Jeanette and I made it over to the Belgium Beer Festival. In the past this tasting event did not have beer we care for. They had more dark beers offered this year so we thought we would give it another try. We did a minimum buy in of a tasting glass and five sampling tickets for $15. I was thinking we would be disappointed and not stay long. WRONG. They had a lot of really interesting and great tasting beers this year. I had to go back and buy another round of tickets to get all of the sampling in we ended up wanting to do. We even had a gentleman who we hung with for a while give us a couple of more tickets that we gladly accepted and used. This year the whole set up was better done. We found out as we were leaving that they had planned on having 400 people show up but ended up with 800 but you were still able to get around just fine.
Marilee and I went to the Cheers to Belgium Beers Friday evening. We met Meg and Mark there and set about trying a number of different Belgium Style beers. If you like Belgiums this is the place with 40 beers on tap. You can sample a full range of Saisons, Farm House ales, Fruit Ales, Spiced Ales, Stouts, IPAs and a Lambic. If you are not wild about Belgium yeast then is place to remind you of that. It was interesting trying the Lambic and seeing what a yeast sour beer was like. Unlike past years there was no one type of yeast that all of the brewers had to use. The brewers were just ask to bring their best beers.