The festival took place in Odell’s parking lot, complete with tap trucks, tents, music, hippies on bikes, and corn-hole instead of cars. The first complaint out of most people’s mouth about beer festivals is the lines. I can understand that. Sometimes all you do is wait in line for your next beer. Of course the lines are sometimes where the fun happens. Everyone’s a people watcher, and Ft. Collins does not disappoint when it comes to getting lost in the weirdness of others. Lines also lend themselves to a speed-dating type friendship – you talk to the people around you for twenty minutes, get your beer, and go your separate ways. Doug Odell mentioned the lines on his twitter and said it is something they plan on remedying. This was only the second year of the festival, so I’m sure there’s lots of tweaks ahead.
Footloose – A golden sour ale. First off, if every drink in the world vanished besides wild beer, I’d be perfectly happy. The beer felt a little more like a portion of a large batch (Footprint Ale) that got dosed with some lovely souring bacteria, turning it into Footloose. This beer was light and refreshing as well as pleasantly tart. The tartness hid the 8% ABV quite well.
Totes McGotes – A blend of Riesling must and a wheat beer. This was my first beer out of the gate. My immediate reaction to this beer wasn’t great but it definitely grew on me. This beer was very complex and the flavors of the must and wheat were competing and complimenting each other at the same time, if that’s possible.
Wooden Elephant – Oak aged IPA. Oak aged IPA’s aren’t my favorite beers, mostly because I think the two flavors are too bold to blend with each other. However this one worked. It tasted like the Odell mainline IPA with just a hint of oak, which tasted great to me.
Pomegranate Pale Ale Firkin – The name of this beer is description enough. Everything good, all in a glass!
It didn’t hurt that we went to Choice City Butcher before for a Parabola, Supplication, and St. Louis Gueuze on tap. Then after the festival we went to The Mayor of Old Town for lots of Belgian sours. If you’re in Fort Collins for a brewery tour or beer festival, plan ahead, there are many beer options to explore.