BeerUnion convened a few weeks ago for the Long Island Spring Craft Beer Festival at Nassau Coloseum. We went to the first session which lasted from 12:30-4 p.m. The number of beers were at times overwhelming and hard to keep track of. While the majority of beers were delicious, there were a few that really stood out among the group. Most noticeable were the Founder’s Brewery beers. Founder’s was offering one of the larger selections and a banner above their booth proclaimed that the festival was the brewery’s debut in New York. I tried the Dirty Bastard ale which I found delicious but when we returned at 2 p.m. for the pouring of the Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) we were blown away. The KBS was the only beer that we went back for more. You can taste that the beer had aged in bourbon barrels and different levels of flavor, chocolate, coffee and vanilla to name a few.
Several of the beers that impressed me were local. Heartland Brewery’s Sumatra Stout tasted exactly like Sumatra coffee — I love coffee so this was great for me. Brooklyn Brewery impressed us with Local 2 and their Black Chocolate Stout. Of the non-local beers, I enjoyed The Bruery’s Saison Rue, Stone’s Levitation and Black IPA, and Goose Island’s Matilda.