Crisp, cold weather is perfect for sipping and sampling dark beers – there’s just something about the combination of dark, rich beers and winter days that goes together. This past Saturday, cool weather and dark beers joined forces at Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Mills River brewery for the inaugural Burly Beers and Barleywine Festival.
The event, hosted in conjunction with the NC Craft Brewers Guild, was only the second event ever held at Sierra Nevada’s Mills River brewery, and once again Sierra Nevada raised the bar on what we can expect from a beer festival.
After a mild springlike week, Saturday started off surprisingly crisp and cold, with weather seemingly custom ordered for just such an event. By the time the festival started, clear skies and sunshine had elevated both temperatures and moods to properly set the stage for the festival. From noon to 4 pm, patrons wandered among a dizzying array of craft breweries sampling some of the best cold winter brews on the planet. Attendees also got a chance to sample a Southern-style feast, with food from the kitchen of the newly opened Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant. All in all, it was a great day with some of the country’s best breweries – all bringing big beers and big smiles to the Mills River, North Carolina brewery.
A special thanks to Sierra Nevada for making it all happen – we’ll see you next year!