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Friday, April 22, 2011

Saturday Listening & Beer Party. YUMBowl!

A few of my concert tour buddies and I got together last Saturday for what has become an annual event. YUMBowl! It's kind of a spin off of Umphrey's McGee's now annual UMBowl. Last year when the band announced this special four set show in Chicago we decided that it would be cool to buy the high resolution download of the show and host our own listening party. We decided on the venue, our friend Dan's house in Chalfont, PA. He has a stellar audio playback system and comfortable seating. We all brought some good craft beer. Last year was a ton of fun, but this year we needed to step it up in the beer department.

We all brought lots of craft beer from our respective areas of the East coast (Baltimore, Philly, NJ/NY, CT) When we get together for concert tours we sometimes swap brews to collect stuff that can't be found in our home markets. We all arrived Friday evening and made several shopping trips to local grocery stores, bars and bottles shops. The Philly area beer scene cannot be beat. I believe that we each left with about as much beer as we brought.

I was very excited to finally get some stuff from Russian River, Pretty Things, New Glarus & Deschutes. Currently none of those breweries distribute to my area.

There is no way that I could do a full review of everything that we drank. Stand outs from the weekend for me were Goose Island Dominique, Victory Dark Intrigue, New Glarus Raspberry & ApplePretty Things Baby Tree & Fluffy White Rabbits & 2002 Victory Golden Monkey. Keep in mind that this lasted from Friday evening through the early hours of Sunday morning. Breaks for food and naps were taken. We believe that we helped to crash the Untappd servers with all of our check-ins. Here's the run down of what we had.

Cigar City Guava Grove
Russian River Damnation
Spring House Brewing Mango IPA
Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits
Goose Island Pepe Nero
Heavy Seas Siren Noir
Spring House Brewing Planet Bean 
Goose Island Dominique
Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet
New Glarus Raspberry Tart
Victory Golden Monkey (Vintage 2002)
Cisco Brewers Cherry Woods
Boston Beer Company Infinium
Pretty Things Baby Tree
Ale Union Amber
Dogfish Head Pangaea
Mikkeller/Stillwater Artisanal Two Gypsies Our Side
Russian River Sanctification
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale
New Glarus Unplugged Apple Ale
Element Interval Series Vernal (wrapped)
Element Interval Series Vernal (wrapped)
Deschutes The Abyss (Vintage 2010)
Buckbean Orange Blossom Ale
Heavy Seas Holy Sheet
De Proefbrouwerij Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (Vintage 2008)
Bootleggers Brewery Black Phoenix

I didn't get pictures of these three:
JW Lees Harvest Ale (Vintage 2002)
Central Waters Illumination
Fegley's Brew Works Hop'solutely
Heavy Seas Dubbel Cannon


  1. Outstanding selection of brews. That's a party I wish I could have crashed!!! Umphrey's McGee too?!?! Wow!!!

  2. I'm coming next year. And I'll bring some special Ale Union brews, I know the brewer.

  3. It must be really fun to be socializing with fellow beer lovers and beer enthusiasts! Can you remember how many beers you tasted? And what’s the best beer that you had? Keep those beers coming!

    -Rob Feckler