Let me first say, that I went to Row 34 for lunch on saturday and it was absolutely amazing. Do not miss the opportunity to eat here if you go to EBF next year.. or if you're just in Boston. Also, sorry that I forgot to take pictures of Session 3..
I made my way to the fest around 4:45/5pm for 6pm door opening. Session 3 was, as expected, more crowded than session 1. Again, I made my way to Tree House's line first to see if they brought anything different that day. This time, the line was sanctioned off with velvet ropes.. Fancy.
I got to try the Vanilla Bean Triple Shot and the Triple Shot, side by side. The VTS poured nearly black and smelled wonderfully of vanilla bean and espresso. The nose was fantastic on this beer. As I drank it, it tasted of bitter espresso, milk and sweet vanilla. The body was medium, creamy and with low carbonation. Overall, I thought it was very good, however, I preferred the original Triple Shot. Anyone who knows me knows I prefer all sweet things to be bitter sweet. So the vanilla was just a tad sweeter than I would have preferred.
Beers That Stood Out, Session 3:
- 7venth Sun Brewery - Life on Mars (Berliner Weisse) Cactus pear & passionfruit
- Grimm Artisanal Ales - Lumen (IPA) - hop forward & juicy; citrus fruit; light & drinkable
- Marz Community Brewing - Ruby's Tears (Gose) - hibiscus & lime tartness
- The North Brewery - God Complex (American Stout) - hazelnut, mocha, chili. Nice spicy nose. Hazelnut and chocolate balance out the chili; warming, fully bodied and rich.
- OEC Brewing - Experimentalis with Peaches Pedro Ximenez Barrel (American Wild Ale)
Though I'd already had most of the Wicked Weed beers before the festival, I do regret that I didn't taste Chocolate Covered Black Angel. I also wish I had gotten to taste more of the OEC beers. I left a few minutes early to make my way to the Row 34 after party, then to a bottle share. More details on that next time!
Until then, hoppy drinking!
-One Hoppy Lady