A geek Tasting Beer @ Brewtopia: the Great World Beer Festival

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Closer to the beer truth… What is this? What could this be? It was not a circus. The room, was it its own land, lacking imagination, lacking thought, with many doors and windows? In this room, thrown together, were the tables in a row against the perimeter of the room. Certain types of people come here, beer lovers, hard drinkers, beer explorers. And in this room, around all these people and beers, was me. There were many beers to be had, and I tried to get at least one sampling from every company, only taking pictures of what liked. I was dumbfounded by the scope of the place and jaded because I went in with a certain set of expectations. I found Brewtopia: the Great World Beer Festival was underwhelming.

Brewtopia: the Great World Beer Festival was one of the world’s largest beer events and New York City’s longest running beer festival. The Great World Beer Festival featured breweries and beer companies from around the world. The events book had a lot of good in it, which I have to pour through still. There was also a page for ?How to taste beer? and ?Elements of beer Styles.? Before the wife and kids I spent a lot of time just crawling around the city exploring. There were bits of New York Beer scene info in it though the book also.

I have to say New Jersey?s events this year were much better. NY was almost a joke, no soul. Flying Dog an 12% were the only brewers there with representatives, I felt. I wish more brewers would have shown up to represent their beers, but maybe this was not that type of an event. I was upset some people had run out of beers and some groups had totally packed up and were gone by 2pm.

It may have been better if I had people with me. My friend had to miss the event due to ?life? issues and the wife is just not into it, till I make her a beer she likes. Beer events are meant to be shared with friends, people to bounce ideas off of, debate the quality, or lack thereof, of the beers.

GWBF was my last beer fest for some time I think, so 2 good beer festivals out of 3 for 2008 was a good ratio. I learned a lot through these festival also; it’s helped me make some big decisions. I once read that you have to experience something bad or mediocre to appreciate something that?s good, this is proof of that.

The Notable Beers of GWBF?

-Dales? Pale Ale- The Flag Ship beer of Oskar Blues. They served the beer from cans, threw me off at first but it was actually good.

-One of the 2 international beers, Singha Lager from Thailand, which was in fact interesting. It’s 100% barley malt beer, which gave it a lot of flavor.

-Hop Devil Ale from Victory Brewing Company had a great smell to it and hit my mouth like a ton of great bricks.

-Doc’s Draft? Hard Pear Cider had pleasant light taste. I want my wife to taste something like this.

-Keegan Ales Mother?s Milk stout was tasty. I wish it were a little cooler but it was a good first impression for a milk stout.

-Brooklyn Brewery was there. I tasted their Winter Ale which was smooth and nice.

-Harpoons Unfiltered Offering aka UFO was a decently done Hefeweizen unfiltered wheat beer, not bad at all.

– Wachusett?s Blueberry was the worst example of a Blueberry beer I have ever had. I don?t know if the server skunked it or what, but, I had to mention it the horror.

-12% was on the opposite side of the spectrum with one of the best beers at the event. The hazy, murky amber T? Gaverhopke Extra had this grand fruit taste to it.

-CascaZilla from Inthaca Beer co. was a nice one. As the name implies (at least to me) there were a ton of cascade hops in the beer, and when you read its sheet, yep a lot of hops.

-Original Sin Hard Cider was another great looking cider. Simple and great tasting.

-One of my favorite Beers were there, Flying Dog’s Classic Pale Ale which was a

good refresher, a reminder of Great beer (had a bad beer before it). Also of note was Flying Dog’s Tire Bite Golden Ale. I don?t thing I had it before, but I will have it again.

-Another international beer at the event was King Fisher?s Premium Lager, from India. It was average, but I?ve never had a beer from India, so that was cool.

-Hibernation Ale from the Great Divide Brewing Company. This is a coffee ale. It was okay, but there is hope I will find my perfect coffee beer, or at least know what not to make.

-And the last beer of note was from South Hampton Publick House. It was their seasonal Espresso Stout. It had promise. They needed to add more espresso.

The beers that were supposed to be @ GWBF

Abita Beer


Jockamo IPA

Purple Haze

Allagash Brewing Co.


Grand Cru



Avery Brewing Company

Ellies Brown Ale

White Rascal



Radeberger Pilsner

Krusovice Cerne

Krusovice Imperial

Altenmunster Doppelbock

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Crystal Wit

Racer 5 IPA

Belfast Bay Brewing

Lobster Ale

McGoverns Oatmeal Stout

Belukas Marketing Inc.

Belhaven:Twisted Thistle

Belhaven Scottish Ale

St. Andrews Ale

Wee Heavy

Maredsous: Double and Triple

Chimay: Tripel, Premier and Grand Reserve

Young’s: Double Chocolate Stout

St. George’s Ale

Special London Ale

Dirty Dick’s

Dekonick Ale

Blue Point Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Howling Bastard (cask!)

Toasted Lager

Hoptical Illusion

Blueberry Ale

Winter Ale

Brasserie Botteresse

La Botteresse Blond

La Botteresse Ambree

La Botteresse Noire

Boulder Beer

Mojo IPA

Hazed and Infused

Brooklyn Brewery

Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Brooklyn Winter Ale

Brooklyn Lager

Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers



Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


Brasserie De Cazeau


Tournay Black

Cape Ann Brewing Col.

Fishermans Ale

Pumpkin Stout

Chelsea Brewing Company

Catskill Hop Harvest Ale

Checker Cab Blonde Ale

Chelsea Cream Stout

Solstest Wheat Ale

Clipper City Brewing Co.

Heavy Seas Hang Ten

Heavy Seas Holy Sheet

Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

Dixie Beer

Dixie Lager

Blackened Voodoo Schwarzbier

Eurobrew Imports


Holy Grail Ale

Flying Dog Ales

Doggie Style Pale Ale

Old Scratch

In Heat Wheat

Road Dog

Brouwerij Gaverhopke

‘t Gaverhopke Extra

‘t Gaverhopke Blond

Great Divide Brewing Co.

Wild Rasberry Ale

Titan IPA

Hercules Double IPA

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Harpoon Brewery

Munich Dark

UFO Hefeweizen

Brouwerij Het Alternatief

Hik Blond

Hik Bruin


Eerwarde Pater

High Falls Brewing Co.

Genessee Cream Ale

J.W. Dundees Pale Ale

J.W. Dundees Amber Lager

J.W. Dundees Honey Brown Lager


Hite Lager

Staatliches Hofbr?uhaus M?nchenofbrau.


Strong Bock

Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus


Sint Canarus Tripel







Stella Artois

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Censored Ale

Cappucino Stout




Long Island Meadery




Black Raspberry



Magic Hat Brewing Co.

St. Gootz

Mother Lager


Matt Brewing Co.

Saranac Pale Ale

Saranac Octoberfest

Saranac Amber

Saranac Lager

Mendocino Brewing Company

Olde Saratoga Lager

Red Tail Ale

Morland Brewing Co.

Old Speckled Hen

Greene King IPA

Merchant du Vin Importers

Northcoast Brewing Co.

Red Seal Ale

Old Rasputin Imperial Stout

Blue Star Wheat


Oskar Blues Grill and Brewery

Dale’s Pale Ale

Old Chub Scotch Ale

Raven Imports

Javer Pilsner

Gaffel Kolsch

Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Classic


Grand Cru

Rogue Artisnal Ales

Dead Guy Ale

Uber Pils

Shakespeare Stout


Sea Dog Brewing

Apricot Wheat

Seadog Blueberry

Shipyard Brewing Company

Winter Beer

Export Ale

Shmaltz Brewing Company



Coney Island Lager

Sword Swallower

Singha Beer Company

Singha Beer

Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Wheat Wine *GABF Gold Medal Winner

Old Brown Dog Ale

Winter Ale

India Pale Ale

Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Southampton Publick House


Double White



American Pale Ale

Gold Lager

Double IPA


Trois Pistoles


Blanche de Chambly

La fin du Monde

Unibroue Quatre-Centi?me (400)

Victory Brewing Co.

Prima Pils

Hop Wallap

Golden Monkey

HopDevil IPA

Warwick Valley Wine Co., Inc.

Doc’s Hard Cider



Dark Hefeweizen

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.


Merry Monks

Woodchuck Ciders


Dark & Dry

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