Galaxy Events Company organized Hops & Props for the 2nd time and the turnout was better than ever. Craft beer enthusiasts lined up at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for early entry to the VIP hour as well as access to exclusive tastings. Hops & Props showcased seasoned vendors as well a few new ones to keep the event fresh and exciting. Here are some soaring highlights from Hops & Props at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
Long Island homebrew clubs and local homebrewers showed off their experimental brews at Hops & Props. Eclectic Ales, poured a Beet Pale Ale with a gorgeous red hue, perfect for Valentine’s Day. The Smoked Ale was easy to drink with a 5.5% abv. It’s campfire flavor pairs great with dry-aged or smoked meats.
Z’s Barrel House, crafted a hybrid cider/beer, a Graf Malt Cider Beer. The Graf had a 7% abv but was smooth and well-balanced. Attendees could even have their cider topped off with homemade apple, ginger or blackberry syrup. The Chocolate Porter from Z’s Barrel House contained no chocolate but was dark and decadent, just like your favorite piece of candy. The last hour of the festival, Brian Zimmerman, from Z’s Barrel House, made sodas with seltzer and flavored syrups, providing a smart and tasty way to hydrate and sober up.
Even though craft beer dominated Hops & Props, there were several noteworthy ciders poured at the event. You’ll definitely want to stock up on Zemilla Mexican Cider for your next Taco Tuesday. This cider is easy to drink with a 4.5% abv and is sweet and satisfying.
Ladies looking for a change up from the traditional brunch cocktail? Try Graft‘s Lost Tropic Mimosa Cider. This hopped cider contains citra & vic hops as well as orange and grapefruit zest. Lost Tropic Mimosa Cider is 6.9% abv, making it a great choice for boozy brunch.
Abandoned Hard Cider forages their apples from abandoned orchards in the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley of New York, making sure good apples don’t go to waste. The Abandoned Barrel-Aged and Hopped Cider both have a tart, earthy, unique taste.
Barrika Basque Cider high poured their cider, the way they do in Spain to create a foamy layer as well as release the aromas of the apples. Barrika won a gold medal at the largest cider competition in the USA, the GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.) If you want to try this traditional Spanish cider, it can easily be found at Total Wines.
Barrage Brewing Company showcased a variety of brews at Hops & Props including Space Tacos, a hazy double IPA, made with cashmere, comet, and citra hops with a 8.4% abv. Barrage also poured a local favorite, Devils Whisper, a cappuccino tiramisu porter that is rich in body and taste and better than any box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day.
Barnshed Brewing poured a Proganda Porter with hints of vanilla bean and bourbon, for a smokey and sweet flavor. They even gave a sneak peak of their fall-inspired beer, Barntoberfest.
Garvies Point Craft Brewery, the new kid on the block to the Local to Locals family, poured a Sour Batch Citra, a perfectly balanced dry hopped sour wheat ale. With a 3.5% abv, this is the perfect beer that you can drink poolside all summer long.
1940’s Brewing Company poured three satisfying brews including Wicked Chowdah (a New England IPA) Sinners Mass (a chocolate and vanilla milk stout), and Gose Down Easy (with sea salt and peaches.)
Bellport Brewing poured a Rhino Brown Ale with made with a Rhino Coffee blend, making it the ultimate breakfast brew for you and your boo this Valentine’s Day.
Six Harbors Brewing Company, poured Buddy’s Gold Kolsch, named after their adorable brew dog Buddy. They also poured their most popular beer, Bay Hill Blues, a blueberry wheat beer. If you like Bluepoint’s Blueberry Ale, try Bay Hill Blues from New York’s first microbrewery, Six Harbors.