Night of the Barrels Game Plan

Pretty solid (tentative) lineup of breweries and beers for this Friday’s Night of the Barrels. Unlike with Night of the Funk, I’ll be attending this one instead of volunteering for it, so I’m looking forward to getting some more time mingling with all of the brewers and enjoying the beers a little more.

I’m starting to think about how I want to approach the festival, which lines are going to be longest and which beers are going to kick most quickly. I like to have a game plan and know exactly what beers I have to try first and then just walk around and BS the rest of the festival and drink whatever ends up in my cup.

After having Maple Bacon Coffee Porter at Hunahphu Day last year, and knowing I won’t be able to get to to their brewery on my trip to Florida in March, I think the Sour Apple In Apple Brandy Barrels from Funky Buddha is going to be my first drink of the day, followed by Cascade’s Bourbonic Plague and Vlad the Imp Aler. Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th and Cuvee de Tomme are next on my list, with a stop at The Bruery for some Black Tuesday and White Chocolate to follow. Allagash has two new beers they’re bringing along, so I definitely want to get my hands on them (still haven’t had any of their Coolships).  Tire Hands has a really interesting sounding spontaneously fermented stout aged in oak barrels that hasn’t even been tapped at their tasting room so I’ll definitely want to get a smaple of that, and then I’ll round out the day with some locals from Night Shift, Idle hands, and Cambridge. Everything else will just be icing on the cake.

4 Hands Brewing Co.

  • Cuvee Ange — Saison / Farmhouse Ale, 5.5% (aged in cab, merlot, and grenache barrels)
  • No Place Like Home — American Amber / Red Ale, 10% (Double Red aged in Cabernet barrels)

Allagash Brewing Co.

Avery Brewing Co.

Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams)

Boulevard Brewing Co.

  • Rye-on-Rye — Rye Beer, 12% (aged in oak rye whiskey casks)

Burley Oak Brewery

Cambridge Brewing Co.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cigar City Brewing

Dark Horse Brewing Co.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Founders Brewing Co.

Half Acre Beer Co.

Harpoon Brewery

Heavy Seas Beer

Idle Hands Craft Ales

Left Hand Brewing Co.

Night Shift Brewing

  • Snow — American Stout, 4.5% (White Stout)*

Oskar Blues Brewery & Tasty Weasel Tap Room

Shmaltz Brewing Co.

Short’s Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Stone Brewing Co.

The Bruery

The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery

The Lost Abbey

Tired Hands Brewing Co.

  • Only Void — American Double / Imperial Stout, 12% (Spontaneously fermented, oak aged)*

Tröegs Brewing Co.

Uncommon Brewers

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

  • Insanity — English Barleywine, 11.1%

Anything else here you’re excited about and should be on my “must try” list? Leave it in the comments.

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