The weekend I recently spent in Oakland happened to coincide with the final days of San Francisco's annual SF Beer Week. That was why Beer Revolution had an L.A. brewery takeover when I was there, and it's also why I was able to partake of some lip-puckering Cantillon drafts -- Mamouche and 2010 Iris -- that Saturday evening at The Trappist.
Now, 10 AM is pretty early to start with the big beers like that, so I was a little relieved when I came back at 10:30 and found that the place hadn't opened yet. I took my place at the back of the line, and waited until the doors finally opened a little after 11. My notes say that I tried about 14 of the beers that day though some of those were little sips generously shared by my neighbors at the end of the bar. My three favorites of the day were:
- Speakeasy Old Godfather 2009
- Emelisse Barleywine
- Stone Old Guardian 2009
- Alaskan Rough Draft 2011 -- fruity, too sweet, "tootsie roll"
- Shipyard Double Old Thumper -- too sweet
- Triple Rock Dragonaut -- weak
If you go to the fest, remember this trick that Ezra told me about: bring an empty six-pack holder to carry your samples back to your table, since you'll want to order a few at a time. It ended up not mattering for me since I found a seat at the bar, but the people with six-packs were definitely having a nicer time of it.