7 Must-Try Beers At This Weekend’s Brooklyn Pour

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Photo by Jane Bruce.

‘Tis the season to be drinking well, all the beers. (Hello, pumpkin beers–nice to see you again.) The annual Brooklyn Pour beer festival, hosted by the Village Voice, is always a main stop for New Yorkers looking to taste the best of what New York’s brewers are pouring.

The beer list for each Brooklyn Pour just keeps getting better and better–there’s an ample amount of of harder-to-find, sought-after beers from Brooklyn and further into the tri-state area. We dug into the breweries listed and found some beers you may not normally find at your beer store. Consider this your official checklist for this year’s Brooklyn Pour:

Newburgh Brewing Company’s Brown Ale
If you’re unable to make it up to Hudson Valley this fall, make Newburgh Brewing Company a stop on your brew itinerary. The malty brown ale, with hints of toffee and chocolate, keeps a cool sessionable ABV (at 4.5 percent) in tune with a London-style brown ale. And nothing screams fall better than a brown ale. (Need some hops? The Paper Box American Pale Ale isn’t so bad either.)

Braven Brewing Company’s Bushwick Pilsner
The brewing darling of Bushwick is up and running, so no Brooklyn beer festival would be complete without a Bushwick Pilsner. Just launched this summer, Braven Brewing’s Czech-style Pils is a super flavorful and hop-forward brew. The recipe is based on recipes taken from “Brewer’s Row” once alive and well in Brooklyn, dating back as far as the 1870’s.

Rockaway Brewing Company’s Pharm Ale
Rockaway Brewing’s seasonal farmhouse ale is chock-full of green apple, bready, and peppery aromatics, making it the ultimate fall saison. Still sessionable at 4.5 percent ABV (good thing for a day of beer drinking) and light-bodied, this is one saison you don’t want to miss at Brooklyn Pour.

Greenport Harbor Brewing’s Leaf Pile Ale
Every other beer lover has been raving about the seasonal pumpkin beer from Greenport Harbor, so why not try it yourself? A nutmeg and pumpkin spice-forward brew manages to be full of flavor without being cloying.

Lost Nation Brewing’s Mosaic IPA
The Vermont brewery knows what’s up: the single-hop IPA highlights the very best of the Mosaic hop, with tons of bright, tropical fruit notes and citrus flavors, while keeping the balance with hoppy, piney bitterness.

Flagship Brewing’s Roggenfest
It’s much easier to find the Staten Island brewery’s IPA on tap in the city, but we’re down to drink its Oktoberfest brew. It’s a different sort of märzenbier thanks to Flagship’s ample use of German malted rye and German chocolate rye. The rye gives it an extra sort of spicy oomph, while Noble hops give it a balanced, floral aroma.

Birreria at Eataly’s Pruno
If you catch yourself in Manhattan and willing to battle out the crowds at Eataly’s rooftop Birreria, you’ll find plenty of Dogfish Head brews worthy of a try. Birreria’s Pruno is a cask-conditioned session witbier brewed with an excessive amount of grapefruit–it tastes like the last drop of summer in a glass.

Brooklyn Pour; Saturday, Saturday, 27th, tickets on sale from $55-$85.

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