From my perspective, I thought this year’s event was far-and-away and the best of the three years. For one, the beer selection was outstanding. The state’s brewers and distributors really brought their A-games, including some great one-offs and limited-release beers.
More importantly, though, I feel like the turnout and atmosphere was spectacular. You could really feel the energy in the crowd — and the enthusiasm for the beer was great. I talked to people, or overheard people talking, about the quality and characteristics of several beers. Like Powell said, it was about appreciating the beer, not just drinking as much as you could.
I know I’m pumped to see what Powell and our state’s brewers bring to the table next year.
-In more TapWerks news, Powell wanted me to highlight a couple upcoming events. The first will be next Thursday, June 27, with a special Sour Beer Night. “We will have Petrus Red, Aged Pale, and Oud Bruin on tap,” Powell said. “As well as Rodenbach Grand Cru, Duchesse de Bourgogne, and Prairie Gold. We will also have several bottle selections from Jolly Pumpkin and others. There will be a large selection of glassware to choose from that night as well. It will be a great opportunity to come try sour beers and take home a really unique glass.”
And one of the most fun TapWerks beer events of the summer is coming up fast: the annual IPA Day celebration. This year’s event is set for Thursday, Aug. 1. “I have already spoken to several breweries and we will have upwards of 10 firkins/pins that night in addition to a special food menu, and glassware for Pint Night,” Powell said. “More details to come!”