We had a blast at Growler & Gill’s Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival this past weekend! How could you not have a great time on a gorgeous 80-degree Saturday in the beautiful suburbs of Rockland County, surrounded by more than 50 of the country’s top craft brewers? (Click here to check out our “NY Bottles” article about Growler & Gill.)
Some of our favorites included many local beers. The two standouts were Defiant’s Orange Cream Beer, which tasted just like an orange creamsicle, and Carton’s Rickey wild ale, made with sour cherries and lime, which had strong blue and aged-Parmesan cheese aromas that was cut nicely by the citrusy tart cherry and lime flavors.
We also really liked Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche that was “Randalized” by passing the tart peach Berlinner Weisse through a tube filled with sweet, fresh summer fruits. Doing this took the bite off the tart sour beer. It was so delicious that we had to go back for seconds … and thirds.
The beer wasn’t the only great thing about the festival—so was the food. We had top-notch pulled pork sandwiches thanks to Bailey’s Smokehouse. In the VIP room we snacked on some delicious kielbasa, pot stickers, cheese and other tasty bites that complimented some of the rare beer. We especially appreciated Firestone Walker’s Sucaba, a bourbon-barrel aged barleywine, and Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout on draft.
And one of the best parts of having a beer festival at a beer store is being able to take some of the world’s best craft beer bottles to go! We had to fill a sixer of Jack’s Abby’s Mass Rising and Hoponious Union IPL—two of our favorite hoppy beers.
We can’t wait for next year, because we’re sure the Growler & Gill team will somehow top this year’s amazing event!