Never mind the Super Bowl, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest takes over the Seaport World Trade…


Never mind the Super Bowl, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest takes over the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston this weekend on Friday and Saturday, February 1st and 2nd, 2019. I first attended this amazing festival last year as a brewery rep, and over two days still wasn’t able to try everything I wanted to. This year, returning solely for fun, I knew I had to make a plan of attack. Over 400 different beers from 120+ breweries is too damn much for one regular 3 ½ hour session, and so this list was born, highlighting the beers I most want to try. Keep in mind I’m leaning towards big stouts, especially barrel aged, barleywines, breweries I’ve never tried before, generally not available in the NYC area, and beers that just seem downright insane that were brewed one time for this event.

Seeing as this took me a few hours, I figured why not share it, as I’m sure some other people might appreciate going in with a little bit of a plan.  Breweries are listed alphabetically for easy lookup on the fly. If I could offer a few other tips, go in with food in your stomach, drink water throughout, use the buddy system for waiting on line/getting beer and get the beers you MUST try as soon as possible. Enjoy the show and hopefully BA will add a combo ticket to get a Saturday session with Friday too at a small discount next year, I know I would buy one!

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450 North
These guys have a lot of hype coming in hot from Indiana, especially with their Slushy series, which will probably go quick.
Sushy Peach Dessert- Berliner Weisse with peaches, vanilla, cinnamon, lactose, graham crackers and brown sugar
Flap Jack Nuggets- Milk stout with maple syrup, cinnamon, brown sugar and lactose
Slushy XXL triple berry-Berliner Weisse with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries

Against The Grain
Can’t wait to see what the subversive ATG crew does this year after pissing off a lot of people with their short order diner-style order taking system for samples last year.
Meta Boost- 11% beer they claim is both stimulant and depressant with capsaicin (hot pepper) and adaptogens (de-stressing herbs)
1776- Dark Ale with molasses and herbs

Enjoyed Aslin’s no-frills booth approach last year with literally a jockey box and that’s it.  The beers however are all-frills, get some early.
Genius Kitchen- 15% imperial stout with Nutella, coffee, maple, cinnamon & strawberry
Time for That- Barleywine with blueberry, brown sugar, cinnamon & vanilla

Bourbon Barrel Wickid Dark- 10% stout with cinnamon, hazelnuts, cocao nibs, black and chipotle peppers.
Rum Barrel Innuendo- 10.5% imperial white stout with cacao, coffee, vanilla beans and lactose aged in rum barrels.

Beer Tree
Love trying a new NY state brewery, these guys from Port Crane are bringing some interesting brews
Double pineapple coconut Creamsicle- Double NEIPA milkshake style minus the lactose
Fruita Con Tajin- sour conditioned on mango, cucumber, chipotle and lime
Scoby Snacks- low abv ale brewed with raspberry, passion fruit, ginger, lemon and kombucha scoby

Black Hog
Leaves a Mark- peanut butter- 11.5% imperial stout with real jars of peanut butter
Citra Seltzer IPA- 2% super session brut ipa as close to beer seltzer as they could make. No body, no haze just hops and bubbles.
Brownie Inception- Wake up Leo this is a brown ale made with brownies made with the brown ale before it had brownies added. Best movie beer award.

Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams)
Utopias- this is traditionally a timed release, so check in to see when they start pouring. How could you not get a couple of ounces of Utopias poured for you from a pitcher? The value alone is worth about half your ticket.

Brewery Vivant
Another big buzz brewery from Michigan, bringing some nicely named unique beers
Emergency PTA Meeting- Mezcal barrel aged smoke beer with ancho peppers
Wizard Burial Ground- one of the few Belgian style quads at the show, aged in bourbon barrels

Burley Oak
Maryland’s new sour darlings, get those JREAMS early or you will have nightmares about missing them.
Gnarly Waffles- imperial stout brewed with waffles
Apple Pie JREAM- sour with flavors of apple pie

Cambridge Brewing Company
The local guys always get super crazy for EBF
Burnt Weeny Sandwich- named after Frank Zappa’s favorite snack (and one of his albums), it’s a smoked cream ale with mustard, charred hot dogs and toasted buns!!! Best music reference award.
Banryu Ichi- 15% beer-sake strong ale aged on sugi wood

Civil Society
Look for the huge line and you’ll find Civil Society from Florida
Bulkshake- milkshake IPA with strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and vanilla
BA Bella- rum barrel aged imperial stout with maple & cinnamon

Crooked Hammock
Banana Hammock- 15% belgian quad with bananas and roasted cacao nibs

DC Brau
Pickled Pils- pickle juice pilsner
Third Eye- 2.25% kombucha pilsner radler

Dewey’s Beer Co.
Nashville Hot Fried Chicken and Waffles- 10% stout with waffles, fried chicken, spicy honey and maple syrup conditioned on piri piri peppers
Secret Machine Tiramisu- Berliner Weisse conditioned on boysenberry, blueberry, coffee, ladyfingers, vanilla and organic cacao

Dogfish Head
Mother Tree- 11% barleywine aged in bourbon barrels and brewed with elderberry, maple syrup, cinnamon tree leaves and black walnuts
Possibly The Next Top Rated Beer on Beer Advocate- EBF collab beer 9% Brewed with maple syrup, toasted coconut, lactose, vanilla beans, cocoa powder, & cold-pressed coffee. Served with an optional dose of hops-infused glitter whipped cream.

Down the Road
Pickle Man- spicy dill pickle sour collab that has a tremendous local Mass. cult following

Due South
Trench Toast- Imperial Stout with spices, crafted to taste like a couple of slices of french toast
Breakfast Trench- Imperial Stout made with spices and coffee, to recreate an early morning breakfast of a coffee roll

Big Bad Bbaptista- 12% Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cacao, Vanilla & Cinnamon
Quadrupel Barrel Big Bad Bbaptista- Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey and Rum barrels with roasted cacao, barrel-aged coffee, barrel-aged almonds, & barrel-aged coconut

Exhibit A
These guys have been getting a lot of accolades as the new kids in Mass.
Testify- This imperial stout was aged in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels for one year
Cake!- brewed with cinnamon coffee cake, cinnamon, vanilla and light roast coffee

2018 Bourbon Barrel Aged BQE- Salty Caramel-  Chocolate, Coffee Stout with Sea Salt and Caramel

Firestone Walker
Firestone’s barrel aged beers are to die for, or in this case, to wait on line for, especially these rare variants.
Mole Merkin- Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with chili, cinnamon, & cocoa nibs
Old Man Hattan- a barrel-aged mashup of two classic drinks: the Old Fashioned & the Manhattan! The base beer is a blend of Velvet Merkin, Bravo & Stickee Monkee aged in whiskey barrels. The twist comes from select lots of Parabola & Helldorado that were aged in Woodford Reserve barrels previously used to mature cherry bitters, orange bitters & aromatic bitters.

Four Quarters
Pickleback- Heaven Hill aged table beer conditioned on honeydew, cucumbers, and fresh dill.
Waffle Star- imperial stout with lactose, maple syrup, and coffee, conditioned on toasted waffles and bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup

Great Divide
Chocolate cherry Yeti- a new variant on the classic imperial stout with cacao and sweet and sour cherries
Barrel aged Hibernation- 10.5% Old age aged 12 months in whiskey barrels

Great Notion
Portland, Oregon’s hype beasts bringing two of the most sought after beers in the trading scene with 4.5 BA ratings.
Double Stack-11% imperial stout brewed with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup & aged on whole bean Sumatra coffee  
Blueberry Muffin- Berliner Weisse meets blueberry muffin

Gun Hill
PB and Void- GABF award-winning export stout with what sounds like every legal sidestep of ‘Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups’ from the description
Ft Ticonderoga Barrel Aged Barleywine- 11.5 % aged 10 months in rum barrels and fortified with molasses, toffee, almond croissants, macerated cherries, prunes, and rum balls

Jack’s Abby
Gingerbread Barrel Aged Framinghammer- 12% gingerbread variant of their solid baltic porter series aged in bourbon barrels

Jackie O’s
Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition – 12.8% imperial stout aged on Vanilla & Coffee Beans
Port Dark Apparition- 10% imperial stout aged in port barrels for over a year
Carrots and Sticks- 13.9 % strong ale brewed with walnuts, spices, lemon zest and raisins that was fermented with carrot puree, conditioned on vanilla beans and aged for 14 months in bourbon barrels  

This is a double liner with these two and also BB aged Sunday Brunch and Mexican Brunch. One of the first booths out of beer last year.
A Night To End All Dawns- S’mores- Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with cocoa nibs, graham cracker and marshmallow  
A Night To End All Dawns- Peanut Butter Cup- 12% Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with peanut butter and cocoa nibs

Lord Hobo
Caviar Godmother- 12% imperial stout Godmother kissed with kilos of caviar

Lost Abbey
Dead Man’s Game- 15%  Blended Belgian strong dark ale aged in Rum and Bourbon barrels

Looking forward to trying these crazy concoctions from this NYS brewery I’ve not yet had
Icarus w Golden Ggrahams- 10% golden imperial stout aged on Golden Grahams and cold steeped with coffee
Milk of the Gods Strawberry Cheesecake IPA- milkshake style with Vanilla, Graham Crackers and Strawberries

New England Brewing Company
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout Trooper- O.G. cease and desist imperial stout
Fluffy Puppies-  Mixed Fermentation IPA with Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic hops debuting at the fest

Night Shift
El Lechador- 10.5% Horchata-style milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with poblano peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg & vanilla beans with a hint of pepper and a splash of bourbon
Marilyn- 11.9% Blonde barleywine-style ale aged in rye barrels

The North
Worked next to these guys from upstate NY last year and enjoyed their stuff
Trap Klouds- 4.5% extremely thick stout brewed with lactose, vanilla, marshmallow & almond
God Complex- 9.5% Hazelnut Mocha Chilli Stout

10 Layer- Dessert Ale with coconut, macadamia nuts, lactose and vanilla

Caribbean Kettle- 11.5% barleywine aged on rum soaked oranges
Kola- 10% imperial porter brewed with kola nuts and kola syrup

Right Brain
These guys are bringing 8 pretty extreme beers from Michigan, these are the three I’m zeroing in on
Apple Pie Whole-  Amber ale fermented with real whole apple pies
Johnny’s Lunchbox- Brown ale brewed with house-made peanut butter, grape jelly puree and donuts
Thai Peanut- Pad Thai-inspired brown ale with house-made peanut butter including coconut, Thai chilis, dry-hopped cilantro, and a touch of lime. Spicy yet balanced
Pist. Avocado- Milk stout with real avocados with a nutty aroma & finish from house-made pistachio butter

Sierra Nevada
Barrel Aged Maltiple Personalities- Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Brown Ale with Carolina Reaper peppers
3 Become 1- 10.5% Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Lager with ginger and cayenne

Horchata Beans- 13% horchata inspired bourbon barrel aged imperial porter with tiger nut, cinnamon & coconut
Master Blend- 13.8% imperial stout aged a year in first-use bourbon barrels

Solemn Oath
BBA Coconut Goldmund – Barrel-Aged Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout w/ Coconut
Unholy Water- Tartshake IPA with mango, tamarind, lime zest, and coconut to create a sweet and sour refreshing encounter with many layers

Somerville (Slumbrew)
Saturday Morning- 9.2% tripel with Captain Crunch cereal, cherry puree, blueberry puree

Grain Reaper- 12.7% American Barleywine-style ale aged seven months in ex-bourbon barrels

Fat Alberta- 10% Chocolate Peanut Butter Imperial Stout made with cocoa husks and peanuts
BBQ Campfire-  BBQ pork rub-infused smoked robust porter

Grainbro Connection- Rye barleywine. Muppets, yeah?
Velvet Sea- 15%  Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels blended with whiskey Foeder aged imperial stout

Monkey Way- Salted Caramel Sweet Stout fermented on an outrageous amount of bananas

Looking forward to trying beers for the first time from this buzz brewery out of Colorado
Mexican medianoche- 14% imperial stout aged in Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey barrels for 20 months, then aged on Papua New Guinea and Madagascar vanilla beans, Vietnamese cinnamon sticks and Ghanan cacao nibs
Coffee Maple Aromatic- Imperial stout with tons of chocolate malt, huge additions of maple syrup, and Peruvian coffee
DDH Juicy Bits- NEIPA with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado

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