Thursday, October 27, 2011
Hiatus Report - Part 3
Local radio station WMGK hosted their inaugural Brew Fest on the Battleship USS New Jersey at the Camden Waterfront on 17 September - and I was there. So was my sister L and my longtime friend Mo. Every June, the Craft Brewers of New Jersey have an annual New Jersey Craft Beer Festival on the New Jersey. Mo, L and I have been there before and had fully intended to go this year. L and I even bought the tickets and I had a pass from the Mrs to go. Until she told me that The Boy's graduation party was that day. So L and I gave our tickets away, but Mo went.
Anyway, when WMGK decided to have their own Brew Fest on the New Jersey, we were all over that. The New Jersey is one of the most decorated ships in US Navy History. And it's been a museum on the Camden Waterfront since 2001. This ship is huge. You can't really appreciate that until you go below decks and start walking the myriad of passageways. You can do a self guided tour of the ship as part of your admission to the Brew Fest, but they won't give you your tasting glass until after your done. They don't want drunks walking the ship because you will get hurt.
The festival itself is set up under tents on the fantail. They also had a classic rock band playing. Good size crowd too. I'd say at any given time there were 200 - 300 people in there.
And then there was the beer. Unibroue was one of the better ones (there were over 50 different ones to choose from). They came all the way from Canada and had a La Fin du Monde which was very good. Another beer of note was Weyerbacher's Merry Monks, a Belgian style Abby Tripel that the 3 of us agreed was the best we had all day.
I also enjoyed Magic Hat's Number 9 and Hex beers too. Our bowling league's theme for team names this year is beer and Magic Hat is our team name, so it's dear to my heart.
It was an overcast and windy day on the river, which the sail boats liked.
We camped out near the stern when the crowds got too intense. From here we could easily get to the Unibroue, Flying Fish (a local favorite) and Woodchuck's Hard Cider.
Here's L and Mo discussing God knows what.
Here's Me and L hamming it up for a local photographer from who's site I lifted this picture.
This picture of Mo too.
All in all a nice day. We probably sampled about 15 beers (all we had was beer in teeny-weeny little glasses ala Richie Cunningham from Happy Days - anybody?). Some interesting cloud formations that day too. Here's a parting shot of the ship's ensign flying in the wind from the flagstaff and what was left of my Merry Monks Ale.