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All words: Lina Karaoglanova
All photos: Jason Dixson

The chance to win big, the ridiculous horse names and old world charm is what draw some to Derby Day. For most well adjusted folks, it’s the promise of unlimited mint juleps, decadent munchies, bluegrass music, and an opportunity to finally wear that seersucker suit your mom got you.

One could say that Poste Moderne Brasserie’s Patio-wide Derby Day Party pulled all these things and more together for a good four hours on Saturday. A rare feat considering the range of folks that attended, coming from all ages and sectors of employment. Most came dressed to impress; only some actually impressed. But one thing was for sure and that’s that everyone had a great time. The old school bluegrass band kept the mood fun and relaxed, the mint juleps on tap provided just the right amount of social lubricant and the traditional Derby nibbles kept that flowing alcohol from sliding everyone out of social and into socially awkward.

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DC Brau’s specially-brewed Natas Porter was a standout hit, described by DC Brau’s Jake Agger as the kind of velvety rich flavor that might best accompany the day’s ostentatious tradition. Velvety and rich, indeed. The beer was a pleasure to drink on a warm summer afternoon even for those that don’t normally reach for a dark porter.

The people watching at this event was nothing short of fantastic. Fun moments included watching one gentleman, on more than one occasion, hog the Wii horse race station and crows watching commemorative glasses being dipped in red wax at the Maker’s Mark hand dipping station.

In case you felt bad about having a little too much fun, Poste was happy to remind you that this was all a fundraising event for Brainfood, a nonprofit working toward youth development through food and food production.

A successful event for everyone involved, and we hope they’ll replicate this success next year.

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