As for the beer itself, well, pretty much every brewery you've ever heard of will be there, as well as a ton you probably haven't. It's not difficult to predict which tables will be the most crowded: One assumes everyone will be giddy at the possibility that Goose Island will have brought with them even a small sampling of their freshly released Bourbon County Brand Stout. Dogfish Head will probably have something crazy going on, and Sixpoint will likely draw a crowd as well. Here, though, are a few more breweries you should check out, assuming, of course, you've already gotten tickets. Both sessions are now officially sold out.
Not exactly an interesting choice here, I realize, and there's certainly no guarantee it won't be mobbed by people trying to get some face-time with Garret Oliver, but be sure to stop by Brooklyn Brewery's table and sample their late-summer seasonal, Fiat Lux (which I wrote about here), and their brand new offering, Brooklyn Defender, a hopped-up amber ale which they brewed to coincide with NYC ComicCon.
Kelso Beer Co.
One of the city's best and most underrated breweries, Kelso will be serving up samples of a barrel-aged porter, which I have very high hopes for. Not sure what else they'll have with them, but I'm also not sure they've ever made a bad beer. Be careful with that Industrial IPA, though—at 11.5%, it's not exactly easy drinking.
Most known for their Belgian wheat beer, Allagash White, the Portland, Maine brewery will also be serving up two of their more… advanced beers: Allagash Black is a stout brewed with a Belgian yeast strain that sits nicely alongside notes of chocolate and coffee. Allagash Curieux is a Belgian tripel that's been aged in bourbon barrels. All three are insanely delicious.
I wrote about this San Diego brewery's Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale a couple weeks ago, and it'd be a treat for everyone involved if they have some of that on hand. But if not, they've got no shortage of other great beers to keep you occupied: their much-adored Sculpin IPA, for instance, or their underrated Calico Amber Ale, or anything from their stellar Victory at Sea line of stouts.
Rockaway Brewing Company
Just opened a few months ago, this Long Island City-based brewery is slowly making its way into bars across Williamsburg. Tomorrow presents a perfect opportunity to see what they're all about. Their staple beer is a style that's under-represented in the local beer scene, and ESB, or at Extra Special Bitter.