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Weekend Recap: Pints of Phunky Phish

I love the 3-day weekend.  It’s such a morale booster!  The 2-day weekend isn’t nearly long enough, and the 4-day is way better for obvious reasons, but I’m not trying to be greedy.  Let’s push for 3. Who’s with me?

I spent my past 3-day weekend hanging with the other wookies and hippies over at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for some tasty sets from Phish.  Beer blog, beer blog.  I know, I know.  But you might be surprised at the beer selection in the parking lot.

The Phish Lot is a magical place.  Typically referred to as Shakedown Street, it’s a farmer’s market made for and run by Phish fans.  RV’s and campers with people selling everything from artwork to clothing to stickers.  Hungry?  Grab a wood-fired pizza, philly cheesesteak, or the best gouda grilled cheese you can imagine.  Thirsty?  People set up full bars with blenders and mixed drinks, shots, smoothies and more.  It’s awesome.

The Westword just posted a bunch of pics from the Lot.  Click HERE to take a look.

It’s also a great place to do a little beer shopping.  There were plenty of people schlepping coolers around, selling beers for $3 or 2/$5 for the thrifty shoppers in the crowd.  There’s the usual load of crap to be found like Budweiser and Coors, but there’s also a ton of Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Boulder Beer, Odell, Sierra Nevada and more.  I don’t have any hard facts, but if I had to guess, I’d say the amount of craft beer drinkers outnumbers the macro drinkers.  The Phish lot introduced me to Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout way back when.  I think I was at Deer Creek in Indiana, but can’t remember…

As far as beer, you never know what you’re going to find, since many of Phish’s fans tour for weeks at a time and could be bringing some beers to CO that we wouldn’t normally get out this way.  I did a bit of shopping for the beer cellar as I found someone with a cooler full of Bell’s.  I bought up a few bottles of the tasty 10.5% ABV Expedition Stout.  This Russian Imperial Stout ages exceptionally well and these puppies are already 11 months old.  Score!

My wife let me fly solo one night, but there were plenty of other beer geeks and good people in the crowd to hang with.  I met up with a fan from that was in town from Berkeley, CA. We shared a few beers and some tunes and will probably be doing some beer trading in the future.

I also heard Kyle Hollingsworth was in the crowd one night.  He’s the keyboardist from the String Cheese Incident, and is also a big advocate of craft beer.  Heard of Hoopla?  That’s his beer.

The Lost Abbey shirt I was wearing on Saturday sparked multiple conversations, including one with Eric Franecki, who runs the NoCo Beer Forum.  Check it out if you haven’t done so already.

Oh, and then there was the whole concert thing going on.  I like music.  I’ve played drums most of my life and have tried to absorb just about every style of music in the book.  I’ve seen plenty of concerts, from Anthrax to Yanni, but Phish has my heart.  Mrs. Brewtally Insane and I have been all over this great wide country following those boys and we love ’em.  Plenty of my friends don’t get it. I can’t explain it and I don’t really try.  Their loss.

Here’s a tune from Saturday’s show.  Not one of my favorite studio tracks, but they really rocked this thing in concert.  It starts out pretty straight forward, transforms into a funky jam at about the 8:30 mark (dig that base line), mellows into almost nothing at the 15:00 mark, builds, Builds, BUILDS and just rocks out at the end.  This is jamming people.  Love it.

What a weekend.  The people watching is worth the price of admission alone.  Not to mention, everyone should experience a glowstick war at least once in their life.

Great shows Phish!  Thanks for ending your Summer Tour in Colorado!

If this post was just too off base for you, I apologize.  We’ll return to our normally scheduled brew news and other assorted beery things tomorrow.  I’ve got some really exciting things to share with you, so check back soon.  And shoot me a line if you made it out to the shows this weekend or just dig good music.

Now for some random shots I snapped over the weekend.



Brewtally Insane / American Craft Beer Radio Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Kyle’s Brew Fest!

Alright, you guys ready for another giveaway?  So last weekend, my wife Patti, won a pair of tickets from American Craft Beer Radio to attend Kyle’s Beer Fest at Boulder Beer in Boulder, CO. Unfortunately, she forgot we’re embarking on another brew-venture on the same weekend and won’t be able to attend.  After talking with Gary V over at American Craft Beer Radio, we decided to have a little fun, come up with a contest and give the tickets away to a lucky reader of Brewtally Insane.  Hey, that means you!

Kyle’s Brew Fest is entering its’ third year and features Kyle Hollingsworth (from the String Cheese Incident) and his band, along with a ton of great beers.  The event is being held on Saturday, July 28th from 3 PM – 7 PM and tickets run $25 for beer samples, an exclusive tasting glass and a mountain of great music.

Kyle is a big fan of craft beer and has done several collaborative brews with local breweries, including Boulder Beer and Dry Dock Brewing.  In fact, his recent collaboration with Boulder Beer, called Hoopla – Pale Ale, is set to debut in cans in just two weeks.

The event will feature more than 30 breweries including Boulder Beer, Odell, Left Hand, Funkwerks, Great Divide, Oskar Blues and many more.  There’s also a silent auction that will benefit the Conscious Alliance.  Music meets Beer, all for a good cause.  This is sure to be a great time and I’m pretty bummed that we can’t make it.

But, our loss is your gain.  So if you’d like to attend, all you need to do is guess how many breweries I’ve been to.  Simple right?  Here’s a few quick rules:

1.  You must be able to attend this event on Saturday, July 28th at 3 PM.

2.  Place your guess on the Brewtally Insane Facebook Page in the comments section under the link to this post.

3.  Guesses will be judged “Price is Right” style.  In other words, closest guess without going over.

4.  Your guess should be based on the total number of breweries I’ve visited.  Not beer bars, beer festivals, etc…  Just places that actually brew beer on-site.

5.  One entry per person.

6.  Keep listening to American Craft Beer Radio on 102.3 on Saturday’s at noon.

That’s about it.  You’ve got until Sunday, July 15th at 5 PM MST to get your guess in.  Good luck!

Oh, and thanks to everyone that helped us break 100 Likes today on the Facebook Page!  Congrats to Cory Seaton for being our 100th Like and getting hooked up with a New Belgium Lips of Faith Brett Beer bomber and official NB Globe glass!