Beer for Beasts Benefit at Bell House
Saturday, Boston's BeerAdvocate and Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery collaborated to stage a benefit for the Humane Society of New York. There were over 600 attendees in each of two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
This was the first event BeerAdvocate -- famous for its Boston beer festivals -- had staged in the New York area, and the representatives I spoke with seemed very pleased at the turnout and general comportment of the crowd. The focus of Beer for Beasts was 20 unique beers brewed in nearby Red Hook at the Sixpoint Brewery in small batches of 20 gallons or so. Most of the beers were collaborative efforts of Sixpoint brewers and friends, and many of the beers were frankly unusual.
One double-IPA called Decade-ence featured 10 strains of hops, while another known as Big DIPA incorporated two hop varieties, then was heavily dry-hopped with a third. And those were among the more normal brews. To me the most interesting included Overpowered, which was made with adventitious yeast strains gathered on the roof of the brewery, and tasted fascinatingly skanky and sour; and Berserker Bock, flavored with Stumptown coffee beans roasted a few blocks from Sixpoint.