Manchester Pub’s Flash-Fried Meatballs with Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA
Flash frying the combination of pork, bacon, and cheddar created a great crust that gave way to a moist and tender center. This was a meatball that spoke to our baser instincts and washing it down with Deviant Dale’s was a decision that was bad for us in all the right ways.
Blind Tiger’s Kefta with Saison Dupont
Our top food pick of the day: chef Thomas Harder’s Middle Eastern meatballs, which combined wild boar, grass-fed beef, and elk in a spicy orange tomato sauce. Saison Dupont was a perfect foil to the dish’s cumin, mint, and subtle heat.
Alewife Queens’ Soup Dumpling Meatballs with Two Brothers Cane & Ebel
Berkshire pork by way of Chinatown, Alewife Queens’ playful soup dumpling meatball was the most original bite we had all day. We loved the rush of pork stock when we bit through the liquid center. Cane & Ebel’s sweet and spicy rye character paired well with the richness of the pork and the heat of Sriracha.
Cariño’s Albondigas with Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter
The porter’s cocoa and smoke added a layer of richness to Cariño’s traditional albondigas. The blend of Berkshire pork, wild boar, and venison in chipotle and roasted tomato sauce was warming and satisfying.
The Chocolate Life’s Mole Poblano Meatballs with Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk Stout
Chocophile Clay Gordon combined Mexican chocolate with a blend of chilis for his turkey meatballs. Keegan Ales’ rich and sweet milk stout was an ideal partner.
First Session in Full Swing
Festival-goers enjoyed more than 70 different beers from breweries including 21st Amendment, Hill Farmstead, Wandering Star, and Green Flash.
Get Real NY's Chris Cuzme and Juren David with Billingsgate Brewing Co.'s Andrew Said Thomas and Serious Eater Jonathan Moxey