Photos: Left, customers at the Draught Beer section. David Hopwood, of Stone, behind the bar.
Right: Transcontinental Ale
Left, below: A bottle of Jolly Pumpkin La Roja leaves a trail of thick foam.
Bottom: Little Opal, a prizewinning mild from Firestone Walker.
I hate writing reports about festivals that are over or – in the case of this one, the Slow Food Nation Taste Pavilions expo at Fort Mason in San Francisco this Labor Day weekend, a fest that is sold out.
So I’m going to keep this short, a sort of for-the-record report, helpful mostly to those among us lucky enough to have tickets. If you do have a chance for a ticket, grab it. It’s a fun event and the beer alone is worth the ticket price.
I spent my first hour at the cask section and the two brewers handling cask, Arnie Johnson, Marin Brewing’s head brewer, and Magnolia head brewer Ben Spencer fielded questons like, “Do you have any pilsners” and “I’d really like a hefeweizen” and “do you have any really sparkling beers?”
They patiently explained over and over that real ale is non-filtered and unpasteurized, so a slow secondary fermentation continues in the keg or cask. People were fascinated and appreciative.
Best beers of the night. The star ratings are mine: Read the rest of this entry »