Last night I had the opportunity to attend the Night of the Other Half tasting hosted by Brooklyn Brewery. Last year Other Half hosted Brooklyn Brewery Head Brewer Garrett Oliver for a ghost bottle tasting at the Other Half tap room where a number of unreleased Brooklyn Brewery beers were poured. So this year Oliver returned the favor and hosted Other Half at the Brooklyn Brewery.
After a quick introduction by Oliver, Other Half’s Head Brewer Sam Richardson stepped up to talk about the beers and the history of Other Half.
The Other Half crew brought seven of their beers with them. While they are well known for their hoppy IPAs, this night they decided to showcase their other styles. Being poured for the night:
Veldrijden Love: A farmhouse saison with rye, oats, raw wheat, spel, and aged in Chardonnay barrels.
Falsa Noctis: A black saison fermented with Brettanomyces and aged in wine barrels.
Kerstperiode: A dark farmhouse saison
In Absentia Luci: An Imperial stout aged in red wine barrels.
Rosso: A Grand Cru aged in red wine barrels with Brett.
Brett Saison: A Golden saison aged in French oak white burgundy barrels with Brett.
Flavor Particles: This was the only IPA served this night. It is brewed with Apollo, Lemon Drop and Calypso hops.
After sampling Other Half’s beers, the folks from the Brooklyn Brewery opened up a ghost bottle for the crowd. They poured what they called “Galahad”, which is their Local 2 Belgian Dark Abbey ale aged with cider lees. A very nice ale with a slight tartness from the cider.
Overall this was a great event, especially since it was free. It is great to see that Other Half is held in high regard by Garrett Oliver and Brooklyn Brewery. Here’s to hoping they do a collaboration beer!