Ithaca BrewFest 2009 highlights

Why didn’t I do this before? Oh, right, “before” was when I had just had a lot to drink. Heh. Anyway, BrewFest in Ithaca is great. Here were some of my favorites this year, mostly because I want them written down somewhere so I can remember them:

Bellwether Hard Cider – I just love their ciders in general, particularly their Original and Liberty Spy. Can’t wait to see them again at Apple Fest!

Horseheads Pumpkin Ale – This was absolutely delicious last year, and didn’t disappoint this year, either. I got many of my friends to go over for a visit, and every one loved this pumpkin ale, which tastes more like liquefied pumpkin pie than pumpkin-flavored beer.

Ithaca Beer Company Cold Front – A smooth dark beer that I can’t wait to pick up in a growler this winter. Man, that will be great on a snowy evening, right when it snows enough that all the sounds are muffled and your feet go crunch on the ground…

Roosterfish Hop Warrior – Very flavorful hoppy beer, but not totally ridiculous (I’m looking at you, Dogfish 120 -minute IPA). Tasty when sipped.

Stone Levitation – A pretty good all-around contender, though it didn’t stand out too much for me.

Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout – Definitely a delicious heavy stout, and easy to find at Wegmans. I’ve gotta agree with Sean on this one.

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