Awesome October

by Renee on November 1, 2013

PaulWhat a month October was! From the Great American Beer Fest to Cleveland Beer Week, and then a trip to Northern California– there was a lot of beer to be consumed and fun to be had! Paul and I had more than our share, that’s for sure.

Our third GABF in a row, we only made it to the Friday session this time around. We caught up Gerard!with Road Trips for Beer blogger Gerard Walen, and he shared a good number of Florida beer recommendations, which we sampled happily, among many others that night. After the session we headed to Falling Rock Tap House (by pedi-cab, of course!)–the bar was hopping, and not a bad place to sit back and sip a Pliny! On Saturday, Paul and I made it to Euclid Hall for some amazing food (oh, the sausages) and yes, more amazing brews. Denver’s beer scene is phenomenal, and always worth the trip west, even for a quick weekend.

Several days later, Cleveland Beer Week kicked off with the Collaboration Crawls across town. Collaboration CrawlWe went to the Lee Road event, and enjoyed many tasty local collaboration beers (my favorite was the Wango Tango Mango from Fat Head’s and Chardon Brew Works) as well as live music at most stops. The great fall weather made the bar hopping enjoyable. We spent a little time the next day at Townhall, where we had a flight of Stone beers and chatted with lead brewer Jeremy Moynier. Tuesday night there was a delicious beer dinner with Chicken Dan from Boulder Beer at Buckeye Beer Engine–so much good food and drink! The week wrapped up with BREWzilla at the Galleria, always a good time. There were plenty of Ohio beers, plus reps from many other breweries around the country, including Victory’s Cam, who shared a toast with me. It fell on Victory's Cam & methe Saturday before Halloween, and we had a costume party to attend afterward, so Paul and I went dressed as pirates. Others were in costume too, which gave the event a bit of that GABF feel, where folks always show up in crazy costumes.

The day after BREWzilla, I was on a plane to SFO. You’ll be glad to hear that I had some great meetings around plans for producing New Albion Ale in 2014. Things are coming together! Our first runs will be on the small side, and only released in Northern California, but we are working on plans to distribute further eventually. Stay tuned! One of the highlights of my visit was a chance to have a beer at the Monk’s Kettle with San Francisco’s Harvey Steiman, who is best known for writing With Harveyabout wine. Harvey reached out to me about an article he wrote for the SF Examiner many years ago chronicling a day he spent with Jack at New Albion Brewing in its heyday–I enjoyed hearing his memories of the place and my father. Of course no visit to NorCal would be complete without a stop at Russian River Brewing…where I paid homage to the original New Albion Brewing sign.

So with October behind us, November has a lot to live up to! The holidays kick off this month, and my girl will be home from college, giving me lots to look forward to as well. Cheers to a great finish to 2013!

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