This was the first year I decided to check out Beer For Beasts. Beer For Beasts is a Beeradvocate sponsored event that takes place in Brooklyn in Collaboration with Sixpoint Brewery. It’s only in its second year, but I can already tell that this will have many more to come.
The purpose of this event is to raise money for the Humane Society and other animal groups in New York. To entice people to come in, Sixpoint Brewery brewed 50 special beers for this event. All of the beers brewed specifically for this event were unique. Sixpoint collaborated with local restaurants, breweries, businesses and other groups for each of the beers made. Some of them were good, some of them not so good, but all unique and only brewed for this event.
Beer For Beasts took place on March 31st 2012 at The Bell House in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. There are two sessions for this, each of which features the same beers. I decided to check out the early session mostly because I always wind up going to beer fests during the night, so I wanted to have a change of pace.
I got to The Bell House a half hour before the first session and was one of the first people there. It was pretty surprising considering that this event was sold out. Doors opened right on time and I was able to walk right in and get started with the sampling. I wanted to get to a few beers before everyone started piling in. After about an hour, the entire place was full of people. Although it was crowded, the lines still moved very fast and I was able to try everything I wanted.
There were two separate tasting areas at this festival. The first was located in the front of the building at the bar. This is also right near the entrance and in a slightly awkward area. The second tasting room is a larger more open area where there were tables and other set ups around the perimeter of the room. There was a large stage set up in the front, and there was a DJ playing music for the entire time.
One thing that threw me off at the festival was that about half way through, there was a burlesque show. I guess I didn’t realize there was going to be one that day, and when I heard the racket, I turned around and saw a woman in a G-String walking across the stage. I don’t really care about what was going on, but I got to admit that it was a little awkward considering that I was at the festival with my girlfriend and her mother. I thought that this would be a good time to visit the front tasting room and food trucks. I was right. The front tasting room had emptied out a lot and the food trucks outside were deserted. The group I was with all took full advantage of this and were able to try everything we wanted in a relatively short period of time.
Some of the noteworthy beers were Foundation Honey Porter (a collaboration with Sixpoint and Carton Brewing Company), Mr. Brownstone (a collaboration with Sixpoint and BeerAdvocate), and Silverback Warfare (an amplified version of Sixpoint’s Gorilla Warfare). Some of the highlights of the food trucks were Steve’s Key Lime Pies, and Big Gay Ice Cream Truck (featuring milkshakes made using wort from some of the Sixpoint brews).
I’ll definitely be coming back to this next year. The people are BeerAdvocate always nail it when they put on an event and this one was no different – Great beers, short lines, great food, and all for a great cause. This is highly recommended.