Brewfest 2011

Sunday, 26 June 2011
My friends and I decided to attend the first annual Brewfest in Knoxville yesterday. The weather was HOT and that didn't mix too well with sampling beer after beer but we had a blast!

The event was completely sold out and you could certainly tell from the crowds. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and only one younger guy had to be escorted out by police. (He overdid it and vomited on the curb - amateur.)

There were 23 booths and each brewery had at least 2 beers to choose from. I certainly had my favorites. Highland's Gaelic Ale has a smooth taste. Marble City (Knoxville brewery!) Brewing Company came out with their Nectar Rubus which has a slight raspberry infusion - big fan of that. Sierra Nevada's Summerfest could have been in my top three for great summer beer. The Vanilla Java Porter by Atwater was probably the most unique flavoring out of the beer we tried. It isn't an easy drinking beer but perfect for dessert. I would also recommend Chattanooga Brewing's Kolsch and Bluegrass's American Pale Ale if you're in the market for something to serve at a party that will please many pallets.

Hosted by the Bearden Beer Market, the event was certainly a success and well organized. My only gripes would be the band (bad covers and too much country) and a lack of diversity in the crowd. Next year hopefully more people will decide to come out.

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