Over three thousand people gathered in Brooklyn for Village Voice’s Brooklyn Pour featuring over 100 craft brews from New York and beyond. This was the second annual event – and the most successful thus far – held at the home of the original Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene, Brooklyn near the Barclays Center. Each participant was given a glass, pencil, and program to sample and record their favorites.

Though most beers were from the tri-state area a few international standouts gave the locals a run for their money. Here’s how we saw it:

  1. Harlem Brewing Company for their Sugar Hill Golden Ale
  2. Fire Island Beer Company for their Fire Island Red Wagon IPA
  3. Innis & Gunn for their Spice Rumed Age
  4. Heartland Brewery for their Smiling Pumpkin Ale
  5. Rockaway Brewing Company for their ESB
  6. Sly Fox for their Pikeland Pils
  7. Weihenstephan for their Old Golden Hen
  8. Original Sin for their Sin Hard Cider
  9. Cristin Cider for their Fox Barrel Cider
  10. Singha for their Lager Beer

Stable House Café had the best food offering: their lobster tacos added the most exquisite flavors to an afternoon of ale. Harlem Brewing Company was not only the tastiest surprise, but their pourer was also the most generous. And as beer brings people together, this delight united many of the thousands in line to savor its delicious brew.

The festival event also featured sponsors like CRUNCH Fitness and others, and its annual celebration is a great reason for those in other bureaus to continue to venture into the wonderful world of Brooklyn.

– Darrel