Tonight was the beginning of the Saturnalia Festival at Rich O's.
Unlike Gravity Head and the Hop Festival, I've really been looking forward to this festival. Nearly every beer on the list is one that intrigues me.
As a special bonus, interspersed with my beer ratings in this entry will be some pictures!
My first selection from Rich O's pink Saturnalia menu, and this is no big surprise when you consider my love for Delirium Tremens, was this:
(draft) Dark brownish red with a very dense head that lasted forever. A very nice completion to the Delirium triad. Not as much spice as I was perhaps expecting, but very drinkable. More similar to Delirium Nocturnum than to Tremens.
This first beer was consumed while standing at the end of the bar waiting for anyplace to open up where I could sit.
One funny thing during this time - some girl forced her way through the crowd and ordered two glasses of wine! The bartender's eyes rolled so far back in his head I thought he'd turned into a zombie for a second.
Just a couple views of how crowded Rich O's was. These pictures were taken from the kiddie table - the only place I could sit for the first two hours.
Once I'd managed to worm my way onto the sofa I was ready for my next selection, a Grottenbier Bruin, or Grotten Brown as the menu listed it.
(draft) A nice spicy aroma that led to a fairly tame-tasting beer. There was a slight mustiness to it that didn't exactly thrill me. By the second half of the glass the head had dissipated so both the spice and the must had gone. What was left was good but not great.
One annoying thing - at one point I looked to my left on the sofa and saw an empty space. That empty space beside me in such a crowded bar reminded me that I'm supposed to be sad, so I got a little sad. Then I moved to the loveseat so some friends of DayShiftDude could have the sofa.
More idiots - but not the people on the loveseat - they are actually pretty cool.
My third beer was something which I can't for the life of me remember.
(draft) Fruity and spicy and citrusy. It was the citrus that turned me off this beer.
By the end of the glass I'd warmed to it a little but not enough to have another one of whatever it was as my last beer of the night.
At around 10:00 it got crowded again. This lady's ass didn't help matters.
My last beer of the night was a Great Lakes Christmas Ale. I've had this before and like it a lot.
DayShiftDude and I talked for most of the night.
My lovely self, with ElPresidente in the background. I'm drinking a half-pint of Great Lakes Christmas Ale here. Yummy!