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Beer, Beasts, And Vegetarian Food

April 9, 2013

I may often paint my fellow Noblers as booze-fiending, loyal followers of the experiment but…Well that’s true. However, some of them can write…Here’s a Beer For Beasts Review by Dan Sicina!

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Spring time is here and with it comes blooming flowers, chirping birds, sundresses and the inevitable scheduling of beer festivals.  With all of this great stuff to look forward to the Noblers attended the first beer festival they could find: Beer For Beasts, put on by Sixpoint Brewery and held at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn.  There are several reasons why this beer festival stands out from the others that makes it by far the most interesting beer event of the year (in my opinion).  

First, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the ASPCA to help all of our furry friends, which makes me feel better about tying on a good buzz during the daylight hours.  Second, the beers served are almost all uniquely brewed for this event by Sixpoint while some are brewed by other local brewers in partnership with Sixpoint. This event is a perfect microcosm of the culture that Sixpoint supports, which is one part local philanthropy and one part bad-ass beer experimentation, two things I particularly enjoy as well.  

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As for the beer itself, there was a dual focus on Sixpoint’s take on traditional styles (Farmhouse Ales, Saisons, Scotch Ales) with a bit of experimentation in the form of a few unique brews (Orange Chocolate Stout, Rosemary Infused Ale), which rounded to about 30-40 styles (I lost track after my 30th mini cup of beer).  The key to enjoying these beers was to not get hung up on the raw quality of them, since they were brewed specifically for this event, but to appreciate the diversity of flavors than can be created by a micro brewery found in Red Hook, Brooklyn and to generally revere the mad scientists that make Sixpoint such an excellent brewery.

Going beyond the beer, they also had food carts outside serving Indian, Mexican, British and Italian food, which were all vegetarian. which makes total sense since it’s a benefit for animals (had I known I would have packed a bag of beef jerky.)  In addition to satisfying our beer and food cravings (lets not talk about my meat cravings), they also had a full lineup of three professional stand up comedians.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of a beer festival, stand up comedy was not well received since people were milling about and talking. These guys still landed a number of pretty funny jokes for the people listening, but it was nonetheless a “tough crowd.”  Perhaps a band would have been a better entertainment option.

I would definitely attend this event again next year, because there is no losing when you are drinking good beer for a good cause.  Also, I am a believer in the fact that experimentation leads to innovation and greatness, which is why I’ll seek out these Sixpoint events.  I am happy to be a part of this local brewery’s culture of helping the community and also experiencing the cutting edge of brewing.

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