I got there early so I could get in some snapshots before the sun went down. As usual, the folk down at Red Brick were more than happy to oblige my picture taking, and it wasn't long before the lot of unfamiliar attendees were also willingly stepping in from of the camera. You can check out the rest of the album on Facebook or by clicking the image below.
The tap handles were a mix of scotch tape, inkjet, shiny stickers, and sleek machinery. The uncharacteristic scope of beers on tap mildly befuddled the servers as they attempted to convey the character of the brews which filled your glass.
My own honorable mention goes out to: "'Touch of Grey,' a delicious red ale brewed with rose hips and elderflower" brewed by Jon Hummel, Steve Anderson's "'I Fought the Hop (and I won),' an imperial wheat IPA featuring over a pound of hops," and Garrett Lockheart's "uber-hoppy session ale 'Against the Grain.'"
I've had the good fortune of attending two of these events in the last six months, and let me tell you, it's all a tempered mix of romance and abandon after a few hours. Necessity and wisdom be damned. Let's have a beer! (For a little while, at least.) Eventually everyone sobers up, shakes hands, and saunters arm in arm to the lot beyond the patio, the setting sun glinting off their rearview, or the bluish black of night already wrapping the unlit street corners in a coat of muddled stars.
All right, that's likely the beer talking. But it's a good time. And if you missed it, you can look for the winning brew to show up again at one of Red Brick's "one-off" Wednesdays. Go "like" their Facebook page to stay on top of their special beer offerings and events. Word has it they're planning another one for June of this year.