I am very excited to introduce Beer At Joe’s first guest poster, my good friend Spike. He braved the rain and drank some beer all for the sake of the blog (and good beer of course). Take it away Spike:
Ah, yes. Beer. On friday, September 12, I went to the 3rd Annual NYC Brewfest down at the South Street Seaport in New York City with my great friend, and fellow beer lover Zad. While it was slightly drizzling when we got there, people were in good spirits and there was quite a crowd.
Upon entering the event, we were given a set of tools for this great beer guzzling journey: a silver wristband, a small plastic pint glass (that holds far less than a pint), a map of the fest with lists of all the breweries and a card to keep your drinking in line. They explained to us that the card should be punched with every fill-up we get, and when it runs out of places to punch, it can be redeemed for a new card provided we don’t appear intoxicated. It became immediately apparent that this was only done to comply with some silly laws about public drunkenness and was not being enforced. Our cards were not punched a single time, and after the first beer, everyone either pocketed or discarded the cards.
Brewfest was HUGE. There were tents lining all edges of the Seaport with a very large population of porta-potties scattered throughout. At the start, the place was crowded, but there was still plenty of room to move around, but I didn’t waste much time observing before I went straight for the beer.
The first beer I sampled was Jack’s Pumpkin Spice. I’m a huge fan of pumpkin beers and the fest had a pretty wide selection of them. I would have to say that Jack’s was a disappointment. You could barely tell that it was pumpkin beer, and in my haste to try the next beer, I downed the entire mini-pint. Only then could I detect a slight hint of this pumpkin spice that they told me about.
I went on sampling other beers, including, but not limited to Spaten Oktoberfest, Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Octoberfest, Heartland Breweries Smiling Pumpkin and Red Rooster Ales, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Captain Lawrence’s Xtra Gold, Steen Brugge and Franziskaner Weissbier. Unfortunately, when you’re at an event like this, after you get past the 10th or 15th beer, you start to lose track of what you’re drinking and what you’ve had. The rest of the event is nothing but a blur of beer, rain, pulled pork sandwiches and trips to the porta-potties.
I would have to say that the highlights of the event were Brooklyn’s Lager (of course!) and Octoberfest, Spaten’s Oktoberfest, and some [unknown to me] brewery’s pumpkin ale. That last pumpkin ale was the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had. It was sweet, refreshing and tasted like liquid pumpkin pie. I only wish I took note of it.
I can’t wait until next year’s Brewfest. It should be amazing.
Of interesting note is that many tents had Poland Spring water available, and many people were washing their mini-pint glasses out with it.
Check out the rest of Spike’s pictures here