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Saison Day at Threes Brewing

Spring weather has been slow to arrive in New York City but spring beers are certainly available. Threes Brewing in Gowanus Brooklyn will host Saison Day on Saturday March 21m starting at 2 p.m. to celebrate saisons, a classic Belgian style that pairs perfectly with spring and summer weather. Threes will be serving saisons from some of the world’s best breweries and have Allagash Brewing founder Rob Tod and Threes Brewmaster Greg Doroski on hand to help celebrate the popular style. Eight homebrews from brewers at Brooklyn Homebrew will have their homebrews judged by Tod and Doroski. The brewpub will…

Oxbow at Brouwerij Lane

It seems there is a new brewery coming to New York every week and we’re particularly excited to be getting our hands on some brews from Oxbow Beer this week. This Friday March 13, you have the chance to try some Oxbow beers at Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint where their Farmhouse Pale Ale and Continental will both be on tap. The small farmhouse brewery is based out of Newcastle Maine and specializes in styles like Saisons and Biere de Gardes. will be keeping their distribution to the city small, with limited quantities going to bars like Brouwerij Lane and Proletariat.

Tørst Turns Two

Tørst, the high brow beer destination in Greenpoint, turns two this weekend and is celebrating with an impressive tap list. The list features imports like Cantillon, De Dolle, and Tilquin alongside domestics like Prairie and Goose Island. If the tap list isn’t enough to get you there, Tørst will also be celebrating with cupcakes. Here is the list: -Evil Twin BA Blanca -Evil Twin BA Femme Fatale -Cantillon St. Gilloise 2014 -Cantillon Gueuze Bio 2014 -De Dolle Stille Nacht 2009 -BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien Zymatore Muscatel -Tilquin Quetsche 2013 -Perennial Abraxas -Evil Twin / Prairie Bible Belt 2014 -Prairie…

Italian Beers at Proletariat

Italians know romance, so for Valentine’s Day, Proletariat will be pouring some Italian beers from Birrifico Italiano and Loverbeer. The East Village bar will be serving an interesting list from the two Italian brewers: Birrifico Italiano Flourette – A bottle conditioned ale brewed with roses, violets, citrus honey, elberberry, and black pepper. Birrifico Italiano Scires 2006 – A tart sour blend of blend of beers fermented with lactic acid and wild yeast with cherries added. Loverbeer Beerabera 2013 – Barbera grape juice is added to traditional wort and fermented in oak barrels.

Watch the Superbowl at a Brewery

Football and beer are a winning combination, so we’d suggest you watch football’s biggest game at one of New York’s breweries. Here’s a list of NYC breweries where you can sip on fresh beer while enjoying the game: Flagship Brewing  – If you’re on Staten Island your only option sounds like a tasty one with a $65 open bar starting at 5 p.m. and a half time buffet that includes swedish meatballs, chicken parm, and sausage and peppers to name a few dishes. The Bronx Brewery – You can watch the game on a 155 inch screen while chowing down on pizza and wings. Email…

Don’t Give Up the Ship!

Good beer and cheese might be an irresistible combination, so we can’t let Friday’s “Don’t Give Up the Ship!” event at Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint go without mention. The bar will be hosting Flagship Brewing, Staten Island’s only brewery, on Friday evening from 7-10 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to try year-round beers like Flagship’s APA (American Pale Ale), American Wit, and Dark Mild as well as seasonal beers. You’ll be able to pair your beers with grilled cheese sandwiches from Vermont’s Consider Bardwell Farms. Sandwiches will be pressed with a variety of ingredients like kale, bacon, tomato jam and more.

Grimm Releases Color Field

Grimm Artisanal Ales has been steadily releasing beers in a wide range of styles from an imperial stout to a grisette since 2013. The creative brewers are releasing their next experiment, Color Field, on Saturday, January 17, at Beer Street in Brooklyn. Grimm calls the beer an American wild ale brewed with flowers. The beer features hibiscus, rose hips, and chamomile and is fermented with a funky yeast concoction.  Color Field and other beers from Grimm will be available at the event.

Frosted Hop Ale Release at Gun Hill Brewing Company

This Saturday, January 10, join us at Gun Hill Brewing Company in the Bronx as we celebrate the release of Frosted Hop Strong Ale, a beer brewed with New York State hops, mostly from the Catskills and Long Island, a collaboration beer with us here at BeerUnion! Starting a 6 p.m., cost to attend the event is $5. The entry fee, along with a portion of every pint of Frosted Hop, and 10% of all the sales from our book Beer Lover’s New York during the event will be donated to Artsmith, a not for profit based in the Bronx. Read Giancarlo’s account of…

Cask Release at Big Alice

One of the great things about Big Alice’s recent expansion is their ability to pour more cask beers. After recovering from your New Year celebrations on the first you can head on over to the new tap room at Big Alice Brewing in Long Island City from 5 to 8 p.m. on January 2 for a taste of their latest cask beer. The brewery’s creativity will be on display with a Kukicha Tea Porter that is dry hopped in the cask with Cluster hops and comes in at a whopping 13.4% ABV. Five ounce pours will be $5. Photo from…

Beer Lover’s New York Signing at Bronx Brewery

We’ll be selling and signing copies of our book Beer Lover’s New York at the Bronx Brewery this Saturday, December 6, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to visit the Bronx Brewery that recently opened its own space in the Bronx after three years of contract brewing and chat with us about New York brewing.  The brewery has their selection of pale ales available at the brewery as well as cask versions with interesting ingredients added like peppers and herbs. You can also score yourself a free pint by bringing an unwrapped toy to help with the Brewery’s…