Strong Beer Fest 2012: Totally Worth the Wait

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Pizza Port's Boob Shaka Laka

​By the looks of the lines, the fact that Tops Liquor went through 5000 bottles of water, and the throbbing pain in my forehead, I'd say the 2012 Strong Beer Fest was a success.

Check out our slideshow here, and read on for details of the best -- and not-so-best -- beers of the day. 

Saturday's sold out event drew somewhere close to 4000 people out of their local bars and away from their TVs to enjoy a perfect 70 degree day while getting hammered on strong beer samples from about 75 breweries.

Unlike last year's Strong Beer Fest (a rain-soaked adventure for those that braved the weather), the people were out in full force which created a rather intimidating line to gain access to all the beer waiting inside the chain-link fence. Thankfully, the lines moved quickly and we didn't end up standing outside thirsty for more then 15 minutes. Once we made it inside, it was game on!

The line to get in about an hour after the gates opened. Eek!

Four Peaks stole the show with one of the longest lines and the most beer. The local boys brought 13 different brews including their wine barrel aged Begium Black, the infamous bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, Sirus Black, and one of my favorites of the day -- the ML209 West Coast Malt Liquor. I know, right? With a never ending supply of IPAs I kept going back for more of the super easy drinkin' 8.2 % malt liquor?!


​The Odell Brewing truck seemed to be the second favorite of the day and with good reason. The Colorado brewing company brought several of their best beers out including the delicious Footloose (a strong, unique sour brew that I'd never heard of), T.A.P. (totally awesome pale), and they even tapped one tiny keg of Footprint (a rare beer brewed with one ingredient from 10 states including Arizona prickly pear and green chilies from New Mexico).

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Not sure that she got past the first row of brewers.  Left Hand was there but did not have nitro anything...just a dopple weizenbock and a coffee porter, neither could be mistaken for Milk Stout on nitro.  Other than The Bruery beer, all the other beers she talks about were in the first row after you came in.  Shame, she didn't look any further because she missed some great beer.  I like it much better when one of the beer people at Chow Bella write the festival reviews, not somebody who is good friends with certain brewers, and then ignores the rest of the festival.

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