Dining With Denise Neil

Beer wimps proceed with caution: The Anchor is pouring the strong stuff this weekend

Schane Gross likes the strong stuff and she’s serving it at The Anchor on Saturday. The bar will be closed to usual customers until 5 p.m.
Schane Gross likes the strong stuff and she’s serving it at The Anchor on Saturday. The bar will be closed to usual customers until 5 p.m. File photo

If you’re more accustomed to the 3.2 stuff, here’s a strong warning: Most of the stuff being poured at the ninth annual Strong Ale Fest at The Anchor on Saturday has an alcohol content that’s 9 percent or higher.

That means a few sips will go a long way.

A long, long way.

Though the event, which will shut down The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas, until 5 p.m. on Saturday, is technically sold out, if the weather is good, owner Schane Gross will be able to sell 50 more day-of tickets. The forecast is calling for a high of 61 degrees and not much chance of rain.

Those who attend will be able to roam the bar and its west parking lot and sample the type of beer that Gross loves – serious stuff with a higher-than-normal alcohol content that still tasted deceptively smooth. During the festival, the bar will be serving a limited food menu, and Noble House Hawaiian food truck also will be serving outside.

The Strong Ale Fest starts at noon and runs until 3 p.m. Then, the staff will clean things up and open the bar for evening crowds.

Tickets are $40 and include a commemorative glass. This year’s is decorated with an over-served black cat, whose nine lives are meant to represent the nine years the festival has been going on – and the 9 percent alcohol content in the beer. Around 76 varieties will be available, and The Anchor will be serving whatever is left over all next week.

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