Tagged stout

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…

Adventures in Beer Cooking: Oatmeal Stout Cupcakes

Continuing my experiments making desserts using beer, I baked stout cupcakes using Dave Lieberman’s recipe, from FoodNetwork.com (I’ve included it below). While his recipe calls for Guinness, I decided that I was going to use Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. We had a bottle left from when I made truffles. I mixed up the dry ingredients and set them aside as indicated. I poured the stout in the mixer and added vanilla extract. The recipe calls for melted butter, so I melted a stick on the stove, poured it directly into the beer/vanilla mixture and went to gather eggs from the…

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…

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…

We Survived the aPORKalypse

This weekend the Get Real NY team held its latest festival, aPORKalypse Now. Ten chefs prepared 10 locally-sourced pigs to pair with plenty of excellent beer from local breweries. We tasted a lot of beer but of course there were a few standouts for us. Some local breweries really stepped up for this event with standout beers to complement the local pork. Chris and Damian from the Bronx Brewery brought a version of their pale ale that had been barrel aged. This might have been our favorite beer of the night. The pale ale brought its normal biscuity character with…

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…

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…

Pick of the Weekend: Barleywine and Strong Ale Tasting at Brouwerij Lane

We are jumping back into ‘Pick of the Weekend’ with some big beers to help you get through the snowy weekend. Brouwerij Lane, on Greenpoint Ave. in Brooklyn, will be hosting a Barleywine and Strong Ale tasting Friday through Sunday. The flight will include some rare heavy hitters and span American and British styles. Here is their impressive list: Firestone Walker XV A blend of 79% Barleywine, 19% imperial stout, 5% double IPA 12.5% The Bruery Cuir 3rd anniversary blend of the previous two anniversary ales 14.5% ABV BFM/Terrapin Spike and Jerome’s: A sour barleywine aged in rum barrels 12%…