Held on October 22, OktSolierFest was a Beer Tasting and live music event hosted by Mission Brewery and benefited the Warrior Foundation. Personally I’m not huge on beer tasting events. Most of them cost in excess of $40 and I don’t believe in solely consuming $40 worth of beer in one sitting as much as I love the stuff. By the 8th sampler, the complexity of anything I taste is lost and everything just “tastes like yummmm.” Still I was persuaded to try this event by my Will Run For Beer crew and the facebook coupon code they found. $25 for VIP entry, 14 tasters and food included?? SOLD!
I never had the chance to visit since Mission opened up their new brewery converted from an old Wonder Bread factory. The space is big, beautiful and clean. I didn’t realize OktSoldierFest would be an outdoor event, but it made sense that they would need to close off a portion of the street to accommodate 40 breweries. Many beer lovers would see this as a challenge and to attempt to hit up as many breweries possible. As I grow wiser in my years, I realize that’s not the point. Well.. at least it is not MY point. I must have a method, or it will become madness.
The last time I did tasters (Churchills Sour Fest) I split each sampler with a group of 4 people. I was able to cover a lot of ground that way while still getting a good feel for what each beer had to offer. During Oktsoldierfest, everyone had their own tasters. Since many of the breweries were local and easily attainable, I decided to try and stick with the breweries I had not sampled before or new beers for me that perked my interest. Below is the list of breweries and in bold are those I decided to visit.
Allagash Brewing Co – I was happy to see the had Black since although I see it at Bevmo all the time I’m too cheap to buy it.
Fox Barrel Cider Co- On such a warm day, the sweet cider was very refreshing
Julian Hard Cider
North Coast Brewing Co.
Ommegang- Went back 3 times!
San Diego Brew Co.
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Tijuana Beer Company
The Mission Brewery facility was open during the festivities. Although it is a San Diego beer, since I don’t make it into downtown a great deal I decided to pop in and hang out for a little bit. Something lovely was fermenting at the time and it smelled just wonderful. Our beer attendant was nice enough and I am already a fan of their beers, so I’ll definitely be back! Two thumbs up Mission Brewery for putting on a great event. It was a very fun day!