Now I remember why we usually skip weekends at the OBF. By 2 PM on Saturday, there was only room for one single-file line through the tents in either direction. By 3 PM the lines for the most popular beers had backed up to the tables and made a right angle to continue down the length of the tent. And though the atmosphere remained friendly, the balance was beginning to tip towards smug preppies who couldn't answer simple questions like, "What do you like so far?".
Even so, with a good crowd of neighbors, regulars, and out-of-town guests, we had a good time. Our Texas guests Clark and Milena had arranged their Portland visit to include the festival, so I was glad it wasn't 95 degrees in the shade like it is some years. Dave got to the festival a few minutes before the rest of us, quick enough to stake out a shady spot where we could roll out a couple blankets where the kids could sit and play between dust baths.
When we bailed out about 3:30, there were a few beers I would have liked to try that I missed because I didn't get to them before the lines went crazy: Iron Horse Quilter's Irish Death, Bell's Porter, Standing Stone Almond Brown, and Hale's Kolsch, to name a few. Of the ones I did try, here are my favorites:
- Lagunitas Hop Stoopid: awesome orangey smell and taste
- Green Flash Hop Head Red: grew on me Saturday, caramelly and nice
- Widmer Full Nelson: dark and syrupy, tangy grapefruit
- Russian River Pliny the Elder: delish, of course
- Boundary Bay Dry Hopped Pale: tasty
- Roots Calypso: refreshing, light, spicy
- Rock Bottom Congo Queen: tasty, fruity Belgian
- Surly Coffee Bender: strong coffee, tasty
All in all, another enjoyable brewfest. I think I'll stick to the weekdays next year.