Spring is in the air, but don’t expect me to say the birds are chirping. Instead, this is now the time for beer festivals to spring up at a location near you. Luckily, I live close enough to attend one by my house called Firkfest. Firkfest you say? What does that mean and is that a beer festival? To give you the lowdown on the terminology, this beer fest is an all cask beer event. By cask beer, it is beer that is conditioned inside a beer vessel. This beer vessel comes in two sizes, a Firkin or a Pin.
For this festival, we are using Firkin as it is the bigger beer vessel at 41 liters or 10.8 gallons. The difference of using a Firkin beer vessel, unlike keg beer, is Firkin beer does not use carbon dioxide and become pressurized. Instead, the beer inside the Firkin vessel is unpasteurized and is naturally carbonated inside the vessel through the use of active yeasts. Hence the beer fest name is called Firkfest, which has successfully sold out the past two years brought to you by this man, Greg Nagel (OC Beer Blog).
Greg puts on a great event, I’ll tell you why. Tickets were exclusively sold from from Firkfest or Greg himself. There were no Groupons, no Livingsocial, or whatever mass outlet ticket sale site you can think of. For those of you who have been to oversold festivals, the wait can be unbearable especially under the sun. Not in the case at Firkfest. Wait was a merely 15 seconds or less at every booth. You won’t have to feel you got ripped off and drink like no tomorrow. Instead, you can park your booty nearby a shade and chillax at the Anaheim Farmer’s Park. For the foodies, the ticket price also included chili tastings from 12 local restaurants.
Of course, I saved the best for last. The best thing attending at Firkfest is the beer itself. Why? The 30+ breweries were able to make a micro batch of these experimental type beers you will NEVER get at your local store or brewery. Only at the this event will you taste stuff that will wake up the senses. For example, Ballast Point brought a Grapfruit Sculpin with Habanero. Strand Brewing brought a delicious Dark Roasted Coffee Stout that had hints of chocolate which is also not on their usual menu. Saint Archer brought a Bourbon Barrel Toasted Coconut Scottish Ale, which was one of my favorites. BottleLogic brought an IPA that was named after Greg, called FiNagel IPA. I also want to add El Segundo’s Hammerhead Double IPA not only debuted at their brewery, but it was also here at Firkfest. So for the price of the ticket, you are getting something exclusive, something new, some awesome chili tastings, and a relaxing time at the grounds right by the beautiful Anaheim Packing House. So for you beer lovers, make sure you clear your calender beginning next Spring if you want to enjoy unique beer experience and undoubtedly the best beer festival in Orange County.