As is the wont of select social circles, beer enthusiasts also have a functioning nomenclature pertaining to all facets of the brew-dom. While some terminology has inevitably made its way into the main stream—hops, cask-conditioned, IPA’s—the “growler” has been relegated into the dusty archives of beer dispensaries. Perhaps due to its natural onomatopoeic associations, or simply because it’s not as widely marketed as vintage beer packaging (12 pack, 40 oz, kegs), the growler is sorely under-represented within the imbibing community.
This past weekend, Get Real NY, a NYC-based festival production company celebrating the best craft beer and local, artisanal food held their “Support Real Ale” to celebrate real ale that is live and fermented in casks naturally and served directly from the same cask.
Joonbug attended the sold-out Saturday night session. Thirsty for beer and hungry for food, we showed up slightly early and were greeted by an out-the-door and down-the-street line. Luckily, the line moved fast and we were led into the historic Altman Building with 10,000 square feet of oak floor and vaulted brick ceiling. Despite the large space, the room was chaotic and filled to capacity with mostly 20- and 30-somethings moving and standing in packs.