If you thought $100 was too much for a beer festival, a RARE beer festival, you were mistaken. The Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest was worth every penny. Held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Minnesota History Center. Mind you this is HoppyGirlBrews view and personal opinion, but I didn’t see anyone complaining all night. The food offered from Bon Appetit both to the brewery reps/volunteers and to the patrons was incredible. The only beef, pun intended, was from vegetarians that they didn’t have an offering of more consistency for them. I was a clean plate clubber….
The dessert was just as good and yes we had plenty…
It was a long night so we also tried the peanut butter, chocolate and I think it had coconut and the berry cobbler bar too!!! shhhh….don’t tell anyone.
Let’s get to the good stuff! Pictures are worth a thousand words so enjoy them. I will say the craftbeer from Central Waters Brewing Co that we poured was over the top incredible. Kosmyk Charlie’s Y2K Catastrophe Ale Barleywine and their anniversary Imperial Stout “16” was downright top notch. With flavors of vanilla, bourbon-soaked marshmallow, dark chocolate and subtle espresso intermingle with the molasses and caramel notes from the whiskey offer a decadent finish (simply offering the description from our booklet).
North Coast Brewing Company out of Fort Bragg, CA, was pouring their Old Rasputin Barrel Aged since 2011 and Grand Cru….let’s just say this Belgian Strong Ale was smooth and delicious on the front end with a punch on the back at 12.5% ABV. They both were phenomenal so we didn’t have to travel far away from our table to enjoy great rare beer.
Sadly, I didn’t get to every booth, but I can tell you that there were so many wonderful beers to choose from….including Surly Brewing’s Darkness 2010 and 2011, which we did get a tasting.
Brenda and Lizzy are having some fun setting up the booth!
Oskar Blues has never let me down. Their new Icy Wheat IPA is hopped up wheat and tastes so good!
Thanks Again Meagan for allowing us to represent two awesome breweries! Cheers