Alewife Smoked Almond Macarons with Chocolate Bacon Ganache
This little morsel welcomed us and set the bar high. The macarons were slightly crisp on the outside but chewy in the center. The bacon-infused chocolate filling didn't hurt, either.
Bronx Brewery Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale
Upstart brewery The Bronx Brewery treated guests to a special bourbon barrel aged version of their flagship Pale Ale. Aged in first-use barrels, this pale ale is loaded with deep vanilla notes and a strong oak character.
Travis Kauffman's Kellerbier and Prime Meats Muffuletta
Everyone knows the food loving Frankies of Frankies Spuntino fame. But few people know that their other partner, Travis Kauffman, is also an avid homebrewer. His Kellerbier, an unfiltered German lager with a refined grain character and hints of lemon and honesuckle, was one of the best beers we tried all day. Is there a Frankies brewery in the future? We can only hope. Of course, it helped that it was served next to a Prime Meats Muffuletta complete with home-made capicola.
Kelso Rauchbier and Alobar Chicharrónes
Fellow Serious Drinker Jonathan Moxey pronounced these chicharrónes some of the best pork rinds he's ever tasted. It was pretty easy to be won over by the combination of crispy, chewy, and salty all rolled into one rich bite. Pair them with a glass of cherry wood smoked rauchbier from Brooklyn's Kelso brewery and you're pretty much in snack heaven.
Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout and Alobar Pig's Tail
A pairing of downright gluttony, Alobar's pig's tail was one of the richest pieces of pork we tried all day. Similarly, the coveted Founder's CBS was the biggest, most bourbon-infused chocolaty beers that we tasted. Was putting them together over the top? Probably. Was it fun? Oh, definitely.
Anchorage Brewing Company The Tide and Its Takers
Anchorage Brewing Company has been making a name for themselves as of late with their big bottle series aged with Brettanomyces. The latest in this series of well-balanced wild ales is a lemony Belgian Tripel aged in Chardonnay barrels and flavored with Sorachi Ace hops. Smooth and complex for sure, but what does it have to do with this Alaskan metalcore band?
Naughty Cracker Jacks
Originally, Get Real NY in-house chef Stephen Durley has some laborious fancy-pants name for his addictive concoction of caramelized popcorn, fried pork skin, and hop-infused salt. But after his giant, silver bowl was emptied almost an hour into the event, someone had the ingenious idea to shorten it to simply "Naughty Cracker Jacks." Whatever you call them, the mix of salty, sweet, porky, and hoppy made for one of the best beer-inspired snacks that we've tried.
Waterfront Ale House Duo of Pork
Waterfront Ale house used their entire pig from head to tail to make their signature pulled pork alongside a housemade terrine—the combination was one part down home and one part refined indulgence.
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye and Amali Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Sierra Nevada's rye beer was the perfect match for Amali's sausages and broccoli raab with its balance of peppery, spicy, and citrusy hops.
Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Lovely Saint Winefride
This brown lager, the latest creation from the East coast's favorite British-inspired gypsy brewer, utilizes the traditional decoction method to impart complex caramel notes in this otherwise roasty brew. The lagering process finishes everything clean leaving a flavorful—and dangerously drinkable&mmdash;beer.