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Mid West Beer Fest
Mid West Beer Fest
Well it was yesterday, and having been to dozens of beer fests in and around London, and to Munich for a real Oktoberfest, I have to say, it was sadly a complete RIPOFF.
I paid $20 to get in and as I had been told we were issued a "nip" glass to get tasters in. I fully expected to perforate my liver trying as many of the 230 beers available for tasting. But this idea was sadly soon quashed. We were also issued 2 id type bracelets, each with 10 tear off tabs, with which to "pay" for beer.
Only 20 tasters? Each taste was meant to be 2 oz, but some servers (Sierra Nevada, Saranac, Breckenridge, Brewers United & others) gave out tiny tasters, at least to me anyway. Other servers (all guys BTW) gave full to the top glasses.
Still I would have been as dry as an Iraqi's sandels, if it wasn't for my one great idea.
I borrowed a pair of scissors from a girl in the crowd, and cut the remains of my bracelet into another batch of tabs. If it wasn't for that, it would have been the most expensive couple of pints I'd ever drunk, and that includes the time I drank a whole quart bottle of Southern Comfort and fell on and broke the lid to a friend's stereo!
So that's what Americans call beerfest! I had thought that the whole thing would be written off by the breweries as highly effective advertising, getting people to try the wares, and hopefully come back for more. Instead they got to charge five times as much as they do in the supermarket for the same product.
Now I have to choose a mood, which ought to be "Ripped Off", but I can't find one. So chose pissed off, which I aint now, because I've just been reading Albert's blog, and my sides are aching, but I can't find that as a mood either.
creams for a few!
10/17/2005 11:01 pm
Oh for a pint of Old Speckled Hen or even an Owd Roger eh?|
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10/20/2005 3:29 am
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