What a crazy weekend it was. Saturday was the ever-popular 4th Anniversary Party for Noble Ale Works and Sunday was the Newport Beach Brew Co. 20th Anniversary Party. If you are curious, yes I attended both because I am a glutton for punishment. Delicious beer punishment.
Me and Sean took an Uber (my first time organizing an Uber ride and it was great!) to Noble because it’s like 10 minutes away and not worth trying to drive after the event. It only cost me $5. I am possibly way late to the Uber train.
Upon arrival at promptly 1pm (the time it started for non-VIP ticket holders such as myself) there was almost no wait time as we had our ID checked, wrist-band slapped on, and ticket taken before I was whisked away inside with a taster glass and guide handout clutched to one hand. First order of business, get a beer in this empty glass. I spotted no line for the flagship booth and got a fill of naughty sauce. Delicious. Second order of business was to find out friends and we just so happened to bump into them right away. They informed us that the best line to be waiting in was the “sauce” line for all the lovely variations of Naughty Sauce (like with nuts and cookies added etc.). I was skeptical, “I am hoping they have The Messenger (brewed with Three Weavers) with Yuzu again because that was the shit,” I blurted out in a blind rage of excitement. “Well they have Messenger with citrus…not sure if it’s Yuzu,” offered Johnny of One Punk Army. I did sample the different Messenger beers they had with citrus and it was mighty tasty. Fruity and refreshing.
One of the best moments of the event was when I realized the some guest singers were beer industry peeps. I first noticed when Franny Fullpint told me Julian from Beachwood was just about to take the stage so I thanked her for the heads up and booked it to take some photos of the magical moments that optimized Julian and his acoustic guitar. I am surprised my friend Nick didn’t incite a mosh pit turned riot when Julian was paying Bon Jovi because Nick has a deep-seeded hatred for that band. Seriously he started a fight during street fair once when that song came on. I was so excited when Brian White from Monkish started paying Fugazi’s ‘Waiting Room’ that I stopped mid-sentence in conversation with Will Dee and Greg Daniels from the Haven Collective. “Oh shit, I love this song! It’s Fugazi!” I exclaimed as my eyes grew wide and I wildly grabbed Greg’s arm in delight. Pretty sure those dudes think I am insane now…if they didn’t before.
Other notable beers were the Goosebusters and the Grapefruit Shandy. The Goosebuster gose was delicious and a welcome palate cleanser that I was thankful for a few times during the event. The Grapefruit Shandy was tangy and bright and fruity. This also helped wake-up my palate and make me want more. Tyler King’s Sipper Saurus was pretty legit too.
Overall it was a very enjoyable event. There was only one negative, and that was the lack of bathrooms available and the sequential lines that formed. Beside that one blip it was a well-managed event, and was a huge step forward for Noble. Evan Price, brewmaster of Noble, regaled us with his singing again this year and I enjoy it every time. He really does have stage presence. Congrats to the Noble crew, well done.
BTW…I learned how to make GIF’s in Photoshop guys. Pretty damn excited about it.