Monday, February 19, 2018

Bristol Brewing hosts 14th annual Firkin Rendezvous

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 1:11 PM

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
On Saturday, Feb. 17, Bristol Brewing Company hosted 38 breweries and hundreds of craft beer aficionados at the 14-years-running Firkin Rendezvous. This year, the event was spread out between the brewing room, the barrel-aging room and an exterior tent — the additional space made it feel substantially less claustrophobic than in previous years.

Over the course of four hours, I tasted a staggering 41 beers, mostly one-offs and special releases. It's both difficult and unfair to pick a favorite, but I'll be heading to Mockery Brewing Company in Denver after trying their stunning Mocking Baered Episode IV, a French toast imperial stout. Broomfield-based 4 Noses Brewing Company's Big MF Stout tasted wonderfully rich, with notes of molasses. And after tasting Divide-based Paradox Beer Company's Whiskey Reaper Take My Mind, a fascinating and complex sour amber aged in Laphroaig Scotch barrels with Carolina reaper peppers and Palisade peaches, it's no surprise their beers go bye-bye early at beer festivals.

Between samples, I snapped some photos of brewers and guests alike.

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