The Big Brew Beer Festival

As lovers of craft beer we often go to shows and festivals where craft beer is the star!

Two weekends ago we attended The Big Brew Beer Festival at the Morristown Amory in Morristown, NJ. This was the third time the event was held at this venue, and we admit this Saturday wasn’t our first rodeo. With over 200 beers to try, we prioritized and paced ourselves for a beer lover’s oasis. Before we present our Top 10 favorite beers of the evening (in no particular order) we want to remind you that great beer must be enjoyed responsibly. Have a designated driver and always think before you drink!

1. Carton Brewing Carton of Milk Milk Stout (Atlantic Highlands, NJ) – Dark as night with rich roasted notes reminiscent of coffee and chocolate balanced by a sweet milk note and a touch of hops.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Pints

2. Kuka (Andean Brewing) Banana Nut Brown Ale (Blauvelt, NY) – A medium bodied treat with aromas and flavors of ripe bananas and biscuity malts. The palate also offers decadent notes of nuts (think walnuts) to create a beer that taste like liquid banana bread. Surprisingly not overly sweet.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Pints

3. Williams Brothers Brewing Fraoch Heather Ale (Scotland) – An amber color with floral, peat and heather aromas. The palate is malty with hints of spice and the perfect amount of heather.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Pints

4. Doc’s Draft Cranberry Spice Hard Apple Cider (Warwick, NY) – Immediately offers up a lush nose of baking spices and cranberry. Cinnamon, tart cranberries, sweet apples and demi-sec champagne notes flood the palate. This is one complex cider that conjures images of the Holidays.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Pints

5. Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company) Happy Sol (Somerville, MA) – Amazingly crisp and balanced with aromas and flavors of blood oranges and coriander. The palate also offers Hefeweizen notes of banana and floral honey with a hoppy finish.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Pints

6. Saucony Creek Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress (Kutztown, PA) – The nose offers rum spices and vanilla with a pumpkin note. Flavors of maple, rum and baking spices, pumpkin and roasted (almost caramelized) butternut squash make this beer unique and complex!
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Pints

7. Yards Brewing Company Chocolate Love Stout (Philadelphia, PA) – Chocolate, chocolate, coffee and more chocolate live in this deep dark brew. The decent flavors of dark and milk chocolates highlighted by mocha makes this love at first sip for any chocolate lover.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Pints

8. Rekorderlig Pear Cider (Sweeden) – Aromas and flavors of sweet juicy Bartlett and Anjou pears. Crisp and refreshingly without being overly sugary or syrupy as many pear ciders are. Watch out with this one – there is actually alcohol in it!
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Pints

9. Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero (Ipswich, MA) – Dark roasted coffee and chocolate notes are elevated  by flavors of vanilla and dark fruits. A pepper spice with a hint of cinnamon adds complexity and creates quite a nice balance.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Pints

10. Newburgh Brewing Company Brown Ale (Newburgh, NY) – Dark brown in color this rich malty ale showcases nutty biscuit notes with sweet highlights of caramel and toffee. Extremely quaffable with a surprisingly sturdy body.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Pints

In closing, if ever you have the chance to attend a beer festival we suggest you take the opportunity! It is a great way to explore the world of craft beer as well as to make friends in the beer community. Hope you catch you at the next local event!

Advertisements