Monday, November 18, 2013

Greenville's First Craft Beer Festival Now in the History Books

Now that the turmult and shouting, or rather, the tasting and cheering are over with, a look back at a fantastically successful event, just down the road at Fluor Field.
Rhizome Productions pulled off another beer festival with the help of Liberty Tap and The Growler Station, here in Greenville.  Below some sights (no sounds, dang!) from the day, followed by some of my favorite beer discoveries

First, gotta get an wrist band. No wrist band, no beer!
Beer booths as far as the eye can see:

A big screen welcome:

Let the tasting begin:

Quest was one of our local representatives.

Thomas Creek was another. Next year, there'll be even more locals.

Spartanburg was represented; RJ Rocker rocked!

Down from Asheville, Green Man made this guy (and me) happy.

Wicked Weed, another Asheville favorite made the trip down the hill.
Music played...

My apologies to the band, failed to get their name.

Classes were taught...

Big Jon, from the Growler Station

Josh, from Thomas Creek.

Greenville Hop House was represented by a pretzel-loving bearded guy, named Andrew Myers.

People ate pretzels....

Volunteers poured beer...

Beer lovers waited in line...

Some just chatted with friends...

 But mostly, beer was served...

Allagash Brewing.

All the way from N.California, Anderson Valley poured to wild acclaim.

Another CA brewery, from San Diego county, Green Flash.

Local home brewing supporters Greenville Hop House poured some of their own.

Austin is handing me my favorite of the day, Imperial Kashmir IPA. Yum!

Down from Brevard, Oskar Blues had a lot of fans, me included. Where did I put that pic of Amy?

If you can, try to find  their Laughing Skull. Personal favorite of mine.

Stone (San Diego county again) had IPA nectar for us hop fiends.

Still Water stayed busy as you can see.

Athens, GA, sent us Terrapin with Hopsecutioner and the line was long to get it.

Love those Westbrook cans.

Another band played on...

Some folks (Clemson Brew Crew) were even brewing on the scene...

Even the yeast had a wild time.

After a couple hours or three, I had to call it a day... a great day:

A final toast...

And start planning for next year! The Second Greenville Craft Beer Festival will be even better, I suspect. See ya there, Cheers!

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