What was my first beer? Well, Isa (another volunteer) who brought it to me said “It’s from somewhere over there” gesturing with her outstretched finger. Turned out it was Cycle Brewery/Peg’s Cantina Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Vanilla Beans. A pretty hefty mouthful in name and in nature (10%) to kick off my festival, but when seeing some of the abvs on the various brews, something told me that ‘hefty’ was a relative word at CBC. De Molen had a 17% Eisbock aged in oak while Mikkeller had their own Black Ink & Blood, an 18% Imperial Stout.
The close & clean-up of the first day brought with it ‘just a bit of remaining beer‘ – which meant two full 30L kegs of Mikkeller Pale. Not sure which one, but who cared? It went down a treat!