- Among the notable nationally known brewers to be here for the ENTIRE week, David Walker of Firestone Walker and Doug Odell,
- Other out of state guests coming in mid-week and staying for several days, (Typically most come in for Strong Beer Fest (SBF) and leave on Sunday,
- The logjam of must-go events on Thursday,
- The well attended SBF and Brewing Up Hope event on the final Saturday.
- One of the largest brewouts The Arizona Society of Homebrewers (ASH), has ever put on on the Sunday after Arizona Beer Week.
|Pomp and Circumstance|
We had an ASH meeting with New Belgium's Lauren Salazar as our guest. Lauren provided an informative and entertaining sensory discussion surrounding some of the Lips of Faith offerings. She shattered some myths about aging and her tasting notes were incredibly descriptive--connecting a flavor with a memory or an experience.
|Lauren Salazar at ASH|
- There were unexpected cheers by industry folk during a beer line cleaning sequence,
- During the GABF awards scene, the crowd roared when Lumberyard was announced as a medalist for its IPA,
- Melissa Osborne's cameo was much longer than I remembered. Melissa really identified with Bend Brewer, Tonya Cornett's story and had some heartfelt words during the panel after the screening,
- There were some spontaneous cheers when Alyssa Medina's blog was mentioned during the panel. (These are the types if things that keep a blogger going.)
As mentioned above, we had a big turnout for our ASH--Beer Week Ends When We Say It Ends Brewout.
I also had the pleasure of being a bit of an ambassador to Alison Grayson, the film maker of the Love of Beer. I tried to show here the high points and low points of living in Central Arizona and how that experience maps (literally) to our beer culture. Our tour range extended from Papago Brewing to the Bikini Lounge and an equally good time was had everywhere we went.
I think that next year will have some challenges in terms of topping this year. Some thoughts on that are for a later post.