2015 CCRi Oktoberfest

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Sunny skies and perfect fall weather were the backdrop for CCRi’s Oktoberfest in McIntire Park. And while there was the usual grilling, great potluck, games and camaraderie, there was also a palpable feel of competition in the air. This time, the usual brewing and tasting was hinged to a winner-take-all contest, where the sole winner would walk away with an engraved chalice in their honor to rest forever in the CCRi Brewing Hall of Fame.

After much tasting and meticulous comparison, (including the use of a “Survivor”esque ballot box), the clear winner was “Dancing Skeleton”, an ale brewed in the classic Oktoberfest Märzenbier style. Märzenbier (beer brewed in the month of March for fall consumption) is full-bodied, rich, toasty, with a typically dark copper color, and has a medium to high alcohol content. This was the go-to beer of the afternoon. Taking second place was a mango enhanced pale ale cleverly named “Djmango Unchained”. This distinctively mango flavored brew was refreshing, and called out for more than one tasting. Other styles offered for tasting and critique were an English pale ale, an English brown ale, a Belgian amber ale, a dry stout, and a Double IPA. CCRi brewers leave no stone, or ale type, unturned (so to speak) in their quest for a creative, yet satisfying brew.

Here are some of the faces and moments from this fall’s event.

111The party gets going…

 

019The home-brew bottles are carefully labeled

 

103The Brew Tasting begins in earnest…

 

102Nathan debates an ale’s subtle merits with Joseph.

 

136Addie chats with Kevin and Andrew A.

 

108Jake K. holds court among the tasters.

 

058Brent with his wife Lori.

 

048Sam likes making new friends.

 

CCRi People…
119Nick enjoys being a new dad.

 

035Ellis is a both programmer AND a doctor!

 

033Mike P. keeps everyone in good spirits.

 

107Kolia, Bryce and Lena work across projects.

 

081Andrew C. loves rock climbing.

 

070May is going to have a baby!

 

097Mary and Don B. talk data.

 

066Connie is planning another great holiday party.

 

120John B. keeps CCRi on the rails

 

025Frank loves cycling & fly fishing.

 

CCRi Moments…

002How many engineers does it take to light a grill?

 

049Ellis yells, “Save some beer for me!”, while Matt calls his broker.

 

014Bryce throw outs his back in the line of duty.

 

142Alec teaches his daughter to choose wisely.

 

145Anthony instructs Andrew H. on the importance of saving travel receipts.

 

092Don R. contemplates another drive up to APG.

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