BeerHoptacular PopUp "Infusion Lounge" at Grand Cochon

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Hey, do you like ridiculously good food? You'll probably dig this Sunday's Grand Cochon fest event! Grand Cochon is the finale event of the touring food competition, Cochon555. It's an all-inclusive afternoon feast featuring some of the best chefs, cocktails, wines and craft beers in the country! Here's how it works -- 14 chefs are assigned local farmers and heritage breed pigs to prepare 5 dishes of head-to-tail cooking, and they compete to be crowned “King or Queen of Pork."

BeerHoptacular will host a pop up beer experience within Grand Cochon called the “BeerHoptacular Infusion Lounge.” The lounge will feature four of our partner breweries (Solemn Oath Brewery, Pollyanna Brewing Co., Sound Growler Brewing, and Pipeworks Brewing) each pouring a dessert-themed recipe through a randal.

What’s a Randall? Glad you asked.

The Randall: A Craft Beer Infusion Machine

Originally created by the craft beer innovators at Dogfish Head Brewery, a Randall is an organoleptic hop transducer module… which is a fancy way of saying it’s a device that infuses flavor into beer. The beer flows through the Randall on its way from the keg to the tap, pulling flavors out of the ingredients in its path. Randalls run beer through fresh hops, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla beans – anything really, making it a fantastic way to participate in one of our favorite parts of craft beer: the experimentation. It’s a way to take something great, and make it even better.

Brew A Beer With Pollyanna

Grand Cochon guests will also be given the opportunity to win the chance to design their own “Infusion Recipe” with local brewery, Pollyanna Brewing to debut at BeerHoptacular on Nov. 11th. The winner will be given 10 tickets to bring their friends to a private tasting of their custom creation before the doors to the festival open.

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Matt Tanaka