Gallery: Brewers and Rare Beers Shine at NYC Brewer's Choice

Ommegang Cup O' Kyndness
Ommegang Cup O' Kyndness

Tasting almost like a smoky märzen, this Belgian-Scotch Ale is brewed with heather tips. This decadent and complex beer would be perfect with pork chops.

Photo courtesy Chris Lehault

The Crowd
The Crowd

It got pretty crowded at the Brewer's Choice, but there was enough awesome beer to go around.

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Keynote speaker
Keynote speaker

Greg Hall of Goose Island Beer Co. spoke briefly, announcing that "beer has found its place at the table," enhancing the flavors of food. Hall said that people ask him if beer is the new wine. He answers "no, beer is not the new wine. Craft beer is the new wine."

Tasting the Good Stuff
Tasting the Good Stuff

The event stood out because brewers really poured their best stuff, and were present to talk about each beer with those tasting.

Tasty Bites
Tasty Bites

These sausages with sweet onion jam were a good foil for all that ale.

Southampton Publick House Hommage
Southampton Publick House Hommage

A stunning beer from brewer Phil Markowski. This Belgian-style IPA is aged in merlot barrels with Brettanomyces until smooth and rich, delicately tart and musky.

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Shucking Away
Shucking Away

The folks from Aeros Cultured Oyster Co. were busy shucking oysters to pair with Southampton's Cuvée des Fleurs.

Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewery
Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewery

We got a chance to catch up with Scott Vaccaro. He was pouring the Captain Lawrence Kolsch, which was remarkably clean and refreshing.

Ithaca Excelsior White Gold
Ithaca Excelsior White Gold

Brewer Jeff O'Neil described this ale as a tripel with a bit of everything: wheat and barley, Westmalle and house yeast, and a variety of hops. There's a bit of a pineapple note from some crazy wild yeast, too: O'Neil saves a five-gallon keg of each batch for the next one, blending and cultivating the rich, sour notes of wild yeast like a sourdough starter. It's a beer worth seeking out.

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Ben Granger of Bierkraft
Ben Granger of Bierkraft

Ben moves his hop plants with him every time he switches apartments. His homebrewed Pale Ale #4 was rich in fresh hoppy aroma (perhaps it's all the wet hops he threw in.)

Bucket of Sculpin, Anyone?
Bucket of Sculpin, Anyone?

I'm not sure I've ever seen so much of this highly acclaimed beer in one place.

Cheers to Good Beer!
Cheers to Good Beer!

Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No. 43 was one of the organizers of the event. He's pictured here with Clare of Beer Goggins.