I am a fan of microbrews, or craft brews, not exactly sure which one they are called now. It is basically beer that tastes real good (although if your beer of choice is of the light variety, I'll warn you now, this is not an event for you).
Casey received an email from the Brew Works in October promoting the Craft Beer Festival on December 4 at Allentown Brew Works. We got four tickets immediately; it was a great deal at $25 a piece if you bought tickets early. After a certain date, tickets were $35, but even at $35, it was still a great deal. Good thing we got tickets early - the event sold out.
There were 25 breweries represented and over 50 different beers available at the Beer Festival. It was a good set up too. They had food downstairs in the Silk Lounge. The main floor had some breweries and vendors with food samples. The Hamilton Room, which is the third floor, was where most of the breweries set up shop.
Most of the breweries were out of PA, including locally brewed Weyerbacher out of Easton and Sam Adams, which has a brewery in Fogelsville. Two of my favorite breweries were also there: Tröegs from Harrisburg and Yards from Philly.
My favorite style of beer is IPA, or India Pale Ale. Just about every brewery at the Allentown Brew Works Beer Festival had their own IPA, which made me very happy. After trying almost every IPA in the building, Yards' IPA is still my favorite IPA and favorite beer overall.
I really need to hand it to the Allentown Brew Works. The tasting had a very nice flow to it. It was crowded, but not uncomfortably crowded. It was very easy to hop around and taste all the beers you wanted. Can't wait till the next one!
Did you make it to the Craft Beer Festival at the Allentown Brew Works last weekend? Have you ever tried any of the Brew Works' locally crafted brews?