Yearly Archives: 2018

Edible Good Beer Event 2018

EGB entry28 Liberty Plaza – site of 2018 Edible Good Beer event

Each year, when summer rolls around, Edible Manhattan puts together its Good Beer event.  This is always a great showcase of local New York breweries as well as dishes from NYC restaurants to go along with them.  Last Thursday, July 19th, for the first time, this gathering was held at 28 Liberty, the former Chase Manhattan Plaza.  The China General Chamber of Commerce was a co-sponsor of the event along with Tsingtao beer and Fosun International (who operates 28 Liberty).  One added activity for this year, was that attendees were able to vote on what beer would be on tap at the newly-opened Manhatta restaurant on the 60th floor of the building.

28 Liberty Plaza

View from the plaza

Breweries came from around the New York City area as well as from Long Island, and there were a few from overseas.  This was a opportunity to sample craft beers as well as more established brands.  As usual, from past Good Beer events, IPAs seemed to be on tap at almost all of the tables.  Ales, Pilsners, Stouts, and Gose were also in supply.  In addition to the beers, were ciders from Doc’s and 1911.  One visible trend was fruit in beer, with passion fruit, mango, grapefruit and other flavor being added to beers to boost flavor and to try to land that extra hook to capture the audience’s taste buds and fandom.  Another trend, which has been becoming more visible is that many of these products are available now in local markets in can form, instead of only on tap or at the tasting rooms.

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Some of the breweries and their beers

My two favorites of the evening were, as comes as no surprise: Ales, as I tend to steer clear of hop-heavy IPAs.  The Pub Ale from Strong Rope Brewery reminded me of many an evening hanging out with friends over a few pints.  This is a great food brew in the classic, crisp bitter style.  The other ale I enjoyed was the more complex, malt forward Driftwood Ale from Montauk Brewing Company, also something that would be a great match with many dishes.  Fortunately, there were also many different foods with which to try to pair them.

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Some of the food options

The restaurants who came out to this event brought some great beer-pairing friendly nibbles.  Noodles by Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. provided a spicy base layer with which to start the evening.  Pickles by their parent company Jacob’s Pickle and bacon by Maison Pickle provided contrasting tangy, porky, and sweet notes.  Fatty, spicy, hot, sweet seemed to the taste profiles of many of the dishes, minus the mochi by My/Mo Mochi and sweets from JoMart Chocolates.  Pierogies by Baba’s Pierogies had jalapeño, along with a spicy sour cream and lime dip.  The folks at Blue Smoke created another two-bite treat with saltine, pimento cheese, andouille, and a slice of jalapeño.  One of my favorites was the Nasi Lemak from Wok Wok, with layers of coconut rice and curry chicken and a sliced egg garnish.  All of these provided nice pairing options with many of the different styles and profiles of beverages.

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This new event location was ideal for a walk-around tasting, allowing plenty of space for wandering around the tables to pick up a glass of something and a bite of something else.  The tables on the plaza added that extra aspect of this being a place to hang out where groups of friends were getting together to compare notes and share samples.  A live band, plenty of beers, delicious food, and a rare, breezy summer evening made it difficult to say good-bye to this year’s Edible Good Beer festival.

With thanks to Shea Communications for arranging for me to attend this event.  Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, a wheat beer, was selected by the attendees to be on tap at Manhatta.

2018 Food & Drink Conferences Listings

collage-2018-01-07(1)As I’d mentioned in my post about updating the NYC Food & Drink Events page on this website, the past few months of 2017 were much busier than I’d ever experienced before.  Even with it being the usual Busy Season for catering and events, this one was especially hectic.  Our current polar vortex, or whatever is causing this frigid weather, provided me with the perfect excuse to stay indoors and to get caught up on researching Food & Drink Conferences to list for 2018.  These are mostly industry events, with a focus on food, beverage, and food policy.

Buon appetito!

January 2018 NYC Food & Drink Events

collage-2018-01-07In the run-up to the end of the year, I didn’t really have a spare moment to update the calendars on this website.  With the cold snap in NYC this weekend, it was a great time to hunker down and work on the 2018 NYC Food & Drink Events calendar.   The first month of the year is chock full of all kinds of great activities.  Like Cassoulet?  There’s two competitions at which you can sample this classic French dish: one held by Jimmy’s No. 43 and one by D’Artagnan.  Looking for Burns Night festivities?  MOFAD has one, as does the Flatiron Room.  How does a Hot Chocolate crawl sound during these cold days?  Check out these places to grab some during Valrhona’s festival.  Looking for event more things to check out in the NYC food scene?  Head on over to the NYC Food & Drink Events page to see what’s going on in January, as well as in the coming months.

Buon appetito!