From March, 2012

Pick of the Weekend: Yeast Class at Bitter and Esters

Brewers make wort, yeast makes beer. Yeast is one of the most important ingredients of beer, and perhaps the most temperamental. Each strain produces different flavors in different conditions. Becoming familiar with yeast is an essential part of becoming a great homebrewer and also for understanding the beer you drink. The guys at Bittter and Esters in Prospect Heights are holding a yeast class this Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The class will involve the history of yeast use, chemistry, flavor profiles, and nitty gritty homebrewing techniques. They have also taken homebrewed pale ale wort and separated it into eight…

A Visit to Peekskill Brewery

On a recent Saturday afternoon (St. Patrick’s Day) we headed up to visit Peekskill Brwery on Metro North with Matt and Emily Garland of Tapped Craft Beer Events. The brewery is conveniently located across the street from the train station and boasts a surprisingly wide variety of beers for such a small operation. Their new brewmaster Jeff “Chief” O’Neil has brewed a perfect lineup for the spring with a saison, a balanced pale ale, and a citrusy IPA. We were impressed with the Zeitgeist Berliner Weisse, a refreshing 3.5% ABV full of lemon flavors and a pleasant sour note. We…

Get Real NY: Beer n’ Balls Coming Up April 7

After the resounding success for their aPORKalypse festival in February, Get Real NY is back for Beer n’ Balls at 404 in Manhattan, pairing beer with meatballs. Of course we expect the Get Real team to secure a top-of-the-line beer list for the event like they did for aPORKalypse (it was almost overwhelming). The meatballs won’t just be drowned in Italian-American style gravy (don’t worry, we’re not knocking it!), Get Real’s website extolls the wide variety of tasty traditions from around the world. The euphemistically-named event (can we pause a moment to chuckle at the logo?) will feature ten chefs making meatballs…

Pick of the Weekend: Dieu du Ciel Dinner

While many will be spending the weekend quaffing green beer and Irish imports, Jimmy’s No. 43 will be hosting a three course beer dinner with beers from the Canadian brewery Dieu du Ciel. The event even offers wine pairings for those of you with friends who prefer wine. We are always impressed with their beers and the lineup on Saturday looks great: Rigor Mortis Abt – 10.5% ABV quadruple Blanche Neige – 8% ABV strong pale ale Pénombre – 6% ABV  black IPA Seating is at 6 p.m. and tickets are $45.

Bronx Pale Ale Jerky to be Introduced March 21

The Bronx Brewery has partnered with local beef jerky makers SlantShack Jerky to create a new product, marinated in their beer. The creation is the company’s first beer-based jerky, made using a blend of Brooklyn-based Tin Mustard, honey, and Bronx Pale Ale. It’s available with either 100 percent grass-fed or USDA Choice beef. “We’re excited to be working with Bronx Brewery, a young, startup company much like ours – we’re both committed to making high-quality, well-crafted products,” said David Koretz, CEO and Chief Operating Officer of SlantShack Jerky. “We love eating our jerky with a beer in hand, so we…

Wedding Tips for Beer Geeks

So our wedding was almost four months ago, but the 2012 wedding season is almost upon us. And since we’re beer geeks who incorporated our favorite beverage into our wedding here and there, we thought we’d share that knowledge with you. Because we’re nice people. Venue First and foremost for us was beer at the event. Before our wedding, we had only been to one other that didn’t have any macro beer. This is where venue selection is important. You can go one of two ways – picking a place that already has gobs of great beer, and pick it…

Pick of the Weekend: Split Thy Brooklyn Skull XIII

This weekend Mugs Ale House in Williamsburg will be putting some of their best beers on tap for Split Thy Brooklyn Skull XIII. These are some big beers that can definitely give you a headache the next day if you aren’t careful, so we suggest reviewing the list ahead of time.  The tap lists for Saturday and Sunday include a few beers we have never had the opportunity to try. Some of the bigger beers listed include Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Firestone Walker Abacus, and Founders Devil Dancer.  There will also be some aged beers like Stone‘s 2008 Old…

An Insider’s Look at Harpoon Brewery

A few weeks ago we went to Boston. Part of our trip included a tour of Harpoon Brewery with our good friend and beer scientist, Mike, who works in the lab. We were excited for the tour, for obvious reasons, but also because we view Harpoon as one of the most consistent breweries in the Northeast. From brewing and fermenting to kegging and bottling, the brewery has an impressive operation. The beer, of course, was the best part. We had the chance to try a barrel aged common, a pepper corn saison, and some super fresh IPA out of the…

Pick of the Weekend: Jimmy’s No. 43 Duck Off

Sunday March 4 from 1 to 3 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43 will host the second annual Duck Off event. (You may remember from our Duck’d Up post how much we love duck and beer pairings.) This event is primarily focused around the use of local ducks, and there are sure to be great beers to pair with the different dishes in the 10-course tasting buffet. The current menu at Jimmy’s includes great local beers like the Bronx Brewery Pale Ale and Kelso Rauchbier. Tickets will be $20 at the door (cash only) and include food only.