Based on the Judgment of Paris event in 1976, event coordinator Clara Dalzell explained that the event gives Brooklyn bar and restaurant owners the chance to select their favorite beers and wines and pin them up against the best from around the world.
“This is a Brooklyn-based event, and it’s about showing off what we have here,” Dalzell said.
The results from the tasting event on Friday, May 2, will be announced at the grand finale, “The Judgment of Brooklyn” consumer-tasting event on May 17 at Skylight One Hanson, located at 1 Hanson Pl. in Fort Greene.
James Tai, who has worked in the beer and wine industry for more than 10 years and acted as a beer judge at the event last week, said he is looking for the appearance, aroma and flavor of each drink he tasted.
“There were some fantastic choices and the whole group that curated this did a fantastic job,” Tai said.
Tai added that of the 32 different beers he tasted, the Sinebrychoff Porter was the only one he gave a perfect score.
“It’s a fantastic beer and to be able to judge it blindly really helped me reassure how great it is,” Tai said. “It was really complex. I got a lot of that dark fruit in the flavors, which gave it that complexity that I like.”
Borough President Eric Adams, who served as a guest judge on the celebrity panel at the event, said this was really a great way to showcase just what Brooklyn has to offer.
“There’s a dual role here,” Adams said. “Number one, we want to explore some of the great wines that are not only across the globe but are also right here in Brooklyn, but it is also the opportunity to bring out the different local food establishments.”
While the wine tasting was going on in the second-floor courthouse at Borough Hall, dozens of local restaurants that submitted beers and wines into the tasting set up downstairs for a tasting of their own.
Shana Silas, chef and owner of the pop-up “Asian-meets-Irie” burger stand and catering company Between the Buns, set up her Caribbean and Asian influenced bite-sized snacks for the event.
“This day is all about the beer and the wine,” Silas said. “We’ll be at the event on May 17, but today is a sneak peek for the public.”
Adams said he hopes events like this will generate some excitement around the thriving Brooklyn business community.
“There’s a great new revolution of how we’re going to excite out taste buds,” Adams said. “We’re excited because this is what Brooklyn is about. It’s about eating well, drinking well, meeting some great people and saying this is how we live well.”