From October, 2011

Stout Day, November 3, 2011. Are You Ready?

In August we celebrated International IPA Day. And that was fun. But you guys, Stout Day is coming up. Devoted readers know of our deep, deep love for stouts. Of any kind. So we are very excited for Stout Day. A day when we can officially revel in the beer style that really got us into craft beer, in the complex flavors that motivated us to start this website. So what will we be drinking on November 3? Some special bottles that we’ve been saving for a special occasion such as this. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Parabola and Founders Brewing…

Pick of the Weekend: Firkin Friday

This Friday October 28 Cafe D’Alsace and BeerSomm kick off the first Firkin Friday of the season, a series of nights that celebrate cask beer. This week’s firkin is Green Flash Hop Head Red. Here is how they described the beer on their website: Resinous hop characteristics emerge from an enormous hopping with Columbus, Nugget and Amarillo overtaking the rich caramel malt base. To add luscious
hop flavors and enticingly floral hop aromas, we dry-hop the brew with bucket loads of Amarillo hops. Welcome to the world of Red IPA. ALC. BY VOL. 7.0% | IBUS: 70 The hop forward American…

Brew Like a Pro

Many homebrewers love to clone some of their favorite beers. You can even find clone kits at many brewshops and homebrewing websites. Bitter and Esters, the recently opened brewshop in Prospect Heights, is looking to help homebrewers hit their target flavors by hosting a new “Brew Like a Pro” series. Starting Saturday October 29, homebrewers will be able to participate in the brewing of a clone on the brewing equipment at Bitter and Esters. The shop will be featuring recipes, ingredients, and techniques from the breweries. Each session will have either a brewer or representative from the featured brewery on…

Albany Pump Station

Being people who have family and friends in upstate NY, we visit quite often and are acquainted with the great small brewers that are sprinkled up the Hudson Valley. One of the first that we (Giancarlo) had the opportunity to try was Albany Pump Station in downtown Albany, a place sometimes considered by locals as a bit touristy. But we maintain that the combination of solid beers and classic industrial decor make it a great stop. We were recently in the area, tried a few of their beers and were impressed by the balance. Two of our favorites were the…

Pick of the Weekend: Brooklyn Pour

Despite Brooklyn having such an active craft beer community, most festival format events seem to happen in Manhattan or the suburbs. But this Saturday, the Village Voice is sponsoring the first Brooklyn Pour event at Skylight One Hanson in the iconic Williamsburg Savings Bank. The event will feature local Brooklyn favorites like the Brooklyn Brewery, Kelso, and Sixpoint as well as a fair amount of New England breweries. Harpoon, Allagash, Wolaver’s, and Longtrail are among those making the trip down from New England.

Endless Beer and Sausage

Tuesday, October 11, The Tour de France restaurant group held the Endless Beer and Sausage event at 404 to kick off their Suds and Sausage week. 404 was a great space for the event with the food and beer occupying the lower level while the mezzanine housed couches and a bar with some rare beers that beer sommelier Gianni Cavicchi brought for small samplings. Each restaurant cooked up a sausage dish that Gianni expertly paired with beer: Nice Matin: Sausage de Morteau with Frisee & Roquefort Paired with- Maredsous “8” Brune, Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium Marseille: Boudin Blanc with Green Apple Puree, Mustard Oil & Celery Salad…

Coming Up: Sausage and Suds Festival

Our friend Gianni Cavicchi, will be holding another in a series of food and beer pairing events this coming week. This time the nine-restaurant group Tour de France, for which Cavicchi is the beer sommelier and which Cafe D’Alsace is a part of, will host the Sausage and Suds festival from October 12-21. Each restaurant will be pairing a sausage dish with beer throughout the festival and will participate in the October 11 Endless Sausage kick off event at 404. Tickets to the kick off event are $38 or $53 for a VIP ticket that includes an extra hour of…

Pick of the Weekend: De Cicco’s CBS Release

If you missed the Founders CBS release on Monday you can still grab a bottle and avoid the price gouging that is going around over on eBay. De Cicco’s Market in Ardsley will be selling their stock on Sunday October 9. They will be taking names on a first come first serve basis at 11 a.m. Even if you miss out on a bottle they will be cracking one open in the store for a tasting along with some other delicious Founders beer.

Why we love…The Blind Tiger Ale House

The Blind Tiger Ale House has been a fixture in the New York City craft beer scene since 1995 (what seems like forever for a craft beer bar in NYC). Located on Bleecker St., it’s all hardwood and full of craft beer (and, a lot of the time, full of people). There is always an impressive tap and bottle list and often specialty cask beer available. The bar has also made a name for itself with some great events and rare beers. It hosts many brewery events, often breweries new to the New York market. Christmas in July is a favorite,…

Founders CBS Dilemma

Our deep, deep love for Founders beer has been well documented on this blog (here, here, here, here, here … and that’s not even all of the posts). Biased? Maybe. But Founders makes some damn good beer. But when our friend Pete over at Glen Cove Beer Distributor sold us a bottle of the highly anticipated CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout), we came upon a dilemma: do we drink it? Or do we age it? We only have the one bottle. We’re lucky to have that one bottle. And we really (really) want to drink it. But as an imperial stout it…