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Cuzett Libations Launches During Beer Week

In the world of New York City craft beer, Mary Izett and Chris Cuzme (pictured above) are the It Couple. Journalist Niko Krommydas likened them to Jay Z and Beyoncé in a recent Brooklyn Magazine feature, and we’ll go ahead and agree. Both are accomplished in the beer industry on their own: Izett is a…

Brewing with Gun Hill

Back in February 2014 when our book was published, its release coincided with the opening of Gun Hill Brewing Company in the Bronx. The brewery launched its first beers during NYC Beer Week and participated in our New York beer night at Park Slope’s The Gate. After finishing up our book tour this fall we thought it would be a great idea to do a collaboration beer with a brewery in the city that could highlight ingredients from New York State. Naturally we thought of Gun Hill (they are one of several brewers in the city with a farm brewery license). Owner Dave Lopez informed us that…

2014 in Review

It has been quite an exciting year for us at BeerUnion. We released our first book, went on a book tour, and brewed our first batch of beer on a commercial system. We also visited Google. 2014 has been even more exciting for New York City beer. The number of brewers in the city climbed over twenty with openings in each of the outer boroughs. Combined with the Craft Act that passed through the state legislature and was recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo that allows brewers to sell pints, the opening of so many breweries means it’s even easier for New…

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Beer

It’s that time again, when the weather gets colder, sales crop up everywhere, and plans are made to celebrate the season with colleagues, friends and family. May we suggest including a little beer in your holiday plans? Sitting down for a guided beer tasting, visiting a brewery, or making the beer yourself are all good ways to celebrate the season. Urban Oyster Private Beer Tasting A private beer tasting conducted by the beer experts at neighborhood tour company Urban Oyster can be done in your home, office, or at a partner venue around the city. Tastings can be booked in one of…

NY Pro-Am Brew P.I.T. with Bitter and Esters

Many professional brewers started out as homebrewers. A new initiative by brewing shop Bitter and Esters, NY Pro-Am Brew P.I.T. paired homebrewers with local craft brewers: Finback Brewery, Flagship Brewing,Singlecut Beersmiths, Sixpoint Brewery and Yonkers Brewing Co. The homebrewers toured the breweries and chatted with brewers about their Philosophy, Inspiration, and Technique (aka P.I.T.). Then they brewed a beer inspired by the meeting. On August 9 Crown Heights bottle shop Covenhoven will pour the beers they brewed, alongside a beer of the professional brewer’s choice. “The inspiration for P.I.T. came out of a meeting with our friend and customer Robert Sherrill,” said John LaPolla,…

Beer Gifts for Dads

Father’s Day is coming fairly quickly. Does your dad love beer? Maybe he’ll love some of these beer gifts for dads. 1. Beer Lover’s New York – There are few things that dads who love beer like more than visiting local breweries. Our book will show you the best breweries, brewpubs, and bars in the New York State. Complete with reviews, maps, pub crawls, and recipes, the book is a great gift for your beer loving dads or for dads who you want to start exploring beer. Currently on sale on Amazon for $14.14. 2. Urban Oyster Tour – This…

On Creating a Brooklyn Bar Empire

They started with Bar Great Harry (BGH) in Carroll Gardens, then followed up with Mission Dolores in Park Slope, The Owl Farm, also in Park Slope, and Glorietta Baldy in Bed-Stuy. The Wiley brothers have been crawling across Brooklyn, opening one great craft beer bar after another. BeerUnion caught up with Ben Wiley, who shared his thoughts on the growing craft beer landscape in NYC.  From left to right, Mike, Seth and Ben Wiley When and where did you start working in bars? I started bartending in college in Champaign-Urbana. After that I bartended in Yokohama, Japan for a couple…

Taking the Urban Oyster NYC Brewery Tour

This story has been updated to reflect the closing of Paulaner Brauhaus As the craft beer movement grows and expands, many enthusiasts have called for a return to a beer culture focused on local breweries – a landscape that looks similar to the period prior to Prohibition. New York City  has a unique and strong beer history. Neighborhood tour company Urban Oyster, since its launch with the Brewed in Brooklyn walking tour, has always sought to view current beer trends through a historical lens. How did breweries fit into communities? How did immigrants impact brewing and drinking? Now Urban Oyster’s NYC…

Transmitter Brewing Coming Soon to Queens

Queens is becoming the borough to beat in terms of number of breweries. Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths, Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company and Finback Brewery will soon be joined by Transmitter Brewing, a small operation based out of Long Island City. Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi founded the brewery with a focus on traditional and farmhouse ales. They’re going to sell their beers through a Community Supported Beer (CSB) program, where people can purchase shares of the brewery and receive regular allotments of beer in return. BeerUnion caught up with Kolb and Accardi, and here’s what they…

Urban Oyster NYC Brewery Tour

It’s an exciting time for craft beer in New York City. In the past few years, over a dozen breweries have opened, and there are a bunch more in the works. So it’s fitting that this coming Beer Week, Urban Oyster is launching a NYC Brewery Tour by bus, the first of its kind in the city. “New York is due to have a proper bus tour of breweries,” says David Naczycz, founder of Urban Oyster, a neighborhood tour company that offers a handful of beer tours. “We probably would have launched this tour sooner had there been more breweries to…