Is there a better beer bar in the Upstate that Barley’s? How about South Carolina? Or the South? It’s hard to argue, because time and time again, Barley’s is consistently great in both their offerings and their events. This past weekend’s Biggest Little Beer Fest is another winner for the Greenville institution.

In its second year, the Beer Fest grew in size. Attendance was more than double last year’s event and the offerings were absolutely fantastic. The festival offered 88 vintage and rare beers on tap, as well as 50 bottles, and 4 beers in the cask on 3 floors, including the Trappe Door – the Belgian beer bar located downstairs from Barley’s.

If you bought a VIP ticket, then you got to try these:

  • Allagash Curieux (2010)
  • Foothills Bourbon B/A People’s Porter
  • Founders CBS (2010)
  • North Coast Old Stock Ale (2006)
  • Stone Bourbon B/A Suitable for Cave Aging
  • Victory Ranch Double IPA // Citra

Even if you didn’t have a VIP pass, the offerings were everything beer geeks could want.

  • Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black
  • Allagash Confluence Ale
  • Allagash Hugh Malone
  • Anderson Valley El Steinber
  • Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
  • Anderson Valley Winter Solistice
  • Avery duganA IPA
  • Avery Hog Heaven
  • Bear Republic Peter Brown Tribute Ale
  • Bell’s Expedition Stout
  • Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
  • Bell’s This One Goes to 11
  • Bilboquet L’Affriolante
  • Boulder Hazed & Infused
  • Boulder Mojo IPA
  • De Dochter Oak-Aged Embrasse
  • Dogfish Head Burton Baton (2010)
  • Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale
  • Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron (2011)
  • Emilisse Ardborg Barrel-Aged IRS
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Founders Porter
  • Grand Teton Coming Home 2012
  • Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek
  • Great Divide Belgian Yeti (2011)
  • Great Divide Espresso O/A Yeti (2011)
  • Great Divide Old Ruffian (2011)
  • Green Flash East Village Pilsner
  • Green Flash Friendship Brew
  • Green Flash Saison Diego
  • Gregorious
  • He’brew Reunion Ale (2011)
  • Hof Ten Dormaal Winter
  • Lagunitas Brown Shugga’
  • Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale
  • Lagunitas Sucks
  • Left Hand Chainsaw Ale
  • Left Hand Fade to Black, Vol. 4
  • Left Hand Nitro Wake Up Dead
  • Mort Subite Kriek
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith // Brett Beer
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith // Clutch (2011)
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith // Peach Porch Lounger
  • New Holland Cabin Fever
  • New Holland Dragon’s Milk
  • New Holland Hopivore Harvest Ale
  • Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
  • Quest Ellida IPA
  • Quest White IPA
  • River Dog Chocolate Rye Porter
  • River Dog Coastal Ale
  • Rogue Chocolate Stout
  • Rogue Mogul Madness
  • Rogue Wet Yellow Snow IPA
  • Scaldis Nöel (2007)
  • Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #45 // Oatmeal Stout
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal
  • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
  • Stillwater Cellar Door
  • Stillwater Existent
  • Stillwater Of Love & Regret
  • Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic (Red Wine B/A)
  • Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic
  • Stone 15 // Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
  • ‘t Gaverhopke Singing Blonde
  • Terrapin Jerome & Spike’s Barley Ryne (2011)
  • Terrapin Reunion Ale (2011)
  • Terrapin Side Project #18 // Liquid Bliss
  • The Bruery 3 French Hens (2010)
  • Troubadour Magma Special Edition // Sorachi Ace
  • Victory Braumeister Pils // Sladek
  • Victory NATO IPA
  • Victory Stormwaters
  • Westbrook Brett & No Mices
  • Westbrook Cap’n Skoon’s Ballistic Baltic Stout
  • Westbrook Grätzer
  • Weyerbacher Heresy
  • Weyerbacher XVI (2011)

Perhaps the biggest hits from the festival were South Carolina beers. Quest made an appearance with 2 IPAs (Annona and Ellida – both excellent) and a cask conditioned smoked porter that included cocoa nibs that was appropriately named Smoking Mirrors. Also there was Ridgeland’s River Dog Brewing. Hard to find outside of the very low lowcountry, River Dog has been finding its way to Barley’s taps recently. Their Coastal Ale was a delightfully sessionable beer brewed with rose petals and chamomile. In contrast was the more gruff The Runt, which is a barleywine aged in Jack Daniels barrels. The brewery also brought out its Rye Porter. Read more about both Quest and River Dog at these links and support them when you see them.  http://questbrewing.com/ and http://riverdogbrewing.com/

The festival is another winner for Barley’s. But are you really surprised?



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