Beer Geek Road Trip: Heading home

Following the end of the Beer Bloggers Conference, Elaine and I stayed in Boston for a couple of days to explore a bit of the city. The New England Aquarium, Freedom Trail, the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition — I won’t bore you with all the touristy details except to say that it’s a very nice place to walk about in the summer.

Somewhat beered out from the conference, I only drank four more beers:

  1. An Allagash White at lunch with a plate of seafood. The beer had the slightest touch of lemon citrus, and was dry and slightly spicy — a perfect match for the seafood.
  2. Peroni and the Sox -- a restaurant bar in Little Italy.

    In Little Italy with a Peroni and the Red Sox .

    When we ended up at a restaurant in Little Italy with no craft beer on tap, I went with the flow and ordered Peroni. Euro-lager? Sure, but at the end of a long hot day, something light and thirst-quenching was a perfect match for white pizza on a thin crust.

  3. In the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, I ordered a bottle of the excellent Berkshire Brewing Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale with dinner. OM NOM NOM! A warm nose of wild clover honey, smooth caramel and biscuit flavours and just a hint of dryness in the finish. I fell to the ground and cried tears of joy.
  4. A sampler of Saranac Pale Ale, another nice British style pale ale, during a tour of Utica Brewing Company.

And so, without further ado (or beer purchases), we arrived back home a week after we had left, having completely circumnavigated Lake Ontario.

Swag

This is just my swag. Elaine’s stuff would fill the rest of the table.

Early the next morning, I spread out my swag on the dining room table. My goodness.

  • an insulated growler
  • a box of cereal
  • a DVD
  • a beer bucket
  • 2 koozies
  • 6 stickers
  • 1 label
  • 4 small bottle openers
  • 1 large bottle opener
  • 2 buttons
  • 3 beer mats
  • 1 stick cider-flavoured lip balm
  • 2 chocolate bars
  • 1 eyepatch
  • 2 bookmarks
  • 3 pens
  • 2 fridge magnets
  • 1 screen cleaner
  • 1 large poster
  • many brochures, menus and booklets
  • 28 bottles and 2 cans of beer and cider

(And Elaine’s pile o’ swag was almost as big.)

In conclusion:

The Beer Bloggers’ Conference was a lot of fun, and needless to say, there was a lot of beer. (Should I even say possibly too much beer? Perhaps not — I guess I didn’t have to drink every beer that was given to me.)  The food was good, the accommodations were great, and it was well-organized. The speakers were all very good. Drinking Utopias with my new BFF Jim Koch was outstanding. And New England? We’re planning on a return visit.

Is there anything I would change? Sure. The conference room had large pillars that interfered with our view of the speakers. The noise at some events was deafening. Massachusetts liquor laws were almost as silly as Ontario’s.

But overall, I will have a hard time thinking up a beer geek road trip to top this one.

 

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