Friday night at the festival was, as usual, more crowded than Thursday. But there were still plenty of beer people there to make it worthwhile. And you could still get around without too many traffic jams.
Garret Oliver, head brewer at Brooklyn Brewery, and chef Bruce Paton, from Cathedral Hill in San Francisco, put on a food and beer cooking demonstration.
The gang from Bull & Bush Brewery always make quite an entrance.
Each session begins with bagpipes.
From left; beer writer Fred Eckhardt, “Crazy Dave” Heist, owner of HopTown Brewing Co. in Pleasanton, California, homebrewing enthusiast Kate and her boyfriend.
Tom Peters, co-owner of Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, and me.
Me and Michael Jackson, the most well-known beer writer in the world. Michael also writes The Beer Hunter.
Ron Jeffries, owner of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Michigan. This is one of my favorite new breweries.
Shaun O’Sullivan, co-owner of 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant in San Francisco, Melissa Myers of Drake’s Brewing Co., and Dave McLean, owner of Magnolia Pub & Brewery, also in San Francisco.
Britt Antrim and Rich Tucciarone, brewers at Kona Brewing Co. in Hawaii.
The Friday night crowd at last call.