Drinks at The Great GoogaMooga Festival in Brooklyn
You've probably been hearing about the big Great GoogaMooga Festival coming up in Prospect Park on May 19 and 20th. The folks behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands are throwing quite a bash with lots of live music and tons of food, but we're most interested in the wide and varied drinks offerings. Hope you're thirsty...
In general admission, there will be a 120-foot long Oktoberfest-style tent with beers to taste (and drink by the glassful) including brews from local Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Kelso of Brooklyn, Southampton Publick House, and Empire Brewing, plus offerings from farther afield. Brooklyn Brewery will be pouring their limited edition Googa Doc Pomus. In the special VIP section, Extra Mooga, Brooklyn's Garrett Oliver will lead a beer-versus-wine pairings faceoff against sommelier Paul Grieco of Terroir and Hearth.
Wine for the general admission folks will be available by the taste and the glass, including wines from Bonny Doon, Palmina, Tablas Creek, Wind Gap, and more, plus selections from importers including Jose Pastor, Kermit Lynch, Terry Theise, and Acid Inc., and the chance to taste wines from Greece, Alsace, New Zealand, and Spain.
Attendees at Extra Mooga will have all-inclusive access to Daniel Johnnes sharing Burgundy, Aldo Sohm pouring Austrian wines, Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon offering exclusive vintages of his delicious Les Cigare Volante. There will be speed-tasting seminars led by Master Sommelier Laura Maniec, and a little pre-noon grower Champagne. Sounds good, right?
The Great Googa Mooga (regular admission) is beer and wine (and nonalcoholic options) only, but there are cocktails to be found if you splurge for an Extra Mooga ticket. On Saturday, cocktails will be poured from the people behind the Monkey Bar, and Dave Arnold of Booker & Dax will give a demonstration; Julie Reiner of Clover Club will be serving up cocktails on Sunday.