|The Nagelest - photo credit to www.beerandbaking.com|
Craig and I decided to come out of hibernation for this event for a couple reasons:
A) How awesome the previous years Firkfest was
C) Greg needed some help. The kind of help only beer nerds like us could provide
We actually got to spend a few hours pouring beer for one of our favorite breweries, MacLeod Brewing co! They brought a huge beer rack that held 6 pins. 2 of which were brewed with the help of fellow LA Beer Blogger Aaron Champion from www.caskalela.com. All the beers were amazing, but people were really going crazy for the Session Gap after the mid-afternoon heat started up. People had a ton of questions about beer and about MacLeod so it felt pretty awesome to be able to help them out the best I could. We even had a couple people stay around for the entire 6 beer tour de MacLeod. Most of all we got to enjoy the company of some excellent beer lovers!
After our pouring duties were done, we got to enjoy the rest of the fest. There were so many great cask beers on display it's hard to say which was best. But I gotta say, there's no need to drop a bunch of extra stuff into the beer for just the second event. Just trying some of the offerings on cask is interesting enough. There were some amazing offerings from noble and some great spicy beers. Some of the familiar faces were missing which was a little disappointing. Eagle Rock and 3 weavers apparently couldn't make the event for one reason or another. I also got to try several of the chili offerings including the eventual winners chili monstrosity... Slater's 50/50 came up with a frito chili cheese mashup that was literally my dream of chili cheese frito deliciousness come to life.
The Firkfest will mostly be remembered due to a rare treat... This was one of @yourpicssuck real life appearances! He was using his traditional dance moves to woo all the ladies of the fest. When I saw him last, a large crowd had gathered to hear his ministrations #educateyourself
All in all the fest was much improved over last year. There were even enough toilets to sate the needs of double the attendance of the previous year which was one of my few nit picking complaints about last year. Even though it's located in the awful OC, it's still worth the trip to enjoy the great beers that the brewers bring out and the hospitality of Nagel and crew