Real Ale hosted its 14th Anniversary party in Blanco on the 26th with free beer and bar-b-que and the Church of Zymurology bus was on hand delivering a group of the faithful from nearby Austin. A string of special beers were on tap including two years of Devil’s Backbone and consecutive casks of which the dry-hopped Fireman’s and the Rye really stood out. Tours were given throughout the day and Tim Schwartz reported the company currently has a Pilsner conditioning that should be ready for distribution (in kegs only) in the next two to three weeks. They will subscequently follow their foray into lagers with an Octoberfest which will be both kegged and bottled sometime in August or September. As you can see from the pictures it was a great time, but it was a little warm which prompted a stop for a dip in the Blanco River before returning that night.
For a short video of a reveler at the recent festival see http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=125060327535002.