On a scale of 1 to 10 Karlfest was a 7. The fest was better than average, but not great.
souvenier glass, special firkins, the price, and the lack of big crowds, homebrew contest.
the order of firkins, loudness of music, and lack of quality of food
Homebrew contest apparently was not much to speak of. According to a BJCP judge there was only one clear winner in the beers entered. We at NLBC did not enter only because we did not have brews ready. We are now formulating recipes to enter for next year's event.
The best beers of the day were:
Wiskey Porter - great beer somewhat balanced, but I feel needs more aging
Brown Coffee - brown ale brewed with coffee (not enough coffee)
Blacks Beach Extra Black - black roasty lager
San Diego Uncommon (the best) - a california common that was highly hopped w/cascade
Barleywine - a highly hopped beer that was only 6 months old. Needs another 6 months before it can be judged.
At the end of the day it was fun to hang out with friends and Amanda. I can't wait for the next festival!