This Sunday, more than 25 NYC-based homebrewers descended on the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Part of the Food Book Fair, the event, called Brew Pub, is a “project by Portland-based artist Eric Steen [which]…explores home brewing as a form social activism.” Whatever you say, dude. Mostly it’s just an excuse to taste lots of really good beer.
While most of the brewers we spoke to said they would enjoy making brewing a full-time career, by and large they earned their livings in other ways. Among others, we talked to a chef, a law student, an environmental consultant, an artist, a budget analyst, and a programmer.
The beers on tap were as diverse as the people brewing them. Notable standouts included Chris Harris’s Rock rock y’all, freak freak y’all, to the beets y’all, a beet-infused kolsch, Travis Collins’s and Matt Joyce’s Janszoon van Salee Moroccan Ale, a “a rich and dark porter with a spicy Moroccan charm from ginger, dates, cinnamon, and cloves,” and Brandon West’s Bushwick Fig Dubbel, made with figs from a tree in Bushwick.