From December, 2011

New Year’s Eve Barleywine and Cheese Sampling

Over the past few years we’ve collected an assortment of barley wines of various ages. We thought New Year’s might be a good time to crack them open and share with some family as we ring in 2012. To take it a step further we made a trip to BKLYN Larder to pick out some cheeses to try out as pairings. The staff at the store was extremely helpful and excited to aid in picking out cheeses for a pairing. We settled on several cheeses, most of which we think will stand up well to the strength of the barleywines.…

Notes on Beer Selection in Austria

We’ll begin by saying that Austrian beer is good. Very good. First of all, there seemed to be no time of day that was unacceptable for a beer. Old men sipped beers in cafes at 11 a.m. and people were always enjoying beers during lunch. We even saw someone drinking a beer at 8:30 a.m. at the airport. Each restaurant, bar and cafe served beer in pristine proper glassware, in various sizes, and almost always with a lusciously fluffy head. Much like German beer, Austrian breweries tend to stick to traditional styles. They are generally brewed with a precision and…

Pick of the Weekend: Kerstbierfestival at Beer Table

Running from December 15-17 Beer Table will host a Kerstbierfestival (Christmas beer festival in dutch). The small restaurant located in the South Slope section of Park Slope boasts one of the most esoteric beer menus we have ever seen (we didn’t know how to pronounce half of the menu the first time we went). Justin Phillips from Beer Table has put together a menu of some great international Christmas beers you can pair with snacks or full plates.

Pick of the Weekend: Get Real NY Beer Bar Fest

Saturday, December 10 Get Real NY will put on its latest festival: Beer Bar Fest. Eight craft beer bars will gather at 404 for a day of beer and food pairings. The beer and food promises to be good with the likes of Cafe D’Alsace and Rattle N’ Hum, both of which host beer dinners, among the participants. Bars will occupy the downstairs while the second floor hosts an oyster and cask ale festival. The value of the festival looks to be incredible. $35 dollar tickets get you three hours of beer and food while $45 will get you an…

Honeymoon in Austria: Third Stop, Vienna

After the relaxing in the beer bath at Landhotel Moorhof  we headed for the museum-packed city of Vienna. The city’s local brewery Ottakringer produces the standard range of Austrian styles (Pils or Helles, Dunkel, Bock and Weisse) that are available almost everywhere in the city.  The Helles, a pale yellow lager, clean and crisp, was great with the sausages and spaetzle at the Christmas markets, especially kasekrainer (a pork sausage filled with cheese). After two weeks of traditional Austrian/German beer styles we sought out 1516 Brewing Company which was advertised as an American Style brewpub in our guide book. Their…

Pick of the Weekend: Smorgasbrewery

We were pumped to find out on Brew York, New York that this Sunday kicks off the indoor version of food flea market Smorgasburg at the Brooklyn Brewery from 12 to 5 p.m. The winter Smorgasbrewery will feature five rotating vendors from the normal Smorgasburg participants like Landhaus serving their plates alongside the craft beer in the Brewery’s tasting room.

Honeymoon in Austria: Second Stop, Landhotel Moorhof

We can now say we love beer so much we’ve bathed in it. Well, sort of. We bathed in water with hops, malt and yeast – deconstructed beer, basically. More on that later. We left Innsbruck by train to Salzburg, where we connected with a local train to Lamprechtschausen. We were  then picked up and driven to Franking, where the Landhotel Moorhof spa sits among farmland and fields as far as the eye can see. Our 48-hour stay included breakfast, dinners (one of which was a beer dinner) and two spa treatments. A family-owned establishment, our experience was coordinated by Bernhard…