Good Beer @ BAM
The ultimate test for a beer lover – around 30 different companies introducing their finest brews in unlimited quantities @ Brooklyn Academy of Music Café, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. As if the beer alone wasn’t enough, each of those was paired with food – house cured beef jerky, pretzels, pizzas, meatballs, pork ribs, vareniki, hush puppies, mussels, pork shoulder, rabbit terrine, pickles, cheeses, breads, weisswurst & sauerkraut, beef cheeks, quesadillas, chopped liver, shrimp rolls and such. Guess who tried to get a bit of everything… It was good to share some portions and try somebody else’s catch at times, would have been even rougher to go through this alone – Im glad I had a well trained Finn (probably one of the few nationalities that could keep up with a well-trained Estonian) with me to do the sampling with :D But I must admit the whole crowd looked rather drunk (and happy) after 4 hours of this. And I haven’t really been hungry for 2 days after the marathon. I wonder when will I get a craving for a good beer again :)
Anyway – my favorite picks of the lot were Southampton Publick House (they had some really tasty elegant whites there, one of the few counters I went to get refills from), Heartland Brewery – (I liked they Apricot Ale), Gramercy’s Homebrew, McNeil’s Blonde Bombshell, Cottrell Brewing Company, Palm, Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold and of course, Brooklyn Brewery that had Garrett Oliver himself behind the counter.
The event took place in cooperation with Edible Magazine, Brooklyn Brewery, Stella Artois, The Good Bear Seal and was part of celebrating July as the official Good Beer Month as announced by Mayor Bloomberg, for the second year in a row. :D