I got to judge the "finals" a the Toronado Barleywine Festival (2008).
This is the second time I've gotten to judge the finals ...
I think the last time was about 3 years ago.
This time we had to decide which of the 7 finalists was
the BOS. It was a long fight, which I won't go into here.
After that little "chore", I hung out in the judging area, and drank
2 pints of "Hop Stoopid" (sp?), a very tasting Imperial IPA
made by Lagunitas (they also won BOS with their Barleywine,
but it wasn't my favorite).
Then we all headed over to the Anchor Brewery for the
Homebrew Club of the Year Luncheon, and I drank a bunch more great beer ...
I think I drank about 7 pints there total. All for free.
I wasn't really very hungry, so I didn't even eat the luncheon.
Which might have been a mistake: it might have been wiser to
have some food in my stomach, since at about 6pm when they
ended the party, I was pretty drunk I guess.
Me and one of my other club members staggered the mile or so
back to the train station (I guess I wasn't so drunk I wasn't
able to walk a mile ...). But we missed the 6pm train,
by about 5 minutes, we had to wait until 7pm for the next train.
I sort of passed out for about 45 minutes, then woke up and
bought a second train ticket, since I had completely forgoten
that I'd already bought one earlier.
I didn't realize this until the next
morning when I found two train tickets in my pocket!
Fortunately, I didn't drink a whole lot of the Old Foghorn Barleywine,
since in years past when I did that, I was so hung-over the next
day that I felt horrible all the next day.
This year I only felt horrible for a little while in the morning. :-)