Where the Wild Beers Are

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Mar 14, 2012
Outside Magazine
Communal tasting

Communal tasting    Photo: Courtesy of TruthBrew

Brooklyn, New York
May 5, 2012

Where the Wild Beers Are ($10 plus beer to share; wherethewildbeersare.com) is a biannual festival dedicated to wild and sour beer tasting. What is a wild and sour beer? Good question. It’s a brew made from wild yeast that is marked by a tart, refreshing acidity. The events, held in Brooklyn in spring and Minneapolis in fall, are still small—about 100 people—but the vibe is decidedly friendly. To enter, bring $10 and a commercially produced wild, sour, or farmhouse ale to share. (Bonus points for obscure, hard-to-find bottles.) For every 750 ml. of beer brought, attendees receive tickets good for tastings of others’ beers—and unlimited hobnobbing with the home brew set and beer aficionados.

Stay: In Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, Hotel Le Jolie (from $189; hotellejolie.com) has a hipster vibe, complimentary breakfast, and a convenient location near the Brooklyn Brewery and Knitting Factory Brooklyn.