This afternoon I stopped by the North Market to pick up some wine and cheese to consume tonight — it is a holiday weekend, after all — and I picked up a flier for the Columbus Microbrew Festival.
It’s the 8th annual Festival. The 8th! I’ve been blissfully unaware that the Festival even existed, so I’ve missed the first seven. The very thought gives me an empty, gnawing feeling.
As any reader of our little blog knows, I am a big supporter of local businesses and downtown activities. I also love beer, so the Festival is right up my alley. My question to our readers — and I’m thinking here of the Biking Brewer — is: what is appropriate behavior at a Microbrew Festival? Are attendees supposed to sip the brews and comment daintily on the “nose” and whether the taste has hints of raspberry and anise, or is it acceptable to guzzle every adult malt beverage within reach and thank the ancient gods that they taught the fine art of brewing to our ancestors?
I’m also very intrigued by the names of some of the microbrewers who will be participating in the Festival. Who wouldn’t want to sample a porter brewed by Weasel Boy Brewing Company, or Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, or Seventh Son Brewing Company? What central Ohioan wouldn’t feel compelled to sample the product of Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, or Buckeye Lake Brewery?
If you’re intrigued, too, mark your calendars — the Festival is September 13, 14, and 15 at the North Market.