Laura June Kirsch
The Village Voice’s Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival this year was an all-you-can-drink buffet of some of the most creative, innovative, and talented brewers in the country. The event was held last Saturday, Sept. 24, on a gorgeous autumn day in Green Point’s Brooklyn Expo Center, and featured more than 65 local and national breweries sampling more than 125 different beverages. Small craft brewers, like Black Hog Brewing Co. and Harlem Blue Beer, poured alongside brewery big dogs like Long Trail Brewery, Allagash Brewing Company, and Guinness.
But if the double and triple IPAs eventually eroded your palate, there were many other hop-less options to try. One of my personal favorites was Aval, a French company that only uses apples from its own orchard to make a delightfully dry cider. Another stand out was Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, who’s slightly spicy ginger flavor definitely awakened the taste buds. And, of course, there was Jameson, whose bartenders were pouring samples of their classic whiskey and also their line of caskmates. Thankfully, Polar Beverages was also there to sober everybody up with their Seltzers and Orange Dry.
The Astor Room provided plenty of oysters, clams, Cajun spice tacos, and candied bacon to make sure that every guest had enough food in their belly to keep drinking. The Village Voice partnered with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue on the festival this year, and promised to donate a portion of proceeds to all-breed dog rescue. To learn more about Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue visit: badassbrooklynanimalrescue.com.