Gun Hill Brewing Company was next on my list, mainly because I found out they were having a “New York Homebrew Competition” on 15 July. So I bought my ticket, got the directions from MTA Trip Planner and heeded up there. When I got there I showed the lady my ticket, got a wristband and taster glass and got to tasting. And there was plenty to taste, I don’t have the list I was given when I went, but if I remember correctly there were over 20 beers to sample of all flavors. One porter, several IPA’s, a few sours, one very forgettable brown ale. A few I didn’t sample, wheat and the Key Lime Pie one (lactose), the Key Lime Pie won and will be brewed by Gun Hill. Everything was good, most of the brewers would give you more than one. One had two IPA’s, Batman and The Boy Wonder. I showed them my Batman Spinner and the girl squealed “Oh my god!” Everything was good.
Until I went to the bar to get some actual Gun Hill brews. First, my favorite brew is Void of Light (link goes to Beer Menu) and they were out of it. So I had to find something else, I settled on Kentucky Common a sour ale. It was dark and sour, so a win in my book. Things continued to go down hill from there however, first the only thing I could eat was a pretzel, and the server dropped it on the floor. Then when I couldn’t get a second beer although I did everything but stand up and yell. So while I will continue to drink their beer, I don’t think I will make that hella long trip to their brewery.
After Gun Hill I went to Bronx Brewery, this was another event, a “Summer Done Right” party. Another event you needed to buy a ticket for, the price included one beer. For this event you had to buy vouchers to get beer. After showing my ticket and walking in the taproom and getting a Smoked Porter, I just love my dark beers, I walked through the brewery to the back where there was live entertainment and food trucks. Inside the brewery there were ‘vendor tables’. It was all very interesting and fun, until I fell asleep on the bus going home. Bronx Brewery is not as hard to get to as Gun Hill. In fact I just saw they are having another event and I am seriously considering making the trip.