From March, 2010

Tasting Weekend

A couple weekends ago I tried a bunch beers I hadn’t tried before. I started off with Monk’s Blood from 21st Amendment and Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing. Having heard so much about Monk’s Blood and about the recent revival of interest in canned beers I made a trip to New Beer Distributor on Chystie St. I enjoyed the packaging which tells a fun tale of a couple of monks. The beer itself is pretty good although I wish that the $9.75 price tag was for six instead of four. It was a little boozy which I don’t usually like…

Rogue Night at The Long Room

Thursday March 26 was Rogue Night at The Long Room on 44th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. I found out about the event on beeradvocate.com where the event was incorrectly advertised as featuring 15 different beers from Rogue. In fact, there were only five different beers available. After this initial disappointment the night was quite enjoyable. The Long Room is, as the name suggests, a long room and has comfortable seating with several booths in the back. The prices were not bad considering the location. The Rogue beers were going for $7 a pint or $8 for a flight…

Brew Day: Brooklyn Brew Shop Black and Tan

Last month Sarah and I took a trip to the Brooklyn Flea to pick up a black and tan kit from the Brooklyn Brew Shop. The kit included equipment (two one-gallon jugs, two airlocks, two rubber stoppers, two blow-off attachments, one thermometer, plastic tubing, a racking cane, sanitizer and a pouring spoon) to have both brews fermenting at the same time and the ingredients for both and cost $70. I recommend bringing a couple of your homebrews if you have them, we got a $5 discount for bringing two of ours. On Sunday we finally got around to brewing the…

Review of Monk’s Cafe Flemish Red Ale

I’ve chosen to review Monk’s Cafe, a Flanders red ale. This beer is brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge NV in Ertvelde, Belgium. I purchased this bottle from Publick House Provisions on Beacon St. in Brookline, MA. Flanders red ale is usually characterized by having a moderate to intense sour flavor, imparted by inoculating the beer with bacteria after fermentation is complete. The souring process takes 6 months to 1 year or longer. The most prominent example of a Flanders red that is available in the United States in Rodenbach. However, Rodenbach recently has been increasingly harder to find in my…

Book Review: Beer School

You might be disappointed reading Steve Hindy and Tom Potter’s Beer School if you think you’re getting a lesson in actual brewing. You will not be disappointed if you’re interested in learning about the actual business behind the craft beer you drink. Hindy and Potter combine to give straightforward advice to those of you out there looking to create a business of similar size and scope. This advice ranges from partner relationships to employee morale and marketing techniques. Perhaps because I read the book so soon after viewing the movie Beer Wars, the distribution struggles and successes were particularly interesting.…

On to Bath

From time to time, BeerUnion will post submissions from traveling correspondent Katie Thombs. Here’s one from Bath: Bath, although rather small in comparison to many of our other destinations, had much to offer a beer lover. From Marston’s Sweet Chariot (smooth with a slight sweetness that is kept in check), to the Bellringer (a Bath ale with a delicious bite), all tastes can be satisfied. A pub that is most definitely a must is the Olde GreenTree. The various cozy rooms with plenty of tables and benches makes it an ideal location to gather for a pint with friends or even…

Pantyhose Stout

Brighton, MA- I hadn’t homebrewed a beer in a few weeks, and I was really thirsty, so I needed a quick-fix brew. I grabbed the ingredients for a Guinness-stlye dry stout at my LHBS store. This was a really simple extract recipe – some liquid malt extract, 2 lbs flaked barley, 1 lb roasted barley and 1 2oz addition of Goldings. I thought that I could bang it out in a few hours because it was a weeknight and I had to arise in the morning to work to fund future brews. After I arrived home, I was eager to…

The Galway Hooker

From time to time, BeerUnion will post submissions from traveling correspondent Katie Thombs. Here’s one from Galway: At our next stop in Galway, the beautiful place and its pubs was truly a wonderful sight to behold. Although Jess and I did hit a number of pubs, the Tig Coili was most definitely the highlight. Here among tons of locals and fantastic live Irish tunes, I experienced Galway Hooker. This Irish pale ale was gloriously hoppy with a refreshing clean aftertaste. A perfectly wonderful alternative for those who don’t have my same love of Guiness or Murphy’s stout. -Katie

Dublin Pub Crawl

From time to time, BeerUnion will post submissions from traveling correspondent Katie Thombs. Here’s one from Dublin: The first half of my three week holiday was spent in Dublin. This location begs to be pub crawled – something my fried Jess and I were more than happy to do. We began with MJ O’Neills, and all I have to say is that it is the best place for anyone to begin. The atmosphere is definitely old Irish: full of nooks and crannies to lose yourself in while enjoying several pints. They had a rather wonderful selection on tap for us…