If you missed opening day, don't worry. You have all weekend to attend. Visit the NAOBF website or my previous post for the beer list, timings, and other details.
I won't list the many beers I sampled, but here are my three favorites:
- Oak Aged Seizoen Bretta, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales: At NAOBF '11, I tasted Logsdon's Seizoen Bretta for this first time. This year, I tasted the Oak Aged version. Amazing! This beer is usually distributed in 750 ml bottles, so don't miss the chance to taste it for a single token! I couldn't leave until I had a second taste.
- G++ Ale, Ambacht Brewing Co.: This Belgian Strong was aged in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels that previously contained Hair of the Dog's Cherry Adam. The fruit and whiskey meld beautifully with mild funk. My favorite of the festival! You'll pay double tokens, but it's worth it. I also had a second taste of G++.
- Totally Radler, Hopworks Urban Brewery: Part lager, part lemonade, totally delicious! Radlers (aka Shandies) are rapidly growing in popularity. Totally Radler has the benefit of not being overly sweet. This was a late entrant to the festival and isn't even listed in the event program.
Once again, a great time was had by the entire family. The only problem—at 9pm, we all had to go home! Already looking forward to next year...
What were your favorites?