What is it about the Spring Beer and Wine Fest that turns Portland beer snobs off? Is it the:
- Flea-market vendor list, as Jeff says? Vinyl windows, violins.... Someone's been thumbing through the Yellow Pages.
- Boring beer offerings, as Dr. Wort says? Blue Moon?!?
- Houston Intercontinental Airport atmosphere of the Convention Center?
- Monosyllabic festival moniker? It's really called a "fest", not a "festival".
- Easter weekend dates, as Mary Sue says?
- All of the above?
One spark of interest: there are three breweries on the list I'd never heard of. The Beer Mapping Project was able to inform me about 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend, 2006; not sure how I missed them) and Lang Creek Brewery, but not even the mighty Google can tell me what's up with Lat 44, who is bringing their -- wait for it -- IPA to the festival. The SBWF website doesn't have links to exhibitor websites -- anyone know anything about Lat 44?
[Update: I emailed the promoter about Lat 44. He replies: "It's from the folks at Miller/Coors. Think upscale Henry's. It is made at Hood River though." Ugh.]
What about you? Do you go to the SBWF? If so, enthusiastically or begrudgingly? 10 Barrel's Sinister Black Ale looks interesting -- are there any other beers on the list worth going to check out?