The Old Bakery Beer Company threw a Buzz’d Beer Festival to celebrate their 3rd Anniversary. The beers all followed a theme of flowers, fruit, and honey in honor of the bees that do the hard work of pollinating. 10% of sales were donated to the Piasa Palisades Sierra Club, which is involved in numerous conservation efforts in the River Bend region. So, it’s drinking for a good cause.
A ticket to the event got you a commemorative stemmed glass to fill with samples from over 25 breweries at an indoor venue so weather has no impact on this festival. Food was available for purchase and followed the pollinator inspired theme. Funky Brew was supplying the music.
The festival was sold out, but not over crowded. There was never more than 1 person in line before me for a sample. There were a few tables that had ciders to pick from and a couple that had some spirits, so even non-beer lovers had some tasty options to choose from. There was even a honey stand where you could buy fresh honey.
Old Bakery’s anniversary festival last year was stout themed named “Black & Blues.” I really like the idea of taste/style themed festivals as it helps keep your palate from going all over the place.
My Top 5 Beers at the festival:
Six Mile Bridge | Cinnamon Maple Stout
This was a very smooth beer with a nice pop of cinnamon and the maple flavor is perfect. My next brunch will involve this beer and a stack of pancakes.
Earthbound Brewing | Jasmine Gose
This is a sweet and easy drinking beer with a bit of tartness at the end.
4204 Main Street Brewing Company | Coconut Chocolate Stout
This beer was amazing. It’s made with over 100 pounds of coconut and 20 pounds of Belgian dark chocolate. I plan on pairing this one with a cheesecake in the near future.
4 Hands Brewing Co. | Rosé Weirdo
This is an Imperial IPA that I had previously had two years ago. I really liked this one now. It’s amazing what a couple years can do to your taste buds. If you’re in the “IPAs are too hoppy” group, give this one a try. It’s not bitter and has a lot of juice flavor.
Rockwell Beer Co | Blonde Ale brewed with Centennial Lupulin Powder-Infused Orange Blossom Honey
This may have been the first powder-infused beer that I’ve tried and it’s definitely something I’ll look for in the future.
Once again, Old Bakery hosted a great festival that was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see what kind of festival the throw next year for their 4th anniversary. Cheers!