If you had to make me choose a favorite brewery, I might just choose Sixpoint. It's local to NY, they make terrific beer, don't adhere to styles, are available at Citi Field for Mets games -- and create awesome events like Beer for Beasts.
This year's event benefiting the local humane society is on September 13th at The Bell House in Brooklyn. In addition to tasty street cart food and musical entertainment by Biz Markie there will be dozens of unique one-off beers, in additional to a hardy selection of Sixpoint's regular lineup, that will never be seen or tasted elsewhere. That means dozens of beers to try that you'll never see again, and these are hardly common brews. Most of them push the envelope on creativity and bring tastes you rarely find outside of experimental homebrew. The difference is these beers are created by a professional brewery, which brings a quality and excellence to them well beyond your random homebrewer tooling around in his basement.
In previous years I've had beers made with Hawaiian Punch, beers with Mexican chilies, sweet potatoes, 10 different hop varieties, lime, a tribute to Thin Mints, Old Bay seasoning, and on and on. There are less risky experiments too of course; ales with lager yeasts, wine grapes, extra hops in traditionally malty styles, or countless style crossovers.
I unfortunately won't be able to attend this year's event, but that didn't stop me from perusing some of the beers they've listed in advance and be jealous of those that will make it.
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