On Saturday, Beer Geek and I participated in the Washington Wine Academy/DC School of Beer’s Beer Walk. It was a walk through the Crystal City Underground with multiple beer stations.
After our designated driver dropped us off (and took our kids – talk about a good friend), we stopped at the registration table aka Station 1, where we got “race” t-shirts, bibs, tasting tickets and tasting glasses. The volunteers were super efficient and we were quickly on our way.
At the Station 2, I tried the Baying Hound Aleworks Long Snout Stout (which turned out to be my favorite beer all evening ) and New Belgium’s Snow Day.
|Wonder just how slow this 1K will be…
The next station offered Port City beers where (as people who know me would guess) I enjoyed their porter.
Station 4 had Ommegang, Duvel, and Harpoon. Why yes, I could have just moved in there. They also had a decent selection of wine (not that I had any) and BBQ pork sliders (YUM!) from Memphis BBQ.
|Smiling big about the Duvel being poured for me
We skipped Station 5 because, umm, I don’t like light(ish) beers. (It was Yuengling – perfectly acceptable if you are into that kind of beer.)
Station 6 was a winner. Bathrooms, a few seats, and Spaten and Magic Hat. Magic Hat Howl was definitely in my top 5 beers of the evening.
|I think the camera man had a few beers too.
Station 7 was the water station. Luckily I didn’t want any LOL.
|They were trying to find the keys to the gate.
I think we skipped Station 8 (Anchor Steam and Bock), but I really don’t remember LOL.
Station 9 was Sam Adams, where I had a beer. What beer? Couldn’t tell you. I also ate a bunch of Cabot cheese. Kudos to WWA for free food stations along the way.
Station 10 was awesome as well. I had two favorites – Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and Flying Dog “Gonzo Imperial” porter. I also ate more than a few m&ms. Just sayin’.
|Woohoo, I finished.
Because of our DD arrangements, we “had” to walk the course backwards. This worked out really well for me as I was able to get a second and third taste of my favorites. We finished back at the Long Snout Stout, where I used my last two tickets to get a double pour and called our driver to pick us up.
|I was feeling just a little blurry LOL
All in all, it was an awesome event. It was sold out, but the layout made it so it never felt crowded. I never had more than a minute or two wait for a beer. The number of tickets was perfect for me to enjoy myself without imbibing too much (although Beer Geek said he saw that you could buy more.) I highly recommend this event and will be attending next year.
And now I have a 1K PR to beat: 1:05 – yes that is one hour and five minutes LOL.
Disclaimer: I paid for our tickets and Washington Wine Academy did not ask me to review it.