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Bierkraft, Park Slope

Next up for the Good Beer Seal bars: Bierkraft in Park Slope. At Bierkraft, a combination bottle shop, bar and eatery, you can purchase some of the rarest and most delicious beers from all over. On tap you’ll often find the latest brews from local breweries like Barrier, Kelso, Carton, and Sixpoint. Draft beers are available in full growlers, 22 oz. bombers, or a pint which you can have in the shop or outside on the back patio. The prices for bottles are noticeably higher than other beer stores, but they’re priced for consumption on premises, so you can pop open…

Pick of the Weekend: Wandering Star Tasting at The Ploughman

In case you’re not traveling this weekend, starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday the 7th, The Ploughman on 7th Avenue in South Slope Brooklyn will host a tasting of beers from Wandering Star Brewery. The Ploughman has not given a final list but Wandering Star has impressed many with their sessionable brews like Mild at Heart and Ultimate Summer Session Rye (USSR) both of which weigh in at 4.4% ABV and should be good for the warm weather. The Ploughman also serves cheese and charcuterie so there should be some great food to try with the beer.

Brouwerij Lane, Greenpoint

Next up in our coverage of the Good Beer Seal bars: Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint. You know when you walk into a bar and you’re glad it wasn’t fussed over too much? That’s what Brouwerij Lane is like. A bottle shop with a large array of taps, you can sit and enjoy you beer while looking at the impressive empty bottles that decorate the walls. If you’re not satisfied with any of the brews on tap you can enjoy one from a bottle. There’s a back patio if you wish to sit outside. You can warm up a hot pretzel to…

Rodenbach Oak Series Vertical Tasting

Two of the most popular trends right now, oak aging and sour beer, combine in Rodenbach’s Vintage Oak Aged series. We picked up the 2007 and 2008 versions of the limited release for a mini vertical tasting (meaning we tried multiple vintages of the same beer side-by-side) this week and were surprised by what we found. Both beers had a delicious funkiness mingled with oak. The 2007 was more tart with layered fruity flavors like cherry and plum. The fruitiness of the 2007 was followed up by strong oak flavors in the aftertaste. The 2008 tartness was focused into more…

Captain Lawrence Bottles

Some of the most exciting small local breweries often focus their early attention on draft beers. Not much of a problem if your local bar regularly carries them or your favorite beer store has them on tap for growler fills.  But, if you were looking to share that brewery with friends or have one of their beers at home on your couch you were out of luck. With their expansion into a new brewery in Elmsford NY, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company has added a bottling line. We were excited last month when bottles of Freshchester Pale Ale, Captain’s Kolsch and…

Brooklyn Beer and Soda’s New Location

The Prospect Heights/Crown Heights beer selection took a bit of a hit in January when our beloved Brooklyn Beer and Soda left for the Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood with essentially no announcement (we didn’t realize until we went some several weeks afterward). While we can no longer stroll over to the store it turns out to only be a short ride on the Franklin Avenue shuttle, as it’s almost literally across the street from the Prospect Park stop. The new location is also in a bare bones industrial space like the original. It may not look like much but craft…

Pick of the Weekend: Bierkraft Oyster Shuck and Cask Festival

Bierkraft is celebrating their 2nd annual Oyster Shuck and Cask Festival this Saturday April 14. The event kicks off the Brooklyn Beer Summit and opens the Bierkraft patio for the warm weather months. Last year’s oysters were fresh and shucked by an impressive team from Bierkraft that served them along with some of the best local beers you can find. We loved Kelso’s Oyster Stout last year. This year the local breweries like Brooklyn, Kelso, Barrier, Sixpoint and Greenport among others will have casks available and are sure to bring some great cask beers. Given the great selection last year…

An Insider’s Look at Harpoon Brewery

A few weeks ago we went to Boston. Part of our trip included a tour of Harpoon Brewery with our good friend and beer scientist, Mike, who works in the lab. We were excited for the tour, for obvious reasons, but also because we view Harpoon as one of the most consistent breweries in the Northeast. From brewing and fermenting to kegging and bottling, the brewery has an impressive operation. The beer, of course, was the best part. We had the chance to try a barrel aged common, a pepper corn saison, and some super fresh IPA out of the…

Pick of the Weekend: Founders Tasting at GRAB

Over the past week there has been a lot of attention surrounding Founders Brewing’s new Backstage Series release, Old Curmudgeon’s Better Half, and how it functions as a follow up to the craze-inducing release of the Canadian Breakfast Stout. While there’s so much buzz around Founders’ special releases, they still have some awesome brews in their regular line up. This Saturday at GRAB Foods on 7th Ave. in Park Slope you will have the opportunity to taste their Centennial IPA, Red’s Rye Pale Ale, and the Porter (one of our favorites). Bring your growler — growler fills will be discounted 10%.

A very beery holiday

If you follow us on Twitter you may have noticed that we made out like bandits on Christmas with beer gifts. Family members, secret santas, and friends from far away places showered us with beer for the holidays. We got some old favorites like Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and some local brews like Ommegang Seduction. Thanks to our friend Hanna we received some great Midwest beers, brews we long for but cannot partake of in NYC. We were very happy to get the beer, but were also impressed at how much  thoughtfulness was put into each gift. None were a random assortment. If…