Fancy Food Show Pick: Brooklyn Brew Shop

July 5, 2013    |    By +
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One of our favorite trade shows has come back NYC’s Jacob Javits Center. The Summer Fancy Food Show is North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event. As gift editors it gives us a chance to search for, sample and spread the word about the latest food gift trends. The event touts 180,000 products from sweets to snacks, spices to coffees, organic to ethnic and everything in between that represent 80 countries and regions worldwide.

So what’s hot in the world of gift-able gourmet treats? We’re excited to share our Fancy Food Show finds so get your taste buds ready for a culinary adventure! Here’s one that caught my eye.

Fancy Food Show 2013 Brooklyn Brew Shop

THE PRODUCT: Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Summer Flavors

THE PRICE: available now for around $40

THE SCOOP: has been around for a minute, but as a refresher, the company sells self-contained beer making kits that include all the ingredients and tools needed to make beer!  With craft beer and home brewing still such a hot trend, the BrooklynBrewShop’s kits are a no-brainer great gift.

At the Fancy Food Show Brooklyn Brew Shop’s summer lineup of tasty brews were on display. The warm weather -inspired kits  (and refill supply mixes) are indeed refreshing and delicious.

I sampled the Grapefruit Honey Ale and it’s simply a great summer beer. Easy to drink, the GHA is very crisp, and citrusy yet not overly fruity. In fact for me, the grapefruit notes were a nice balance of noticeable yet subtle. Equally as appealing are the other seasonal kits- the Summer Wheat and the Jalapeno Saison.

The part I love about these kits is that in about two weeks, a giftee can go from a gift in a box to production of a great batch of beer.

If you know someone who is a craft beer lover with a DIY sensibility, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect gift. The $40 kit is a great gifting price point and the $15 mixes make this a gift that can keep on giving.

PS- Stay tuned for the release of the three Holiday flavors. The Chestnut Brown Ale, the Warrior Double IPA and the Oatmeal Stout mixes would look pretty good boxed up and under the tree this year!

Need some for gourmet gift inspiration? See all of our mouth-watering cooking and entertaining blog posts  and our favorite gourmet gift ideas.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.