour of the festival. That's the kind of weather you can anticipate this time of year, but it did not deter anyone since Saturday was sold out. There were quite a few beers that I wanted to try but as the festival lines grew very long for specific beers, I just tried beers from breweries that had the shortest lines

There were a lot of really good beers at the festival and these are the ones that rose above the rest :

Fenton Brewery - Swingin Berries (Blackberry Merlot Double Cream Stout), Dark Horse Brewing Co. - Top Fuel (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barley Wine), 51 North Brewing Co. - Pecan Turtle Trifle (Caramel, Chocolate & Pecan Ale), Brewery Vivant - Belgian Weisse (Tart Wood-Aged), Short's Brewing Co. - Pig Pen (Bourbon Barrel Aged IPA with Brettanomyces Yeast) & Bastone Brewery - Dark Vadar (Dark Peanut Butter Ale). 

After you get a few beers in, you start to work up an appetite and there was a nice selection of food with Slow's BBQ offering brisket, pulled pork sandwich's, Mac and Cheese, and Baked Beans, Traffic Jam and Snug had a nice cheese plate while Detroit Beer Co. brought pulled pork sliders and Fornan's Grand Trunk Pub brought Shepard's Pie. I tried the shepard's pie and it hit the spot on the chilly day. Later, I came back to share a Traffic Jam & Snug cheese plate which I had never had--it was delicious.

As with any Brewers Guild Festival, I initially come out for the beer but I keep going back for the fun atmosphere and cool people, from the brewery reps to the beer enthusiasts. Every time I saw old friends they congratulated Tammie and me for getting married, and as always, I met new people this year that were fun and interesting. I was also able to try some tasty venison jerky from a generous festival goer which was really good, and I hadn't had any in a long time. At the MBG Festivals people are always generous from sharing a cheese stick to funyuns to even venison jerky. if you haven't been to the Fall Beer Fest, you definitely have to put it on your calendar for next year. 

 

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.