Originally Posted by Coff
Went to the Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday night. What an awesome venue for a beer festival, you just walk around and and look at the animals and drink good brews.
The star of the show, imo, was the Victory's Summer Love (Blonde) just fantastic. Very dry with a solid hop bite, I found myself going back many many times that night.
Kind of late on my TR but went to the Cask Expo on Saturday. There were around 200-300 people there, 35 breweries, and easily 70+ casks. There were also ~5 randals there which was my first time experiencing them. I tried a SMaSH recipe that was vienna/cascade randallized on citra which was probably my favorite there. Also had a pretty intense IIPA randallized on a cpl different types of hops.
Some of the randalls had herbs in them; one was a pale ale through rosemary which was super rosemary-y and not so great, the other was an ipa through thyme/basil which was also not so great.
Funky Buddha was there and they tapped a cask of their peanut butter and jelly brown ale which lived up to the name. Couldn't drink more than a bottle of it, and I think it's kind of gimmicky, but I'll be damned if it didn't taste just like PBJ.
A lot of the beers tasted overly sweet which I think may be a result of the casking process. Overall it was a great time, I got completely **** faced by the end of the night which was fun in a city where you can walk anywhere. I think I probably drank ~40-50 4oz samples, a few 12oz beers at bar afterwards, and then a bunch of crown/ginger. Needless to say the drive home the next day wasn't fantastic