By Kim Schimke
With a name like Tastival, how can one not have fun? Saturday, February 9th, was the first ever Wine Barrel-Aged Beer Tastival in the Bay Area put on at Beer Revolution in Oakland for SF Beer Week. There were over 30 beers that were sourced by Brewpublic from Northern California, Oregon, and beyond. I felt it was my duty to sample some of these delights and boy was I pleased with what I consumed. The day had all the ingredients for awesome: great people, cool venue, and damn tasty brews.
I am a pretty lucky gal living in the Bay. Over 500 events currently make SF Beer Week the largest beer week in the country. Though there are many fantastic events, a wine barrel-aged event was especially unique as it has not been done before in this area. Beer Revolution was packed solid for the majority of the day. Tables were full, lines to get one’s beer were long, and the noise level was high. To me, all those are signs of a successful turnout. Some attendees really got into it. I chatted with a group that brought their own homemade cheese wheel, jam, homemade fresh-baked bread, and sweet potato sticks to accompany their wine barrel-aged beer.
I spoke with many guests who came to the event because they were curious about the beers. Barrel-aged is a big trend in craft beer now, but bourbon barrels seem to be getting all the love and attention. A lot of craft lovers are not super familiar with wine barrel-aged and certainly not over 30 in one spot at an event highlighting this variety of brew. I heard nothing but Read More…
This post was written by Kim S. on February 14, 2013