Crap there was a long lineup to get in. Thanks TTC for messing up the College W streetcar!
(Had Phil's BBQ for lunch before heading down.)
Church Key wasn't there either. It was rather disappointing that so many didn't come. After a three to four year absence I don't think I'll bother going back again. I much prefer Montreal's festival.
I tried mostly beers I haven't had before: Scotch Irsh Porter, Project X, Better Bitters Red (though I think I got the amber), Neustadt Scotch Ale, Cameron's Dark, Magnotta Copper, Old Credit Pilsner, Warsteiner Dunkel. Out of all those I liked the Neustadt Scottish Ale the most. I'll probably pick up a sixer once in a while now. I'll also give the Scotch Irish Porter a go when I see it in bottles.
I sampled several of what the girlfriend had including Heritage Old Man Dark Ale, Black Oak Saison (which I've had before) and Saison on Cask which I think was the "marmalade" version based off the description from the friendly Black Oak guy (tall guy, long hair, missed catching his name.) I actually liked the cask one far better than the regular Saison.
It was nice to see Michael with his Weisse in the Black Oak tent and finally meeting the person responsible for one of my favourite brews (Vanilla Bean Porter), Perry.
Winner of the best booth babe (on looks alone) goes to Cool Beer for the nice little bikini-clad Asian number. Winner of the best knowledgeable booth babe goes to Cameron's for having one of our regular friendly Smokeless purveyors of fine beer there. With all the female attendees I was surprised there wasn't any shirtless male booth dudes there though I suppose the numerous spikey-haired, shirtless and wife-beater wearing attendee douchebags were enough. (I can't imagine what that place would be like towards the end of the evening.)