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10 Questions with North Coast's Doug Moody

10 Questions with North Coast's Doug Moody

FORT BRAGG, CA

Discussing social responsibility + Old Rasputin with partner Doug Moody.

Our Top 5 Beers at the 2013 American Beer Classic

Our Top 5 Beers at the 2013 American Beer Classic

Before attending a beer event, we at The Hop Review like to do at least a little research on what we're getting ourselves into. What breweries will be there? Who haven't we heard of and who should we talk to?

This was not the case at the American Beer Classic. We were lucky enough to get cheap (i.e free) last minute tickets to the event and went in completely blind. In fact, getting off the L and walking toward Soldier Field itself was an adventure as we had no idea which entrance to head to and the area surrounding Soldier Field was completely devoid of any signage.

nce we eventually found our way into the stadium things were much more organized. The event hosts had created an Android/iOS app but also handed out a roughly 70 page souvenir booklet with more information on the location, event and, most importantly, the breweries in attendance. The book also contained your drink coupons which, as with the Chicago Beer Festival we attended back in March, were almost universally ignored by the vendors. My official sample count by the end of the event totalled exactly 4 beers. Needless to say, I tried a few more than that.