BrewRiot 2012

This year I had the opportunity to server at Brew Riot 2012. I heard about neighborhood beerfest from fellow homebrewers. All of which were preparing beers for competitive donation. The preface was homebrewers and pro-brewers battling for bragging rights. The event benefits Dallas' revitalization of the Bishops Art's District. Divided into two sections everyone has a vote. The formal panel of judges selected winning entries based on beer style while the people's choice award is cast by marble. The team collecting the most marbles wins. The challenge for each team is to offer a wide varying of great beer.

This year I served beer with team Homebrew Headquaters. The decision to join was by happenstance. I was chatting with the team lead who happened to need some help. We decided my Wild & Bretted Bier De Garde would go well with their collection of fresh beer.

Preky Porter: Coffee Porter
White Summer: Witbier
BlackmanBrew: Bier De Garde
AHT: Pale Ale
Agent Orange: Soda Pop
Nice Pear: Pear Cider

Brew Riot 2012
Wednesday to Sunday was enough time prep the keg. I needed to crash it as much as possible then jumper for transportation. Onto the keg lees I racked a blended saison that tuned out peppery and malty. In the coming months the base beer should present a considerable amount of fermented hay with a balanced sour.

A brettanomyces beer with wild yeast is not for everyone. While serving people had love and hate responses. Wine drinkers were partially interested while farmhouse analysts slowly lost their marbles. I noticed the beer had less earth in the nose post crashing. The finish was smoother as well; however lower carbonation and more malt.

I spent the day behind the booth serving others with short trips to the Atticus Fonzworth Brewing behind us. They were serving an Extra Foreign Stout which caught my attention. My first pour of the day was a Jack Daniels barrel aged Triple by the Dallas Brewing Company. What a treat. I'm glad I had it early otherwise the delicate Belgian profile would be lost. I visited Dallas Home Brew for two pours of loving a 25% Rye Sasion and German Alt. Hats off to the rye it was just shy of sticky on the palette. There was one other booth visited but I'd fail to say I've forgotten.

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