Un-brew-sual: Rare Beer Fest features strange suds

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Talk about a strange brew!

Beer lovers who like to guzzle something a little more “out there” than the typical ales and pilsners on tap at most Brooklyn bars will be in luck on June 5, when the Craft New York Rare Beer Festival comes to the Brooklyn Brewery.

The festival will give dozens of brewers from across the state the chance to show off their most unusual and hard-to-find brews.

“They make these beers to show off like any artist or handcrafter would,” said Paul Leone, executive director of the New York State Brewers Association. “Any brewer can make an IPA or something like that, but they love to spread their wings and explore.”

The Brooklyn Brewery will host 26 breweries from across the state. There will be more than 50 weird beers on hand, such as Big Alice Brewing’s hot chili and oatmeal India Pale Ale, Olde Saratoga’s talon smoked double porter, and Kelso’s brett saison, which is aged in Jameson whiskey barrels.

The festival is aimed at beer connoisseurs who appreciate all variety of odd ales, said Brooklyn Brewery co-owner Robin Ottaway.

“This is for the more developed consumers who understand beer and know the weird things that we can make in these breweries,” said Ottaway. “These things are always a surprise.”

The money raised by the event will go toward the New York State Brewers Association’s lobbying and marketing activities.

Craft New York Rare Beer Festival at the Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th Street between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, June 5 at 6 pm. $100.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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