From August, 2011

Why we love…Washington Commons

The Prospect Heights neighborhood has seen some serious interest in craft beer and one of our favorite locations is Washington Commons, on the corner of Washington Avenue and Park Place. The bar is a bit dark but the back patio area is a great place in the warmer months to sip a beer and meet some new friends at the communal tables. The bar has sixteen rotating taps which mostly feature American craft along with some quality imports. Some of our local favorites from the Kelso (pretty much just down the road) and Sixpoint Breweries are often available. Last week:…

Pick of the Weekend: North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival

This weekend’s weather should be perfect for getting out to the eastern end of Long Island and enjoying summer with some beers, BBQ, and yes, wine.  On Saturday August 13, Martha Clara Vineyards in Jamesport NY, will host the North Fork festival. The festival features many of the Long Island based breweries that the craft beer community has become excited about, including Blue Point, Greenport, and even Blind Bat (a popular nano brewery in Centerport).

Why we love…Der Schwarze Kölner

Der Schwarze Kölner is a favorite for us when we want a taste of the precision that is German beer. The menu conveniently arranges the beer by style and has food choices on the flip side for easy pairing. The beer list branches out into some beers that aren’t as easily found outside of specialty German beer bars, like Kostristzer Schwarz, Jever, and of course Kölsch beers in addition to the weiss bier and Munich styles. It’s a relaxed environment, with indoor and outdoor seating that looks out onto a lovely little patch of green, so rare in this city. The servers…

Kelso Dinner at the Vanderbilt

Another month, another beer dinner at the Vanderbilt. We’re beginning to think they recognize us there (hi, guys!). This dinner paired four courses with Kelso beers, introduced by brewer Matt. (We were a little disappointed in the introduction. In the past dinners, the representative from the brewery stood up between each course to talk about not only the beer, but also the pairing. This time, the talk was just beforehand, and it was only about beer.) Here’s the menu, with the highlights discussed in-depth after: Tomato and watermelon salad with Thai basil, puslane, and smoked salt Kelso Pils Vanderbilt clam…

National Oyster Day at Rattle N Hum

Friday at 2 p.m. Rattle N Hum is bringing in high quality local oysters to pair with their beer selection in celebration of National Oyster Day. The oysters, a sampling of Naked Cowboy, Tomahawk, Ram Island, and Permaquid, are from the Long Island and Connecticut area.  With the 40 draft beers and 6 cask ales that Rattle N Hum will have available, you are sure to see some interesting pairings.

For #IPA Day: A Journey Through Latitude 48 IPA

Today is International #IPADay, “a grassroots movement to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers, and brewers worldwide through social media,” wrote Beer Wench Ashley Routson, co-founder of the movement. A grassroots beer movement? We’re totally on board! We decided to acknowledge the day by trying Samuel Adams’ Latitude 48 deconstructed IPA limited release variety pack. We hadn’t yet sampled a single hop variety series and thought this would be a good place to start. Here are our tasting notes, beginning with Latitude 48 IPA and continuing on to the five IPAs brewed with each individual hop variety in…

Why we love…King’s Head Tavern

King’s Head Tavern has become a mainstay for us when we’re in the Union Square area and looking to grab a good beer without the crowds of some other local craft beer choices. Located on 14th Street between Second and Third avenues, the bar is easy to find and is rarely overcrowded. They boast a solid selection of imported and domestic craft beers and we like that they often have something from Chelsea Brewing Co. (so we don’t have to go all the way to the West Side to get a taste). The decor is one of our favorite things…

Inside ‘The World’s Smallest Brewery’

On Saturday we went to Coney Island to check out the Coney Island Brewing Company (an outpost of Shmaltz Brewing). Upon getting out of the subway with crowds of people into the blistering heat, we began to rethink our decision to venture to Coney on a Saturday in the summer… but we were there. Heat and crowds be damned. After a Nathan’s hot dog (obligatory) and a stroll on the boardwalk (also obligatory), we found the brewery in a small storefront next to the Freak Show and chatted with brewer Eby Harvey about the operation. Shmaltz beers are brewed upstate,…