Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pic(k) of the Week: Lost Discussion

Lost discussion

Favio Garcia —brewmaster for Lost Rhino Brewing (of Ashburn, Virginia)— appears lost in deep thought, during discussion with a fan of his beer.

Over forty breweries were represented at the Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest at Bull Run Regional Park, in Centreville, Virginia, on Sunday, 21 October 2012.

On a gorgeous autumn afternoon, I had two beefs with the festival.

The first —and this is endemic to many beer festivals— was that many breweries were represented by their beers only: no brewery deputies present. The volunteers did their best (although there are always a few bad apples), but there's no substitute for a person from the brewery itself to answer festival go-ers questions about the beer, about the brewery, and about where to find the beer. It puts a human face to the beer.

The second beef was with the 4-ounce sample glass, new to the festival this year. The tall, narrow dimensions made it very difficult for volunteers to pour draft beer into the glass. In fact, a lot of foaming beer ended up on the ground, dumping a significant amount festival profits with it. See the glass here.

The festival ran two days: Saturday and Sunday. Two beefs out of forty plus breweries ain't bad.

  • More photos from the festival: here.
  • High Road Festival and Events Management is the organizer of the festival.
  • I captured the photos with the new 'official' camera of Yours For Good Fermentables: an Olympus Pen E-PL1. Read more about the camera from Digital Photography Review: here.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Commercial use requires explicit permission,as per Creative Commons.

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