Newburgh Brewing Company

Our book tour for Beer Lover’s New York continued last weekend, when we made a trip upstate to Newburgh Brewing Company. Founded in 2012 by Paul Halayko and Chris Basso, a former brewer at of the Brooklyn Brewery, the brewery is located in an old paper box factory in the sleepy upstate town of Newburgh.

We set up in the substantial taproom, which also hosted a cornhole tournament, and enjoyed some tasty brews – Basso’s cream ale is spot on, and the new ICA (India Cream Ale) is pretty great too. Thanks so much to Paul and Chris for having us, and thanks to our friends and family who joined us at the event!

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SingleCut Beersmiths

This past Saturday we continued our Beer Lover’s New York book tour at SingleCut Beersmiths in Astoria, Queens. Opened in December of 2012 by Rich Buceta, SingleCut is a 30-barrel brewhouse that specializes in lager production. Its taproom is open Thursday through Sunday (hours here), and it’s a fun and relaxing place to enjoy some brews and food (savory pies, anyone?).

We had a great time at SingleCut. Big thanks to General Manager Amanda Mayer for helping us organize this event, and for being so awesome by offering everyone who bought a book a free pint of the Keith English Pale Ale! Just released last week, Keith is a delicious and drinkable spring seasonal. Definitely try to get it on nitro at the brewery.

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BeerUnion on Beer Sessions Radio and a Giveaway!

We’re very excited to share with you that tomorrow we’re going to be on Beer Sessions Radio! It airs live at 5 p.m. on Heritage Radio Network, you can listen here. (If you can’t listen at 5, you’ll be able to after the fact.) We’ll be joining Marcus Burnett from Rockaway Brewing, Ed Berestecki from Mugs Ale House and Ryan Barker from Adobe Blues to chat with Jimmy Carbone.

We’re also excited to announce a giveaway, generously donated by Beer Table’s Justin Philips. Tomorrow we’ll be posting our Good Beer Seal recap, and to enter the giveaway, comment on the recap with your favorite Good Beer Seal bar and why. We’ll randomly pick a winner, who will receive:

A reservation for Beer Table’s “Family Meal,” which is dinner for 8 people valued at $200 (covering food, not drinks). Here’s the description, from Beer Table’s website:

This bountiful feast is available by reservation only each Wednesday evening (72 hours advance notice and confirmation required).  Reserve for a party of 4-8 people, and come hungry.  The set menu is $200 (regardless of party size) for food.  Please send an email to to request a reservation. Also, please note; due to the constraints of our tiny space and kitchen, we cannot accommodate substitutions or create vegetarian alternatives.

We’ll be running the giveaway starting tomorrow (when we post our Good Beer Seal recap post) through August 7, so comment away!

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R.I.P Monster, the Brooklyn Brewery Cat

Today we are saddened to learn that the Brooklyn Brewery’s cat, Monster, a New York beer icon in his own right, died of kidney failure at age 13.

From the brewery’s blog: “Monster quickly became one of the most photographed objects in The Brewery, and aside from possibly Brewmaster Oliver has posed with more Brooklyn fans than any other member of the team.”

We have no doubt that’s true. Every time we went to the brewery (or even walked passed it) we saw and snapped a photo of Monster. He definitely had a unique and memorable personality.

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A Chat With Garrett Oliver

Last week I had the chance to talk to Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster, at The Gate in Park Slope during a special Brooklyn Brewery beer night where he was mingling with patrons. He and I discussed Dark Matter, a two-year-old brown ale aged in bourbon barrels.

With demand for barrel aged beers like Dark Matter and Black Ops (left) so high, Oliver said the brewery is looking to expand its barrel aging facilities. Its recent expansion will eventually bring their production up tenfold to 120,000 barrels, but the brewery is also looking for additional space in either Williamsburg or Greenpoint where beer temperature can be carefully controlled. I hope they find a place soon – Sarah and I would love to see more beers like Black Ops from Brooklyn Brewery.

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