Thursday, May 19, 2011

Alamo City Cerveza Fest '11

Months of preparation, dozens of volunteers, and hundreds of empty beer bottles are all the things left in the wake of the 2011 Alamo City Cerveza Fest.

Even though Micah and I had already moved to Austin, we still wanted to be a part of ACCF; thankfully, we were able to fit in some time to help judge some flights (trust me, there were a lot of flights this year).

Once all the heavy drink judging is out of the way and all the judging sheets get placed into a neat manila folder (my task), the real fun begins! There are various events during ACCF weekend, but the main event is the awards ceremony on Saturday night. Since ACCF is growing every year, the event might outgrow the Blue Star party room next year, considering it was packed this year.

The one thing you can count on at a homebrew festival: AN ABUNDANCE OF FREE BEER!

{beers on tap + some bottled beers}

To avoid being less than an arms length away from beer, Micah and Ben manned the bar the whole night.

{some of the schwag given away at ACCF}

The people that make ACCF such a fun and successful event are all the volunteers! All they get for their hard work is some free beer. HA.

{Sherry manning hot-selling ACCF tee's}

{Oscar emceeing the event}

As much as attendees like winning waffle prizes, they love winning medals even more!

{This Austin Zealot brewer, Mark Schoppe, had the most entries in the ACCF! I think he had like 40+ entries or some obscene number.}

{funkiest of show gets this bad boy!}

The Bexar Brewers (club that hosts ACCF) members made out like bandits with medals of their own.

{Micah won 2nd place in the Wood-Aged category for his Russian Imperial Stout}

{Audrey got 2nd place for a Sour Ale}

{Roger got 3rd place for his Wood-Aged beer}

{the power of the matching outfits worked, the brewer from this group won a medal!}

SA's only microbrewery, Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, had its brewer come out and talk about how he got into brewing and what the brewstillery has coming down the tap line. These guys are doing great things and I'm glad they're a part of the SA Community.

{L: Mark from RC pouring something delicious, I'm sure. R: Rob Landerman talking brew things.}

As usual, we had a great time and can't wait for next year's event! Will Micah be submitting his entries as a BB or an Austin Zealot? DECISIONS.

{All Bexar Brewers except for the person who had the handcuffs, he's an Austin Zealot, go figure. }