September 7, 2009

woo hoo!

I headed to Memphis Taproom on Friday evening excited to dive into the first 11 beers on tap for Memphis Taproom's 2nd year of the Mystery Beer Weekend. (I recently learned something can't be labeled "annual" till its the 3rd year...)

I was a bit tricked by the American category. There were also many beers that could have fit into a few categories.
Lance Romance's c3 Heywood alone could have fit into 4!
But, I left there pretty confident and was anticipating round 2 the next day.

I was willing to devote my entire weekend to winning.

But a late night trip to that P.o.p.e. place made that goal disappear as quickly as my 15th anniversary Great Divide did a few hours prior.

I missed all of Saturday and thought I would go Sunday just for kicks. Pretty much just to see 2008 Champ, Jim Keaveney hold on to his golden chalice.

I gave it my best through the process of elimination. And I tried to get into owner and organizer, Brendan Hartranft's head a bit.

Which his wife warned me against later. "Don't ever do that," she said.

I was quite shocked when Brendan announced the winner.
I took it with 27 beers identified properly. Here are the results via their website.

I was thrilled. I may have blown the Biggest Loser competition, but at least I know my beer.
(I better, right?)

My winnings....

Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
De Dolle Oerbier Reserva 2002 and 2006
Aventinus 2001
Bos Keum Passbier
De Proef Flemish Primative
New Glarus "Unplugged" Imperial Weizen
His and Her Memphis Tees
St Bernardus 12 2002
2X Firestone Double Barrel Ale (SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO delicious)
Firestone Pale 31
Hannen Alt Glass
Kwak Glass
Westvleteren Glass
and nice rubber blue laundry basket
and a container of double thick smoked bacon.


  1. Wow! Great job! Congratulations!

  2. That's awesome! I'd wanted to check out the event, but other things came up. Congrats!

  3. My lack of tasting expertise makes me appreciate your achievement all the more... quite envious I am! Congratulations!