Ithaca Beer Company Excelsior! Thirteen
A hoppy wheat beer with an aggressive citrus character, Ithaca Beer Company's Thirteen was a refreshing alternative to the maltier pours at Freaktoberfest. Of course, at 8.9% ABV, it was almost too refreshing!
Speakeasy Butchertown Black Ale
San Francisco's Speakeasy Ales and Lagers celebrates their fourteenth anniversary with this hop-forward black ale. While jet black in color, the Butchertown Black is rather light in body and drinks like a west coast IPA with subtle roast and dark chocolate notes.
Brooklyn Brewery The Companion
To celebrate the release of the Oxford Companion to Beer, Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver brewed a limited-edition wheat wine along with Companion editor Horst Dornbusch and master maltster Thomas Kraus-Weyermann. Clocking in just under 10% ABV, The Companion drinks like a barleywine but with a lighter body and the classic banana-forward character of Brooklyn's house yeast.
Empire Brewing Company Golden Dragon
Spiced with organic Thai basil from their own garden, the Empire Golden Dragon trades the traditional highly-carbonated and yeast-forward character of a Belgian golden ale for a more drinkable, malt and spice focused beer with medium body.
Peanut Butter Banana Cuties and Autumn Weizenbock Homebrew
Brooklynites take their kitchen crafts seriously and those homegrown talents were featured at The Diamond's annual Brew and Chew. Our favorite combination was Team Woot's salted peanut butter ice cream and banana cookie sandwich with raspberry honey paired with a malty weizenbock. The sweetness and banana flavors were complimented nicely while the salt balanced out the overall richness.
Vegetarian Curried Scotch Eggs
Another highlight from Brew and Chew, these vegetarian scotch eggs are encrusted with a mixture of vegetables and beans instead of the traditional sausage. Curry spices and a green tomato chutney brings it all together with a nod to British cuisine.
Coney Island Geektoberfest
The official beer of New York Craft Beer Week and the flagship beer of Freaktoberfest, Geektoberfest is a blended, wild ale created by Coney Island, Ithaca Beer, and Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. This "kitchen sink" blend combines sour cherry brightness with wooded notes and a bit of malt that all, somehow, come together with a rich, full bodied finish.
Stone Escondidian Imperian Black IPA
Nothing was held back in Stone's massive, fifteenth anniversary ale. Black as night, hugely alcoholic (10.8%), roasty and saturated with bitterness, this is a Imperial Black IPA for the hopheads. Surprisingly, all that malt and alcohol still finish with a drinkable medium body, although finishing the bomber by yourself may not be advisable if you have plans for the rest of the day.
Wandering Star Mild At Heart
One of east coast's newest nanobreweries, Wandering Star presents a flawless take on the traditional British mild. More full-bodied than its 4.3% ABV leads on, Mild at Heart is packed with classic dark fruits notes and rich, caramel malts.
While Oktoberfest is not technically part of New York Craft Beer week, they do overlap, so we couldn't pass up a chance to give a nod to the biggest beer festival of them all. Reach for a classic like this Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Brooklyn's Radegast Hall & Biergarten.