Beneath! Kings Countians pattern the perfect meals, foam and liquor on the Dime Better of Brooklyn Meals and Beer Pageant • Brooklyn Paper

Buds and Brew: A group of beer-loving pals gathered in Industry City to sip beers from local Brooklyn breweries at The Dime Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival.

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It was just the best!

Some of the district’s leading brewers and chefs brought their tastiest creations to Sunset Park for the Dime Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival in Industry City on Saturday.

Local foodies filled the space during each of the event’s three two-hour sessions, with dozens of local foam extractors pouring samples of their beers, more than 20 chefs serving their food, and tunes provided by DJ Get Summered.

The number of different vendors in attendance attracted a unique crowd, according to one participant, which sets the festival apart from similar events.

“It was busy,” said Fatema Khandaker. “It was a very diverse audience.”

The Shindig culminated in this year’s Dime Best of Brooklyn Awards, an online poll that saw more than 45,000 people vote for some of the best companies in the district in 128 categories.

Festival food stalls that were all nominated for the 2019 competition included Clean Meals Brooklyn, Dinosaur BBQ, Empanada Papa, Mozz Arepas, Oaxaca Taqueria, Table 187 Coal Oven Pizza, and about 20 other restaurants.

Participating breweries included Braven Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Brewing Company, Sixpoint Brewery, War Flag Brewing, and Wartega, and more.

But beers weren’t the only liquid refreshments – the event featured cocktails made with Johnnie Walker and Bulleit Frontier whiskey, as well as kombucha samples from makers Kombrewcha and Brew Dr. Restoration of the libation for new drinkers.

“It was a great opportunity,” said Bailey Morgan. “It was exciting to present our product.”

Spill the Tea: AJ Nocito and Bailey Morgan occupied the booth of Brew Dr. and served kombucha on tap.

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Serving: Six Point Brewing’s Zach Rettoun offers beer tastings during one of the festival’s three two-hour sessions.

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Kooky Cuisine: Jose and Pedro from Empanada Papa smile as they serve empanadas.

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Smile and Sip: Anna Bybee and Hope Arcuri traveled all the way from Manhattan to sample the best of Brooklyn’s beer and food.

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Raise your glass: Fatema Khandaker and Sandy Kaur toasted one of the beer tastings at the event.

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