|May 10, 2008|
Photos from the 12th annual Boonville Beer Festival, continued.
Weed Brewing, from the town of Weed, California, whose crowns read “try legal Weed,” or at least they did until the federal government told them to stop. Apparently “this Bud’s for you” is still okay though.
Tyler King, Rachel and Patrick Rue, from the recently opened Bruery in Orange County. The two beers they were pouring at the festival show great promise. And Randy Mosher did some great labels for the brewery.
After a short time, it became crowded enough that I sought refuge behind the booths.
Where someone from Mad River Brewing was wearing chainmail made out of flattened crowns.
Jen Garris and a friend.
Almost 2:00 p.m. and the festival was truly packed.
JJ from the The Thirsty Hopster scheduled a meet up for Bay Area Beer Bloggers (I guess that would be BABB?). It was certainly fun to put faces with the names and meet some of my online colleagues. From left: Peter Estaniel, from the BetterBeerBlog, JJ (a.k.a. Jessica), from The Thirsty Hopster, me, and Jay Hinman from the Hedonist Beer Jive. Three out four J’s … hmmm.
Then it was back into the fray. It’s hard to resist a man in a beer hat … and a Bill Hicks t-shirt.
I even passed the cast of South Pacific on my way back to the annex.
Where many popular breweries were located.
Including Pat McIlhenney from Alpine Beer Co.
Behind the scenes with Brian Hunt, Melissa Myers, Dave Buehler (from Elysian Brewing) and Arne Johnson (from Marin Brewing).
Matt Brynildson, who arrived late — and without any Merkins — finishes his first beer of the day.
Mad genius Brian Hunt, from Moonlight Brewing, with his newest “special” beer. This one, Working For Tips, is made with redwood tips and no hops at all. Surprisingly delicious.
This year, to accommodate the growing number of brewers attending the festival, a third area was added around the corner from the annex in a large open grassy field. Two large tents were erected with plenty of room for shade inside.
The Train Singers regaled us with a terrific version of Sixteen Tons.
Mark Rosenblum and James Costa from the recently opened Santa Cruz Aleworks, attending their first beer festival.
Eventually, it was time to get back to civilization and Barkley waved goodbye as I headed back home Saturday late afternoon.
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