From May, 2011

Pick of the Weekend: Beer and Pizza for Farm Aid

If you are staying in the city for the memorial day weekend, you might want to check out Beer and Pizza to Benefit Farm Aid tomorrow May 28th from 2-5pm. We found out about the event on Beertography where The Foodcyclist, John Suscovich, was interviewed. John and his wife Kate biked 800 miles around the northeast visiting breweries to warm up for their 24,000 mile tour to raise awareness about organic food. This weekend’s event will contribute toward their goal of raising $24,000 during their tour for Farm Aid and features pizza from Roberta’s Pizza and beer from Sixpoint Brewery.  Tickets…

Sixpoint Nano Kegs (Cans)

Sixpoint just released four canned beers – The Crisp, Bengali Tiger IPA, Sweet Action and Righteous Rye – continuing a trend in the craft beer world. This release has gained a lot of positive press in the past few weeks from blogs like Brew York, New York and even the New York Times. Breweries have emphasized the advantages cans have over bottles in recycling, shipping, and protecting beer. Thanks to Sixpoint’s impressive campaign on Twitter to inform followers when and where cans would be available on release day – Tuesday –  it was easy for us to find some. Since…

Why we love…The Henry St. Ale House

We love The Henry St. Ale House because it feels like a real pub. With a dark wood bar and dim lighting you could actually be somewhere else, perhaps Europe? When it comes to the beer they feature a solid selection of British and American craft (on draught only, no bottles). Our standards are Wells Bombardier and Fullers ESB. According to bartender rumors, there may be beer engines in the near future for serving cask ale. Keep your fingers crossed. Definitely a must visit if you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing pint while in Brooklyn Heights. Last week: Why we…

Brooklyn Summer: Better in Cans Than Bottles

Since forever, basically, we’ve operated under the notion that beer in bottles trumps beer in cans. Perhaps because of the quality of beer that used to come in cans, you know, when we drank “beer” (read: watery beer-like substance) in college. So imagine our shock when we sat down to enjoy a couple bottles of Brooklyn Summer Ale the other day and the brew was not how we remembered it tasting just a couple of weeks before from the can. The canned Brooklyn Summer was crisp and fresh. Exactly what we wanted at exactly that moment. The bottled Summer was……

Midas Touch and Belgica

This weekend we went over to American Beer Distributor on Court Street in Cobble Hill this weekend to grab some beers. We picked up a couple bottles of Dogfish Head Midas Touch and Great Divide Brewing Company Belgica. We’ve been wanting to try Midas Touch for a while since the recipe is derived from material discovered on drinking vessels at an archaeological site thought to be connected with King Midas. The ale is made with honey, white muscat grapes and saffron. The honey and the grape flavors are definitely noticeable but the saffron didn’t come through as strongly. The beer has a significant sweetness…

Pick of the Weekend: Brewed in Brooklyn Tour

So we’ve decided to start a new feature, called pick of the weekend, where we tell you about an upcoming event that sounds particularly awesome. This weekend’s pick combines local brewing and history (two of our favorite things). “Brewed in Brooklyn” is a daytime tour of the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. In the past the Brooklyn brewery and other beer enthusiasts have pointed out Brooklyn’s rich brewing history (at one time there were over 40 breweries in the borough). Brewed in Brooklyn is a chance to learn more about the borough’s beer history while enjoying some brews. Tickets are $55…

Why we love…Pacific Standard

We frequent many fantastic bars and beer stores around New York City, so we thought we’d impart some of our knowledge onto you, by starting a series of posts called “Why we love…” As the name implies, we’ll tell you about a place we love and why we love it. Sound good? Thought so.  The atmosphere at Pacific Standard (Park Slope) is a great example of the kind often associated with craft beer: relaxed, funky, passionate, and at times rough around the edges. The booths in front are roomy, and the back room has bookcases filled with books and a sweet…

Canned Brooklyn Summer

We spent Mother’s Day weekend out on Long Island and enjoyed drinking some beer outside. We made a stop at Glen Cove Beer Distributor, our favorite LI beer store, and to our surprise found a small stack of canned Brooklyn Summer Ale. We have been casually keeping an eye out for the canned version in Brooklyn the past couple of weeks with no success. The beer did taste very fresh and bright with a distinct hop aroma that wasn’t overwhelming. For a summer seasonal it was quite clean and refreshing. It went well with the weather and the salmon and…

Totally Local Beer Debuts at Union Square Greenmarket

Though I don’t consider myself a locavore – someone who only eats food that’s locally grown – I would definitely consider myself a local food enthusiast. A couple of years ago, I wrote a story on a woman who embarked on a year-long experiment to eat food only grown within a 250-mile radius of her Brooklyn home. During that year, she discovered that although there are plenty of local breweries, none of them made beer with local grain. Now we have Mark VanGlad. This morning, with Tundra Brewery, he became the first person to sell beer at the Union Square Greenmarket.…

Witbier tasting at Bierkraft

After a busy couple of months during which I wasn’t able to get back to Brooklyn early enough for Bierkraft tastings, I was able to go this week. We sampled five witbiers from around the world. The range was quite impressive. Some were exactly what people have come to expect from the style: refreshing, light bodied, and citrusy. Others showcased some real creativity. Hitachino added 5% orange juice to its offering, changing the mouthfeel while keeping the citrus flavors. The most surprising was Ithaca’s Double White, which the brewery sours using cultures from a previous batch that had soured accidentally.…