From November, 2011

Thanksgiving Beer Guide

We’re not going to be in the U.S. for Thanksgiving, but we thought it would be nice to put together a guide ahead of time for some great beers that would be perfect for this fall holiday. (Beer spa post is forthcoming!) Many of the beers from our Fall Guide would be great for Thanksgiving but are disappearing from shelves. Here are a few beers easily available in NYC beer stores: Ommegang BPA – This Belgian Pale Ale gets rave reviews with good reason. Ommegang’s Belgian yeast gives a distinct spice note to go alongside the solid hop character. There…

Honeymoon in Austria: First Stop, Innsbruck

Well readers, we got married! And we’re on our honeymoon, traveling through Austria. The first leg of our journey was the Alpine city of Innsbruck. We picked it mostly for the scenery (can you blame us?) but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a great beer scene. A good selection of beer seems to be available pretty much everywhere we go: cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, and even in the Christkindlmarkts. Not only is beer available almost everywhere, but it is mostly high quality and very reasonably priced. Our first beer stop was the St. Augustiner Bierkeller (beer cellar) in the Altstadt…

Why we love… Bubby’s Pie Co.

Bubby’s Pie Company is known for its barbeque (which is very good) its brunch (even better) and its family friendly atmosphere. The Brooklyn location, on 1 Main St. in DUMBO, which looks out on the East River, is always busy on the weekends. There’s also a Manhattan location in Tribeca. What many don’t think about in regards to Bubby’s is the beer. The restaurant has an impressive beer list that varies by season. Its always solid, with a variety of styles and different quality brewers, many of whom are local. We love Bubby’s because it’s great to go enjoy a…

Brew Like a Pro: Victory Style

We had the opportunity to attend the first in the Brew Like a Pro series at Bitter and Esters in Prospect Heights. Based on directions given by Victory’s Bill Covaleski, the Bitter and Esters crew led a group through a fifteen gallon batch of Victory Prima Pils. Victory was generous enough to provide not only the recipe, but also grain, hops, and yeast from the brewery. The session was well designed for a group that included homebrewing veterans and novices. Discussions ranged from the basics of starting a mash (the extraction of sugars from malted grain) to the chemistry behind…

Pick of the Weekend: Founders Breakfast Stouts at The Ginger Man

Starting at 12:30pm on Saturday, November 5 you can try all the Founders Breakfast Stouts The Ginger Man at 11 East 36th St. Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), and Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) will be served. The event will showcase what Founders has been able to do by taking the Breakfast Stout, which is chocolately, roasty, and full of coffee flavors, and aging it in different barrels. The KBS is cave aged in oak bourbon barrels and the CBS is aged in bourbon barrels that were last used for aging pure maple syrup. It’s rare to see this whole…