We arrived at the festival at 2pm. The skies were slightly cloudy and the crowds were light—perfect beer festival conditions! My wife entertained our boys at the kids' craft area and I headed back and fourth to the beer tent. Here's what I tasted, in the order I tasted them:
- Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Seizoen Bretta (8.0% ABV, 40 IBU): I'd read about this new brewery and was looking forward to tasting their beers. It was worth the wait! This unfiltered saison was conditioned with brettanomyces. It had a mildly funky aroma and registered medium on my sour-o-meter. Very nice! Great way to start the festival!
- Laht Neppur Brewing Peach Hefeweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU): I didn't really taste or smell the peach.
- Upright Brewing Reggae Junkie Gruit (5.4% ABV, 0 IBU): I tasted this last summer at the OBF and dumped it out. At the time, I didn't know the gruit style. My tastes have evolved a bit since then and I now appreciate this style that uses no hops. Instead it uses lemongrass, peppercorns, and other herbs to provide flavor.