The Parker HopAholics were on the scene for the third annual Parker BrewFest, held at O’Brien Park in Parker on Saturday, August 18. This year’s event, the largest of the three held to date, was a complete sellout. Organizers expected 1500 beer lovers, but it seemed to us that there were way more than that. A record number of breweries provided the huge, enthusiastic crowd with some great brews and swag, and several food trucks did a brisk business as well.
Following a blustery shower just before the VIP opening, the afternoon turned warm and sunny, with no spirits dampened.
There may have been over 40 breweries pouring Saturday afternoon, but there was only one place where fest-goers could actually see beer being made. The HopAholics’ tent was busy pretty much all afternoon, the central location providing whiffs of boiling wort in all directions.
By the time the general admission crowd was admitted, a clone of Deschutes’ Mirror Pond Pale Ale was well on its way to beerdom. Several additions of Cascade hops to the robust grain bill made for an irresistible sensory attraction. “What are you making?” was a question answered many times as people strolled and sniffed by the tent.
As in previous years, many people had never seen beer being made and were very interested in the process. A great many conversations about brewing and beer made for a really quick afternoon. By 4:30, about four and a half gallons of wort were poured into a fermenter. The pale ale will be available for a future club meeting.
Club members who helped out on site had a great time – and we got to sport our snazzy new club shirts, too. Many thanks to our gracious host, Todd Hendreks and the CCV Rotary Club of Parker for a great festival! Todd and his colleagues should be very pleased with the results of this year’s BrewFest, the financial proceeds of which support various local charities.
Congratulations on a great job! We look forward to coming back again next year…