Last night's Beer Week event at dba in Wiliamsburg was a special one. Organized by my friends at Brew York, a group of New York beer writers, brewers, and enthusiasts, the event featured seven local brews on tap, with all the proceeds going directly to East New York Farms.
A good cause, certainly, and seriously tasty beer. We started with Southampton's North Fork Fresh Hop ESB on cask. Made with freshly picked wet hops grown on Long Island, this brew was grassy and herbal with tons of caramel flavor and mellow citrus notes. Drinking it was like squeezing the juice from a broiled grapefruit half (honey on top, of course.) We tasted hints of chamomile and lots of tangerine juice, but in a soft way.
Next up was a beer I've been wanting to try for awhile— Brooklyn Brewery's Cookie Jar Porter. Our resident oat maven would like this one; it's made with with oats and barley, raisins, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and spice. It's lightly sweet but not cloying; impressively harmonious with a looooonnnnng finish. There's more dried-berry and grape flavor than I expected, and nice nutmeg and cocoa-powder notes. Well done, Garrett Oliver.
Though I could have gone home happy at that point, I'm glad I didn't, because I loved our final selection, the Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, which was released in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Miles Davis album. Rich and smooth, like a deep, dark coffee-chocolate milkshake, it had subtle hints of almond butter. We tasted pumpernickel bread and super-dark chocolate, plus a little toasty cigar box and ash. While some of the Brew Yorkers picked the Cookie Jar Porter as their favorite, I think my heart's with this stronger brew.
Have you tried any of these beers?
Looking for something to do tonight?
We'll be at NYC Brewer's Choice at City Winery, tasting rare beers and local food. Limited tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
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