When combined with the relatively small crowds, live music, and great food, you have the makings of an awesome family outing! Oh, they happen to serve some amazing beverages. Here are a few of the beers and ciders I sampled:
- Navarro Yarro, Ukiah Brewing: This beer was brewed with ZERO hops. Instead yarrow flower and leaves were used to add flavor. They yarrow provided unique herbal (almost tea-like) notes. While I enjoyed the sample, I probably wouldn't go back for a full pint.
- Brown Bacon Ale, Uncommon Brewers: Bacon? Say no more! I've never tasted a bacon beer, so I didn't know what to expect. I picked up some smokiness, but other than that, I didn't taste bacon.
- Siamese Twin Ale, Uncommon Brewers: This Belgian-style Dubbel is brewed with kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and coriander. I noticed all of these flavors and thought they nicely complemented the sweet malt. One of my favorites!
- Yellow Wolves of Thailand, Alameda Brewing: Thai flavors must be in this year. This IPA features mango, coconut, Thai basil, and ginger. While I couldn't taste each individually, the favors combined to temper the 100 IBUs of bitterness and provide a tasty twist on Yellow Wolf!
- Haver Bier, The Commons Brewery: Oats were used to give this saison a creamy-smooth mouth feel. The Commons crew are Belgian-style specialists, and it shows in this beer. I'm noticing more Saisons and Farmhouse Ales at festivals these days. That's a good thing.
- Seizoen Bretta, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales: I was first enchanted by this beer at last year's NAOBF. Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain, provides tart and fruity flavors. I'll never pass up an opportunity to taste this. Even better, my wife likes it!
- Acai Berry Wheat, Eel River Brewing: The Acai berry flavor was noticeable and added a mild tartness without being sweet. We both liked it.
- Finnriver Dry Hopped Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery: Dry-hopped with Cascade, you might consider this to be a cider / beer crossover. I loved the tartness and the dry finish!
I sampled a few more, but stopped taking notes. Anyway, the entire family had a great time and we're already looking forward to NAOBF '13! Congrats to the festival organizers for holding a great event AND for being so family friendly. Special thanks also goes to Crater Lake Soda for keeping my kids in a 100% pure cane sugar induced euphoria!
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