|With my brother and “The Imasofats”|
There’s a blog I’ve been meaning to write for a while called, “Why I don’t go to beer fests anymore.” The glaring exception to that would be the awesome TAP New York Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival held every year on the last weekend in April at Hunter Mountain. I’ll write that other blog someday, but for now let me tell you about this year’s beer fest.
|With Scott Veltman of Albany Pump Station|
|With “Ubu Man” of Lake Placid Brewing|
|I met Thomas Andersen – who occasionally guest posts on this blog.|
|With Nikki Cavanaugh of Rushing Duck|
- Tarwe by North River Hops And Brewing: A hefeweizen/witbier hybrid. Very fruity and slightly spicy. I’d love to homebrew a beer like this for summer.
- TAP IPA 2015 by Upstate Brewing Company: Standard West Coast-style IPA. Nothing wrong with that when done right.
- Peach Wheat by Cave Mountain Brewing Co.: A hefeweizen with peach flavoring. Tastes like Snapple.
- Too Many Cooks IPA by Crossroads Brewing Company: This was actually a collaboration brew between Crossroads and several other breweries in the Hudson Valley. I was at the brewpub the day they made this and was at their table when it was tapped at 2pm on Saturday. This was a great IPA with delicious hop choices. Nothing outrageous or eccentric about it. You can find it on tap at several local brewpubs right now.
- God Complex by The North Brewery: Tastes almost exactly like spicy nachos in beer form. Probably the most unique beer I had all weekend.
- American Sour (w/ Amarena Cherries) by Sloop Brewing: It’s nice to see so many breweries making sours, but it’s even better when you get one that really amazes (as was the case with this).
- Oatmeal Stout by Bacchus Brewing Co.: Delicious chocolate and coffee flavors brewed in the traditional way.
- Black Oyster Cult by Newburgh Brewing Co.: A “black gose” made from the second runnings of a Russian Imperial Stout brew. Really impressive considering its great taste and eccentric recipe.
- Chocolate Egg Cream Stout by Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company: A sweet, delicious, low gravity chocolate stout. Great dessert beer.
- Blood Orange Farmhouse Saison by Resurgence Brewing Company: I’m surprised more breweries don’t do fruity saisons – this is proof they can work well when done properly.
- That IPA by Community Beer Works (New York): I drank so many IPAs over the weekend, but this one of the few that really stuck out.
- Off Trail Series: Classic Stout by Paradox Brewery (New York): Classic. To-spec. Delectable. Smooth.
- Flying Colors by The Brewery At Bacchus: Another fruity sour – this was made with apricots. Jolly Ranchers in beer form.
- The Grinder by The FarmHouse Brewery: Yet another fruity sour (brewed with chokeberries). Only 3.6% ABV too. Impressive to say the least.
- Orange Cream Beer by Defiant Brewing Co.: Literally an orange creamsicle in beer form.
- Baby Elephant by Rushing Duck Brewing Company: The best session IPA I had all weekend.
- Hop Onyx by Hopshire Farm And Brewery: The only Black IPA I saw anywhere and it was fantastic.
- Hog Cabin by Great South Bay Brewery: Exactly as advertised: a maple bacon porter (now that’s what I call a breakfast beer).
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