I am writing this post a few months late, however I had to discuss my trip to New York City to the Better Booze Festival back in September 20, 2014. The event was organized by U.S. Veg Corp and took place at Center 548. This was their 1st annual event, with their 2nd event planned for June 13, 2015. In a nutshell, this was an event that hosted vegetarian and vegan tastings from several vendors, which included wineries, breweries, distilleries, and a few food vendors. Out of their two tasting sessions, I participated in their second session from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
I personally tasted all of their vegan alcoholic drinks, which I must say they had a modest selection of beers and liquors, along with a couple of wines. The night catered to those seeking vegan and vegetarian drinks, free of animal by-products. The event also hosted several speakers, to include a New York City Sommelier Christian Gourdin, who spoke about organic wines.
Regarding wines, the event featured two French wines from Gascony, specifically a Domaine du Tariquet 2013 Chardonnay and a Domaine du Tariquet Classic. These wines originated from organic vineyards. The Chardonnay tasted very grassy with some light fruit flavors as expected from a Chardonnay, and don’t ask me about the Classic, as I don’t remember. I do remember that both wines tasted of mineral or earth, as most organic wines have a tendency of tasting earthy.
I also tasted Rye Whiskey from a local distillery Catoctin Creek located in Loudoun County, Virginia. In addition to being vegan friendly, the spirits produced at Catoctin Creek are certified organic and certified Kosher. While I’m not an expert in spirits, I very much enjoyed their Roundstone Rye.
The event also featured several beers with Samuel Smith Chocolate Stout beer being my favorite of the night. Other breweries included:
- Original Sin Ciders
- Downeast Cider House
- Kuka Beer
- Beyond Brewing
- Otter Creek
- New Planet
I really enjoyed this event and I will make sure to participate in their second event in June 2015. They had a fantastic selection of beers and hopefully they have a selection of vegan friendly wines.
Until the next time!