So, we just figured out that the last two boxes that we shipped from Denver should arrive soon! They cleared customs about a week ago. These were the things we forgot to pack up and send with the movers: a framed botanical print (heirloom) and some miscellaneous kitchen things that we had to have. We should have just left them, but noooo…that would’ve been too easy! Hopefully, they will arrive soon.
Meanwhile, Portugal has officially entered festival season! P-A-R-T-Y, because we gotta! The Porto Beer festival kicked it off for us. Craft beer in Portugal is just getting started which is awesome! As much of a wino as I am, it is great to have a good beer occasionally.
The Porto beer fest is the biggest artisanal beer festival in Europe with 47 breweries and 368 beers to try and, they do it right here! It runs over four days and there are lots of food trucks to choose from for having a good nosh to pair with the beers. You pay 4 Euros for a glass and purchase tokens for beer samples. You can come and go as you please over the four days.
This eliminates the insanity that we see at the GABF: Huge mobs of drunken hooligans in Denver for three days trying to sample 3,000 beers in one day because the tickets are so expensive ($70-85) with no real food. The Great American Beer Festival was fun 15-20 years ago before it became such a behemoth scene. It’s so American; take everything to the extreme and charge as much as possible.
We had some great brews from Portugal, Spain, Estonia and the Netherlands, to name a few. There were even a couple from the US, Sierra Nevada and Kona Brewing. There was also a nice Spanish whiskey and coffee liquor to sample from Yria out of Madrid. Their beers were great as well and they had a delicious mead made with cherries. Yum!
For food there were delicious empanadas, prosciutto like ham and Serra Estrela Portuguese cheese sandwiches which were outstanding, several different kinds of burger trucks, crepes, sweet and savory and a tasty doughnut like cake from the Algarve that was dangerously delicious. There were even several vegetarian offerings. Yes, all in all the event was a taste treat sensation.
On June 23rd, we will have the festival of São João here in Porto, which is a BIG deal, I’ve heard. Can’t wait. It is the official start of the grilled sardine season, one of my favorites. And don’t even say ew until you’ve had one here. They are delicious and nothing like the sad fishy things you get in the states. (Even though I liked those too!)