The 1st annual Swain Beer and Wine Festival was a really good time. The resort crew were super accommodating, and the comparatively sparse turnout gave us plenty of time to, uh, ‘interact’ with the other breweries.
This being a first for Swain, the lineup was small and limited to the immediate region. But any beer festival providing the chance to stake out the Southern Tier Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale and Flying Bison Barnstormer Ale taps is a winner in my book.
Unquestionably, the beer of the festival was Roosterfish Hefeweizen, from the Roosterfish Brewing Company in Watkins Glen, NY. I would put this stuff up against the German stuff. A nice surprise indeed.