Brewtopia Success

I love Brewtopia–or the Great World Beer Fest, as they call it. Last year was at the Javits Center, this year it was over at Pier 92. Nicole scored press passes (again) from the kind folks at Schmaltz Brewery on what was a crappy, rainy Friday. As we neared the pier, people were pouring across the Westside Highway. We got upstairs to a huge line, and very little order. We waited for a few minutes before finding the table with our passes. We looked back to see the huge line, and our spot in it which was no longer. Luckily, we were press and just walked in the back in front of the world. It’s good to be the king.

Sending me into a beer festival is like sending, say. a small human–maybe a toddler, into a convenience store with a large array of confections.

imgp0023.jpgIget a little excited.

Anyway, if you look at some older posts, you will know I like to take notes. And that they quickly devolve from careful details to a few shorthand jots and abbreviations. Here’s what we tried:

  • Sly Fox IPA
  • Sly Fox Stout
  • Ithaca Cascazilla
  • Heartland Brewery Ploughman’s Ale
  • Heartland Brewery Oatmeal Stout
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute
  • Dogfish Head Peche
  • Oskar Blues Gordon’s
  • Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold
  • Okocim Polish Lager
  • Zywiec Porter
  • Zywiec Lager
  • Lagunitas Kill Ugly Radio
  • Lagunitas Copper Ale
  • Schmaltz He’Brew Jewbelation
  • Butternuts Snapperhead IPA
  • Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Stout
  • Smuttynose IPA
  • Saranac Pomegranate Wheat
  • Arcadia Double IPA
  • Arcadia London Stout
  • NOMAD APA
  • Original Sin Cider
  • NJ Association of Homebrewing Stout
  • NJ Association of Homebrewing IPA
  • Legacy Hoptimus Prime
  • Legacy Hedonism Ale
  • Brooklyn Winter Ale
  • The Belgian Room Maredsous
  • Cricket Hill IPA

That’s 30. What a glorious way to spend a Friday. Along with meeting some great people, including the NJ Homebrewers, Cask-beer aficionado Alex Hall from NOMAD (nestled in the Purple Valley–Go Ephs), and Jeremy Cowan from Schmaltz.

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One response to “Brewtopia Success

  1. I wonder if future generations, when expressing glee, will exclaim: “Like a Charlie in a brewpub!”

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