After the original event was postponed due to the shitty weather, we were a bit concerned as to how many beer lovers would turn up to the Beast of Feast last Saturday the 13th. Our fear turned out to be unfounded and it was an awesome day and so cool to meet so many of our supporters and lovers of Bootleg Beers.
Fraser and I left from the Tron around 6.30am, to give us plenty of the time for the old Bootleg Truck to get over the Kaimai's. We were a bit worried she might not make it as she's had a few issues lately, but despite a blown head gasket she made it up and over and got to Soper Reserve next to the Rising Tide bar in plenty of time to set-up. Being our first big event and also the first time we'd used our new mobile chiller unit, we were shitting bricks it wasn't going to work. However after a bit of helpful advice from our neighbours The Island Brewery, we were up and running just in time for a 10 o'clock start.
On tap we had our Apehanger IPA, Blind Mule APA and our new Mosaic XPA. Its fair to say they all went down extremely well, apart from one lady who 'just doesnt like hoppy beers'. We felt like saying "Well sorry lady you came to the wrong brewery, go and find a nice lion red at a Pub down the road". Hey you can't please everyone, but we were very keen to get peoples thoughts on our new XPA before we did the next batch. Overall the feedback on the XPA was great, and a couple who were on Holiday from Canada said it was the best beer they'd had in NZ which was cool. We're back in the brewery next week doing the next batch which we are going to bottle.
The crowds begun to pour in around 4pm and the afternoon session was much busier. We were inundated with punters from 5.30pm till 6.30pm and the taps didn't stop pouring. With the bands in full swing and the punters enjoying some great craft beers, the party was really starting to pump.
Overall we really enjoyed the day and will be back again. We really loved meeting people who enjoyed our beer and telling our story to them over a cold one. We did get plenty of people asking where they can buy our beer in Tauranga and at the moment it is the Mount Liquorland at Bayfair, Liquorland on Cameron Road and Super Liquor on Cameron Road.