• New York

    This Weekend in Brooklyn: @BKPour Craft Beer Fest

    I really do hate to say goodbye to summer, but with the beginning of autumn comes what has become an annual tradition for me: The Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival.


    Before I started going to this festival, my knowledge of beers was limited to Corona and Blue Moon! It is here that I learned about the pilsners, IPAs, stouts and lagers of the world. It really opened up my eyes — I had no idea there were so many delicious beers out there to suit my tastes — this year, 125+ beers from over 70 different brewers to be exact.

    As usual, there will be demonstrations, beer talks, food court and more. And new for this year, Brooklyn Pour will feature and official BKPour Game Area, presented by Dave & Buster’s, featuring beer pong, air hockey, Beirut, basketball toss and more.

    Lucky for you, tickets are still on sale for this event that will take place this Saturday, September 27, in Brooklyn. Another plus is that you get to feel really fancy and sophisticated, sipping your stouts in Brooklyn’s historic and breathtaking Skylight One Hanson, otherwise known as the old Clock Tower.

    The details:

    • Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
    • Location: Skylight One Hanson, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
    • General Admission: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
    • VIP Doors: 2:00PM
    • Early Entry Doors: 2:30PM
    • Ticket Prices: $85 VIP / $65 Early Entry / $55 General Admission

    To purchase tickets, visit: www.villagevoice.com/brooklynpour.

  • WorldWide

    The @VillageVoice @BKPour Craft Beer Festival

    When I arrived at the historic Skylight One Hanson (formerly the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower) for Village Voice’s first annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, I knew I was in for some serious beer 101.  I dabble in your standard beers, like Corona, Blue Moon and Negra Modelo, but the 100+ beers within the walls of this festival would be new territory.

    Now, schooled in the world of craft beer, I don’t know what took me so long to explore all of the variety and creativity that these delicious brews have to offer.

    Some of my favorites:

    • Tröegenator Doppelbock by Tröegs Brewing Company: This beer came to my attention when a man behind me who had just tasted his sample screamed out, “yes!”  Never the one to ignore such a strong recommendation, I decided to take whatever he had! Although I didn’t have the impulse to shout, I was not disappointed by this smooth, flavorful beer.
    • Smuttynose Robust Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Company: This was the “comfort food” of beers, with a light, smooth, dark chocolate taste.  A great beer for fall.
    • Torpedo Extra IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: I discovered that I have a thing for IPAs (Indian pale ale).  I enjoy their richness and complexity. This one is a perfect “everyday” beer (I’m not necessarily saying you should drink it everyday!).  Something you might crack open after a long day at work to enjoy its balanced, smooth taste.
    • Ithaca Apricot Wheat by Ithaca Beer Company: Wonderful natural apricot flavor without being overpowering.
    • Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA by Flying Dog Brewery:   I don’t usually care for bitter beers, but the sweetness of this brew paired perfectly with the slightly bitter finish.
    Cute, little tasting glass–now a souvenir of my beer tasting adventures
    Gorgeous venue!
    Personally, I hate pretzels, but they make a good palate cleanser for beer tasting–and cool necklaces.
    I tasted home-brewed beer that was pretty good!
    And here are tools and ingredients for making your own beer.
    kisses, Olisa
  • WorldWide

    This Weekend: @BKPour Craft Beer Festival

     The Village Voice will host the first annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Skylight One Hanson (formerly Williamsburg Savings Banks), located in Ft. Greene Brooklyn.

    Whether you’re a beer aficionado or just looking to dip your feet into the world of craft beers, this incredible tasting event will put 100+ local, area craft beers at your fingertips, under one roof.

    Purchase tickets in advance: $40 for general admission ($60 VIP are sold out). All tickets get you a complimentary souvenir tasting glass to conduct your 100+ tastings with. There will be entertainment, demos and food will be available for purchase.

    For more info on the event and to purchase tickets, visit: www.villagevoice.com/brooklynpour

    Pssst…once the beer fest is over, the fun it not done! Immediately following Brooklyn Pour, starting at 6pm, the Der Schwarze Kölner biergarden will host an after party with free admission and discounts throughout the night for ticket holders.

    When: October 15, 2011, General Admission: 3-6pm
    Where: Skylight One Hanson – 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn

    Skylight One Hanson

    kisses, Olisa