Some people ask, how many beer fests does this world really need? The answer, obviously, is infinite. With so many new breweries springing up every year, as well as delicious seasonal beers, it seems like there is always a reason to celebrate that sweet, sweet combination of barley and hops.
Big Brew NY comes to the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY on Saturday, February 8 and will be rolling out a huge array of delicious and unique brews from a variety of breweries. and food. Did I mention there will be food? Beer-infused food.
The VIP admission is $80 but well-worth it. It includes a killer menu that includes beer-battered (the BEST kind of battered) lamb arancini, IPA pickled carrot salad, and oatmeal stout glazed apple fritters. It’s also worth it for the extra hour of tasting specialty beers not available under the General Admission ticket. We all know how crazy the lines can get at beer fests, so the extra early hour gives you a chance to actually learn about what beers you’re drinking. The VIP-only beers include Allagash Hugh Malone, Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin, Flying Dog Raging Bitch Firkin, and Left Hand’s Pro Am Java Lava. Some weird stuff, some delicious stuff, and most importantly, stuff you might not get a chance to try on the regular.
Other breweries that will be in attendance that I’m most looking forward to are Scotland’s Brew Dog (no doubt growing from their Esquire TV show Brew Dogs), Maine Beer Co., and Peekskill Brewing, but there are plenty others that I’ve never even heard of, living in Connecticut.
I also really like the showing in ciders and gluten-free beers. Applewood Winery, Ace, Badass, Julian, and more will be bringing some unique ciders, and New Planet, Steadfast will have several varieties of gluten-free beers.
Get advance tickets, both VIP and General Admission, by clicking here. You can also see a full list of all the breweries that will be represented and their fermented offerings. See you next Saturday!