Last week, Sarah and I attended Good Beer at BAM–an afternoon of more than 20 breweries and the fare their beers inspired. Produced by Edibles Manhattan and Brooklyn, Good Beer is on its second year running, during July–the “Good Beer Month”. Catering to a sold out crowd, both upstairs and down, The Vandervilt, Gramercy Tavern, The Good Fork, and Jimmy’s 43, were just some of the 20+participants who came to represent. Rooms of dense crowds and pork, beef, and beer, this is no place for spit buckets…this is brew and folks came to drink.
We tasted through a lot of beers to find the ones we really liked. All while seeking cans for dumping when a sip or two was enough. And while the beef appealed to us as much as the pork, there we plenty of vegetarian and pescatarian options—like Wellfleet Oysters, shucked and served by the folks at Esca, with fresh grated horseradish.
At the top of the list for the afternoon’s selections, stands Brooklyn’s own Six Point Craft, Signal (pictured above). Brewed for “Meatopia” on Governor’s Island, Signal, to quote Russell: “Holy Shit.” Aromas of ripe apricot and human musk lead like a flute to a super clean palate that finishes like the skin of a young apricot.
Gramercy’s Homebrew Madcap. I really dig this beer because it drinks like a wine. And it’s got funk. 100% Brettanomyces Ale. A yeast that’s feared in the production of most all wines, Brett is essential to the brewing of a handful of beers. Homebrewed for Gramercy by Brad Hillman (pictured above), Madcap is a bit oily with notes of cheese rind, citrusy acidity, and pulled-pork vinegar tart.
Saranac’s Torpedo took us by surprise. An Extra IPA, Torpedo–hoppy, bitter, and strong. Apricot with a mid-palate spice (corriander ??), and a tad funky.
After spending some time with Magic Hat, we got to taste Blind Faith–a seasonal special treat that technically, they weren’t pouring. I love my beers with hops and bitter, so I’m always on a quest. This one was soft with its bitterness, but fresh like the interior of a brewery, coupled with the first open window in spring.
Thanks to the folks at Edible, and all participants. Looking forward to New York Craft Beer Week–September 24th-October 3rd.