This Friday's drinking is a liver primer for a big day tomorrow. My tiny town of Paso Robles California will play host to one of the great beer fests, the Firestone Walker Invitational. Here is a partial tap list of what will be poured. A bunch of Cali brewers are there (Stone, Russian River, The Bruery, Lagunitas..) But the real treat are the places, (3 Floyds, Bell's, Cigar City, Odell, Avery, Surly...etc.) that are not available here, so this is our big chance to taste the best beers from other states. And to top it all off, only brewers are allowed to rep their beers, no sales/marketing guys, so you get to talk directly with the brewer to ask questions. And if you ask nicely, they usually bring all sorts of extra random special project 22's to sample as well. Anyway, since I've never gotten to taste most of the beers from out of state, any advice about who I should seek out would be appreciated.
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