Gallery: 11 Best Beers and Bites from NYC Brewer's Choice 2011

Dieu du Ciel! Plum Shiso Sour Wheat
Dieu du Ciel! Plum Shiso Sour Wheat
This standout beer smelled like a handful of plums fresh off the tree. Its sour candy flavor was bold and bright, and made it incredibly drinkable.
Sigmund Pretzels
Sigmund Pretzels
Golden-crusted pretzels stuffed with salty feta cheese encouraged the crowd to drink a little more beer.
Tuthilltown Rye Barrel-Aged Kelso of Brooklyn Saison with cherries
Tuthilltown Rye Barrel-Aged Kelso of Brooklyn Saison with cherries
Kelso pulled out a special one-off—brewer Peter Salmond’s funky barrel-aged saison. Barnyardy aromas and a blend of cherry and sour cream-like lactic sourness made this one of the most interesting brews in the room.
Keynote Address
Keynote Address
Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver spoke about the growth of craft beer in the US (and in NY) over the last few decades, reminding attendees that we're still making our way toward recapturing the vibrant beer culture we had before Prohibition.
Crossroads Brewing Co. Outrage IPA
Crossroads Brewing Co. Outrage IPA
A bone dry West Coast-style hop bomb with a blast of grapefruit, pine, and dank, resiny goodness over smooth English malts.
Wandering Star Craft Brewery Zingari Wandering Wit
Wandering Star Craft Brewery Zingari Wandering Wit
Additions of lemongrass, cardamom, fenugreek, and coriander gave this Belgian Witbier a terrific perfumed aroma. Zingari’s crisp and refreshingly dry finish made it an excellent companion to the oysters served at the event.
Bierkraft Porchetta
Bierkraft Porchetta
Rich and fatty porchetta with Gentleman's Relish on crostini. Slightly sloppy (but tasty) finger food.
Barrier Brewing Co. Frau Blucher
Barrier Brewing Co. Frau Blucher
This slightly toasty Bamberg-style smoked Helles smelled like ham in a glass. It was a well paired with Bierkraft’s porchetta crostini.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Leaf Pile
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Leaf Pile
This rich autumn ale pulled off a big spice flavor and aroma without seeming heavy-handed or overwhelming. It smelled like a holiday oven.
Cask-conditioned Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life and Limb 2
Cask-conditioned Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life and Limb 2
Big and sticky dark malts, chocolate, and more than a little booziness. We really enjoyed this with The Crooked Knife’s pulled pork sliders.
The Crooked Knife Pulled Pork Sliders
The Crooked Knife Pulled Pork Sliders
More pork? No complaints. These sweet and tangy sliders completed a great pairing.
Sixpoint Craft Ales 90211 Porter
Sixpoint Craft Ales 90211 Porter
No funk, no fruit, no barrel aging, just a damn good porter. Brewed just for NY Craft Beer Week, 90211 had the perfect balance of chocolate and roast.