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September 23, 2011

NYC Brewer's Choice 2011

Last night I had the pleasure of attending one of the most prestigious events of NY Craft Beer Week, NYC Brewer's Choice at City Winery. Curated by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No. 43 as well as Beer Sessions Radio, the event featured brewers, owners and brewery reps pouring their beer directly for the attendees. Rob Tod from Allagash and Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery were just two of the many in attendance. Each brewery brought something new, interesting, rare or just plain delicious and then the beers were paired with various local food vendors' dishes.

It certainly was quite a crowd for a good majority of the event, but that just means a lot of friendly familiar faces.

White Birch Brewing Company out of New Hampshire brought one of the most interesting beers of the event, their Wild Oak Aged Imperial Stout.

Greenport Harbor out of Long Island had one of my favorites of theirs, the Leaf Pile Ale. Other favorites included the Barrier Brewing Frau Blucher, Cross Roads Outrage IPA and the Schmaltz Geektoberfest.

Toward the end of the night, Garrett Oliver made a great speech about the importance of what's happening here in New York City (and across the country). He said that its not a trend, its a return to normalcy. Truer words can't be spoken about the craft beer movement.

Happy Brewmaster, post-speech.

One of the most popular pairings at Brewer's Choice was cheese. In case you've never tried it, beer and cheese go great together. Way better than wine and cheese. But my personal favorite dish of the night was Nita Nita's Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Chorizo. It sounds like an odd combination but it was amazing. Definitely making a point to visit them in Williamsburg very soon.

One last sip for the road.

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