If you followed me on social media last week you know it was pretty epic week of beer and food. Let’s break it down real quick:
Just a short post today. Friday Richard and I headed up to Saratoga to check out a few of the events going on for Saratoga Beer Week.
Naturally in between all of the great sights we visited while in DC, we needed to take a break and check out some of the great places to eat and drink in the city. We were only there for a few days so clearly we have a lot more to explore on our next trip, but these were some of our favorites this time around.
Creo’ held their first beer dinner this past Thursday with Chef David Gibson at the helm along with Jared Kingsley from Remarkable Liquids. Dishes were paired up with beer from Jack’s Abby Brewing, an all lager brewery out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Jack’s Abby has been schooling beer nerds on lagers since 2011, taking styles that are often times seen as boring and turning them up on their head, even making converts out of people like me. Imperial Pale Lagers have exploded in the past couple of years and Jack’s Abby takes a third of the Top 15 spots on BeerAdvocate’s list for the style.
Got the chance to grab lunch up at Guild Fine Meats on one of my monthly trips up to Vermont. I’ve been very impressed with The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in the past so I was excited to check out another one of The Farmhouse Group’s restaurants.
I’ve been meaning to get over to The Crisp Cannoli for a while now after seeing their Crodo featured on All Over Albany. I don’t make it to that side of the river often but when I had the day off to run some errands I made a point to head out The Crisp Cannoli to pick up some cannoli for the guys coming over later that night. Of course while I was there, I had to check out the Crodo.
The Salty Pig is a just a few steps away from the Copley Square and is known for their charcuterie and flatbreads. The walls surrounding the restaurant are covered in chalkboards that leave me envious for this type of artwork in my own kitchen. The bar welcomes those to belly up for a salty, meaty snack and a drink from their extensive list of local craft beer from breweries such as Notch, Pretty Things, and Jack’s Abby. Butting up against the bar are long wooden high tables, and benches line the walls of the rest of the L-shaped, multi-level venue.
Damn, a week into September and there are still a shit storm of events coming up for the rest of the month. Thankfully other than Night of the Funk and Hill Farmstead I’m staying local for most of the these. Let’s check it out.
Cluster’s Last Stand @ The Ruck | September 12th
A collaboration between Smuttynose and Stone, Cluster’s is a 30 Barrel Short Batch Series release that didn’t see much distribution, especially not in the Capital District. Hit up The Ruck for what may be your only chance to taste this throwback to the OG American IPA along with some other hard to find offerings from both breweries.
Night of the Funk / Belgian Beer Fest @ The Cyclorama | September 13th-14th
Not much to say here other than take a look at the damn beer lineups. They speak for themselves. I volunteered last year and am looking forward to enjoying the fest to its fullest this year.
Hoptember Harvestfest @ Dutchess Hops | September 14th
The first of a couple of beer events in the Hudson Valley this month, this one located at Dutchess Hops, a hop farm in Lagrangeville, NY home to about 4000 hills of about a dozen different variety of hops. Personal favorites Captain Lawrence, Chatham, Crossroads, Peekskill, and Rushing Duck are all participating. Tickets are sold out.
Patriots Day Pig Roast @ The Ruck | September 14th
The Ruck’s yearly pig roast to benefit The Troy Boys & Girls Club.
Zwanze Day | September 14th
Brasserie Cantillon’s worldwide once-a-year event, a simultaneous tapping of this year’s Zwanze held at only 22 locations in the US. Pictures from last year’s Zwanze at Novare Res can be found here.
Jack’s Abby Launch Night @ The Ruck | September 19th
Our friends from Remarkable Liquids are bringing yet another great brewery to the Capital Region: Jack’s Abby. This family specializes in crushing the preconceived notions of what a lager can be time and time again. Keep an eye out for more details on this and other launch events in the Capital Region.
Hudson River Craft Beer Festival @ Riverfront Park| September 21st
Our second beer event in the Hudson Valley region, this one being presented by the folks at Halftime Beverage in Poughkeepsie.
Bottle Release @ Hill Farmstead| September 26th
Flora, Flora – Satsuma Mandarin, Damon, and Double Barrel Damon. A guaranteed shit show. People are flying in from all over the country to pick up these four beers, and I am sure they will be here by Weds to rape and pillage all of Northern Vermont of any of their good beer.
Barrel Room Collection Release @ Voodoo Brewery | September 28th
Another shit show. This one might even be worse than the HF event. The Grande Negro Voodoo Papi aged in Laird’s Apple Brandy Barrels sounds like Huna on crack. I dig it.
Wild Game Night @ City Beer Hall | September 30th
The City Beer Hall is usually closed on Mondays but they’re opening up to focus on this beer pairing dinner featuring some special beers from Lagunitas. Chef Dimitrios Menagias is extremely excited about this upcoming dinner and it is sure not to be missed!
With Warren and Meagan in from Cali it was a pretty good excuse for us pizza party and to have Wayne and Trace bring over Jake to play with Kuma.