Tagged Garrett Oliver

One Man’s Search to Find the Best Beer in New York

Through his blog, Eat This NY, Brian Hoffman is on a quest to find the best beer in New York. An impressive goal, for sure. But he started his blog with even bigger aspirations. “I came up with an idea for a food show that would combine a sitcom element with documentation of restaurants. Sort of like if you could imagine ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ meets the Food Network,” Hoffman said. He casually pitched it to a producer friend in LA, who told him it was a good idea, but that he would have to gain recognition first by starting small…

aPORKalypse Now

This Saturday February 25, the Get Real NY team is putting together one of their most ambitious festivals yet – aPORKalypse Now. The event will feature ten New York chefs cooking ten locally-sourced pigs for attendees to pair with an impressive beer list. Phillipe Roussel of Cafe D’Alsace, Christopher Parks of The Guilty Goose and Gabe Thompson of L’Artusi are among the chefs who will be cooking up the hogs. For anyone who hasn’t attended a pig roast where you can get all different cuts of the pig this will be quite the introduction (people who have been to one…

Brewers’ Choice

Thursday night City Winery hosted a wide variety of breweries for Brewers’ Choice, one of the featured events of New York Craft Beer Week. Brewers were on hand pouring some of their best beers, which were paired with local, artisanal foods. Garrett Oliver was the keynote speaker of the evening. “What you see around the room is a wonderful expression of what’s happened in craft beer,” he said. “What we have in American craft brewing is not a fad or a trend, it’s a return to normality… We once again have the most vibrant beer culture on the face of…

The Companion Release Party

This evening’s Brewmaster’s Reserve Release Party at the Brooklyn Brewery was the first one we were invited to attend, and maybe one of the most exciting (we think). This beer, The Companion, coincided with the release of The Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by Garrett Oliver. The Companion is a wheat wine (similar to a barley wine) brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery. The most remarkable thing about the beer is that there is very little that stands out on its own. All of the different flavors of the beer melded together into one harmonious impression. There is a noticeable tartness…

Why we love…The Gate

Since moving to Brooklyn The Gate in Park Slope has been a favorite of ours. The bar always boasts a solid selection of craft beer and frequently has rare specialty beer from some of our favorite breweries. We have found Founders KBS and Nemesis there and we even met Garrett Oliver at an informal Brooklyn Brewery event. Need we say more about the beer? It is also one of the most dog friendly bars we have been to (there is even a water cooler with dishes so the dogs can quench their thirst too). Last week: Why we love… the…

Pick of the Weekend: Brooklyn Brewery at Breukelen Bier Merchants

This Saturday afternoon Breukelen Bier Merchants will be serving some of the finest and latest beers brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery. The list on Beer Menus includes Blast!, Sorachi Ace, Summer Ale and the new Concoction, which was actually inspired by a cocktail called The Penicillin, and was brewed with ginger-infused honey and lemon juice. The beers will be served with Bavarian pretzels to keep you upright.

Brooklyn Beer Dinner at The Vanderbilt

Last Tuesday Sarah and I went to our first beer dinner at The Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights. We definitely lucked out because Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery – who literally wrote the book on pairing beer with food and has hosted over 700 beer dinners – led us through the pairings. The food and beers were all solid but we had a couple of favorites. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace was paired with Moules Frites as our second course. The freshness of the beer was incredible compared to the bottle I attempted to pair with shrimp. The Sorachi hops were…

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…