Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Stone Oakquinox part 2: The Event
April 18, 2010. A beautiful, sunny day. 112 wood-aged beers. Countless beer fans. What could be better? Stone Oakquinox 2010 was a huge success. The beer was fantastic. The fellowship was great. The chance for a sequel next year? Almost guaranteed! 10 to 15 4 ounce samples almost weren't enough to take in a cross section of all the brewed goodness being offered at this event, but the fact that most of these beers weighed in at 10% alcohol or higher limited the number that could be consumed, even in the more than 9 hours that the event ran. I arrived a little before noon, had a light lunch in the Bistro, then made my way to the garden area to meander my way through the 4 pouring stations that had been set up. Strong ales, sours, and barleywines were all present, and the essence of wood could be found in each. Delicious kettle chips, pretzels, Italian sausage sandwiches, and duck burritos were available to snack on throughout the festivities. All bases were covered, and no "Stone" was left unturned! If you were there, you know. If not, next year you must go. The next time "the celestial union of beer and wood" takes place, I know where I'll be. What about you?