Sunday, May 4, 2008

Quick Port Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party Recap

The 2nd anniversary was much more crowded than the 1st anniversary party and what stood out to most was how well they managed the extremely larger crowd. We arrived about 5 minutes before doors opened and the line was long. They had a separate station set up to go check in if you were buying any of their special releases (Cuvee de Tomme, Inferno, or the 2nd Anniversary Double IPA). After we got done with that we stood in line and eventually made it in to an already packed bar. A nice change this year was that each person got a pint glass on admission and they filled those for tasters, instead of little plastic cups last year. It didn't take long to get beer since those filling samples behind the bar were working like crazy. All of us went for the 2nd Anniversary Double IPA first (it was on tap and cask) and that was just a refreshing knock upside the head with hops. I loved it. The next round some of us got a pour of Cuvee de Tomme (it took 3 tickets instead of 1) which turned out to be as amazing as the last batch. My buddy Rene who was experiencing Port for the first time loved it, as did everyone else.

They had an all-you-can-eat Mexican food bar and I think we ate about 10 pounds of food apiece. Samples of Amazing Grace, Moonlit Session, Serpents Stout, more 2nd Anniversary Double IPA, more Cuvee de Tomme, and Wipeout IPA followed. We could have spent all day there but really had to leave after a few hours.

The winner of the day for me, other than the obvious choice of Cuvee de Tomme, was the 2nd Anniversary double IPA. It was so good I got a growler of it to go in addition to all the bottles I had purchased. Just an amazing party, like last year, and props to the folks at Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey for putting on such a great event and running it so smoothly.

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