While Stubbs has well summed up our participation in BEERS Fest, I wanted to add a few of my own thoughts given how rare it is that I actually have thoughts.
I took public transportation in the form of Metro Rail to get to downtown LA where the event was being held. Running slightly early and assuming Stubbs was, well, on Stubbs Standard Time, I thought what the hell, I'll wander around Olvera Street for a few and see if I can snag a bootleg Dodgers t-shirt or something. This is when I got my first taste of how hot it was on Saturday. Just the walk across the street from Union Station caused me to break into a profuse sweat. So I headed straight into my favorite little restaurant that has a tiny bar area and cold Mexican beer. Two Pacificos later, it was time to go drink more beer.
After Ubering over to the event site, I hooked up with Stubbs. Then we joined up and began sampling the wares that were laid before us. I used the Untappd app on my phone to keep up with the beers I sampled, though I didn't end up capturing them all:
Fireman's Brew Redhead Ale
Fireman's Brew Brunette
Mission Amber Ale
Absolution The Convert
Figueroa Mountain Lizard's Mouth
Escape Milk Stout
Couple of standout moments:
+ Talking with the guys at Fireman's about their beers and about the Dodgers. They are all fans and it gave a great sense of community and local pride.
+ Talking with two Dodger fans who were in from Seattle for the weekend to take in some games. They'd never been to Chavez Ravine before so Stubbs and I gave them some tips. Was neat to see how our Dodgers draw folks from all over and to discuss the team over craft beer albeit on blazing hot asphalt.
+ Those tacos. But damn if I can recall what that food truck was called and I can't find it on the website.
All in all a good afternoon. There was not much of a crowd likely due to the heat, but that was fine with us even our general lack of social skills around other people.
Off to get some beers in for lunch now that I've worked up a thirst writing this post! [Editor's Note: Dusty is on vacation and is not actually having lunch beers during the workday.]