NYC Beer Week.

NYC Beer week has just passed and there was a lot of events going on in the city. For some reason I didn’t attend that many (don’t ask me why), but I did go to three of them, all in Brooklyn. Here they are:

What? Craft Beer Week with Perennial.

Where? Great Bar Harry in Carroll Gardens.

When? Thursday, February 26th.

Perennial Artisan Ales is a brewery from Saint Louis, Missouri. They have an established barrel aging program and has a passion for working with wild yeast strains. To this event they had brought eleven of their beers; barrel aged sours, stouts and in-betweeners. The one that stood out for me was Savant Blanc, a 100% fermented Belgian Blonde aged for 5 months in Chardonnay barrels with Chardonel grapes. it had a nice balance between funky and sour, and a very subtle touch of sweetness from the grapes. I also got to meet one of the brewers, Jonathan Moxey, a very nice fella.

What? Bushwick Brewsy Bonanza.

Where? The Sampler in Bushwick.

When? Saturday, February 28th.

The Sampler had dedicated all their 20 taps to local breweries. Amongst them you could find beers from; Finback (Queens), Singlecut (Astoria), Bridge & Tunnel (Queens), Kelso (Brooklyn), Braven (Brooklyn), Brooklyn Brewery, Other Half (Brooklyn), Newburgh, Gun Hill (Bronx), Transmitter (Long Island) and Third Rail (NYC). Some of the brewers were there hanging out so you could talk and ask them questions. I manage to get a sour oyster stout from Newburgh that was surprisingly fresh. I also did a flight with a white IPA from Braven, a DIPA and an imperial stout from Finback and finally Other Half 1st Anniversary IPA (which is a triple IPA!). It was a great event and great atmosphere!

What?  Péché Day.

Where? Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg.

When? Saturday, February 28th.

Spuyten Duyvil was one out of the two only places in the US to host this. The event was all about Dieu du Ciel’s legendary Imperial Coffee stout: Péché Mortel. On tap we could find four different versions of it; the original version, the 2015 Special Edition, Véniel 2015 and the bourbon barrel aged one. They also served Solstice d’Hiver (their winter barley wine) and Isseki Nicho, a collaboration with the Japanese brewery Shiga Kougen. Dieu du Ciel is a great brewery from Canada, and if I would choose anything from them, it would be the barrel aged beers. I find that their beers in general helps with a bit of aging (depending on beer style of course).

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