Blooms and Brews

This past weekend was the Blooms and Brews Festival at the Oregon Gardens in Silverton, Oregon. This is the third year that the Oregon Gardens has hosted this festival. The day was nice and warm. We arrived around 3PM so we weren't able to visit all 80 acres of the gardens. We could have caught the last tour train, but we preferred to wander at our own pace, stopping and taking photos whenever the mood hit.

This photo is of some variety of euphorbia that was growing around one of the many water features.

Technical Details
Camera: Nikon D50
Aperture Value: f/13
Focal Length: 18 mm
Metering Mode: Multi-Segment
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed Value: 1/99 sec

After we got our fill of plants, we headed over to the brews. I think this was Andy's favorite part. This year there were 33 breweries visiting. Upon entrance we were each given 4 drink sample tickets and a beer mug. Andy was giddy when we discovered that one of his favorite beers was being offered - Warsteiner Dunkel. All in all, Andy found a handful of new beers that he liked. I found one, but given that I haven't acquired a taste for brew yet, that's not bad. Here's Andy's list of winners.

New Brews:
Riptide Red Ale (seasonal) by Pelican
Moose Drool by Big Sky
Blackhook by Redhook
Siletz Chocolate Porter (I liked this one)
Ninkasi Double Red

Old Favorites:
Warsteiner Dunkel
Black Strap Stout by Bridgeport
Widmer Hefeweizen
Black Butte Porter by Deschutes
Big Horn Hefeweizen by Ram

Most of these are probably northwest or west coast only, so if you are interested in them, you might have a problem finding them. Of course you could always bribe me to send you some. I accept unmarked $10s and $20s, tea, chocolate and geeky doodads. ;-)

After using up all the sample tickets we wandered over to the souvenir booth. We ended up buying a couple of t-shirts which read "Beer has food value. Food has no beer value." How could we resist? Then we headed home.