From February, 2011

Founders Imperial Stout

In case you don’t know, my favorite style of beer is the imperial stout. Our favorite brewery is Founders Brewing Co. Until this morning, I didn’t realize Founders made an imperial stout. But Giancarlo, being the wonderful man that he is, upon seeing a four-pack at Glen Cove Beer Distributors on Long Island, snapped it up for me us. I may be biased, because I’m of the opinion that Founders doesn’t make bad beer, but this beer is very good. You can smell the coffee before you take a sip, and though it is bitter, it’s still smooth. The bitterness…

Vintage Beer

Since becoming beer enthusiasts, Sarah and I have learned a bit about aging beer – which beers are best aged, which aren’t, etc. Naturally, we’ve tried to assemble our own beer collection. We have devoted one of the precious few cabinets in our apartment to storing beer (since we can’t actually have a proper beer cellar). Here’s what we’ve got: 2009 Brooklyn Brewery Monster Ale 2009 Harviestoun Ola Dubh 2010 Brooklyn Brewery Black Ops 2010 Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout 2010 Founders Nemesis 2010 Founders KBS (Four bottles. Oh. Yes.) 2010 Founders Old Curmudgeon 2010 Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack and…

Brooklyn Brewery Unveils Expansion

Today Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Steve Hindy at the Brooklyn Brewery to cut the ribbon on its new, $8M expansion in Williamsburg. The expansion increases production at the brewery tenfold, from 12,000 barrels per year to 120,000 barrels. There will also now be more opportunities to tour the brewery. Check out some sweet photos of the expansion from the ribbon cutting on Gothamist. I’m ashamed to say we haven’t yet made it to tour the Brooklyn Brewery since moving to NYC. We had a good enough reason when we lived far away in the Bronx (I…

Dark Ales Tasting at Bierkraft

This Tuesday’s Bierkraft tasting was right up my alley with a selection of dark ales. While the majority of the beers were stouts, there was a wide range in flavors among the group. Here’s the lineup: St. Peter’s, Cream Ale (UK) Sinebyrchoff, Porter (Finland) Two Brothers, Northwind Imperial Stout (IL) Avery, The Czar (CO) Greenport Harbor, Black IPA (NY) One of the most interesting to me was the Sinebyrchoff Porter, which seemed to cling to the sides of my tongue with just a bit of roasted bitterness. But the Two Brothers was my favorite. It had the nice coffee and…