Monday, April 25, 2016
There have been many duo’s over the years meant to play together. Sonny and Cher, Simon and Garfunkle, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog. But none have ever been as tasty as Bacon and Beer!
On Friday, April 22, we were lucky enough to be invited to the Bacon and Beer Classic at Citifield. Held in seven cities throughout the US, this event welcomes breweries and restaurants to set up stalls and provide tastings of beer and bacon-infused food to hungry attendees.
With a beautiful ballpark as backdrop, and blasting music setting up a party-like atmosphere, we set about getting our sampling on. We were provided with a ceramic take-home shot glass that each brewery we stopped at generously filled right to the very top. To add to the good vibes, a brass band welcomed you at check-in and a bacon-eating contest happened halfway through, which was broadcast on jumbotrons throughout the stadium. There were merchandise stands throughout, one of which had a pig mascot with a piece of plush bacon to really bring on the porky vibes. Overall, a great event with a fun atmosphere and delicious tastings. All of the vendors were excited about their products which resulted in happy customers throughout the stadium.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Chicken Liver Crostini from Hunter’s on Smith Street in BK - bacon-infused chicken liver with a cornichon, olive and pepper on top of a crostini. Smooth, velvety, crunchy.
S’mores from 240sweet - a marshmallow first toasted and then rolled in bacon bits, and then graham cracker dust, and then chocolate. Truly a decadent twist on sweet and savory.
Bacon-infused meatball with dipping sauce from The Avenue - a juicy, decadent, melt-in-your mouth meatball with a cheese dipping sauce.
Other favorites were “This Little Piggie” chocolate caramel and “Pig Candy” (chocolate covered bacon) from Roni-Sue’s Chocolates the name pig candy pretty much says it all. Sweet, crunchy, divine.
And now for the BEER!
Great Adirondack Brewing Co. was pouring some deliciously extra-creamy Cream Ale, a great pairing with the sweeter bacon offerings.
Black Hog Brewing from CT, and Magic Hat Brewery from VT also came with their game hats on, pairing their best bacon friendly beers with the nights offerings.
Black Hogs “Ginga Ninja”, an IPA beer brewed with fresh ginger that really cut through the fattiness of the bacon. With a beer name like that, and art work to follow, you really can’t help checking out their cans!
Magic Hat’s “Electric Peel” is an IPA brewed with fruit, this time grapefruit, that really elevates the bitter hop taste to a level which can stand up to a bacon armegeddon. Or a breakfast anytime meal!
Some other great “Beer Alternatives” was Bad Seed Cider with their small batch dry cider made with local Hudson Valley apples. Also Spiked Seltzer was on hand pouring these refreshing spritzers, which is a lot better than the Zima we grew up with!
If you are Bacon and Beer lovers like us, join us next year when we do it all over again!