Craft beer festivals are becoming some of the best parties around for those who don’t quite get the club scene. There’s something to be said for the format of wandering around testing pints while meeting new beer-buzzed folks.
The best craft brewers in America will be gathering on March 30, 2013 for a NYC-style celebration of fine beer and food. The idea is simple enough — say farewell to winter and ‘yes, please,’ to spring seasonals. With more than 150 selections from 75 brewers like Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company, or the Ballast Point Brewing Company in California, (a former World Beer Cup champion) this indoor armoury drinkfest is a can’t miss.
“The NYC Craft Beer Festival is a true celebration of the American craft beer experience,” said Gotham Artisanal founder Jim Pickett in a statement to media. “We invite the country’s best craft brewers to come together at one time, in one place, so attendees can sample a careful selection of the best spring seasonal brews the brewers have to offer.”
Some notable craft brews set for the fest include Allagash Interlude, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Two Brothers Cain & Ebel, Goose Island Sofie and Ballast Point Sculpin Ale.
The drinking format can vary from beer festival to beer festival, but at this one, each attendee will be given a tasting glass and have the opportunity to try unlimited two-ounce tastings. Depending on exactly the type of experience you’re looking for, tickets range from about $55 to $125.
This event is offering some beer-learning fun too. You can debate the meaning of “craft beer” with some industry heavyweights. But for the record, craft beer more or less refers to smaller, independent brewers that use all-malt beers. Plenty of people have their own definition. Giancarlo and Sarah Annese from the NYC Craft Beer News site, BeerUnion.com, will hold a seminar and blind tasting to explore the question “What is ‘craft’ beer, really?” Attendees can participate in a blind tasting of craft beers alongside non-craft beers to see if they can tell the difference.
Plenty of beer means you’re going to need some good food as well, right? Craft Beer-focused restaurants like The Guilty Goose, Coopers Craft Kitchen and Tavern 29 will be offering up selections like Stout braised pulled pork sandwich with chipotle barbecue on a brioche bun; veggie chili with clack and Cannellini beans with a tomato base; spicy chicken tacos made with pulled roasted chicken, mole sauce and Napa Slaw; triple-cream gluten-free mac and cheese; jalapeno guacamole with cilantro lime chips; hickory-smoked chicken empanadas with charred tomato sauce; and steak skewers with grilled grass-fed hanger steak, bell peppers, and ancho bourbon BBQ sauce.
Cheers to spring from us here at Weekend Trips!
DATE: Saturday, March 30, 2013
LOCATION: Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets)
SESSION 1: General Admission 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM / VIP & Connoisseur 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
SESSION 2: General Admission 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM / VIP & Connoisseur 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
WHAT TO EXPECT: In the tradition of the Grand Tasting, each attendee will be given a tasting glass and have the opportunity to try unlimited 2 oz tastings of approximately 150 craft beers from all over the U.S. Food will be available for purchase for all attendees and there will be a selection of retail vendors.