This was my first time at the Nepenthia event and I enjoyed it very much. Located at my new favorite place, the Anaheim Farmers Park, which is conveniently close to the Packing House and Anaheim Brewery. Like an adult playground, people excitedly bounced from tent to tent, indulging in their curiosity and wonder. The event was like a cool breeze on a hot day, a hot tub after a great workout, a deep-tissue massage for my sore beer-mussels. As I entered the event, I took a deep breath and let out all my worries and stress and watched it carry away with the wind.
The event had some of the more exciting local craft brews around and paired with it was delicious food from some of the best local restaurants. As a matter-of-fact, the tacos from Hopscotch were the same tacos I had scored the highest at Sabroso and subsequently won the best in show award, was there and I was able to satisfy my craving for them once more. The lobster rolls were also very yummy and it was hard to wrap my mind around these foods being included in the ticket sales. Seriously? All you can eat lobster rolls? Sign me up!
In terms of the beer, the ones which stuck-out in my mind was the Randall from Bottle Logic and the Flemish red Marea Roja from Cismontane. I also very much enjoyed the offerings from Beach City, particularly the berliner weisse. At 2.8% ABV it was a refreshing and welcome change for my palate.
Overall, I really enjoyed this event. It wasn’t very crowded, it was well-organized, beautiful location, very decent craft beer line-up, stellar food offerings, and a kick-ass DJ. I feel like the A-Team… “I love it when a plan comes together!” Well done, Bobby!