Last night we went to the Royal Oak Beer Fest. It was a good time and the weather for walking around a little in Southeast Michigan on a mid January night couldn’t have been much better.
As you might expect for an event like this the venue was crowded and some of the breweries had very long lines. We ended up getting there about fifteen minutes late and at least the lines to get in were non-existant.
The entry fee came with a nicely printed 3oz sample cup that was actually glass along with 15 sample tickets. Each taste regardless of gravity was a single ticket.
There were a few local food vendors there offering samples as well as some selling actual meals. There were also a couple vendors offering Michigan and beer themed goods like shirts and signs. We didn’t buy anything, but we did try some peanut brittle that we need to seek out in stores later.
We decided to head to the back and work our way forward. It really didn’t make much difference as it was set up more like a donut with vendors on an outside and inside ring. But anyway, that was our plan.
The first beer I tried was the Head-On Collision black IPA from the Fenton Winery and Brewery. It was a solid beer, something I could easily see drinking a few of when you aren’t in the mood for that over the top, in your face hop profile of the typical IPA. It seemed to have just enough chocolate and roasty malt to offset the hop bitterness. Even when I wasn’t an IPA fan I still liked the “bipa’s”. I’ve never actually been to the FWB tap room, but that has moved up my must try list a little bit.
Next up was Rochester Mills Beer Company. We shared a sample of their Blueberry Pancake Milkshake Stout. I’ve had the Milkshake Stout many times in the past, but never like this. Wow, what an amazing flavor addition to what had been just an average beer, in my opinion. I’m very curious as to what they did to make this because not only did they get the blueberry spot on, but also the buttery, batter flavor of the pancake itself. Hopefully they have this in their tap room, I would really like to pick up a growler of it.
Our experience will continue in tomorrow’s post. There were far too many beers for just one post. Tune in tomorrow for more, same beer time, same beer channel.