This past weekend the 11th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB) took place in Chicago, Illinois. Now being held for the second consecutive year in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago, this year’s event featured the largest amount of barrel aged beers ever gathered for this fantastic festival. An amazing amount of over 230 different barrel aged beers were entered into eleven of the different judging categories and were then later sampled during the festival’s two sessions.
This year also featured the largest amount of Oregon breweries to enter FoBAB. In the past Oakshire Brewing has been sending beers to FoBAB since 2009. The five Oregon breweries consisted of Breakside Brewery (3 beers), Deschutes Brewery (2 beers), Gigantic Brewing (3 beers), Oakshire Brewing (3 beers), and Widmer Brothers Brewery (3 beers) for a total of 14 beers.
Having attended this festival 10 of the 11 years, it was a delight to see many more of our Oregon breweries entering this year’s festival. FoBAB was much easier to attend when I lived in Chicago but I have been fortunate enough to attend every year since I made my way to the Pacific Northwest in 2009. This festival is definitely one to do whatever it takes to attend. Read More…
This post was written by D.J. Paul on November 22, 2013