Peak Organic Hop Noir IPA: is a traditional IPA brewed with piney, aromatic hops with a dark, rich organic black malt base. Enjoy this IPA with pungent cheeses, such as brie, lamb shank, and grilled vegetables.
Lake Placid Ubu Ale: was named after a legendary chocolate lab that inspired brewers at Lake Placid to create an English style, amber and chocolate malt ale that is available throughout the year. Ubu Ale’s smooth and rich maltiness is complimented by its English hops, making it a delicious choice for a marinate on barbecued red meat or basically anything made on a charcoal grill.
Blue Moon Spring Blonde Ale: is a “splash of sunshine in a glass.” This traditional white wheat Spring Ale, brewed with lemon and orange peel, is paired wonderfully with seasonal salads and fruit sorbet. At the Craft Beer Festival, Blue Moon representatives garnished the sample pour with a ring of lemon and sugar to enhance the fresh, citrus flavors like you would a margarita.
Breckenedge Agave Wheat: is made using a German-based method in order to create Breckenedge’s American unfiltered wheat ale. The Denver brewery, now in their 21st year of operation, uses locally sourced agave, cucumber, lemon, and melon to enhance the flavor of this beer. Agave Wheat is familiar, yet creative and can be used to make delicious dishes using recipes found on the Breckenedge website.
Magic Hat Vinyl Lager: is only available until the end of March, so enjoy it while it’s still available. This Amber Lager has a deep amber hue, sweet malt taste, and a slight, balancing hop finish. This easy-drinking lager goes well with casual pub fare such as cheeseburgers or a turkey club.
Dogfish Head Aprihop: is a “fruit beer for hop heads” available now through May. Aprihop is an American IPA brewed with dry hops, compared to wet hops, to create a hoppy aroma with apricots taking a supporting role. Pair this IPA with swordfish, Mexican dishes, or even a bowl of hummus.
Blue Point Brewing Company White IPA: is part of a new style of beer being offered by many breweries around the country. This hybrid beer, created by combining white wheat and IPA beer, perfectly balances the two different flavors but with less bitterness than many traditional IPAs.
Southern Tier Oak-Aged Pumking: is a nice new spin based on Southern Tier’s immensely popular Pumking beer, available from Augusts and throughout the Autumn season. This aged version keeps the spicy aroma and copper color while becoming more complex through the aging process. Southern Tier has created a crowd-pleaser once again, quickly running out of sample pours during the second session.
Tröegs Java Head Coffee Stout: is a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans based off of Tröegs’ Oatmeal Stout. Java Head has a lush oatmeal taste balanced with cocoa and roasted coffee. Coffee Stouts are paired well with earthy cheese such as Fontina, chocolate desserts, and smoked meats.
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Besides fantastic beer, the American Craft Beer Festival also had a wide offering of foods for festival-goers to enjoy. Fish Restaurant (280 Bleecker) had a food court stand serving lobster rolls and a raw oyster bar . Also served were festival favorites like the Crafty Brat[wurst] with mustard made using Keegan Ale’s Mother’s Milk and a Cask-pulled Pork Sandwich topped with twice baked potato salad. SlantShack Jerky also had a stand offering three different flavors of jerky. SlantShack works with family farms throughout the Northeast to create their delicious handcrafted jerky.