On Saturday, October 18, Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, PA held another set of successful Brew Fest sessions. This time, the Brew Fest was to raise positive awareness and support for breast cancer, working with “Living Beyond Cancer.” Special Stoudts Brewing Company T-shirts were available for purchase with proceeds benefiting cancer research.
Both the afternoon and evening sessions included four hours of unlimited sampling of craft beer and live music by Fire in the Glen in the afternoon and The Octavia Blues Band in the evening. A hot and cold buffet of German favorites (and well-labeled vegan options!) was served throughout the sessions.
Many former and future Beer Busters Podcast guests were on hand serving delicious beers. It was a great opportunity to catch up with everyone and taste the amazing beers they brought with them.
Berks County’s Golden Avalanche Brewing Company, located at the Kutztown Tavern, served up Keystone House ESB and the popular Sunburnt Summer Saison. The Belgian-style farmhouse ale brewed with lemongrass and citrus peel was one of my favorite warm weather beers this year, so I’m glad I was able to enjoy one last sip of this tasty brew. Head Brewer Colin Presby and Brewer Tom Scoglio were both on hand pouring beers.
Another Berks County brewery, Saucony Creek Brewing Company, served up Hop Suplex Ale and their newest beer, Roxie’s Golden Bananas. This refreshing wheat beer has real bananas added to the mash. Roxie’s was brewed and named in honor of a brewery friend and companion the late great Golden Retriever, Roxie Werley.
The owners from Chatty Monks Brewing Company, a new addition to the Berks County brewing scene, were on hand with the Revelation IPA and CitraAss Down Pale Ale. Head brewer Norm Eaton recently started working full time for the brewery.
I got to catch up with Dain from St. Boniface Brewing Company who was serving ESB and 3LB IPA. We are looking forward to recording with the crew from St. Boniface soon and check out their newly installed brewing system. Also look for St. Boniface brews available in cans sometime soon!
Our friends from Evil Genius Beer Company Trevor and Luke served up several beers throughout the day, including the latest release of Purple Monkey Dishwasher, the awesome peanut butter chocolate brew, as well as Forsaken, Pure Evil, Trick or Treat, and I Love Lamp. Look for some new brews coming from Evil Genius soon, as well as an announcement about their new location in Philadelphia.
One of the brewers from the Harrisburg location of Appalachian Brewing Company served up Kipona Ale, Hinterland Hefeweizen, and Hoppy Trails IPA.
The crew from Columbia Kettle Works, including brewer Rod, served up their delicious coffee stout and a pumpkin ale.
Long Trail Brewing Company was pouring Mostly Cloudy, as well as Brown Bag Series #10 – Berliner Weisse. The tart Berliner with tropical fruit flavors was super refreshing and delicious. One of my favorites of the fest.
Other breweries on hand included Ohio Brewing Company, Otto’s Pub and Brewery, Union Barrel Works, Victory Brewing Company, and of course, Stoudts Brewing Company, who served up their entire lineup of brews, including the new IPL, Multiple Personality Disorder.
The Berks County Homebrew Club was on hand talking about homebrewing and encouraging local members to attend club meetings at Canal Street Pub in Reading on the second Tuesday of each month. The club had brewing ingredients and equipment on hand, Introduction to Homebrewing issues of Zymurgy (the publication from the American Homebrewers Association), and Beer Busters Podcast stickers, of course!