WHAT'S THE PERSPECTIVE FROM THE BREWER'S SIDE OF THE TABLE? Garrett: We always want to give people some perspective on what's going on at the brewery and where we're coming from. I always hope that people come away from a festival with a well-rounded view of Brooklyn Brewery, especially if they usually drink one of our more ubiquitous offerings such as Brooklyn Lager.
Dann: We like festivals because it's an opportunity to meet hundreds of beer drinkers, and not only because it's good marketing but because beer people are pretty cool.
WHAT WILL YOU BE TALKING ABOUT AT BEERVANA? Garrett: I'll be talking about the craft brewing movement as an integral part of an American food movement. Our food systems turned real things into facsimiles during the middle of the last century — we're now reversing that trend. I'll also be talking about the worldwide influence of the American craft brewing movement.
Dann: Martha and I are still working on the presentation, which will no doubt be "unique" for this sort of event, but we're going to talk a bit about "tenant" brewing and will show a bit of a day in the life of Pretty Things. (Official titles of the presentations: "The Oh-So-Pretty Life of a Tenant Brewer" [7:30 pm] and "The American Period: Creativity, Collaboration, and the New Cross-Cultural Flow" [8:30 pm]).
WHAT BEERS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN TRYING AT BEERVANA? Garrett: The sad fact is that I rarely get to taste very much beer at festivals. If I'm not pouring beer, I'm usually embroiled in dozens of conversations and can't get out to the other tables. But I'm always interested to see what Firestone Walker is pouring, and the Brett-influenced beer from Harpoon [Uncle Fester] sounds interesting too. I will veer towards the funky stuff given a chance.
ANY BREWERY NEWS? WHAT'S YOUR NEXT SPECIAL RELEASE?Dann: Our next beer out is Babayaga, our rustic stout that comes out this time of year. Martha smokes a portion of the malt with rosemary branches, so it's got this creepy smokiness and really tastes like an old lady brewed it out in the woods. Babayaga is available at [Beervana]. Next up is Our Finest Regards, a barleywine for the holiday season.
Garrett: Well, there are always about a half-dozen project under way at any given time, but the next draught Brewmaster's Reserve will be a hop-driven black ale called There Will Be Black, out in early November.
DO YOU PLAY MUSIC WHILE YOU'RE BREWING? WHAT'S ON THE PLAYLIST?Dann: In the mornings Martha and I listen to old Ray Smith Jazz Decades broadcasts on WGBH. In the afternoon we switch over to British stuff from the '60s like Small Faces, the Mike Stuart Span, the Action, Tages, the Turquoise and, of course, the Pretty Things.
Garrett: The brewery is a bit noisy for music these days. But I recently homebrewed a batch of the White House's honey ale, and the soundtrack was LCD Soundsystem, Cloud Nothings, and Radiohead.
Beervana is on Friday, October 19 from 6:30-10 pm; tix are $45 in advance and $50 at the door (if available); info at BeervanaFest.com.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! It's Providence Craft Beer Week, which actually takes place statewide from October 14-19, with tap takeovers and pint nights and meet-the-brewer events in Providence (Julian's, the Avery, Snookers, Harry's Bar & Burger, E & O, the GCB, the Scurvy Dog, the Abbey, English Cellar Alehouse, and more), Warwick (Track 84, Dave's Bar & Grille), and Pawtucket (Doherty's), plus tastings at liquor stores, showcasing beers from Lagunitas, Founders, Mayflower, Revival, Pretty Things, Brooklyn, and many more. We have a complete list of events here.
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