Beer For Beasts was this past Saturday. It was dubbed as a celebration of beer, food and people, for a good cause. It certainly lived up to expectations and then some. Beers 4 beasts was the first event organized by Beer Advocate in New York. As such, you were expecting a stellar event from a collaboration between them, Sixpoint and the Humane Society of New York, the benefactor of the night’s proceeds.
“We’ve hosted over 30 beer fests, but Beer for Beasts has already become close to our hearts. We’re excited to be working with our friends at Sixpoint to celebrate our passion for good beer, food, people, and our love for animals,” said BeerAdvocate founder Todd Alström.
I arrived at the Bell House in Brooklyn about 20 minutes before the start of the event. At 6pm I was promptly allowed in and on to the festivities. The main room had a bunch of different beers on tap. The front bar had another ten or so. The food was set up outside the front bar. It seemed like a good idea at first, but as the night went on, it just turned into a long mess of people that were drunk and hungry. Never a recipe for success and honestly, the only bad part about the event.
There were approximately 20 different beers on tap for the event, many brewed exclusively for Beer for Beasts. (Check out the full list here) Many of these beers were collaborative brews, made with other members of the community at Sixpoint’s facility. There was a beer made with corn, chilies and cumin, made especially to pair with the Calexico food cart, El Gordo Borracho. There was an American Double IPA made with 10 different types of hop strains, the Decadence. One of my favorites of the evening between Village Voice food critic and a Sixpoint staff member called Trip Hop brewed with reduced grapefruit juice, Citra, Cascade and Warrior hops. It was fantastic. There was the Baltic Porter made with Stevie Caldarola and Lee Williams fermented with Irish Ale yeast and smoked over beechwood fire.
The Big DIPA an IPA made with Horizon and dry hopped Simcoe hops. That was my favorite of the evening. One of the big hits of the evening was the Knockout Punch, a Hawaiian Red Ale made with Hawaiian punch and Simcoe hops. There were many other great collaborations and one off beers. They also featured some of their standards, the Sweet Action, Righteous Rye, Crisp and Bengali Tiger. Of the 39 beers I counted available on the evening, I missed 3, one of which was the Sweet Action. I tried to sample the beers I’ve never had before and then worked my way back to the standard stuff.
Despite the problems with the food in the evening, I managed to get some early enough that I sampled everything. Food was good, personal favorite was Calexico food cart, I sampled some delicious chicken tacos and paired with their beer and the Crisp Pils. They even asked me why I didn’t bring my dog, since they see me there all the time with the pup at their cart in Soho. “How can you not bring your dog to an event called Beer For Beasts?”
Pizza Moto had some tasty pizza, pretty sweet sauce with thin toasted crust. Prime Meats had some fantastic roast beef on a toasted bun with a mustard topping. Brooklyn Soda Works provided a nice alternative to the beer, with a great ginger lemon soda. There was also a Burlesque show from the group known as Jersey Fresh, which to be quite honest, was a first at a beer fest, but kinda really cool.
All in all, a great event, benefiting a great cause, The Humane Society of New York. Well done Beer Advocate, Sixpoint, Bell House and the Humane Society. Hope this is the first of many Beer Advocate beer fests in NY.
LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit
Two reasons for this song. 1. The event was a hit. Great times, great cause, great people. 2. LCD is playing their final show this weekend at MSG and I’m sure that will be a hit too. Enjoy!