The musical main attraction was The Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute band that sounded so much like the real thing, it was scary. They even looked like U2, from Bono's shades, to Edge's ski cap, to Adam Clayton's blond hair and baggy pants:
OK, so my personal favorites were Hell or High Watermelon (a wheat beer by 21st Amendment Brewery) and Wacko (a summer seasonal from Magic Hat):
The Hell or High Watermelon not only had the coolest logo and name, but it was light and crisp, and had just a hint of watermelon flavoring. Nothing too overpowering, but enough to make it stand out.
Wacko, as you can see above, was red. That really made it stand out, and you had to try it just for the heck of it. Turns out, it is made from beets (I asked the brewer if they were from Schrute Farms, but she didn't get the reference. I also told her it had a taste that can't be "beet," but she didn't seem to appreciate that one either. I have a feeling neither line was very original).
All in all, a great success for our first-ever Beer Festival. We've already taken notes and suggestions on how to make the next one even better.
Thank you to all who attended. If you weren't here, you should have been. We'll give you another chance next year!