Not actually just open to Shakira and a pre-Weight Watchers Charles Barkley, Big Ass Beerfest is rebounding from hitting 11th-hour issues last year to finally debut next weekend, when $45 will get you three hours of unlimited samples of 70+ brews (half of which are a very healthy 8% ABV and up) from over 30 brewers -- just be sure to Molitor your own intake.
The list is full of so many heavy hitters it’s shocking Prince Fielder isn’t included (Brewers jokes all day!), such as Stone's Double Bastard, Otter Creek's 20th Anniversary, and Great Divide's Hercules all clocking in above 10% ABV, followed closely by Green Flash's Imperial IPA (9.4%), a Tripel from Allagash (9%), and a well-repped group of super-strong barley and wheat wines.
Also ready your liver for new operations like South Bend's Evil Genius, who’s bringing Good 'n Evil golden ale and Naughty 'n Nice spiced winter, and Croydon's own Neshaminy Creek, who's got a West Coast-style IPA and Russian Imperial S'mores Stout brewed with marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, and bittersweet chocolate, which Darryl Dawkins became after realizing that, with thunder, comes a lot of clouds. And you can't shatter clouds' backboards.
Also out to show off their big ass-ness are brews from all-the-way-from-Quebec Unibroue, Abbaye de Affligem, and Milwaukee's own Sprecher, enough of which will make your behavior totally a-Paul-ing. Robin Yount!!