|The calm before the Strong Beer storm.|
|I'll take two of each, please. (Photo courtesy of Four Peaks)|
But the big news out of the brewery is something Mouth by Southwest's Jess Harter mentioned yesterday in his SBF review — Sirius Black and Double Knot will be available in 4-packs sometime this year. If that's not enough, look for fall favorite Pumpkin Porter and Arizona Peach in cans.
Nice to Meet New
It was certainly a year of firsts for the fest, as a slew of newcomers made their mark with tasty grog and long lines.
|Cartel makes their SBF debut. (Photo courtesy of David Rojo)|
Steve McFate's Fate Brewing brings North Scottsdale a legit small brewpub. Steve was on-hand serving up his dank, citrusy double IPA and Figmentation Collabey, a collaborative effort with fellow local breweries Sonoran and O.H.S.O. This brew stays true to the Belgian dubbel style, with a flavor profile of caramel, candied sugar and light figs, which were sourced at Sphinx Date Ranch in Scottsdale.
|Mr. McFate serving it up. (Photo courtesy of David Rojo)|
Best of the Rest
Sure, this fest is hometown-focused, but that doesn't mean there weren't other heavy-hitting beers from afar. Bell's 9000 aged in bourbon barrels was sublime — much better than the standard 9000 release. Albuquerque's Marble Brewing wowed with their oud bruin and imperial stout. Last but not least, one of my favorite beers from the fest: Odell's Triple Threat. Yes, this Belgian beauty was brewed at Odell, but the recipe was concocted by Arizona homebrewer Mik HeerBrandt. Mik won Best of Show at the Arizona Society of Homebrewers' Oktoberfest and got to go brew on Odell's pilot system. Good showing, Mik.
Beer Week may have just begun, but it's going to be awfully hard to top its trophy event. But like any good beer enthusiast, I shall soldier on and see what the rest of the week brings. Salud!