Fairfax Brewfest

17 Mar

This weekend I had the divine pleasure of visiting my friend Bonnie in Fairfax. She and her husband have created a truly bountiful homestead tucked into the Marin hills and every time I visit I’m tempted to move. The town of Fairfax sits in kind of a valley so from Bonnie’s back porch you can look across to rolling hills and on Saturday morning hear the pop of a baseball bat from the fields below while sipping your tea.

I drove straight from work Friday night to join in on a potluck featuring broccoli! We had broccoli soup, broccoli fritters, even broccoli ice cream! (I forwent the broccoli and opted to bring a growler of Berryessa Pale Ale instead.)

Saturday was the Fairfax Brewfest. Bonnie won free tickets (thank you Facebook contest!) and we showed up at the doors just before 1:00pm. There was already a nice crowd waiting to get in.

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After having attended the Capital Beer Fest two weeks ago with something like 90 breweries, our expectations weren’t super high for this event being held in an old gymnasium.

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But man it got crowded fast!

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And there were tons of great breweries there! Bonnie and I started by talking to the incredibly nice brewers of Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse in Berkeley. Apparently it’s American’s oldest brewpub. We both tried their Saison which was a bit different than other saison’s I’ve had – more “lemon-y” I thought.

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I was also super excited to see Speakeasy there because 1) I just love the name; 2) I had one of their beers at the Beer Shoppe and loved it….but can’t remember what it was; and 3) I keep seeing their beer at the store and wanting to try it. I went with the Payback Porter which was good, but kind of “burnt” tasting at the end.

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One fun addition to this brewfest was the “Taste ‘Em & Rate ‘Em” booth.

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Six different beers were on display and you did a blind taste test and then voted for your two favorites. I have no idea who won, but it was fun to compare beers of the same style.

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Another favorite of mine was Napa Smith. They had several beers to taste but my favorite by far was their “Cool Brew.” Bonnie and I took a vote and Napa Smith won out of all the breweries there. I think this will be the next place I go and visit!IMG_8014

The Beach Chalet was also a favorite. (Look at the cute fabric!)

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I had the Oat Pale Ale and really enjoyed it; Bonnie liked her Monsoon Mild.

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And of course we had to go by Fairfax’s own Iron Springs.

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I may have overindulged a bit this time, but it was a most excellent brewfest and excellent weekend. Cheers!

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3 Responses to “Fairfax Brewfest”

  1. Jess March 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    So glad you ladies made it! I love the glasses :)
    Wished I could have been there. Thanks for bringing over the 395!! Can’t wait to get it from B.

    • Bonnie March 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

      It was delish… I mean, it’s here waiting patiently for you ;)
      (We cheers-ed to you last weekend. I love the glasses too!)

  2. Bonnie March 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Thanks! Always fun to have you visit, and I love tempting you to move here… ;)

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