From June, 2010

Flying Fish Imperial Espresso Porter

Last week we finally finished off the last of the beers we picked up in Philly (back in April) with Flying Fish Imperial Espresso Porter. It poured black with a tan head. The aroma was mostly coffee with some chocolate in the background. There was a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel but it wasn’t too thick. The strong coffee aroma became a more subtle taste that combined with a slightly burnt roasted character for an interesting aftertaste. -Giancarlo I loved this beer so much, I totally hijacked it after Giancarlo poured it and drank more than half. It was chocolatey…

Founders’ Cerise

Since trying Founders‘ brews for the first time at the Long Island Spring Craft Beer Festival, not only have we been on a quest to find KBS, we’ve snapped up any other Founders beers we can get our hands on. This includes a four pack of their current seasonal, Cerise. Made with “fresh Michigan tart cherries,” it starts slightly tart and finishes sweet. The beer itself has a light reddish color. Thought it was a bit too sweet for me to drink the whole bottle, overall I enjoyed it. It’s not what you expect in a good way. I think…

NY Brewfest

On Saturday Sarah and I made the trip to Governors Island and met some friends at the fourth annual NY Brewfest. Despite the heat and the crowds it was a great day. The selection was generally dominated by summer wheat beers and IPAs, which were good for the weather but hurt the overall variety. Among the many quality beers there were a few stand-outs. Empire Brewing Company served an interesting Maple Brown Ale that was made with New York maple syrup. The aroma was almost exclusively maple but it wasn’t overly sweet. Founders Brewery’s Dirty Bastard, which we first had…

A Visit to Sixpoint

It’s not often that my job and my blogging hobbies (blobbies, if you will) collide. I work for the Brooklyn Eagle family of newspapers and write about green goings-on in Brooklyn. So when I saw that Sixpoint Craft Ales had a rooftop garden, it couldn’t have been more perfect. I visited the brewery last Monday and checked out the garden, a project of brewery founder Shane Welch. You can read my story about it here. They grow veggies, herbs and hops. They brewed two beers that day, one was an oatmeal stout. I didn’t get to taste them, but it…

Rock Art Extreme ESB2 vs. Old Engine Oil

While in Philly we picked up a Rock Art Extreme ESB2 since we can’t find anything by Rock Art in New York. The hoppiness was upfront in the smell and overwhelmed most other flavors. The most noticeable hop flavors were citrus and pine, which went well with the sticky mouthfeel. The malt character seemed  almost unintelligible with some slight toasted flavor and was clearly not meant to stand up to the hop flavors. Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery was on the other side of the spectrum. This was completely about the malt character. The beer is inky black with…

Lowlands Bar

This past Saturday, after going to the Score! Pop-Up Swap at BKLYN Yard, we headed over to Lowlands Bar on 3rd Avenue between 13th and 14th streets in Gowanus with a group of friends. It was our second time there and this time it was warm enough to make use of the back patio. The patio was perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon with plenty of shade and picnic tables. Lowlands in general has a fun, relaxed vibe with a solid, reasonably priced beer selection (most are $5-6). The, bar has rotated a few types in and out since we were…