We’re in trouble. Now that we know we can host a great beer festival in our own backyard, that’s exactly how I want all of them from now on. We can get a permit for that, right? Someone tell All About Beer.
This past Saturday, a couple dozen people gathered under canopies in our backyard for House & Homebrew, a beer festival and fundraiser for Hope for the Warriors, a great organization that supports soldiers returning from duty. We raised a healthy sum and spent a few hours sampling some of the best homebrew in the area with the ladies of North Carolina Girls' Pint Out.
In all, House & Homebrew featured 11 beers, some of which were brewed by NCGPO ladies specifically for this event, including a vanilla dunkel gose (Lara Murphy, Jen Shields, Susan Hayek, and Dawnya Bohager) and a Belgian-style blonde ale (Brittany Judy and Kim Campbell). Other contributions came courtesy of Chris and Katy Creech (NCHomebrewing.org), Ben Woodward and Dawnya Bohager (of your future favorite brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales), Chais McCurry, and Lara and me.
There wasn’t a mediocre beer in the bunch. This is no surprise given the talent on hand. I’ll always brag on the dry, peppery magic that is Haw River’s Rusted Plow Saison, but I also loved Chais’ bright, bracing Acid Rain pale ale, a great showcase for Falconer’s Flight, and Chris and Katy's’ Loose Seal IPA.
Someone was smart enough to suggest we make beer floats, and I have to say the gose went really well with a fat scoop of vanilla ice cream.
House & Homebrew was an awful lot of fun despite a blush of rain in the first hour and a half of the event, but once the skies cleared and the lawn games started, we were in great shape. You never can tell exactly how things will go when you host a big event like this at your own house, but it turned out really well. I’d love to try this again someday soon. We certainly have the backyard for it.