Forgive the big post but this is my wrap up of the day.
As someone new to home brewing only friends have tried my beers and they all seem to like it. I bought some cornies from a guy in Lakewood (shame I can't remember his name) and he told me about brew riot. I told my wife about and she talked me into entering. She had a logo made, ordered some stickers and made shirts for all our friends who were going. She even talked my parents into flying in for it from South Carolina and her sister from Tampa.
Living just 2 blocks away I have seen margarita festivals and what not where teams run out real quick. I figured I would take 3 kegs (a czech pilsner, blonde ale and a hard cider) so I could last all day and have a chance at the peoples choice vote at least. So I go ahead and sign up, get some batches kegged and ready. The day of the festival I walk down with my dog to get my spot. Stacey tells me I am in 13 and it is up on seventh street. I follow the numbers and end up caddy corner to the stage. I was thinking man this is a primo spot. I look over and there is a group setting up 2 oak barrel kegerators with multiple taps on each and I tell my dog, "looks like we are in for a long day."
So my dad and I get all my stuff setup and as more teams file in I realize my 3 beers are nothing. There were tons of cool setups. I didn't get to go around and talk much since I was a one man show up until game time.
At 4 my wife and her friends roll up and people start coming in. I start pouring and all my stuff appears overcarbed! I start freaking out then turn the regulator down to 4 psi and everything settles out. Me and a friend are pouring left and right and everyone is saying how good my stuff is. It was making my day! Not getting a lot of tokens but to here people say they liked my beer was reward enough. I met a lot of people and talked to quite a bit from my street, just a couple over. After an hour and a half the blonde keg floated. That was quickly followed by the pils and the hard cider. By 6pm we were out of brew and just amazed at how cool everything was.
I went and asked the staff if I should turn in my tokens and if I needed to stay, thinking I saw more tokens in others containers. They said I could or I could just close down the table and hang out. We decided on the later with everyone else going around sampling others beers and just hanging out. At about 7 the wife and everyone left, but at that point my dad and I wanted to stay and see who won the popular vote.
As they started reading out who one on the ales they red about a little red rooster and I got excited, our name was Cockeyed Brews and we had a metal rooster on our table. Then I realized he was talking about someone else and I just laughed. Then came specialty beer category and they read off Hazel's Hand Grenade as second place!!! That was my stuff!!!! Holy cow I started to walk up to see if I got a ribbon or anything but I couldn't see anyone passing anything out. I walked back to our booth as they went over Belgian and French and IPAs. I decided to walk back up front just to see if there was a ribbon and as they were reading out Lagers I heard CP3.0 first place!!!! Another one of my beers!!!! I couldn't believe it and I asked Stacey if he just called my beer and she said yup. She handed me a wooden plaque and we took a couple pictures. I asked her if I got a ribbon or anything for second and she said no, but at that point nothing mattered!
I never would have thought I would place even 1 of my beers but to get 2. Oh man. There was a victory cheer as I walked into my backyard, where all my supporters had retired to earlier for more of my beverages.
It was such a blast, even had I not won anything the day was long but super fun. Everyone I know had a great time. I did get to talk to a couple different people about there beers after we were out so that was cool.
All I can say is thank you to Go Oak Cliff and can't wait for next year!