I will open this blog post by admitting that I probably should have taken today off. I spent the weekend at Brewery Ommegang for their Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event, one of the most epic East Coast beer festivals there is. To say it was the best weekend of my summer would be an understatement.
As it turns out, camping with a huge group of your favorite people is fun – but camping with a huge group of your favorite people at a world class brewery for two days of incredible Belgian beer tasting, insane food, live music, and new friend making is even better. I consumed more ridiculous beers in two days than I have in the past six months (and I drink my fair share of ridiculous beer) – and I ate like a complete glutton. At one point during the festival I snuck off to use the bathroom. On my way, I shared a moment with a random guy I’d never met before – he looked at me, we both looked at the festival happening below us, and he simply said, "BCTC is like Woodstock for beer geeks." That random guy is right – and lucky for all of us, it’s an annual event. My advice to you is to find a way to get to next year’s festival. You’ll have the time of your life.
I’d tell you more but I’m pretty tired and pictures are worth approximately a thousand words each, so I’ll let these guys do the talking.