PART IV – FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK
Top of the Hops Beer Festival
My Saturday was spent tasting craft beers from around the country and the world: USA, Czech Republic, Ireland, England, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and the Bahamas. Each person is given a 2-ounce glass and free reign over the “Beer Gardens” – hosting over 150 beers (Gordon Biersch Beer Garden, Covington Brewhouse Beer Garden, Tin Roof Brewing Company Beer Garden, and Saint Arnold Brewing Company Beer Garden).
They included everything from pale ale to amber to stout to cider.
A local brewery, Abita Brewing Company, was one of the major sponsors.
We got to enjoy the beautiful outdoor atmosphere with live music (The Scorseses and Rufus Jagneaux). And there was plenty to look at along the way…
Top of the Hops was full of great people watching and beer sampling. My favorite part was no doubt when I caught a friend eating a pretzel off a stranger…where is the camera when you really need it?!
And they practice RESPONSIBLE DRINKING – there was a “Designated Driver” ticket…costing only $15…and available taxi cabs during and after the event! 🙂
Overall…a FABULOUS event and a FABULOUS day!