Beer Summit Boston 2012

So in the midst of the A to Z challenge, I was unable to get in a post about the Beer Summit!

The beer summit in Boston was April 13th, and 14th. I went with my friend Mike Johnson from who was taking pictures of the event.

There were 78 Brewers at the event, each with several brews to share. We got there a bit early so that Mike could set up. We walked around and got some pics of the folks setting up, got to talk with them for a while, and got the lay of the land.

The fest picked up quick, and within no time was packed. I very quickly lost track of Mike, which was OK, because he was busy anyway, and I really have no issues with being on my own. This was my first fest event, but he’s been to a billion of em.

By the time the general public was let in, I’d already had a good buzz going. There’s a lot I don’t really remember, and not because I was wrecked or anything, but simply because a lot of it didn’t stick out. All in all everything was “Good”, with a few greats,  and a handful of disgusting.

I stopped and talked a while with the guys from Geary’s, because during the A to Z challenge, I’d really been kinda blown away by their Winter ale. It was the only beer in the whole challenge that really surprised me. You can read my review of it here.

The Geary’s guys were cool. I don’t recall what the beers they had there were, except for an IPA… Which of course if you have read this blog much, or know me, is my favorite brew, so it’s no surprise that that’s what I remember…

The best brew of the night though, was a black IPA from the Garner Ale House brewpub out in Gardner MA. This beer was fantastic! If you are anywhere in the area, stop in and have some “Nightcrawler”. You won’t be sorry.

I was crushed though, to find that they do not make enough to ship to liquor stores, and it can only be had at the brew pub which is a 2 hour ride for me, one way… I will make it out there at some point though… This I swear.

I took this picture at the Saranac stand, cause I have two daughters, and thought this chair would be an excellent Barbie doll prop. He wasn’t prepared to part with it though, and rightly so I suppose. I took this picture because I thought it was a great shot. This was before the doors opened. I had no intention of taking pictures. 

However, at some point, I guess I did. And I don’t remember this because at this point, I WAS wrecked.

As you can see, I am not much of a photographer when I’m drunk. Don’t judge, I don’t even remember these. Not sure what I was taking a picture of. 


I don’t have the slightest idea who these guys are, but aren’t they photogenic? And friendly?

I don’t know these two either, but this is actually a fairly decent pic. 

This guy I did talk to a fair amount, he’s a friend of Mike’s and is at most of the beer fests, from what I’m told. Very nice guy, though I can’t remember his name… 

From this point on, things got worse as far as the pics I was taking… I got a few shots of the backs of some folks, and then a shot of some of them turning around like “Dude, what?” They were all pretty blurry, so I won’t bother posting them. I’ll leave you with this last one though, that sort of encapsulates ALL the rest of the pics I took that night. 

A beauty, ain’t it? This is kinda what I remember the rest of the fest as. 

For anyone worrying, I am aware what my limit is, and I did stop drinking shortly here after, and got some hot dogs and water. I sober up pretty fast, the last half hour of the fest is pretty clear in my head, though it consisted of me just kinda standing around. 

Having just checked out the Beer Summit website, as I recommend you all do, I realized that their next fest is September 21st… That also, just so happens to be my birthday. Coincidence?? I think not. 


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