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Old 09-19-2011, 01:27 AM   #1
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Hey HBT,
I have been brewing for a few years now and it quickly turned from a "hobby" to an obsession. So much so that I was seriously considering opening my own nanobrewery for the past year and a half. Anyways I agreed 6 months ago to pour my beer at the California Beer Festival thinking that I would be a fully licensed brewery by the date of the festival. Well my city wasn't to keen on the idea and it has been stalled due to zoning laws. The Festival though agreed to let me pour my beers. I knew this was a possibility since my homebrew club has had a booth there the last couple of years. I brewed up 50 gallons for the festival...10 corny kegs. 30 gallons of an India Red Ale and 20 gallons of a Belgian Wit.
I start setting up for the festival yesterday morning and I am a nervous wreck!! I am pouring next to the "big boys"....Stone, New Belgium, Firestone Walker, Alaskan, Anderson Valley, etc...I start thinking to myself "What have I gotten myself into?" This is a festival with 4000 beer drinkers!! The festival opens at 12 and first pour is at 1. People are lining up early in front of the "big boys". In front of my tap....not so much. Eventually a line does form and the festival gets underway. Here is where it gets good. No it gets great!! Within half an hour I have the longest line in the festival!! People are coming up to me and telling me that my beer is some of the best at the festival. They want to know where I am "located" and I tell them in my back garage. I can't believe how many high fives I got!! People waited in the longest line at the festival multiple times just to try a 4oz sample of my beer.
Here come the best part.....they have a People's Choice award. My homebrew, Two Trees Brewing Co, WON!!! When I found our little home brewery won...I swear I almost cried. Anyways thanks to all of YOU on HBT because I couldn't have done it without YOU. I think I have asked just about every homebrewing question known on this forum and have always received really good advice and guidance. Thanks and Cheers!! Al
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:37 AM   #2
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Awesome man
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:39 AM   #3
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That's awesome!

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:48 AM   #4
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Congrats man. That's awesome.

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:53 AM   #6
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thats a really sweet story congrats

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:57 AM   #7
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Care to share that award winning India Red Ale recipe?

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:57 AM   #8
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Don't know ya, but damn proud of ya!
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:31 AM   #9
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This is very encouraging. So happy for you and inspired. I am entering my first competition this week and am super nervous about it and excited, too. Way to go!
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:18 AM   #10
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VERY cool, congrats!

 
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