You know, I don't often
get to make these events as thay are always on weekends and I work every
weekend, but this one was special. It was my Father's 90th Birthday and
I took off to celebrate it by taking him to IH-MS. Coincidentally, it was
the same day and time as this event....and, no, I didn't plan it that way.
I was overjoyed though when I found out that the event was that
Brewer Chris LaPierre decided to carry his tradition of a golden barleywine with him from West Chester. It also has another connection...the Iron Brewer Competition. For the last several years, Chris has allowed homebrewers to come in on barleywine brewing day to collect wort from the second runnings of this big beer. They would then take it home and ferment it into any style they desired. At a later date, they would be judged and an Iron Brewer crowned......but I digress.
We arrived a little early for the happening and already the parking lot was full! We put our name in for a table and I spotted Casey Hughes of Flying Fish bellied up to the bar and went over to see what was happening. As the clock struck one, Lappy got up to address the troops and throw a few fist pumps in greeting. The faithful had come bedecked in their finest Ed Hardy and other Jersey Shore regalia with moussed hair and spray-on tans...did that take me back! (Am I showing my age?)What was once old, is new again.