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Bark & Bluegrass 2012

Posted by on August 26, 2012

Yesterday was the 3rd annual Bark & Bluegrass fundraiser event for the Larimer Humane Society. Rob and I hung out for a bit in the afternoon while Bluegrass Delta Force played and that’s when I took these photos. We went home for dinner (ratatouilleĀ on noodles with zucchini, tomatoes and basil from our garden – onion and eggplant via Green Buffalo) then I returned to serve beer as a Larimer Humane Volunteer.

I had never served beer before and I was hoping to take orders so that I wouldn’t end up serving cups full of foam to people. But I ended up in charge of the 5 Barrel tap and I got the hang of it rather quickly. Most of my beers ended up with at most a 1/4 inch of foam, but I did serve two beers that I would call perfect pours. Woot! I was very proud of myself. There were 9 or 10 of us working together at the Odell’s tent. I’d never met any of the folks before, but I think we worked together really well.

The last two bands of the day, Turn 4 and the Emmitt-Nershi Band, were playing during my shift. (I think I caught at least one of the Turn 4 band members in the photos below. Watch for the beard with a man attached.) It’s hard to pour beer and dance at the same time, but I managed. I also learned what a 95 is. The beers we had on tap were Easy Street (a light wheat beer. Very tasty. Great in the summer.), 90 Shilling (a classic. Always drinkable.), and 5 Barrel (a pale ale. I usually avoid pale ales. Though we have hops growing in the back yard and I think the plant is lovely, as are the little flowery hops all over the vine, I’m just not a big fan of too much hops in my beer. Rob, on the other hand, likes a nice IPA.). I was the 5 Barrel gal. At one point some folks came up asking for two 95’s. If I was the kind of person that scratched their head when they’re puzzled, I would have been scratching mine. Turns out a 95 is half 90 Shilling and half 5 Barrel. I ended up trying one later (not during my shift because that would be naughty) and it was actually pretty good.

So the upshot of the day for me was that I learned how to pour a good beer, I now know what a 95 is, I heard loads of great music, I snapped lots of photos, I ran into several people I know and I enjoyed the interactions of bunches of dogs as they spilled beers, snuck tasty bits of food from their people’s plates, sniffed each other’s rear ends, and lounged around enjoying the music. Hopefully the photos I took will give you a little flavor of what the day was like.

Bark & Bluegrass – 2012

[I haven’t been able to figure out how to make the slideshow work through WordPress. So if you click on the photo above, it should take you to the album to look through.]

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