On Saturday afternoon of August 10th I attended the second annual Beer without Beards “stumbling through the stubble of craft beer” festival.
The event which was promoted by Hop Culture is the country’s largest celebration of female led craft breweries.
It’s actually a week of beer dinners and a bottle share event ending with the festival which had 24 breweries owned by women or having women brewers.
The event was held at The Well at 272 Meserole Street in Bushwick Brooklyn. It’s a bar and performance space in the former Hittleman Brewery which was erected in 1867 in an area that was once Brooklyn’s Brewers Row. At one time there were 17 breweries in 9 blocks! The bar pays homage to that past by serving over 200 different beer.
The neighborhood is ground zero for Millennial hipsters so it’s not surprising that many of the people enjoying the festival were young and tattooed.
The event was held in the outdoor “graffiti garden” where you had the opportunity to sample the beer and chat with many of the women owners and brewers.
Summer is getting into high gear, wine events slack off but there are still food and drink events to attend. This past Saturday I attended the Summer session of Bourbon, Brew &BBQ. The event featured 30+ American beers, 15+ American Rye and Bourbon with BBQ bites to go along with all that.
The event was hosted at Route 66 Smokehouse restaurant at 46 Stone Street in the financial district of lower Manhattan. Stone Street is one of the oldest streets in New York and the first paved street in New Amsterdam. It was also the site of the first commercial brewery in North America. It’s now a historical district with restaurants and outdoor seating on the cobblestone streets. It’s a very popular spot during the warm months with people eating and drinking outside.
At these beer fests I usually like to try the stouts and porters or any of the funky (sour) beers I can find. At this event that had a good selection of American beer but in keeping with the season they were on the light style.
Some whiskey I sampled:
Jim Beam Double Oaked Bourbon (My favorite of the day)
Jim Beam Black Extra Aged Bourbon
OYO Michelone Reserve Bourbon
OYO Single cask Rye
Black Dirt Single Barrel Bourbon (Made in upstate NY with locally sourced ingrediants)
The 8th annual Beer,Bourbon & BBQ festival kicked off its multi city tour this past Saturday, January 28th in Manhattan. Their motto is, Brew it, Taste it. Sip it. Pork it. It was a day of “down home Southern fried good time” to benefit the Spirit of Hope children foundation. There was plenty of beer, cider, whiskey and bbq for the crowd in addition to a DJ, cigars and beer games. The event was held this year as in last at The Tunnel event space at 608 West 28th Street on the far West side of Manhattan.
After feasting on ribs, chicken and pork belly it was time to try several ryes, bourbons and ciders. Of the ciders that I tried, Angry Orchard wooden spoon was the most interesting, bone dry with wood notes on the finish.
Seminar: High End Whiskeys
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Single Barrel-Barrel Proof
The past Saturday afternoon, September 24th I attend the 3rd annual Harbor Island Beer & Cider Festival. They say it’s the worlds largest beer festival with over 200 breweries pouring 400+ beers and ciders along with food vendors and live music.
The event was held under the big tents at Harbor Island Park in the town of Mamaroneck which is about a 40 minute train ride North from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
Rain threatened the day when I woke in the morning but by the time I got to the event the sun came out for a beautiful day of beer and cider drinking. It was a huge event and I concentrated on the ciders and any interesting beers I could find including sours, gose, stouts and porters.
This past Saturday afternoon, September 10th I attended the 7th annual Pig Island Porktacular BBQ festival.
Pig Island was created in 2010 to support New York pig farmers with hogs sourced directly from small farms. This year the pork was provided by Flying Pig Farms in Shushan New York.
The outdoor festival was held on the waterfront at Erie Basin Park in Red Hook, Brooklyn which is surrounded with plenty of reminders of its industrial past with monolithic cranes and rotting piers.
Over 25 Chefs served pork-centric dishes for us to sample along with craft beer, artisan spirits and cider, and the beer and cider came in handy since this Saturday was brutally hot, with temperatures atypical for this time of year in the mid 90’s (34°). I have to give Kudos to the pitmasters who practiced their craft over a hot grill in these temperatures.