Monday, September 22, 2014

Beer, boats, bitches and booty.


Let's start off with a bit of advice, don't wear dresses on battleships unless you're comfortable with everyone seeing your underpants. The Drunk Bitch team was a whole lot of wardrobe malfunction at this event and I (S) am glad I actually wore underpants, for once.

We started off our adventure lost in Camden, because we're fairly sure that some of the criminals of that fair city misdirected the signs that lead to the waterfront. Nothing says 'Happy Saturday' like a gaggle of daytime hookers hanging out at the bodega. Once we managed to get ourselves to the box office at the Battleship, we found that the instructions provided for us were not quite accurate. Not a problem, we'll figure it out.

We eventually made it to the Battleship and decided to take the complimentary tour before imbibing. The tour was extremely informative, and we had an opportunity to explore the ins and outs of this really awesome battleship (and even break a few rules- see photo). I do wish that we'd known how long the tour was, we'd have taken one of the free passes to come back another day.



The beer selection was pretty great. I was happy to see a wide variety of fall-themed beers (read: pumpkin), and a few breweries I hadn't seen before like Tuckahoe Brewing Co., who had a really great White Belguim Ale that was one of my favorites. I will say that my hands down favorite was a lovely sour brew, the Berliner Weis from Lansdale's own Round Guys Brewery. As a lover of sours (Tara), I was already sold, but I noticed a lot of other folks who typically aren't into the bitter brews also enjoying it quite a bit. Both breweries had such delicious beers and friendly reps, so we will be visiting them soon. This Drunk Field Trip anyone?  - T

I loved the Kenzo, which This Drunk Dude said is because I don't love beer. Oh well, that shit was delicious, maybe it's just because I'm from Kenzo, but who cares, all my teeth are real. - S

We'd also like to give a big congrats to our winners, Michelle Cryder (of the up and coming food blog Dish or Die) and Marek Miller. Both sent us a few words about their experience, so we thought we would share them with you:



The best part of Brew Blast was, unsurprisingly, the beer. We had an opportunity to sample from breweries we may not have discovered otherwise, and the reps were all fantastic. Unfortunately because of the tents, the ambiance of the battleship was kind of lost. It was easy to forget we were even on a boat, much less a piece of history. Due to the long length of the self guided tour we weren't able to partake but were given free vouchers for later, which I appreciated.
-Michelle Cryder, Dish or Die








We all agreed. The only real downfall of this event was that it felt really cramped. Perhaps if it were a lovely 65 degree fall day it would have felt different, but on a hot summer day, it can get very sweaty and VERY smelly. I would have liked to have seen the vendors a little more spread out, which it seemed like there was plenty of room to accomplish. Hopefully the folks in charge took notice and can remedy this for next year. 
SO MANY PEOPLE!

Our second winner, Marek, in true This Drunk Bitch fashion, was very colorful in his recanting of his experience:


                                                         This drunk bitch meets this poorly planned event. Oh, and there was beer, too.

I was fortunate enough to win 2 passes to the WMGK Brew Blast aboard the Battle Ship New Jersey from This Drunk Bitch. I am saying 'fortunate' for 2 reasons: because free passes to anything with beer makes me happy face and, also, because if it wasn't for a random click onto the TDB blog, I wouldn't have even heard of this event taking place. I am not an avid listener of WMGK, so perhaps this was an event aimed at rewarding their target audience, ....

While the venue for the event opened an opportunity for a truly memorable event, the actual execution of the event made it a memorable event for all the wrong reasons. Only utilizing a small section of the actual deck of the ship, hundreds of attendees were crammed into a few small tents with about as much space to move around as a sumo wrestler orgy in a Toyota Prius, with the temperature and odors about roughly as pleasant. Spacing out of the vendor tents would have ensured the comfort of all attendees, limited risk (because hundreds of people + beer + enclosed space = completely safe), and provided better access to the beer vendors, as they were all doubled over while sharing plastic folding tables with multiple breweries arbitrarily sharing space with others.

Now, on to the meat of this event meal: the beer! The number of beer vendors that were represented at this event was actually quite impressive. Between the big players of the craft brew industry like Troegs and Victory and the local favorites like Philadelphia Brewing Company, there was a wide array of representation and beer styles to sample from. The beer sampling itself offered quite a bit to enjoy, but could have served more purpose to be grouped together by beer style. Using a single sample glass with very few opportunities to rinse out said glass makes switching from a cider to an IPA a less than enjoyable experience. As the season is dawning upon us, the pumpkin beer sampling was not in short supply and represented by many of the breweries, much to my joy!

In summary, let's grade this event, shall we?
- Event location & timing: A (It's a battle ship... a BATTLE SHIP. I drank a red ale in front of a war helicopter)
- Event structure & planning: D (Short of turning on heaters or forcing people to walk through Human Centipede style, the comfort level at this event could not have been worse. Between the heat, the layout, the limited space, the floorplan that begged for people to take a sample and stand around to block any movement room, it was a shoddy shot in the dark that, I truly believe, marred what could have been an otherwise great event)
- Beer selection & representation: B (A great selection, overall, given the small space. I would have liked to see more 'B-side' brews represented. A lot of the bigger players showed up with fairly standard ones: Troegs Dream Weaver)

Final notes: Did my wife and I enjoy the opportunity to go? Absolutely. Does a part of me secretly hate all battle ships, as well as tents, now? Most likely. Would I have paid to attend this event, given what I know now? Absolutely not.
-Marek Miller

Bottom line, definitely look forward to Brew Blast next year. But don't wear flowy dresses and DO wear lots of deodorant!

If you were in attendance be sure to check out the photo stream from This Drunk Photographer. Gina is good at those surprise shots! 

Stay drunk, bitches!


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