Get Real NY has done it again!  This past Friday and Saturday, July 8th and July 9th, Get Real NY put together four sessions of their 1st Annual Belgian Beer & Food Festival featuring all the best Belgian beer and bites.

Just a few months ago, we had the pleasure of attending Get Real NY’s Craft Beer and Food Festival so I was extra stoked knowing what was in store. Taking place over the course of two glorious days of boozing and feasting at the Altman Building, Get Real NY brought us 100+ of the best Belgian brews and chews.



The Main Belgian Bar looked like a huge metallic cell confining the 100+ Belgian-inspired beers on tap from Belgian breweries, some of the nation’s best craft breweries and homebrewers, such as Cantillon, De Ranke, Hitachino, Rodenbach, Lagunitas, Cigar City, Allagash, just to name a few.  Before each session there was a special VIP hour, which is definitely the way to go to get the best pickings first.

The beer volunteers were on hand to give suggestions and provide some background on what you were tasting.  I am personally a huge fan of the Belgian whites since they are easy to drink, flavorful but light, and an especially perfect summer beer.  I was feeling adventurous and one of the Sours, which indeed tasted very sour like chugging beer-flavored vinegar.  Needless to say by the end of the night I stuck to what I knew I liked, but there were different styles of beers I’ve never even heard of: including Trappists, Dubbels, Tripels, Quads, Gueuze, Lambics and Flander.   Huh? A sign that I should hit one of their seminars.



Petite Abeille (“Little Bee”) was the lead sponsor and partner of the evening, setting up a station for beer drinkers to take a break and nosh on some pasta, meatballs and sausages.  They have four restaurants in Manhattan so you’re bound to be near one wherever you may crave some Belgian cuisine.  They showcased their signature beer, The Buzz, a dry spicy light ale brewed exclusively for the restaurant by Sixpoint Craft Ales.  The E. 20th Street flagship has the city’s largest offering of Belgian brews on tap – about 30, with nearly that many by the bottle – so be sure to stop by for some authentic Belgian brews.



Luke’s Lobster set up a station doling out their shrimp rolls, and nearby was Danny Macaroon.  People were lined up patiently waiting for the oyster station where there were two shucker working furiously with their knives.  The Naked Cowboy even made an appearance, presumably to help promote his Naked Cowboy Oysters!  Downstairs, the BXL Cafe, best known for their mussel specials had a table where they were happily serving up Delirium.



Artisanal cheese samples were given with a sprinkling of celery seasoning.  Moho Cocoa was giving out samples of their chocolate to try – their dark chocolate was amazing!  (However, I believe their chocolate with ginger is more of an acquired taste.)



Nearby, a Godiva rep was sorting through his chocolate in preparation for a seminar on Belgian chocolates and how to pair them with Belgian beers.  Other seminars included a crash-course in Belgian Beer 101, homebrewing, and an American vs. Belgian beer showdown.


There was a great live band that everyone enjoyed while you shopped around: get your Christmas gifts bought early with the booze-infused cigars and home brewing kits they had for sale.



See below for more photos and for the extensive beer list.  Can’t wait for the next batch of brews!


Brasserie de Blaugies La Moneuse
Brasserie Fantome Fantome Saison D’Ereze – Hiver
Brouwerij De Ranke De Ranke Saison
Brouwerij De Ranke De Ranke XX Bitter
Brouwerij Kerkom Bink Tripel
De Struise Brouwers Svea IPA
De Struise Brouwers Outblack
Brasserie Des Gants Saison Voisin
Brasserie Des Gants Gouyasse Triple
Brouwerij Liefmans Cuvee-Brut
Brouwerij Lindemans Lindemans Framboise
Bieres de Chimay Chimay Tripel (White)
Brouwerij Corsendonk Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV Maredsous 8 – Dubbel
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV Maredsous 6 – Blonde
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV Maredsous 10 – Triple
Brasserie d’Achouffe La Chouffe
Brasserie d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripe
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV Duvel Draft
Brasserie d’Achouffe McChouffe
Brasserie Dupont sprl Avril
Brasserie Dupont sprl Foret
Brasserie Dupont sprl Saison Dupont
Brasserie Dupont sprl Bire De Miel Biologique
Brasserie Dupont sprl Moinette Blond
Brasserie Dupont sprl Moinette Brune
Brouwerij De Koninck NV De Koninck
Brouwerij Strubbe Strubbe Super Pils
Brouwerij Strubbe Ichtegem’s Grand Cru
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL La Rulles Estivale (Biere De Gaume)
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel
Birra Del Borgo Birra Del Borgo
Brouwerij De Molen Vuur & Vlam
Mikkeller Beer Geek
Mikkeller Rauch Geek
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales E. S. Bam
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Noel De Calabaza
Great Divide Brewing Company Belgica
Two Brothers Brewing Company Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
Victory Brewing Company Golden Monkey
Smuttynose Brewing Company Smuttynose Star Island Single
Allagash Brewing Company Allagash White
Allagash Brewing Company Allagash Dubbel Ale
Allagash Brewing Company Allagash Tripel Ale
Allagash Brewing Company Allagash FOUR
Allagash Brewing Company Allagash Victor Ale
Allagash Brewing Company Allagash Curieux
Allagash Brewing Company Allagash Blonde Ale
Allagash Brewing Company Allagash Odyssey
Flying Dog Brewery Belgian-Style IPA
Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang
Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos (Amber Ale)
Brewery Ommegang Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
Brewery Ommegang Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
Brewery Ommegang Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)
Brewery Ommegang Ommegang Witte
Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Field Mouse’s Farewel
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Jack D’or
The Bruery Orchard White
The Bruery Saison De Lente
The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel
The Bruery Mischief
The Bruery Rugbr¿d
Weyerbacher Brewing Co Blanche
Weyerbacher Brewing Co Heresy
Sixpoint Harbinger Saison
Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Nocturnum
Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge
Brouwerij Het Anker Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
Brouwerij Het Anker Lucifer
Brasserie Caulier Caulier Blonde
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. St. Louis Pche
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. Kasteel CuvŽe Du Chateau
Green Flash Brewing Co. Bire De L’AmitiŽ (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien)
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. Bourgogne Des Flandres
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) Urthel Saisonnire
Brouwerij Alken-Maes Maes Pils
Brouwerij Het Anker Dentergems White Beer
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. La Trappe Isid’or
Stone Brewing Co. Stone Cali-Belgique
Stone Brewing Co. Stone Imperial Russian Belgo Stout
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. Rodenbach Grand Cru
Brouwerij Palm NV Palm
Brouwerij Boon Boon Kriek
Brouwerij Bavik Petrus Blond
Brouwerij Bavik Bavik Pils / Lager
Brasserie de Silly S.A. Saison De Silly
Brouwerij Palm NV Steenbrugge Tripel
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Xtra Gold Tripel
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Liquid Gold
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Biere Darbyste Brasserie de Blaugies
De Proefbrouwerij K-O Blond Beer
Brasserie Ellezelloise Quintine Blonde
Brouwerij Slaapmutske Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap
‘t Hofbrouwerijke Hofblues
Microbrouwerij Achilles Serafijn Celtic Angel
Brouwerij De Ranke Noir De Dottignies
Barrier Brewing Co. Spelunker-Dark Saison
Barrier Brewing Co. Dubbel Down-Belgian Dubbel
Barrier Brewing Co. Cycle-Saison
Barrier Brewing Co. Mare Undarum-Belgian IPA
Barrier Brewing Co. Vermillion-Saison Rouge
Barrier Brewing Co. Belgian 1
Goose Island Sofie
Goose Island Fleur
Goose Island Matilda
Goose Island Pepe Nero
Goose Island Dominique
Birreria Peppercorn Saison