1188-1217. The American Craft Beer Fest

This is a long-overdue post from the American Craft Beer Fest back in June. Given the delays in posting that Beer Fest posts cause, I've abridged this post. In the future I'll probably talk a bit more about the fests, but for now I've just listed the beers I had, and highlighted the ones that I really liked. Hopefully in the future this will prevent the backlog of blogging that occurs after beer fests.

The American Craft Beer Fest is Beer Advocate's large format beer fest centered around American Craft beer of all types. Jason and Todd do a great job of bringing in a large variety of brewers (with a local bias) and a great variety of beers, I much prefer their smaller beer fests at the Cyclorama.

I hate to sound judgmental - one of the reasons that beer fests are fun is drinking too much with friends - but I like the crowd that the ACBF attracts much less than BA's other fests. Ostensibly the purpose of all of BA's fests is to introduce people to craft beer, and you could make the argument that the ACBF, because of the crowd that it attracts, does that better than their other fests, but it's less fun as someone likes beer. I'd rather not have to deal with meat-head douchebags laughing and trying to read my beer notebook over my shoulder while I'm taking notes.

1188. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery
A very tasty, crisp, and refreshing saison.

1189. Brooklyn Dark Matter - Brooklyn Brewery
1190. Field Mouse's Farewell - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

1191. Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang
A well done Flanders Oud Bruin. It had the right mix of tartness, woodiness, and earthiness. I had a few samples of this over the course of the evening.

1192. Rabid Duck - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
1193. Karnival Kolsch- Stoudts Brewing Co.
1194. Sofie - Goose Island
1195. Farmer's Tan - Southern Tier Brewing Company
1196. GestAlt - The Tap / Haverhill Brewery
1197. Samuel Adams Belgian Style IPA - Boston Beer Company
1198. Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Atwater Block Brewery
1199. S.O.S - Cody Brewing Company
1200. Midland's XX - Earth Bread + Brewery
1201. Apathy's Reward - Martha's Exchange
1202. Worcester's Bravest - Wormtown Brewing Co.

1203. Clementine - Clown Shoes
1204. Brooklyn Buzz Bomb Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
1205. 400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

1206. The End of Reason- Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
This beer was a barrel aged, sour cherry concoction. It had a nice interplay of acidic sourness, woody earthiness, and chocolate maltiness. It was a delicious sour beer that had a bit more of a malt backbone than normal. I really enjoyed it.

1207. Cherry Woods - Cisco Brewers
Cisco is a another regional brewery that produces a solid lineup of beers that I don't pay enough attention to. Their Indie Pale Ale is a fantastic IPA that's become a must drink before I take any flight originating in Logan Terminal B. Since I try to have every sour beer available at any given beer fest I had to give this one a try. It was a very nice stab at a kriek, with a good mix of acidity and funkiness.

1208. Bailey's Blonde Ale - Cisco Brewers
1209. Penny Weiz Ale - Olde Burnside Brewing Co.
1210. Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House
1211. M350 - Rapscallion
1212. Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Co.
1213. India Pale Ale - Kennebec River Brewery
1214. 668 The Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.
1215. Ragged Mountain Red Ale - Flying Goose Brewpub and Grill
1216. Rhode Island IPA - Trinity Brewhouse
1217. Improper Hopper - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery