This evening, the Brooklyn Brewery hosted the press preview for the fourth annual NY Craft Beer Week, which will be this September 16-25. Representatives from Dogfish Head, Empire Brewing, Captain Lawrence, Brewery Ommegang, Shmaltz Brewing and Goose Island (breweries which will be featured during the week) were on hand, and in between sipping brews, we sampled locally produced artisan foods.
“There’s no better time to be a beer drinker in New York City,” said Josh Schnaffer, director of Craft Beer Week (above). “You can learn a little more about beer, and the city as well. That’s really what Beer Week is about.”
From Brooklyn Brewery’s selection we drank Radius, a brew from their Brewmaster’s Reserve collection that we hadn’t had before. For sure the beer highlight of the evening– sessionable, refreshing, effervescent, light-bodied, with a slight yeastyness.
We sampled BPA (a Belgian Pale Ale, which we enjoyed very much) and Aphrodite (slightly sweet but we really liked the flavors from the Brettanomyces) from Brewery Ommegang. From Dogfish Head we tasted Theobroma (the flavors weren’t as bold as we were expecting for Dogfish) and Midas Touch (we’ve had before and love). We tried Shmaltz’s Reunion Ale 11 (pretty good. The cocoa nibs and vanilla came through but it wasn’t too over the top for an imperial) and bourbon barrel aged Human Blockhead (pretty good. We have high standards for bourbon barrel aged beers, though).
We didn’t get a chance to hit up Empire Brewing or Captain Lawrence, which was too bad. That was a slip up on our part. And Goose Island, well… we’ll just leave it at that.
As for the food. We immediately partook of a brisket sub, courtesy of the Meat Hook in collaboration with the Brooklyn Kitchen (yummy. It had a kale salad on it). We sampled My Friend’s Mustard, which is made with Sixpoint beer and we’ve been dying to try (so good). Nunu Chocolates were on hand offering samples of chocolate with ganache made with Brooklyn Black Ops (omg). We also had beef jerky from Slantshack Jerky (pretty great with the beer), and marshmallows made with Black Chocolate Stout, from Ovenly Pastries (delicious). Also on hand were the Sullivan St. Bakery and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.
A couple of events we’re excited about for Craft Beer Week are: Freaktober Fest, Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at Southpaw in Park Slope; Duck’d Up at Cafe D’Alsace; Brewer’s Choice, Thursday, September 22 from 6-10 p.m.; the Brewer’s Brunch, Sunday, September 25.
Check nycbeerweek.com soon for the full list of events and times.