This past Friday and Saturday the Beer and Bacon Classic festival was held in New York City. Another one of the many craft beer fests that are held throughout the year in the city. This one is a traveling beer and bacon fest that tours baseball fields around the country. Here in New York it was held at Citi Field stadium (the former Shea Stadium) at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Corona, Queens and is the home of the New York Mets baseball team.
It featured over 40 local restaurants serving bacon infused dishes and over 40 breweries and cideries pouring their craft products.
I attended the Saturday evening session. I have to admit it was a great venue to have an event, it gave me the opportunity to see the new stadium which is a much more interesting event space than some of the other beer venues.
I generally like the dark beers such as stouts, porters and cream ales, but since this was a spring time event, not much of the heavier beers were poured but I did find a few ciders. I was lucky to get in to the event before general admission and was able to sample some of the food, when they opened the flood gates at the general admission start times, the lines at the food stands became impossibly long.
Some of what I sampled:
Bad Seed Cider Co. With 0gms of sugar, about as bone dry as you can get.
Downeast Cider House: Flagship original and summer blend.
Doc’s Draft: Hard pear cider and original.
Strongbow Hard Cider
Northern Spy Hard Cider
Original Sin Hard Cider
McKenzie’s Cider Co.: Seasonal reserve and black cherry.
Ace Cider Co.: Pineapple Cider.
Jonas Bronk Beer Co.: One of the few stouts served, nice and creamy.