The Wing & Brewfest happened last Saturday at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. The weather was hot and sunny, but the beer was cold!
A $30 brewtent pass entitled attendees to sample as many beers as they wanted. The format in the tent varied this year to encourage breweries to send representatives to pour their beer instead of the volunteers from past years. This change gave people a chance to meet and ask questions about the beers they were trying.
Perry Miller from Brookings Radio did a live broadcast of his successful Beer Untapped radio show from the tent. You should all check out this weekly beer program if you haven’t already discovered it!
I met Nick Murphy and Chad Petit from the Hydra Beer Company for the first time. I enjoyed their Death Breath Double IPA and Immortal Ale. Be on the lookout for a Red IPA in the future. They are also musicians in the Tennesee Murder Club. Their motto is “Death Metal + Beer = Our Lifeline”.
Bank Brewing of Hendricks, MN was at the festival. Brewer Richard Drawdy poured samples of Hop Lab Yellow, Hop Bandit and Sour Bomb. We found out that a mixture of Sour Bomb and Founder’s Rubaeus is very tasty!
I was also able to talk to Karl Steege (pictured above) about the annual release of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Karl is our local Beal Distributing representative for the Brookings area. This is a very sought after annual release for beer geeks, and I wanted to start begging early! Find Beal Distributing on Facebook.
I tasted a good white IPA from Wooden Legs Brewing named “White Bruce”. Seth Koch, co-owner, told me that he and brewer Chris Harding came up with the name from the I29 exit for White and Bruce. I was expecting a wilder story!
There were lots of other good beers provided by Fernson (Gallivant), Miner Brewing, West-O (Holy L IPL), Sick-N-Twisted, Knuckle Brewing, Founder’s (All Day IPA), the Brookings Municipal Liquor Store growler station, Brickway, Take 16, Tallgrass (Ginger Peach Saison) and New Belgium (Long Table).
My time at the fest passed quickly and it was soon time to get home for supper. Be sure to put this event on your calendar next summer. Cheers!