Hello there friends, vegans, beer & fried food aficionados!
What did you do yesterday?? Oh, you weren’t at Vegan Beerfest 2011?? Yeah… that was a fail on your part. It was nearly a fail on our part as well but luckily we caught word of this epic event just days before and then were gifted tickets through the graciousness of Drink Eat Travel’s Beerfest giveaway! You’re rad Stan the MAN!!
What is VEGAN BEERFEST you ask? Well, friends other than a life altering spiritual experience it also included unlimited pours of VEGAN craft beer, great bands and AMAZING vegan eats! You can check out the news segments on Quarry Girl’s blog (one of the planners/founders/organizers to whom we are eternally grateful!).
Here are some of our highlights…
We started off with Seabirds beer battered avocado tacos which we washed down with Ranger IPA…
Uhh… did you hear what I said??? I SAID… VEGAN BEER BATTERED AVOCADO TACOS… oh sorry to scream.. it’s just that when I realized you were still reading instead of chasing the Seabirds truck around Orange County I thought maybe you didn’t hear me.
After this more tasting & eating ensued… Curly fries with garlic mayo and wasabi ketchup from Fresh Fries…
You’ll notice that at a certain point some Vegan superhero powers became strikingly more adept… such as my ability to hold my curly fries without leading to any interruption in the constant flow of craft beer to my lips. In other cases (such as picture taking) it became increasingly more difficult for everyone to focus on the same subject or focal point once we were a few rounds in.
To finish off our day we visited the Doomie’s stand for a poquito potito!! Which tasted like deep fried sour cream and chive mashed potatoes and rainbows. The Doomie’s crew have had a major bad break this week with a fire that shut down their brick and mortar operations. They were awesome enough to still come to Beerfest but please send good vegan thoughts their way and make sure you’re waiting in line for potitos when their doors re-open!! And Franken’s for their self-titled Franken dog which was spicy and delicious!
All in all the day was an EPIC SUCCESS. Our only regrets/to do list for next year:
- Buy a shirt first thing! We tried to buy shirts after our first round of food/drinks and they were already sold out of everything but 1 XL… sad…
- Do a dessert round after each savory round… otherwise you will be left sad and vegan dingdongless at the end of beerfest with a major sweet tooth craving!
- Anyone in charge of taster mug buying reading??? The mini pints were cool but the mini mugs were rad! We saw a couple floating around but couldn’t get our little vegan paws on any. Any chance those are making a comeback next year????
Thus the lessons we learned from VEGAN BEERFEST 2011 that we’d like to pass on to you in our very first sermon from the vegan pulpit: VEGAN Beer is GOOD, especially all in one place and with unlimited pours. Vegan restaurants/food trucks serving up grease laden delicacies to hungry beer tasters far surpasses animal product filled bar/fair food. VEGAN BEERFEST GOERS are just all in all rad people. There was no fighting in lines or death glares and obscenities from accidentally bumping into a fellow taster… people were just generally happy to be enjoying good food, good beer, and good music with the clear consciences that NOT one other living being was harmed in the process.
With that said… take care, be well, and go out into your weeks as any beerfest goer would… with lightness in your step, potitos in your belly, beer on your tongue, and tofu in your hearts!