On Saturday, February 20, 2016, Anaheim’s Noble Ale Works turned 5 years old. And, like the gracious, self-sacrificing folks they are, they decided to throw a party, for us their craft beer lovin’ devotees. Thanks to their graciousness, attendees were allowed to bask in the glory of their labors to the tune of some 30-plus beers.
While the day showcased their classics and featured almost every iteration of brew they’ve recently brought us, they also brought out some “big guns” like their Putin put in Barrels, an intensely delicious high ABV Barrel Aged beauty (that I had the pleasure of serving Anniversary attendees all day long. Sorry, if some of them pours of the Putin were heavy…). They even brought out some “beer cocktails” that were a fan favorite with “non-beer drinkers” (Say What?!).
Anniversary attendees were also treated to live music courtesy of some of SoCal’s best brewery house bands. (Yes, that’s an actual thing, Craft Brewers are creative as hell and need to have many outlets…). Hearing Evan and Co. put some interesting spins on hip-hop classics has become a favorite past time of mine.
The event even featured some of OC’s premier Food Trucks like Hobo Pizza, Flipmasters and Rolling Sushi Van.
While the 4 hour time limit may seem a bit stringent, the ease with which the lines flow at this event means you never have to wait in line longer than a few minutes and if you are respectful, friendly and talkative, well, servers could be coaxed into topping you off…
This was my second year attending the event, as a Volunteer. So while I didn’t get to partake of every beer there was to offer, I did get to enjoy a day of doling out liquid bliss to the craft beer loving masses and I can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday. While my goal in volunteering was not to receive anything in return; trust that Noble Ale Works went out of their way to thank me and everyone else who took time to serve.
What happens in Noble’s addition stays in Noble’s addition, but let’s just say, they provided Volunteers with a fun filled night of beer and shenanigans. (If it’s possible to make out with a beer, I believe that me and Nelson Triple Yum Yum did…) Thanks to all the Breweries that pitched in to make the after party a memorable night…for some of us…
If you were lucky enough to attend the event, let me know what your favorite beer of the day was, I’m curious. And if you did not go, start planning for next year. In fact, just head down to Noble’s Tasting Room now, because they still have a ton of great beer from their Anniversary on tap. Bean Bump Anyone?
Thanks again Noble for a fantastic day.
Peace, Love, Beer….Craft Beer