The recent 2nd Annual Apple, Sausage and Beer Festival proved to be one of the best fall tasting events so far this season.  Featuring a salute to the Empire State highlighting New York’s fall bounty, the evening featured local apples, artisanal sausages and an exclusive selection of craft beers and ciders all brewed in NY.

Guests enjoyed specialty food items from several of Manhattan’s top restaurants including some of our personal favorites.  With a variety of offerings like Tuscan Kale duck sausage sliders from Pigalle, an amazing Merguez “scotch” egg and eggplant dish by the culinary team at Marseille, and the to-die-for ravioli chicken in foi gras parmesan sauce created by Barbounia, there was truly something for every eater.

Of course since the evening was centered on sausage there were many preparations to choose from.  Café D’Alsace mixed it with shaved fennel salad on crostini while Nice Matin paired it with a cheddar fondue.  It came as no surprise that there were plenty of guys in attendance, and they especially loved the beer samplings!

Tour de France beer sommelier Gianni Cavicchi brought out all the stops with a VIP hour that highlighted coveted brews including one very special limited edition Sam Adams ale.  Utopias, the 16 year old hard-to-obtain beer that is matured over 16 years in Madeira and muscatel casks and has nearly 26% alcohol.  It is even banned in many states!  The price per bottle is over $150 so this rarity made the ticket cost for the evening worth it alone.

In all there were 11 different beers featured, such as Ommengang Harvest Ale, Bronx Brewery Rye Ale, Sam Adams Founders Breakfast Stout (coffee lovers, try this!) and Empire Brewery’s Saison.  The 404 venue was perfect for tasters to move around the room (it was a popular event so very crowded) and enjoy the evening.

Look for another tasting event at 404 on November 8th featuring one of the best burgers in town – Five Napkin Burger.  And ladies, take note….there were plenty of guys in suits, so be prepared to mingle!



For tickets to the next tasting event, check out the Beer, Bourbon and Burger Festival website!