that I don't catch a cold between now and then.
Its the weekend of "Beer Camp", the Northern California Homebrew Festival (NCHF),
the biggest beer weekend of the year (in Northern California, at least).
Chances are, I'll be sampling over 100 beers ... maybe more ...
I'm going to try to keep track this year.
It all starts friday morning when I'll drive up to the campground in
the foothill of the Sierra (with a stop for lunch at the Sudwerk brewery
in Davis to sample their Oktoberfest beer).
(Actually, it really starts for me with the Chilli Cook-off
here at work on thursday at lunch ... since after that
I'm essentually worthless after that!)
Then I'll arrive at the campground at around 4pm (I hope), set up camp,
and get myself over the the "happy hour", which involves a dozen
kegs of beer, or so.
But I'll be trying to limit what I drink and eat there, because
the is a 7 course gourmet dinner waiting:
Which includes dishes made with beer, and lots of special beers themselves.
After that I'll stagger back to my tent, and try to sleep
(last year I had a hard time sleeping because I was so bloated!).
The next morning after breakfest, the main event starts:
dozens of beer clubs from all over northern californa will set up
thier booths around a big square lawn, and I'll wonder around the
whole day sampling the beer that each of the clubs has wraught/brought.
Assuming each club brings about 10 beers, and assuming there will be
at least 10 clubs there (probably more), that means I'll be sampling
over 100 beers.
This year I want to keep track of what I sample, somehow.
Hopefully with a note-book, but also with my digital camera.
After the vast sampling of beers, we'll all stagger back to the
camp at 5pm or 6 for somekind of dinner (I'm not sure yet what
I'll be eating ... at least 2 or 3 groups said I can come and join
There will be lots of sampling of various people's beer and wine
(I know some people who make some really great wine that will be there).
After that the campground will errupt into many parties, and I'll
wonder around for a while seeing what is to partake in.
Then at 10pm or 11pm, the die-hards will gather for the crowning event
of the night: The Dead Palate Society.
Last year I was only able to last until about 1pm ...
They is where many special and limited beers and homebrews
make their appearance (things that are to expensive to let
Sunday morning, I'll wake up with a hang-over, and then drive
Which I'm kind of glad of, since it is already way to much
for one single weekend.