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OakquinoxFrom the better late than never file…

The second annual Oakquinox beer festival at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens this past weekend was probably the best beer festival I’ve ever attended. Many beer festivals are in parking lots, Oakquinox was in a garden. Many beer festivals are crowded with long lines, Oakquinox was well attended but we weren’t packed in like sardines. With the exception of the bottle line (which still wasn’t too bad) I don’t think I waited more than about 2-3 minutes in line all day. And to say the beer list was phenomenal would be an understatement (check out the full list here).

A few of the highlights for me:

Lost Abbey’s Duck Duck Guava was the first beer I tried know it would be quick to run out. It wasn’t the first gone (that would be Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood 2009) but it was second. Sour but not overly so with a good guava taste to it. I’m not sure how much of of this was made but check it out if you get the chance. Stone’s Jacob McKean described it as: “a blend of Mellow Yellow & Devotion fermented with Duck Duck Gueze cultures in French Oak barrels (previously containing Cuvee De Tomme) with 70 lbs of pineapple guava per barrel.”

The Bruery/Cigar City’s Marrón Acidifié. Some people love it, some people hate it but I fall in the “like it quite a bit category”. I got my first taste at Oakquinox and greatly enjoyed it, I didn’t taste nearly as much vinegar as some people have complained about. Looking forward to opening the bottle I have.

2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels, this is the first spirit barrel aged beer from Stone I’ve had and it didn’t disappoint.

Fifty Fifty Eclipse 2010 – Four Roses was the last beer I had at Oakquinox and was a great way to end. Smooth bourbon, vanilla, oak.

Click below for a few pictures from Oakquinox.

Dr Bill Giving his Speech and Toast

Dr Bill Giving his Speech and Toast

The Map

The Map

FiftyFifty Eclipse

FiftyFifty Eclipse

Pizza Port Real Ale Festival

Pizza Port Real Ale Festival

Schmidy's Tavern

Schmidy's Tavern - Palm Desert, CA

No Randall Required

No Randall Required - Craft Beer's West Coast vs East Coast