From pilsners, to IPAs, to special summer ales, diverse brews from near and far overwhelmed my senses. But one of the coolest parts of the event was being introduced to local breweries, homegrown in New York state and offering awesome options along with the feel-good spirit of supporting our independent businesses. One favorite was Good Nature Brewing, which hails from Hamilton, New York, and uses all natural ingredients in its suds. The Good Natured Blonde, a light ale with gentle sweetness, fits the bill for a warm summer night. Another local pick for seasonal ale came from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, based out of Long Island. Its Summer Ale, another light and sweet sip for this time of year, finishes with a hint of citrus.
New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing Company offered a curiously good taste with the international components in its Vunderbar Pilsner, which brings together German malt and Czech hops for a combination I honestly can’t describe any better, but certainly enjoyed (some things are best left unexplained).
Not all beers at the event were created stateside. New Zealand’s Moa Brewing Company brought along its European-style Moa Breakfast, a lager with cherry notes that is reportedly best enjoyed during the daytime. I’d have to agree, as it’s a little funky to sip alongside heartier, dinnertime bites.
While good beer shined at Good Beer, food from area restaurants helped it do so. Chapter One served smoky pork ribs with a bourbon molasses glaze that almost made me drop my glass, but it would’ve been worth it. Grillo's Pickles also stood out as more than an accompaniment. Monument Lane served a savory duck rillet on crisp toast, and I found a new favorite item to buy at the grocery store with Brooklyn Cured’s andouille sausage, served with pickled corn and relish.
I think I floated home from Soho.