Maggie Fuller is one of the most interesting beer experts in New York, and her gender has nothing to do with it. Yes, the New York City craft beer scene is still male dominated, but it is sufficiently large that there are a growing number of women thriving within it. Part of what makes Fuller so interesting is her background, she went through a whiplash inducing set of career shifts that took her from ballerina to banker to brewmaster. She’s now a key figure at 12% Imports, a company that specializes in small producer beers from Belgium, Scandinavia and increasingly the United States. Twelve Percent has had much to do with the rise of tiny outfits like Westbrook, Stillwater and Evil Twin. As a teacher Maggie is one of those really smart people capable of explaining complicated subjects like fermentation simply. In other words she not only presents rare, delicious beers, but she can tell you how they’re made in exacting detail without turning a tasting into Biochemistry 301.
I’ll be working with Maggie twice this month. On the 22nd at 7, we’ll present Evil Twin vs. The Joy of Cheese, a pairing of six rare beers with six amazing cheeses, at Breukelen Bier Merchants, 182 Grand St. (near Bedford Avenue) in Williamsburg. Tickets are $35 and available here, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/475385
Then, the following Tuesday, the 29th at 7, we’ll be at my workplace, Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th) for an event called The 12% Solution, where we’ll pair six more outstanding beers with six superb cheeses. Tickets are $20 and available via this link, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/476117
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