This past weekend the TDY guys enjoyed some outdoor time at Ohiopyle. It’s always nice to get out of the city once in a while. The weekend was capped with a nice little trip to the 9th Annual Beer and Gear fest hosted by the Wilderness Voyagers. This is the first time any of the TDY guys have attended and we were all pretty impressed with the atmosphere. This is just a good old fashioned simple beer festival: a bunch of good local brews, live music, and a beautiful summer day. Among the best surprises were small brewers Mountain State Brewing Co. (Thomas, WV) and Voodoo Brewing (Meadville, PA) that brought several very solid brews.
Voodoo brought a great sort of Imperial Pilsner (Pilzilla 7% ABV), an IPA, and a very wild Love Child (brewed with raspberries, cherries, passionfruit). The Pilzilla was a great surprise with an excellent dryness most likely from Czech Saaz hops. A favorite for those of us that like a touch of sweetness in a summer brew, the Love Child is a very complex and fruity beer with a nice malt balance. I can’t find enough good things to say about the Love Child but it is definitely polarizing in tastes as people seem to either love it or hate it. Mountain State brought the Cold Trail Ale (think summer Kolsch style), Amber, and Seneca IPA. All of Mountain State’s offerings were very solid and refreshing. I especially liked the Seneca IPA which featured some Cascade hop aroma and provided a crisp flavor with a nice bitter aftertaste. Directly across from the beer festival, we refueled at the Falls City Restaurant and Pub with some great sandwiches and a pint of Thirsty Dog’s Old Leghumper.
A great value at $15, the Beer and Gear fest comes with an actual pint glass and live entertainment. Overall, I think the festival may have been a little bit light on the gear (although a representative from Thule rack systems was in attendance), but a good smattering of local brews was available. The TDY guys look forward to future visits to the Beer and Gear festival and hope to see some growth in the coming years.
Other Breweries/Beer in attendance: Otto’s Brewpub, North Country Brewing, Victory, Great Lakes Blackout Stout, Rivertowne Pour House, Rock Bottom, Penn Brewery, Leinenkugel’s, Oskar Blues, Erie Brewing Co., and Full Pint Brewing.
Best Beer Tshirt
We saw Big Sky Moose Drool and Alaskan Pale Ale tshirts but the fellow in the picture below wins handily…..