From July, 2011

Tiger Beer and Thai

We recently received two sample bottles of Tiger Beer (pause for a moment to recognize a BeerUnion milestone: our first sample!) and used it as a good excuse to order in some Thai food – the only Southeast Asian food option in our neighborhood. The pairing was definitely a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. While the beer didn’t have the traditionally strong grassy and peppery pilsner flavors, those were provided by the massaman curry we had. The understated sweetness and slight creaminess of the Tiger soothed the spiciness of the curry, while still complementing…

Pick of the Weekend: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown

Ommegang hosts Beglium Comes to Cooperstown this weekend, a gathering of stellar Beglian style beers made in Europe and America, in a town best known for baseball. As far as we can tell, the festival is rather unique, involving the standard festival style 3 oz. pours etc. but also offers camping tickets and has an after-party. We hope other festivals pick up on the after-party idea, and what could go better with a day of drinking delicious Belgian beer than plopping down nearby to sleep in the fresh air?

Why we love…Rattle N Hum

Rattle N Hum, at 14 E 34th Street, is our go-to spot if we’re looking for craft beer in Midtown Manhattan. The selection is at times staggering with up to 40 taps, four casks, and an extensive bottle list. The draft and cask menus are broken down by style to help you chose the type of beer you want if you aren’t looking for something in particular. Food is mostly pub fare but does feature some beery choices like IPA fries. Rattle N Hum also has a reputation for organizing great events. In addition to hosting tap takeovers and cask…

Bitter and Esters: A Homebrew Shop in Prospect Heights

We used to have to go to Gowanus or (gasp) Manhattan to get homebrewing supplies. Now, we can saunter over to Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights (it’s just so close to Crown Heights) to Bitter and Esters, a homebrewing shop that opened earlier this month by John LaPolla and Douglas Amport. They not only sell supplies, but they will soon open a brew-on-premises operation – the first homebrew shop in the city to do so. “Business has been pretty brisk so far,” LaPolla told us when we stopped by about a week ago. “The neighborhood has been really supportive.” Well,…

Pick of the weekend: Great Hot Dog Cookoff

This Saturday, July 23, Kelso Brewing Co. will host the 6th Annual Great Hot Dog Cookoff to benefit the Food Bank for New York City. Tickets are $45 and all proceeds go to the Food Bank. Kelso sponsors the event as part of their “Beer Helps” philosophy. The event promises to be impressive, with the hot dogs being made 23 different ways and plenty of delicious Kelso beer to help wash them down. We couldn’t help but have a chuckle at some of the names for the hot dog dishes. Especially the Lipitor which includes cream cheese, beer jelly, spicy…

Why we love…Barcade

As kids we loved making trips to the arcade in Bayville on Long Island, so we love the combination of old arcade games and craft beer, which is why Barcade is so awesome. We have visited the original in Williamsburg and now the newly opened one in Jersey City (we thoroughly enjoyed the Barcade Watch at Beertography). The arcade games range from Contra to Tapper and feature convenient ledges on which you can rest your beer while slamming quarters into the machines. The beer selection is always solid and the Jersey City location has a selection of brews not available in…

Franklin Beer & Grocery: Looking Good So Far

We had read earlier this year on the I Love Franklin Ave. blog that a new bar was coming in on Franklin Avenue in our neighborhood (from the same people who opened Franklin Park and Dutch Boy Burger). Since then we’ve kept an eye on it. Permits were posted, but it didn’t look like there was anything going on, until today. The metal grate was raised and we saw the progress they’ve made on the front. We also peeked in the windows – the inside is coming along as well, with a cool-looking bar. We Googled and found out that Franklin…

Stiegl Lager

As some of you may know, we are planning an important two-week trip to Austria this fall (where we will be actively seeking out good beer). Recently my coworker Alison brought in a six-pack of Stiegl lager – a beer from Salzburg, Austria –  for Sarah and I. The beer showed some of what we love about the Austrian/German beers we’ve tasted: clean flavors, attention to detail and balance. It’s a golden straw color, with a slight hoppy grassiness. The malt sweetness is enough to provide a base for the spicy hop flavors. Stiegl was a great way for us…

Pick of the Weekend: Brooklyn Brewery at Breukelen Bier Merchants

This Saturday afternoon Breukelen Bier Merchants will be serving some of the finest and latest beers brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery. The list on Beer Menus includes Blast!, Sorachi Ace, Summer Ale and the new Concoction, which was actually inspired by a cocktail called The Penicillin, and was brewed with ginger-infused honey and lemon juice. The beers will be served with Bavarian pretzels to keep you upright.

Why we love…Jimmy No. 43

This week we move downstairs from the Burp Castle to Jimmy No. 43. The bar is a fixture on the craft beer scene in NYC with frequent events and a well curated tap list. Tuesday nights feature $10 tastings that focus on a brewery or style each week. We especially enjoy the events that they have hosted during NYC Craft Beer Week like beer dinners and oyster shucks. The owner, Jimmy Carbone, was a creator of the Good Beer Seal, which identifies high quality craft beer bars, and the Beer Sessions radio show. Last week: Why we love…The Burp Castle