8. Green CityGet More Info
Where: Brooklyn, New York
When: June 2020
Brought to you by the perpetually hyped (and justifiably so) Other Half Brewing Company, Green City represents two trends on this list that promise a good time and reliably exciting beer. Firstly, it’s organized by a brewery who’s in the trenches with both renowned and up-and-coming breweries. And secondly, it focuses on one style of beer, so attendees can really immerse themselves in the nuances. In this case, Green City shines a spotlight on different variations of IPAs. (Other Half Brewing has garnered quite the fanbase because of their hazy, juice-bomb IPAs—though they also excel at sours, stouts, and pilsners.
“We spend a lot of time traveling around the world doing collaborations with other breweries—largely to create allies within the industry,” says Other Half co-founder and brewer Sam Richardson. “We have a lot of really good brewery friends that we invite to showcase their beers.”
In fact, there are over 70 breweries. And Green City’s four-hour timeframe (five with VIP tickets) provides enough time to try plenty of them. Each brewery also brings a non-IPA, and there’s a section dedicated to pilsners and other lower-ABV styles—great for your friend who might not be into IPAs, or for those who don’t want to get knocked on their ass before the festivals’ end, according to co-founder and brewer Andrew Burman.
Another way to pace yourself is the fun, unique distraction of wrestling: Green City makes its mark with a special ring where professional wrestlers from the New York Wrestling Connection fight. As far as food, Other Half boasts a pig roast and brings in some of the best local vendors.
General admission is $100 and VIP is $300; tickets available here
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