Edible Mag’s Good Beer Fest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

July 30, 2010
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Wednesday I had the good fortune to go to the 2nd annual Good Beer Fest, put on by Edible Magazine, Stella Artois and Brooklyn Brewery.

Adam Sivits

Adam Sivits

Consisting mostly of local breweries (as well as Palm, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Abita, and Stella Artois/Leffe/Hoegaarden) paired with samples of local eateries, the event covered two floors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The first noticeable thing was that they were giving people wine glasses, instead of the more common plastic sample cups distributed at most beer fests. Literally seconds after grabbing ours, my friend and I heard one break. Amazingly, that was the only one of the night.

It was evident very early on that the beer choices were going to be pretty basic. Each brewery only had two to three different varieties, at most, and just about all of them were pretty standard. The highlights: Heartland Brewery had a porter that was delicious; Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary stout was pretty solid; and Brooklyn Brewery had their Dark Matter and Sorachi Ace available (as well as brewmaster Garrett Oliver in a wonderful hat, willing to talk beer with anyone available).

Adam Sivits

Adam Sivits

The star of the event, however, was the food. Umi Nom (paired with Cottrell Brewing Co. – who had a delightful ale) had grilled pork ribs with garlic, ginger, lemongrass and an oyster sauce marinade. They were little bits of heaven. The back of the second floor was the place to be, as Brooklyn Brewery paired with beef brisket sliders and smoked jalapeno sauce from Fette Sau.

There were many other winners, too, including a bread from Orwasher’s using Sixpoint beer, shrimp rolls from Luke’s Lobster, and some spicy pickles from Rick’s Picks.

Adam Sivits

Adam Sivits

Although the event had an unusual time – going from 4-8 pm on a Wednesday – it was very full, but not too packed. There were short lines, and if there were a few people in front of you, a delectable treat was only a few steps away. A lot of the New York breweries had their own people there, like Kelly Taylor of Kelso, who was very nice.

I’d like to thank Tim and Kim Meacham for the ticket and the chance to drink some good beer, eat some fantastic food, and hang with some cool people.

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