D & I headed to Williamsburg for the cask festival at dba this afternoon. We needed to fill our bellies first and headed to dokebi for Korean tacos. While the brunch items sounded terrific, (Hot Stone Pork & Grits and Kimchee Fried Rice Omelet both got our attention) we were there for the tacos. dokebi offers seven different tacos – I chose the Short Rib and the Spicy Chicken. Both were tasty but the Short Rib won. D also enjoyed the Seaweed soup and we split the pickled jalapenos and Kirby kimchee sides. Tacos were $4 each and the perfect pre-cask fest treat.
This weekend was the 4th cask festival at dba Brooklyn. I wasn’t able to attend the last one and was really looking forward to catching up with friends and drinking some fine real ale today. Alex Hall, NYC’s cask ale king and cask cellar manager at dba, brought in sixteen casks for the festival (the full list can be viewed here and here). I was able to try nine of them (thanks, friends) and my favorite by far was the Barrier Cairn Scottish Ale. Granted, I’m rather obsessed with smoke beers at the moment, but this was a well-made beer and the cask conditioning only enhanced the fine aromas and flavors. I’ve been impressed with every Barrier beer that I’ve tasted so far. Evan Klein, owner and brewmaster, is doing a bang-up job out in Oceanside. If you’re drinking in NYC or on Long Island, give Barrier a try – you won’t be disappointed. I was happy to see that the cask fest was well-attended – so well attended that there might not be any casks left on Sunday! If you missed this one, dba Brooklyn has three casks pouring at all times. The next area cask festival will be 2nd Annual Nano Long Island Cask Festival in Rocky Point on January 29. Mike Voight of Rocky Point Artisan Brewers, expects between 8 and 10 casks to be pouring from Rocky Point, Barrier, Blind Bat, Barrage and Port Jeff Brewing. Tickets are $40 – call DEKS to reserve a spot at (631) 821-0066.
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