Tagged local

Waterfront Ale House, Brooklyn and Manhattan

There are two Waterfront Ale Houses on the Good Beer Seal, one in Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill and another in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan. Broooklyn Walking into the Waterfront Ale House Brooklyn location (which is really called Pete’s Ale House) you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Jazz music, art deco-ish decor, a vintage popcorn machine, even an old guy with thick rimmed glasses and straw hat sitting at the bar who looks like he’s been there since it opened. It all lends a certain charm to the place. The bar has a solid beer list of local…

Beer Book, Blog, and Video Fest – Promo Code!

On Wednesday, July 25, as part of Good Beer Month, BeerUnion will be joining with other beer bloggers, authors and filmmakers for the Beer Book, Blog and Video Fest at the South Street Seaport Museum. Among the writers will be Joshua Bernstein (Brewed Awakening), John Holl (Massachusetts Breweries) and Erica Shea and Stephen Valand (Brooklyn Beer Shop’s Beer Making Book). Filmmakers include Seth Wright (Beer Nation Tours the GABF), Jimmy Ludwig (The Happy Hour Guys), Anat Baron (Beer Wars) and Jeff Cioletti (Beerituality). Other bloggers include Beertography and New Jersey Craft Beer. Tickets are $15 but you can use the discount code…

Pick of the Weekend: The Great Hot Dog Cook Off

This Saturday July 21 is the seventh annual Great Hot Dog Cook Off in Brooklyn. The event will benefit the Food Bank of New York City. Twenty-four amateur and seven professional teams will pit their most creative hot dogs against each other. Kelso Beer Company will provide their Nut Brown Lager and Belgian Pale Ale to pair with the wide variety of hot dogs. The “Original Weenie Experience” tickets are $45 and include unlimited amateur hot dogs, four beer tickets, and one pro tasting. The “Pro Weenie Experience” ticket is $65 and has the added value of unlimited professional tastings.

The Bronx Brewery Making Waves in NYC

It’s been an exciting several weeks for the Bronx Brewery. This past Monday, Union Beer Distributors began distributing their beer, which has been self-distributed by General Manager Chris Gallant and Head Brewer Damian Brown since the pair started the brewery last March. Last week the brewery was given the Entrepreneur of the Year award by New York City. And in this month’s issue of Beverage World, the magazine honored the brewery’s inaugural release, its Bronx Pale Ale, with its BevStar Bronze Award in beer, noting “there’s still an opportunity to make one’s mark within a classic, tried-and-true beer style segment.”…

BeerUnion Good Beer Seal #beeradventure: Only Six More to Go!

We’ve been really powering through our challenge to get through all the Good Beer Seal bars. Here’s where we’ve been so far: Sunswick 35/35, Brouwerij Lane, Spuyten Duyvil, Blind Tiger, 124 Rabbit Club, Swift Hibernian Lounge, George Keeley, Dive Bar, Jimmy’s No. 43, Burp Castle, Standings, The Bronx Ale House, Sycamore, Bierkraft, The Gate, Mission Delores, Pacific Standard, 4th Avenue Pub, The Stag’s Head, East Village Tavern, Against the Grain, Idle Hands, DBA (Manhattan), Waterfront Ale House (Brooklyn), The Brazen Head, Mugs Alehouse, DBA (Brooklyn), Waterfront Ale House (Manhattan), Rattle N Hum, Pony Bar, The Diamond, Lucky Dog, Barcade, Beer Table…

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…

Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village

Continuing our series of Good Beer Seal bar posts is the one the started it all: Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village. Jimmy Carbone opened Jimmy’s No. 43 seven years ago after owning a restaurant for a number of years. He took the space as-is and turned it over within four weeks. The name came about naturally because he didn’t originally call it anything or put up a sign, people just began calling it Jimmy’s, and 43 is the address. “I like things to happen this way, organically,” he explained. The bar has always offered a full menu –…

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.

Standings, East Village

Next up in our Good Beer Seal coverage: Standings in the East Village. New York City is a tough town for sports fans who love craft beer. Most sports bars are dominated by the same macro beer that stifles selection at most stadiums. But Standings (right above Jimmy’s No. 43. Known along with Jimmy’s and Burp Castle as the “Brewmuda Triangle”) is a place to catch all your local, national, or international sporting events (the Olympic trials were on the other evening) with a pint of craft beer (though it might be a bit too warm). Greenport, Crossroads and Shipyard…

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…