This is my end result, 3 pounds bagged up, and into the freezer. These will come out of the freezer shortly so I can brew an Imperial IPA with them and the other 3 pounds that's still frozen from last year. I'm told that I will also have 3 pounds of honey and some white grape juice to add to it, so it will be an interesting beer to brew. As long as I can keep it in the fermenting bucket and not on the floor, it should be good!
I've been a fan of them since the mid nineties, and loved them the first time I saw them over 7 years ago. So how could I pass up seeing Reel Big Fish again? The answer, is I didn't. They put on an amazing outdoor show in the rain. This is the kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance, but since I don't/can't dance, I just bobbed my head enthusiastically and sang along to all of their songs. As a former trombone player, it's always been a dream of mine to play a few songs on stage with them. Being about 4 feet from the stage was good enough for me that night. As luck would have it, we met Derek (bass guitar) and John (trumpet) a few bars later in the evening. They were both extremely friendly, and as much as I wanted to talk music with them, after a few minutes, we left them alone so they could enjoy the rest of their evening.
So I know this is mainly a beer blog, but other than a few of Boulevard's Tank 7's, the downtown beer scene was pretty forgettable. Seeing one of my favorite band of all times, now that was truly amazing!