posted by dave on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 7:47 AM in category drink

The other day I was nagging at Roger, the owner of Rich O's, about the lack of chocolate stouts on tap. After he'd assured me that my beer-off was only postponed and not cancelled, we talked a bit about other beers.

One of the topics was the idea of a kind of customer appreciation mini-festival to fill in some of the gaps between the three big festivals. Roger's idea was that he'd take a single customer and make it a point to have several of that customer's favorite brews on tap at the same time.

This is a great idea, I think. And it's an even better idea if I get to be the customer being honored.

I don't know if anything like this will ever actually come to pass, but it could be a fun little fantasy exercise. So, I'm going to pretend that the first annual DaveFest is going to take place in the Spring.

The rules are these:

  1. Six taps will be provided for beers of my choosing, but I should specify at least ten beers so that alternates are available if any of my main selections cannot be procured.

  2. I need to choose beers that Roger can actually get, so no Alaskan Amber and no Alaskan Smoked Porter or anything else that he can't get in a keg.

  3. I need to choose beers that he will actually sell, so no Newcastle.

  4. Some beers are always on anyway, like Guinness, so I needn't bother specifying them.

My six primary choices:
  • Delirium Tremens

  • Rogue Smoke

  • Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

  • Rogue Chocolate Stout

  • Arcadia Scotch Ale

  • Goose Island Honkers Ale
My six alternates:
  • De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

  • Bell's Kalamazoo Stout

  • Avery Old Jubilation

  • Two Brothers Domain DuPage French Style Country Ale

  • Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

  • Piraat
Please note that the above lists do not necessarily represent my favorite beers - just those very good beers that satisfy the rules of this exercise.

If I were able to select six beers and there were no rules, those six beers would be:

  • Delirium Tremens

  • Alaskan Smoked Porter

  • Harpoon Winter Warmer

  • Rogue Chocolate Stout

  • Alaskan Amber

  • Baltika 6
This was a fun exercise. Now I'm thirsty.

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