About Us

BeerUnion is a website dedicated to beer in New York City – the coolest events, most awesome bars and behind the scenes with the people who make it all happen.

Giancarlo and Sarah Annese started BeerUnion as a blog in 2009. Soon after, they were immersed in a community of bloggers, bar owners, brewers and homebrewers, and general beer enthusiasts doing some pretty cool stuff. BeerUnion.com is where they share that stuff with you.

In 2013 they spent four months traveling across New York State to research and write their first book, Beer Lover’s New York. It was published by Globe Pequot Press on February 11, 2014.

Giancarlo Annese, Co-founder, CEO

Giancarlo Annese graduated from Union College in 2008 with degrees in Classics and History. He went on to get his masters in Medieval History from Fordham University, where he happened upon a job in the financial aid department. He stayed on after graduate school and is now an Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

Giancarlo discovered a love for beer after drinking Anchorsteam during his senior year of college, then began homebrewing with several friends. They would frequent the local bottle shop and sample new and exciting craft beers. When he and Sarah moved to New York City he shared his passion for trying new styles with her and together they started exploring the city through craft beer.

Contact Giancarlo for sponsorship opportunities.

Sarah Annese, Co-founder, Editor in Chief

Sarah graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a degree in English. She moved to New York City and started her career as a reporter, working for the historic Brooklyn Eagle newspaper. She is now a freelance writer and social media specialist. Some of you may know her as Sarah Tobol.

Sarah discovered beer, as most do, in college. Attending school in Boston, Harpoon was abundant. One afternoon at a local tavern her senior year, she tried UFO and was smitten. She drank only that until she and Giancarlo came to New York and went to the Burp Castle. The rest is history.

John Kleinchester, Homebrewing Columnist

An advocate of all things craft beer, John Kleinchester’s main focus is his website beertography.com. He writes articles, chronicles brewery trips and adventures in homebrewing as well as posting mouth-watering beer photos.
John’s day job is in television production, but his heart lies submerged in craft beer. He has volunteered at New Jersey and New York City breweries and aids in newjerseycraftbeer.com’s ongoing mission to spread the good word of beer across the Garden State. John has collaborated with Sixpoint Brewery on a 20-gallon batch for their Beer For Beasts charity event, and has won awards at the New York City Homebrewers Guild’s Homebrew Alley competition. He has donated and poured his homebrew at Get Real cask and draught events.
John has been a Cicerone Certified Beer Server since August 2011, currently pursuing his full Cicerone Certification.

Meredith Heil, Bar Correspondent

A documentary filmmaker by training, Meredith works as a Multimedia Producer for WNET/Thirteen, NYC’s PBS affiliate station. After hours, she is an avid craft beer geek and freelance writer, heading up the blog Beerded Ladies, putting on beer-themed events and leading Saturday pub crawls of Williamsburg for the NYC tour company, Urban Oyster. Meredith lives in Brooklyn, where she can usually be found enjoying a beer in Prospect Park alongside her fiance Maggie and their mutt, Miko.



Photo of Giancarlo and Sarah by Robin Stevenson


Your Guide to the Season’s Best Beers, DNAinfo New York

NYC Craft Beer Festival and the Rise of Craft Beer, Joonbug

NYC Craft Beer Winter Harvest Festival Returns, Village Voice

The NYC Craft Beer Festival Winter Harvest, Huffington Post

Beer Lover’s New York Launch Party @ Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery blog

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  1. Tyler Mosher says:

    Hi, my name is Tyler Mosher. I own a hard cider company based in Boston called Downeast Cider House. We are going to start distributing to NY soon and I wanted to get an opinion on hard cider in NYC. We are still a relatively small company and I know almost nothing about New York. Let me know if you’re interested or know somone who might be.

  2. Ray Payne says:

    We are holding a beer festival this year in Brooklyn NY and are interested in exploring a partnership/marketing relationship.

    The Coney Island Beer Festival is a production of Townsquare Lifestyle Events, a subsidiary of Townsquare Media (www.townsquaremedia.com).

    Our Lifestyle Events Division executes over 500 events a year of which 50 are Beer Events making us the largest operator of beer events in the country.

    Townsquare Media is a diversified media, entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates market leading radio, digital and live event properties across the United States.

    I thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you all shortly.


    Ray Payne


    Ray Payne

  3. John Hay says:

    Hey, love the blog. Wanted to reach out because we shot a video a while back of Other Half Brewing (Brooklyn, NY) making their signature IPA that has been really doing well. We even saw them up at Cooperstown for BCTC 2014. But thought you guys would be interested in the video of their process. Check it out!


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