As a matter of formality, we visited the Santa Clarita Valley Brewmasters Pirate Beer Festival. And damn, did we have a good time!
I have only been to one other event like this. An event that celebrates drunkenness and promotes revelry. But this one, this one, was the best. It started off at noon. We parked and walked to the entrance with 2 minutes to spare. We wanted to get every moment possible to drink the selections offered by the various breweries represented.
At first, we wondered around aimlessly.
We walked the plank of the LAPG booth and got prizes in return. They were out of most of the prizes because of the selfish VIP’s who had stolen all the precious before the general public was allowed in.
Until we saw that Temblor was represented with 4 fine choices of beer. I had a 661 and something else I seem to have lost the name of. But it was wonderful to see Temblor at this event. It’s about halfway between Bakersfield and Anaheim so you feel like they made the effort and you made the effort and everyone gets to drink in the end.
There were so many breweries represented. We tried a Redhead from FireHouse Brewing Co. and also a Brunette. They both gave about the same head but the Redhead was much tastier to my palette.
We sampled from Absolution, Elysium, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas and Golden Road. Most we had heard of but there were some new names in the mix. Like Kona, who poured two fine selections and gave away lei’s to the mass public.
Here is some of our crew enjoying the fine pours that were to be had.
There were a ton of pirate themed decorations spread throughout the area the brewfest took place in. We got many pictures playing amongst the toys.
I kinda thought we could last from open until close, that would be noon til 5:00. But, avast ye matey’s, we didn’t manage it. We just drank until we could drink no more. Our VIP friends left at around 3:00 and we drank through until about 4:00.
There were many fine beers and I wish I were a better reporter because I would be able to credit them all. Instead, I drank myself silly and I can’t remember shit. If it wasn’t for pictures and the list Carie made, I would be lost.
When it came down to closing the night out, we just ended up playing card games in Ck & Carie’s hotel room. We played Quiddler and I came in last. Yay!
But we had a great time and I would do it all again next year. The End.