Tierney and I hit up the Hibrewnation Festival of Beer this past Saturday (Dec 13) at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. It’s the first of three Hibrewnation fests in the series.
We had a blast exploring craft beers, listening to Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band, hanging with friends and meeting some of our S&S fans.
The festival had a little bit of everything. Kegs of beers from local and popular breweries. Bottles of rare and highly sought after beers (these samples were in extremely limited quantities and were on a first come, first serve basis). Local vendors selling t-shirts, growlers, steins, jars of pickles, soft pretzels and such.
We attended the VIP session that ran from Noon until 2pm and the General Admission session from 2-5pm. I mean… we had to sample everything. Or almost everything. Truth is there were many beers we didn’t get to in that time frame but we made an honest effort!
OUR FAVS OF THE DAY
Yards Coffee Vanilla Love Stout Firkin
Anchor Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Spring House Dean Saison
Rogue Ales Morimoto Imperial Pilsner
Deschutes Not the Stoic Belgian Quad (2014)
Spring House Blood Lust with Cacao Nibs & Jalapenos
Spring House brews were pretty darn popular since there were some interesting selections for us to try. Just check out this line to get a taste of Dean Saison, two variations of Blood Lust, Satan’s Bake Sale, Egg Nog Stout and Seven Gates.
In between sampling, we hit up Baron Von Schwein for some super duper yummy mac ‘n cheese. This stuff is like brew fest crack. It’s creamy, savory and just a touch spicy. They also had 1/4″ thick bacon on a stick, their famous pork buns and many other tasty and reasonably priced items.
York City Pretzel Company was also in the house with their famous soft pretzels.
TIP: OK. I know I’m going to sound like your mother. But, please, when beer-festing, stay hydrated with plenty of water and eat the carbs… “all of the carbs” (before and during the fest!!!). If you don’t eat, you could find yourself reeling from some of the higher ABV brews.
PHOTOS FROM THE DAY
NEXT HIBREWNATION DATES
- January 17, 2015 (Saturday) in Gettysburg, PA at the Allstar Complex
- February 7, 2015 (Saturday) in York, PA at Memorial Hall, York Expo Center
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