Though wild yeasts are gaining a good deal of traction in the U.S., straight-ahead sour ales from American breweries are still few. Sure, there's Brettanomyces this and wild that, but often they're a lefthand tweak on a brewery's existing beer or style. Ithaca Beer Co.'s Brute is one of the few, and a fine one at that. It's definitely in the top tier of American sour ales.
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Last week Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines and the fine people at the Good Beer Seal put a fitting cap on the last week of NYC's Good Beer Month. They packed the two-story lobby of the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the gills with terrific craft beer and tasty bites.
This week we continue our survey of India Pale Ales by heading down the Eastern seaboard to check out the offerings of New York state breweries. Although New York brewers aren't following a single set of guidelines for their IPAs, most of the best examples we tried showcased pungent American hops often used in their West Coast cousins. We tried 14 different IPAs from the Empire State. Which ones are your favorites?