World Beer Festival to hit RVA
I have a confession to make: I am a beer geek.
I like my beer well crafted with a bit of character. Chances are if the beer is popular, I will not like it. I love my beer so much, I started homebrewing (yes, it’s legal in Virginia; don’t tell Cuccinelli) in August 2008.
With that out of the way, we can begin.
When I first heard of the World Beer Festival was coming to Richmond back in October, I was excited like a little girl getting a pony. When it had to be rescheduled, I was disappointed but hopeful. Finally, on March 24, I had the chance to preview what the World Beer Festival was all about.
This is the beer festival RVA has so richly deserved and it’ll be here in a little over two short months on June 12, 2010 at Brown’s Island.
Crafted by the folks at All About Beer magazine, Richmond’s festival will benefit local charity, Fetch A Cure, whose mission is to help “pet owners make better, fully informed decisions about caring for their aging canine companions” through prevention, awareness, and treatment. Learn more about Fetch here.
What can you expect at a World Beer Festival? Past festivals have seen from 250 – 300 beers representing over 100 beer styles. (For more on beer styles, check out BJCP Style Guidelines; they even have an App.) There will be educational sessions covering many topics, including the process of making beer.
Back to the tasting…
Publisher Daniel Bradford, with his laid back attitude letting you know he loved his job, talked to us about the eleven beers we were about to sample.
First up was a cask conditioned ale from Lagunitas. The taste of brown sugar pleased my palate quite well. Brown Shugga’ was first made when a batch of barley wine went wrong and brown sugar was added to correct the batch.
Next was a refreshing Jever Pilsener from Jever, Germany. Testing your German, read more here.
Cascade hops were the highlight of Founder’s Pale Ale. I am not normally a fan of pale ales, I found that really enjoyed the sweet malty character present in the beer.
One of my favorites was up next. Allagash White is a perfect example of a Belgian Wit, cloudy with the taste of coriander with a bit of orange peel. This is the beer that inspired my first belgian brew.
Polaner’s Hefeweizen represented another style of german origin.
Fuller’s London Porter made me crave a steak; it has been years since I have had a good porter house steak.
O’Hara’s Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company represents the Irish beer culture. The O’Hara family has done a wonderful job reviving an old Irish tradition.
Bluegrass’s Bourbon Barrel Smoked Stout had the heavenly smell of bourbon that made me want a huge slice of pecan pie.
Final beer of the day was a Belgian Quad by the name of Victory’s Golden Monkey. Go ahead say it… Golden Monkey. Fun to say, even better to drink.
11 beers out of a possible 300 beers barely scratches the surface of the enormity of the World Beer Festival.
On June 12th, Richmond’s beer community will come together on Brown’s Island from where as prophesized by Bradford it will explode into a destination for brewers, beer geeks, and all people with an appreciation for good beer whereever it may be. See you there; I will save you a glass.
Tickets go on sale today and are available online here and locally at all Capital Ale Restaurants and Mekong on W. Broad St.
Silver has been a home chef since the first time his mom asked him to start dinner before she got home. He believes cooking should be fun and draws immense pleasure in seeing the satisfied faces of his guests. Find more inspiration on his personal blog “Chef Tell’s Kitchen.”
Silver Dining has been a home chef since the first time his mom asked him to start dinner before she got home. He believes cooking should be fun and draws immense pleasure in seeing the satisfied faces of his guests. Find more inspiration on his personal blog “Chef Tell’s Kitchen.”Stay up to date on Richmond brews and more beer news on his Richmond Beermeister Blog.
Richmond will open the gates of Brown’s Island for its second World Beer Festival on Saturday June 18, 2011 with the proceeds benefiting FETCH a Cure.May 12, 2011
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