From September, 2011

Our Guide to Fall Seasonals

We were recently asked to recommend a list of fall seasonals (pumpkin beers in particular) to help some of our readers prepare. Even though summer isn’t technically over, the weather seems to be changing and we thought it would be a good time to share five seasonals we are most excited for: Founders Breakfast Stout It may not be a pumpkin ale, but it is seasonal and it is delicious. Big, roasty, chocolaty, and full of coffee, this Breakfast Stout sets the standard for us in the style (it is also the base for KBS and CBS). Definitely worth having fresh…

An Evening With a Beer Sommelier

Recently we had the opportunity to meet with Gianni Cavicchi, beer sommelier of Cafe D’Alsace who took over beer as well as wine operation of the restaurant three years ago. He treated us to a delicious meal where he showcased the strengths of the restaurant along with his pairing skills – even trying out a few new ones for us. Since we normally drink American craft beers, Gianni gave us a menu that featured mainly old world beers, starting off with Josefi-Bock from Germany that he matched with light puff pastries made with gruyere. The beer had great, subtle banana…

Pick of the Weekend: Brooklyn Wort

The New York City area has seen a boom in homebrewing in the past couple of years. This has spawned new homebrew shops (i.e. Bitter and Esters and Brooklyn Homebrew) and recently homebrewing competitions. This Saturday September 10 Sycamore Flower Shop and Bar will host the late summer edition of Brooklyn Wort (delayed a couple of weeks due to hurricane Irene). It is a great opportunity to see what homebrewers in the area are perfecting or experimenting with. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased for either the 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. tastings.

Why we love…The Half Pint

Over the past few years we have often found ourselves wandering around Washington Square Park in search of craft beer. Thankfully, The Half Pint, just south of the park on West Third Street, supplies a reliable line up. While they do serve some macro beers they also carry a lot of local craft beer, such as brews from Brooklyn Brewery, Blue Point Brewery and Ommegang. They have a decent selection of imports to satisfy a craving for a German or basic Belgian style. We enjoy sitting outside during a warm summer day, watching passerby. Last week: Why Rich Loves… Mission…

Pick of the Weekend: Chimay Tasting

We’ve attended a lot of beer tastings recently but we haven’t had the opportunity to attend any tastings of Trappist beer (beer specially brewed by monks in either Belgium or the Netherlands). This Friday the Whole Foods Beer Room at Bowery will be hosting a tasting of the Trappist bewery Chimay. All three brews, the red, white, and blue, will be available. We have had the pleasure of trying all three beers but have never had them side by side (it would be ill-advised to try and drink 3 of the 750 ml bottles we usually buy). If you haven’t…