Get Real NY has been announced for March 19 & 20th, 2011. I had a great time at the last one back in September. I went with two friends and I’m pretty sure between the three of us, we sampled nearly every beer and food item available. I’m really looking forward to this one. I also saw that BeerMenus has a limited discount for this year’s. Last year I was lucky enough to get my ticket for $35 through a discount. However, the organizers insist this early bird special, will be the only discount, and as last year’s fest, this will sell out.
A few bits of advice if you go this year and before you read my thoughts on last year’s Get Real NY
1. Stay hydrated – you’re going to sample a lot of beers. It’s easy to forget to drink water, but do it. You’ll enjoy yourself more for it.
2. Eat, and keep nibbling on stuff after you eat. Eat pretzels or cookies or popcorn. Just keep going back for more. Helps soak up the booze.
3. Get there early. Take full advantage of all the beers on hand and you get to sample certain things that may not be available later on. Plus, there were people that missed more than an hour on line last year.
4. If you want to document your beers, either use a program on your phone that automatically saves or pen and paper. I used notes on my iPhone and it erased a couple times. Also, it’ll drain your battery.
5. Bring a camera(with a string tied to you) and take lots of pics. Trust me, as the night gets longer, you’ll forget more things. It’s just natural. Also, will help keep your phone from dying.
6. Where proper shoes. No joke, the floor gets really messy and slippery. I saw more than a few people take a spill. And oddly, I saw more than a few girls in high heals. I mean, you’re standing and walking around on slippery floors for hours. Be practical.
That’s it. Good luck and enjoy yourself. OH, and be nice. To the staff, the pourers and other festival goers. Trust me, it’ll help and may even get you certain benefits.
My write up from September 2010(completely unedited)
I’m missing at least two beers for sure, because I know my final total was about 38 beers sampled(also not counting a couple I sampled from Golby or Isaac’s glass). I also had an issue with my phone erasing my list, twice. So I had to go off memory for some of my early beers, which may or may not have included some homebrews.
Most samples were good, a few blah tastings though. The best, Brooklyn Detonation and Bruery Mischief & Saison. Other top ones include, Capt. Larry’s Extra Gold, Heavy Seas Posit, Oskar Blues Mama’s Pils. Worst thing I had was the Smokin Summer Ale(homebrew) and sadly, Nebraska’s Pumpkin. In fact, I really didn’t like any of the Pumpkins I tried, even Sixpoint’s. Something about the Pumpkins really makes them not taste that great at room temp. I wish I tried a few more homebrews. Two of the 3(I remember) I tried were fantastic, including the Black Friday, which was a dark, but sweet stout type. I tried not to sample anything I’ve had before, which is why I shied away from most Sixpoints, Smuttynose, Kelso and Southern Tiers.
The food, was a pleasant surprise. Luke’s Lobster, had only shrimp rolls. Weird. But they tasted fantastic. Martin’s Pretzels were great, especially paired with My Friend’s Mustard(made with Sixpoint). The pretzels were also great to soak up some of the beer throughout the evening. That along with the free water they had, helped me actually walk out of there on my own two feet. There was a so so Truffle Mac and Cheese and Pasta Salad with Sausage. The pasta salad was really good. I believe they both came from L’asso, but am not totally sure. There was also a delicious scallop and risotto plate that I had about four helpings of. There were also various cookies and pastries strewn about. Which I mostly nibbled on here and there. Plus there was some great caramel corn that came from Ronnie Sue’s. It was really good and made with Brooklyn Beer.
The only real complaint I had, aside from the food not being better identified, was the VIP beers. They designated certain beers so that only people with VIP entry could taste. I was fine with them getting an extra hour and possibly tasting certain beers not made available to the general public, but VIP only tastings on the main floor was lame. Luckily some of the staff didn’t really mind letting you have a taste of the VIP stuff. That’s how I got the Detonation Ale and Extra Gold. Well, that and my sweet smile.
Bear Republic Racer 5
Black Friday (hb)
Blue Point Hoptical Illusion
Bruery Seven Grain Saison
Captain Lawrence Birra Decicco
Captain Lawrence Extra Gold
Cigar City Peach IPA
Cigar City Red Oak IPA
Firestone Walker Red Nectar Ale
Flying Dog Raging Bitch
Heavy Seas Posit
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey
Left Hand Twin Sister
Nebraska Wick For Brains Pumpkin
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Spiced Yells Pilsner
Riverhorse Hop Hazard
Smokin Summer Ale (hb)
Smuttynose Big A IPA
Smuttynose Star Island Single
Southern Tier Matt and Phin Extraordinary Ale
Speakeasy Prohibition Ale
Two Brothers Cane & Ebel
Two Brothers Resistance IPA
USS ESB (hb)