Tagged IPA

AleSmith IPA for #IPADay

Last year we acknowledged #IPADay by drinking through Sam Adams’s Latitude 48 deconstructed IPA limited release variety pack. Then we had a bunch of other IPAs. This year, we’re doing a little AleSmith IPA. Just the one bottle. Look how we’ve evolved (read: we’ve had too much drunkenness lately).

Pick of the Weekend: Midnight Tapping of Devil Dancer at The Gate

This Sunday night at midnight (we know, it is technically Monday) The Gate will be tapping its first keg of the 2012 Devil Dancer triple IPA from Founders. To accompany the 12% beer, The Gate will be playing heavy metal music and anyone who wears a heavy metal t-shirt will be entered to win a bottle of the new Founders Backstage series beer Frangelic Mountain Brown Ale.  Devil Dancer itself is a highly regarded beer for its intense bitterness – the brewery clocks it in at 112 IBUs (International Bittering Units) – and its surprising balance. It should be a…

Surprise Visit to the Barley Creek Brewing Company

This past weekend we road-tripped up to Binghamton University to see our brother/brother-in-law graduate from college. Can everyone pause for a minute to appreciate the coolness of that sentence? He graduated from college! Ahem. So on the way back, while driving through Pennsylvania looking for a place to eat dinner, we happened upon the Barley Creek Brewing Company. We enjoyed a flight of beers, which included a Copper Top Ale, Rescue IPA, Cocoa Porter, and Spring Hop IPL (India Pale Lager). The Spring Hop IPL was our favorite of the bunch with a bright snappy hop character that was quite…

The Evolving Bar Scene on Franklin Ave in Crown Heights

Many of you know that when we moved to Brooklyn almost two years ago we came from the Bronx, where we had limited options to enjoy craft beer. We used to have to travel an hour or so for a good beer bar. No longer! At that point, Franklin Park was the neighborhood place to go. Labeled a “Beer Garden,” it has outdoor and indoor space with two bars and a pretty standard, locally focused craft beer selection. Since then, Franklin Park has been joined by three new places on Franklin Avenue alone: Barboncino, a wood oven pizza restaurant and…

A Visit to Keegan Ales

This weekend we visited our good friends Rhinebeck, and while we were there spent an afternoon at the Keegan Ales brewery in Kingston, about a 20-minute drive away. Greeted by a friendly bartender and patrons, we sampled a flight of all the Keegan beers: Old Capital, Hurricane Kitty, Mother’s Milk,  Joe Mama’s Milk and Black Eye. Mother’s Milk (a milk stout brewed with lactose sugar) is a consistent beer we have enjoyed before. Jo Mama’s Milk is Mother’s Milk brewed with coffee and brown sugar (it tastes almost like a milkshake). We really liked this beer – the coffee flavor was great…

A Visit to Peekskill Brewery

On a recent Saturday afternoon (St. Patrick’s Day) we headed up to visit Peekskill Brwery on Metro North with Matt and Emily Garland of Tapped Craft Beer Events. The brewery is conveniently located across the street from the train station and boasts a surprisingly wide variety of beers for such a small operation. Their new brewmaster Jeff “Chief” O’Neil has brewed a perfect lineup for the spring with a saison, a balanced pale ale, and a citrusy IPA. We were impressed with the Zeitgeist Berliner Weisse, a refreshing 3.5% ABV full of lemon flavors and a pleasant sour note. We…

Pick of the Weekend: Split Thy Brooklyn Skull XIII

This weekend Mugs Ale House in Williamsburg will be putting some of their best beers on tap for Split Thy Brooklyn Skull XIII. These are some big beers that can definitely give you a headache the next day if you aren’t careful, so we suggest reviewing the list ahead of time.  The tap lists for Saturday and Sunday include a few beers we have never had the opportunity to try. Some of the bigger beers listed include Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Firestone Walker Abacus, and Founders Devil Dancer.  There will also be some aged beers like Stone‘s 2008 Old…

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%.

508 Gastrobrewery

With their venture 508 Gastrobrewery, Anderson Sant’anna De Lima and Jennifer Sant’anna Hill are passionately exploring the world of brewing and food. Their restaurant has a small batch brewing operation in the basement, where Andersen is always brewing and experimenting with new beers, which they serve upstairs. Anderson has been interested in brewing since his time at school in Brazil where he studied architecture. At at time the brewing program required an engineering degree and put students into a program with Anheuser-Busch. Anderson tabled his interest for a time and eventually became an owner and chef at 508 restaurant in…