Saturday, August 25, 2007

105º in the Richmond shade

Clipper City flying high at Shockoe Craft Beer FestHad breakfast this morning with friends Dave and Karen at Perly's. Voted best biscuits in Richmond.

Later this afternoon, I'm back for the 2nd day of the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival in downtown Richmond on the Kanawha Plaza. The weather service is calling for 105 ºF in the shade.

I'll be at the Clipper City Brewing Company booth, pouring our Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale and Small Craft Warning Uber Pils. Stop by and say hellcooking with beer: Mise En Placeo (we're under the shade trees).


Across from our booth was one of the the festival's food vendors: Mise En Place. Chef Wansleben was braising green peppers and onions in beer, and, of course, cooking the brats, in beer -from local brewery and festival sponsor Richbrau.

Her school hosts an annual class on cooking wild game in beer. She enjoys seeing its wide range of attendees: hunters to suburbanites to suits.

I've been at some wine-centric events where I or Clipper City Brewing have been the only beer representative. Thus it was fun - and fair play - to find one wine representative at a beer festival. Here at the 3rd Annual Shockoe Craft Beer Festival, that was Barboursville Vineyards, represented by their Marketing Director, Jason Tesauro.

In dramatic fashion, Jason popped off the cap off a bottle of Barboursville Sparkling, literally severing the bottle neck with the blunt edge of a sword. It was tasty bubbly; and I've been a fan of the winery's delicious red blend Octagon for several years now.

This was my first attempt at posting a video to my blog. Apologies: The vid was taken sideways; I need to work on my video editing. But you'll get the picture, so to speak.

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