Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat
The Greenmarket Wheat is Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver's ode to local. The beer supports local farmers by using 70% New York state-grown wheat and barley. The combination of ingredients creates a nice zesty citrus flavor that's refreshing and crisp. It's a great option for the summer.
Doc's Draft Dry Hopped Hard Cider
Granted, Doc's Draft Dry Hopped Cider isn't beer, but it fits nicely at the event anyway. This cider is dry hopped with Chinook and Centennial Hops for a floral and citrusy flavor in a dry cider that has only a hint of apple sweetness. This stuff could easily convince a beer geek to admit that not all cider tastes like apple juice.
Kelso Barrel-Aged Wheat
Usually when something comes with the 'barrel-aged' moniker, it means that it's going to be a big, boozy beer. But Brooklyn-based Kelso Beer Co. has crafted an accessible brew with this barrel-aged wheat while not sacrificing any flavor. The beer starts with a mild citrus flavor and is punctuated by sweet oaky notes.
SlantShack Bronx Brewery Pale Ale Jerky
Dried grassfed beef and pale ale go together better than you might expect. Actually, we're not sure why no one thought of this earlier. SlantShack teamed up with Bronx Brewery to create a beer-based marinade made up of the pale ale, Brooklyn-based Tin Mustard, and honey. It's salty, smoky, and highly snackable.
Pairing: Dogfish Head Noble Rot with Luke's Lobster Shrimp Roll
Sam Calagione, the owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales has a tendency to go really experimental with his beer making. Noble Rot is no exception. Using two types of wine grapes, this beer features a bit of floral hop but it's the wine-like funk that really makes it interesting. It was pretty amazing when paired with buttery, sweet shrimp nestled in a soft little roll from Luke's Lobster.
Empire Brewing India Pale Ale
Empire Brewing, a brewery located in Syracuse, New York, proves that East coast breweries can make a good IPA with this grassy hop-focused beer. The hops add touches of citrus along an earthy flavor.
Unibroue Trois Pistoles
This brewery traveled down south from Quebec for the event. Known for their La Fin Du Monde, a blonde ale that packs a big alcohol punch, they were also serving Trois Pistoles, a strong dark ale. The beer has tons of sweet roasted coffee flavor along with some hints of dark fruit. At 9% ABV, this is certainly meant for sipping.
Moa Imperial Stout
Ok, these guys aren't exactly local: Moa hails from New Zealand. Josh Scott, the brewery's founder, comes from a family of winemakers but we're thankful he decided to go into beer. The simply named Imperial Stout was aged in French oak and features smoky and coffee aromas that carry over into the flavor.
First and South Sweet Pepper Soft Pretzels with Black Duck Porter Mustard
One of the more creative bites came from First and South, a Greenport, New York restaurant who connected with their neighbors, the brewers at Greenport Harbor Brewing to create these delicious pretzels. The sweet pepper flavored the crusty pretzels, which were dabbed with mustard made with Greenport Harbor's Black Duck Porter.
Dogfish Head Theobroma
Based on the earliest known alcoholic chocolate recipe (found on bits of ancient pottery in Honduras), Theobroma is sweet. But it's not too sweet. Chili peppers complement the cocoa and chocolate flavors, cutting down the sweetness with a warm spice. We had to put Dogfish Head on the list twice because of this beer.